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MotoGP will race all-electric motorcycles in 2019

Electric bikes hit the big time<p>The world’s most popular motorcycle racing series is adding an all-electric class. Carmelo Ezpeleta, the CEO of the company that oversees the MotoGP racing series, told <i>Motorsport.com</i> that an electric support series featuring up to 18 bikes could start competing as …

Over Two Hundred Free Art Books Are Now Available to Download from the Guggenheim

Tomes of work by Picasso, Kandinsky, Lichtenstein, Flavin, Klimt, Rothko, and more are as good as yours.<p>A veritable art history degree's worth of books digitized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are now available for free.<p>There's Wassily Kandinsky's 1946 treatise, <i>On the Spiritual in Art</i>; books …

herzog & de meuron stacks 'beirut terraces' in lebanon

<b>herzog & de meuron has revealed new images of ‘beirut terraces’, the swiss firm’s first residential project in lebanon.</b> the new photographs, taken by</b> …

Skyscrapers

Experience the Beauty of Norwegian Architecture with This Time-Lapse Video

As the second chapter in his series, <i>Iconic Norway</i>, Alejandro Villanueva has released a time-lapse of the Trollstigen Visitor Center, a project by …

Architecture

10 things I learned on a pilgrimage to the iconic Vanna Venturi House

Paying a visit to the Philly-area icon<p>On Thursday, November 10, the Vanna Venturi House in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, providing the 54-year-old house—which has been called “The First Postmodern Anything”—with its first preservation …

10 New Artists You Need to Know: November 2016

Aminé<p><b>Sounds Like:</b> Swag surfin' with a rap prodigy from the 'burbs<p><b>For Fans of:</b> Chance the Rapper circa <i>Acid Rap</i>, GoldLink, André 3000<p><b>Why You Should</b> …

An Exclusive Look At Airbnb’s First Foray Into Urban Planning

Airbnb announces a brand-new innovation lab called Samara, whose first project is a novel community center in Japan.<p>Two years ago, the founders of Airbnb were asking themselves what the company could become, now that its vision of becoming the world’s largest home-share community had come true …

The Real Story Behind Brutalism

Phaidon’s new book This Brutal World is a photographic ode to one of the most polarizing modern architectural movements.<p>“It’s hard to love a brute,” mused the podcast <i>99Percent Invisible</i> in an episode that aired last year. The sentiment certainly rings true as Brutalist buildings are among the most …

The Playground Series

Beneath the surface of “The Playground Series” is an underlying tension cloaked in innocent fun that acts as a visual metaphor for a highly …

New Jersey

Vintage electric bikes from Italy out-hip even the coolest ride

Wouldn't you love to cruise around on one of these smooth rides? Italy's Agnelli Milan Bikes is making the old new again by repurposing vintage 1950s …

Electric Vehicles

There’s a reason some birds don’t seem to fly south for winter anymore, scientists say

By Darryl Fears<p>, Reporter<p>The birds and the bees are telling humans about much more than sex, a new study released Thursday says.<p>They are a harbinger of climate change, with species swapping habitats like a game of musical chairs as regions in Europe and the United States warm. Populations of …

Birds

Parasitic Architecture: 7 Provocative Projects Sprouting From Neighboring Buildings

Good space is hard to come by. It’s not uncommon for an unforeseen circumstance to necessitate the expansion of a building, but the active takeover of a new volume through the external use of an existing structure is far more rare. That’s what the selected projects in this collection demonstrate: …

Architecture Students Design Sustainable Low-Income Homes That Can Be Built for $20K

The architecture students at Auburn University's Rural Studio prove that well-designed homes can still be affordable, thanks to their initiative called the 20K Project. The undergraduate program advocates for social justice through architecture, and to demonstrate this, students have created …

Architecture

Fantastic Architecture: Illustrations By Bruna Canepa

Architect, illustrator and cofounder of the Miniatura project, <b>Bruna Canepa</b> has shared with us a stunning collection of her illustrations and …

Xintiandi Architect Ben Wood's Provocative Images Of Future Cities

Ben Wood is best known in China as the American architect behind Xintiandi, the Shanghai nightlife district developed by Hong Kong billionaire Vincent Lo’s Shui On Land. Wood also designed Shui On’s other Tiandis across China as well as the recently opened “The Hub” in Shanghai in the Hongqiao …

Should We Save Mid-Century Modern Icons That Hurt The Environment?

Architect James Timberlake charts a course for making ethical decisions about unsustainable Modernist architecture.<p>Last week at the climate talks in Paris, world leaders committed a full day to discussing public policies and financial solutions to reduce carbon emissions within the building sector. …

Imaging

Square's IPO: the beginning of the end of the unicorn-driven tech bubble?

The $1bn-plus valuation of a number of Silicon Valley firms far outstrips their ability to deliver such returns – and many investors now believe it’s a question of when, not if, the bubble will burst<p>There are a lot of people in Silicon Valley and New York betting on “unicorns” – the new breed of …

In Suspension / NatureHumaine

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The client wants to transform the last two levels of a building to create living spaces for her two …

Four Freedoms Park: Louis Kahn's "Ancient Temple Precinct" in NYC

Built four decades after Louis Kahn's death, New York City's <b>Four Freedoms Park -</b> the architect's posthumous memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt and his …

100 Homeless People Were Given Disposable Cameras and This is What They Captured

Since 2012, UK-based initiative Caf Art has been connecting people affected by homelessness with the wider community through art and photography by hanging their work in cafes and helping them earn a living through art sales. In July, the organization handed out 100 Fujifilm disposable cameras to …

Homelessness

This NYC Skyscraper Design Is Like the Chrysler Building Went to Burning Man and I Love It

The crop of new skyscrapers going up on 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan are very tall, whisper thin, and—yawn—rather boring. This idea for a …

Remembering Broken Angel, the Brooklyn Monument That Was Too Weird to Survive

For years, the building was both a family home and one of the most bizarre art projects in New York City. But now that it's been replaced by condos, it has turned into a symbol of gentrification.<p>While it still stood, the Broken Angel House was the strangest sight in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. It was a …

The Strangest Places on Earth (Are Also the Most Sublime)

Technicolor mountains, otherworldly forests, and glow-in-the-dark beaches: These unusual places around the world prove that weird can also be wonderful.<p>Rakotzbrücke (Rakotz Bridge): Kromlau, Germany<p>Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia<p>Valle de Cocora: Quindío, Colombia<p>Mendenhall Ice Caves: Juneau, Alaska<p>Angel …

National Parks

City of Kiruna To Move Two Miles Over This June

Officials announced this week that, starting in June, the city of Kiruna, Sweden will begin to migrate. Founded in 1900, the town is the product of …

City Halls

Luxury New York property developers sued over 'wind tunnel' skyscraper

Developers of one of Manhattan's most striking residential buildings are being sued over the "poorly executed" design of 100 Eleventh Avenue<p>A New York make-up mogul is suing the developers of her striking river-view apartment, after she said living in the futuristic building was like being in a …

23 Artworks

<i>NOTICE: This blog post includes images of nudity in painting and drawing.</i><p>--<p>What we have here are 23 pieces of art, with my notes on each. These works are by 23 of 50 artists -- representing 23 of 100 artworks -- included in issue #68 of <i>Poets/Artists</i> magazine, which I had the honor of curating under …

Fenced off: how London’s super-rich are destroying the soul of their community

Highgate is now a middle-class frontline against a billionaires’ investment invasion<p>The leafy suburb of Highgate in north London has long enjoyed a liberal, even radical, reputation. Its high concentration of left-leaning creative professionals was drawn to the area not just by large green spaces …

Bungalows / BLIPSZ

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Right nearby the Hajdó house (formerly designed by our office), the same client wants to raise its …