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Filter Out the Noise

It can seem like our lives are filled with busyness, noise, distractions, and often meaningless activities. What if we could filter out all that …

Productivity

19 Stunning Staircases Transformed by Artists Around the World

Street art is best known as murals that cover entire walls—and sometimes even the buildings themselves. It has the incredible ability to turn the world into an outdoor gallery, but there’s one surface that’s often ignored: staircases. When painted, public stair art is a stunning and unexpected …

The Smithsonian is now sharing 3D scans of artifacts with the public

The Smithsonian is taking the next step in sharing its massive collection with the public. Today marks the release of the Smithsonian X 3D Explorer, a tool that will eventually allow students, educators, and laypeople to interact with 3D models of the museum's 137 million artifacts. The tool will …

10 Best Museum Shops to Visit

Museum der Dinge, Berlin<p>The Museum der Dinge (Museum of Things) in Kreuzberg in Berlin displays beautifully arranged collection of everyday objects …

Our cities are getting smarter and you probably didn’t even notice

Imagine having to take out the trash only twice a month, or knowing what parking spots are available before arriving at your destination and swiftly paying for them via your mobile phone.<p>The term “smart cities” conjures up images of futuresque, <i>Minority Report-</i>style communities in which every car is …

Smart Cities

The 18 best city-related longform stories of 2016

Recommended reading on cities, homes, architecture, real estate, and urbanism<p>The last week of December is a time for catching up on all the internet you missed this year. When it comes to cities, architecture, and design, we've got you covered. We've already rounded up our own favorite features of …

Los Angeles

25 Travel Adventures That'll Give You Serious Wanderlust

<i>Also posted on</i> BecomingBrilliance.com<p>Once you’ve been bit by the travel bug, there’s no turning back. Traveling shapes and enriches you, allowing you to learn about yourself and the world around you. And while an international excursion is an experience of a lifetime, there's beauty within …

19 U.S. museums with outstanding architecture

When design and art collide<p><i>Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>From New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, U.S. museums house some of the finest art in the world. While it’s easy to get caught up in the …

Architecture