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How cities can revitalize dying urban spaces

A city is a lot more than a collection of tall buildings on the skyline.<p>What makes a city a great place to live and visit are the shared spaces in …

Urban Design

Typography of Place: How Fonts Shape a City’s Identity

13 April 2016 by<p>HYPERLOCAL<p>Most city dwellers speed-walk along crowded streets each day, barely taking notice of the typography that adorns everything …

Is Blind Hiring the Best Hiring?

<b>A few years</b> ago, Kedar Iyer, an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, became acutely aware of a problem in his industry: A surfeit of talented coders were routinely overlooked by employers because they lacked elite pedigrees. Hiring managers, he thought, were too often swayed by the name of a fancy …

Meet Is Murder

<b>Early this year</b> in the sun-streaked offices of Spring, a handsomely capitalized shopping start-up in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, Octavian Costache, the company’s chief technology officer and one of its founders, claimed a spot near the bright new kitchen to make a speech at a weekly all-hands …

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

<b>Like most 25-year-olds,</b> Julia Rozovsky wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She had worked at a consulting firm, but it wasn’t a good match. Then she became a researcher for two professors at Harvard, which was interesting but lonely. Maybe a big corporation would be a better fit. Or …

Leadership

Failure to Lunch

<b>For 11 years,</b> June Jo Lee, an ethnographer, has been traveling the country, talking to Americans about how they eat. She has often been in offices, observing white-collar workers. In one interview, a 20-something administrative assistant at an architecture firm in Seattle told her, ‘‘I don’t think …

University of California

Anime Tokyo Versus Real Tokyo

<i>The Garden of Words</i> is one of the most beautiful anime films in recent memory. Let’s see how it compares to Tokyo, the city where it takes place.<p>The …

From air conditioning to urban planning, defaults and standards create dysfunction by design

<i>Originally published on</i> <i>Ensia</i><i>.</i><p>Personal heaters are a summer survival tool for many office workers chilled to the bone by hyperactive ventilation systems — an act of self-defense against an epidemic of overcooling that is wasting energy and confounding comfort in not only offices but also large …

How to game urban design to shape sustainable cities

<i>This article originally appeared on Ensia.</i><p>Personal heaters are a summer survival tool for many office workers chilled to the bone by hyperactive …

How architecture changes for the deaf - Vox

People who hear might not realize what role sound plays in everyday life. If you want a passerby's attention, you shout his name. If a professor needs to explain a math problem, it's not a problem to talk while writing concepts on the board.<p>But people who are deaf and hard of hearing depend on …

Architecture

SOM’s LEED Platinum 350 Mission tower offers an urban living room to San Francisco

International design firm SOM has just added yet another LEED-certified stunner to their roster of eco-friendly buildings. 350 Mission, a 30-story …

I believe in full equality, but I’ve spent too long watching women play the victim

I’m interested in the ways that (some) women victimize men; that doesn’t mean I’m not a feminist<p>No one would argue that the position of women has not improved during the last few decades, at least in the West. It is similarly impossible to deny that there is still a long way to go to full equality: …

Guy on Reddit Turns Other Users’ Photos into Fantastic Movie Posters – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Film Posters

20 Educational Resources Student Likely Haven't Tried Before

It’s a wonderful time to be a student. There are thousands of awesome resources, tools, and websites that can make the studying process easier and …

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the sharpest pop satire you’re not watching (or hearing)

The CW’s inventive musical rom-com <i>Crazy Ex-Girlfriend</i> hasn’t gotten the attention or ratings it rightfully deserves. It’s easily the most original …

These passionate, audacious poems addressed to Hughes’s late wife, Sylvia Plath, contribute to the couple’s mythology and are a landmark in English poetry<p>Poetry will be braided into this series like a golden thread, because in every generation it is the poets who replenish and tantalise the …

Literature

Rethinking the Administrative and Political Organization of Urban Outskirts

<i>By Adèle Charbonneau</i><p>Urban agglomeration is an inevitable consequence of explosive growth in cities. Indeed, the expansion of cities and their outskirts has created a situation where administrative boundaries are inadequate in regards to the geographic distribution of communities, resources, and …

Are energy-saving settings bad for the environment?

Volkswagen’s deceptive engine controls, uncovered a few months ago, gave its cars a dual personality: one for everyday operation and a secret greener one used to rank higher than warranted on vehicle emissions tests. Regulators in the US and Europe are now examining whether some television …

New Refugee Design Challenge Focuses on Urban Housing

Ikea has teamed up with Dutch organization What Design Can Do<p>Housing solutions are central to responding to refugee crises, and with the social work of architects such as Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban receiving increased attention, it could be argued we're in the midst of a period of great …

United Nations

24 books you've probably never heard of that will change your life

Even the most well-read people have a tendency to read the same books as everyone else.<p>"Classics" are classic for a reason, of course, and are …

Books

12 eerie images of enormous Chinese cities completely empty of people

Throughout China, there are hundreds of cities that have almost everything one needs for a modern, urban lifestyle: high-rise apartment complexes, developed waterfronts, skyscrapers, and even public art. Everything, that is, except one major factor: people.<p>These mysterious — and almost completely …

29 Amazing Literary Magazines You Need To Be Reading

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How Music Festivals Shape Cities

A conversation with Jonathan R. Wynn on his new book, Music/City.<p>From Coachella, Glastonbury, and Stagecoach to Governors Ball, Lollapalooza, and Ultra, music festivals clearly play a role in the economies of cities. They bring in huge numbers of tourists and revenue, attract large audiences, …

The experimental city

Cities have always been so much more than just places we inhabit. They are places we invent, carrying within their familiar pattern of buildings, …

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The Tragedy of Ethiopia's Internet

Ethiopia turned its fledgling internet into a surveillance machine.<p>Nafkot Nega thinks journalists are terrorists. When I visited him and his mother, Serkalem Fassil, at their tiny apartment in the outskirts of Washington, DC, in early January, 9-year-old Nafkot intermittently murmured and jabbed …