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Glorious green office in Tokyo a showpiece for urban agriculture

The Pasona Group’s blooming headquarters doubles as a promotional tool for farming<p>Tokyo’s streetscape typically leans towards the modern and mechanized, crowded with bright signs, busy neon lights, and new office towers. But a few blocks from the city’s main train station, the nine-story office of …

Vincent Callebaut's twisting carbon-absorbing skyscraper nears completion in Taipei

Vincent Callebaut Architectures’ extraordinary Agora Garden—a DNA-inspired carbon-absorbing eco-tower—just topped out in Taipei, Taiwan. Set in Xinyi …

50 Impressive Details Using Wood

Over the course of history the unique characteristics of wood, which are dependent upon the species of the tree and the location in which it has …

UC Berkeley

The non-western books that every student should read

Leading authors pick international classics that should be on student’s bookshelves, but are often neglected by universities<p>I teach it to my first years and return to the book through their degree. It is the perfect introduction to complex ideas: oppressive socio-economic political structures, …

The Future Of Neighborhoods: Five Projects That Show How We'll Live

Residential life could soon be changing.<p>1. We’ll Generate Our Own Resources<p><b>An ambitious experiment in the Netherlands could be a model for life off the grid.</b><p>When a new housing development called ReGen Village opens as early as next year on the outskirts of Amsterdam, residents won’t have to rely on …

Literary Napoleon Complex: 7 of the Best Napoleon Bonaparte Books

As iconic military and political leaders go, Napoleon Bonaparte is among the most famous (or infamous) of the last few centuries. His life and career spanned epochs and political movements, having first risen to prominence in the heyday of the French Revolution before becoming Emperor in 1804. His …

16 Classic Books We're Thankful For

Signage based on circuitry designed for east London tech hub

Studio dn&co's wayfinding for London's Here East campus features symbols borrowed from circuit drawings.<p>dn&co was tasked with designing both interior …

From Megyn Kelly to J.K. Rowling, 10 Books to Read Now

From a volume by a beloved entertainer to a book about a beloved fat, the end of 2016 promises new literary takes on treasured subjects. Here, a late-fall reading list:<p>By Johnny Cash (Nov. 15)<p>In a year when Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature, it seems fitting that another American music …

We read all 20 National Book Award nominees for 2016. Here's what we thought.

Every year, the National Book Foundation nominates 20 books — five fiction, five nonfiction, five poetry, five young adult — for the National Book Award, which celebrates the best of American literature. And every year (okay, every year since 2014), we here at Vox read all 20 finalists to help you …

The 10 best books of the year, according to Amazon

Amazon Books editors read thousands of pages before settling on their ranking, which includes a number of memoirs as well as books from debut authors.<p>"The main challenge for us was that there were a number of great books to choose from," Amazon Books editor Chris Schluep told Business Insider. "In …