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What Kind Of Draconian Rules Will It Take To Actually Keep Bike Lanes Clear?

Toronto has issued new guidelines about how construction and street closures have to help disrupted bike lanes, but enforcement is harder.<p>New rules in Toronto should stop construction work or filming from ignoring, or closing down bike lanes. The new guidelines tell private companies what they …

Bike Lanes

Paul Ryan's Constituents Put Him On the Back of a Modern-Day Milk Carton

The House Speaker is nowhere to be found during the congressional recess, and his constituents are super-pissed about it.<p>It ain't easy being House Speaker Paul Ryan. The job constantly involves looking the other way, failing to have opinions, and ignoring the stench of off-the-charts hypocrisy, …

Paul Ryan

Constructively Complain About Your Bumpy Train Ride With This App

In England, passengers can use their phones accelerometers to help the rail service determine where it needs to perform track maintenance.<p>A new app from the U.K. uses the sensors in rail passengers' smartphones to detect and map every bump, shimmy, and jiggle as their train rolls over defects in …

Predictive Analytics

Do You Know The Difference Between A Sound Mixer And A Sound Editor? Ask An Oscar Nom

Name any film that's come out in past 37 years and Kevin O’Connell has probably been the sound mixer. But what is a sound mixer?<p>Kevin O’Connell holds kind of a depressing record: With 21, he has the most Academy Award nominations without a single win.<p>O’Connell’s work as a re-recording mixer for</i> …

Movies

Everybody Is Spoofing "La La Land," But These Parodies Are The Best

The easily-mockable Oscar favorite gets setup in all the right ways.<p>It's easy to make fun of <i>La La Land</i>. The movie is the odds-on favorite to win Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday after cleaning up at the Golden Globes, it's a musical without memorable songs or stars who can sing, it's weirdly …

La La Land

The Impeccable Design of "Mad Men" Gets The Requisite Taschen Spotlight

Creator Matt Weiner pulls back the curtain on the making of the seminal TV series in this high-end two-volume book set.<p><b>WHAT:</b> <i>Matthew Weiner. Mad Men</i>, a two-volume backstage look at the making of the Emmy Award-winning drama series, releasing Thursday from high-end art publisher Taschen with a …

TV

Arizona Is Working On A Very Bad Law To Let The Government Seize Protesters' Assets

A bill that just passed the state Senate would lump rioting in with racketeering, and make anyone involved with a peaceful protest that turns violent "guilty by association."<p>Following a few years of powerful Black Lives Matter protests and the encampment at Standing Rock, 2017 has continued to be a …

Government

Shopify, Breitbart, And The B2B Boycotts That Are Dragging Brands Into Politics

Consumers can't do business with Shopify directly. But they can target the companies that do—and support employees who want to quit.<p>Add boycotts to the list of phenomena that have been transformed in the Trump era. In the old days, consumers threatened to stop buying from a company until it changed …

Milo Yiannopoulos

Lessons From A Radical 1970s Architecture Collective

The work of Environmental Communications explored the uneasy relationship between architecture, visual media, and perception.<p>Columbia architecture professor Mark Wasiuta and his partner were working on a research project recently when they made an unusual discovery: thousands of 35mm color slides …

Sustainable Design

Some Stars Will Get A Ride To The Oscars Via This Tesla Car Service Company

With help from investor Morgan Freeman, MOTEV is refashioning stars' rides to Hollywood award shows.<p>Uber to the Oscars? Not for Hollywood’s elite.<p>In an industry where appearance is (pretty much) everything, one's choice of awards show transportation is not to be taken lightly. It used to be a limo, …

Tesla

Hyatt's New Brand Strategy Hinges On Cultural Diversity And Understanding

This isn't a Cheetos marketing moment, but an ideal that CEO Mark Hoplamazian says is essential to the company's business.<p>A woman in a headscarf sits across from a blond woman on the train. An Asian man walks into an Irish pub. A black woman walks through a remote Middle Eastern village. A white …

Cultural Diversity

#ThrowbackThursday To Daniel Kaluuya's Intense "Black Mirror" Monologue

The star of Get Out appeared in one of the most standout episodes from season one of Black Mirror.<p>British actor Daniel Kaluuya has been slowly staging a takeover stateside with roles in <i>Sicario</i>, <i>Kick-Ass 2</i>, next year’s <i>Black Panther</i>, and, most recently, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut <i>Get …

Netflix

Frank Gehry Will Teach You Everything He Knows About Architecture For $90

The famous architect is teaching an online class about architecture this spring.<p>The architect Frank Gehry, famous for his curvy buildings and cantankerous personality, has a new gig—he's teaching an online class about architecture and design. For $90, Gehry aficionados can learn directly from the …

Architecture

This Simple Hack Convinces Drivers To Turn Off Their Engines While Idling In Traffic

Even if it's just for two minutes, killing your engine can keep a ton of pollution out of the air. All it takes is getting people to actually think about it.<p>Do you switch off your car's engine when you're waiting in traffic? What if you know you'll be stuck for a while without moving, say when …

Sustainability

"Enter Sandbox": Audi Takes Inspiration From Child's Play For New Campaign

Meet the Sandbox 2.0, courtesy of Norwegian creative agency POL.<p>A children’s sandpit provided inspiration for the latest campaign for Audi for which physical installation was combined with Virtual Reality to enable prospective Audi drivers to test-drive the new Audi Q5 on their very own self-made …

Virtual Reality

Norway Pledges Cash To Fight Trump's Global Gag Rule On Abortion

After the President reinstated a Reagan-era rule that withholds U.S. funding from foreign NGOs that provide abortion information, a handful of European countries are stepping up to fill the gap.<p>The U.S. likes to think of itself as the savior of the rest of the world, but that illusion has been …

Women's Rights

The New York Times' First-Ever Oscars Ad Is All About "The Truth"

The stylish spot is a confident middle finger to anyone accusing the Gray Lady of "failing."<p><b>WHAT:</b> The New York Times first-ever TV ad during the Oscars uses words to illustrate the challenge and importance of facts, and the pursuit of truth.<p><b>WHO:</b> <i>The New York Times</i>, Droga5<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> Considering …

Journalism

Amazingly, Kanye Is Not Responsible For This Life-Size Golden Kanye Jesus

It was created by Plastic Jesus, who is basically LA's answer to Banksy but more interesting than that sounds.<p><b>WHAT:</b> "False Idol," a life-size golden statue of Kanye West in Los Angeles.<p><b>WHO:</b> Pop culture-evoking street artist Plastic Jesus.<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> "Jesus Walks" was one of the first songs that …

Kanye West

These Oscar Nominees Are Here To Give You That Creative Burst Of Inspiration You Need

We asked creatives nominated across several Oscar categories for their advice on creative blocks, innovation in their fields, and more.<p>It’s been a long road for the nominees in the race toward Oscar gold. There have been speed bumps in productivity and newly formed outlooks on creativity. Here are …

Creativity

Airbnb Buys Tilt, Signaling Its Growing Interest In Group Travel

The deal represents a disappointing exit for Tilt, which had previously raised over $60 million.<p>Airbnb has closed on its acquisition of Tilt, a startup for crowdfunding and peer-to-peer payments, in what sources describe as an acquihire. Tilt cofounder and CEO James Beshara will join the Airbnb …

Markets

Inside The Vertical Farm Growing What It Calls "The World's First Post-Organic" Produce

Without using any pesticides or chemicals, Bowery—a new vertical farming startup outside of New York City—delivers fresh leafy greens within one day of harvesting, with some help from agricultural AI.<p>Before leading people through the heavy metal doors and into the vertical farm Irving Fain has …

Aquaculture

Designers, Here's Your Chance To Redesign NYC For Driverless Cars

When autonomous cars become a reality, they will dramatically impact the design of our cities. Take the opportunity to play a role in that.<p>The race among car companies to develop the first fully autonomous vehicle is on—but an equally important design challenge is envisioning how urban environments …

Urban Design

It Just Got A Lot Harder To Rationalize Tossing Your Old Ikea Couch

Reduce, reuse, reupholster.<p>Millions of people around the world own Ikea couches because they're cheap and relatively well-designed. That also makes them more disposable. When it's time to move or redecorate, many of us would rather toss our old couches than get them reupholstered.<p>That's something …

IKEA

Move Over Tablets? This Tech Could Be The Future Of Learning

Fluid dynamics are a lot cooler when you can see them at work with your own eyes.<p>Physics can be difficult to grasp—even for adults. So how do you teach the subject's abstract ideas to middle schoolers?<p>Show some of the concepts in action. That's the idea behind Peer, an experimental project from New …

Virtual Reality

From Facebook, 3 Essential Steps For Starting A Design Career

Facebook product design VP Julie Zhuo shares advice for making companies trip over themselves to hire you.<p>How do you get started on the path of a successful product design career?<p>It's an intimidatingly broad question, but one I get a lot. I’ve gotten questions from contractors wondering how to get …

Product Design

London's Drivers Don't Actually Breathe In That Much Of The Pollution They Cause

Ironically, it's public transit riders who are much more exposed to particulate matter.<p>London's air quality is an unmitigated disaster: It took just five days for the U.K. capital to surpass its pollution limit for 2017, and the city's smog kills around 10,000 residents each year. Drivers are some …

Environment

Here's How Badly You Need A Roommate To Live In Major American Cities

Rent is expensive in major cities, so prepare to live jam-packed with a bunch of other people. But take heart, this chart explains how much you're saving by sharing a bathroom.<p>Having a roommate is not always very fun, but it can save you big bucks. According to property rental and sale site Trulia, …

Housing

The Nigerian Designer Who's Dressed Michelle Obama, Lupita Nyong'o & Solange

She says she wants to "dress the world," and she's off to an impressive start. We spoke with Amaka Osakwe about what inspires her Maki Oh clothing line.<p>Before Amaka Osakwe can design a single piece of clothing, she tells herself a story. She might spend hours imagining the life of a woman rushing …

Fashion

How Eero Plans To Fend Off Wi-Fi Rivals: Lower Prices And No Distractions

The startup's whole-home Wi-Fi system is getting a price cut on its first birthday. Can it stay on top of the market it created?<p>After jump-starting the whole-home Wi-Fi market last February, Eero is celebrating its first birthday with price cuts.<p>While conventional routers try to cover an entire …

Wi-Fi

"I 100% Got To Make The Movie I Wanted To Make": Jordan Peele Opens Up About "Get Out"

Comedian Jordan Peele makes his directorial debut with his social thriller Get Out—and he's got four more like it on the way.<p>Jordan Peele just pulled off what he considers to be the hardest thing he’s ever done.<p>The longtime comedian and writer has always had an affinity for horror films, but the …

Movies