Bill Barol

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These 7 Vintage Airstreams Were Transformed Into Modern Escapes

Airstream trailers may have emerged in the 1930s and become iconic of the 1950s, but today, owners and designers are revamping classic Airstreams with a contemporary, modern flair.

Interior Design

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It

SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Williams is the guy who opened up Pandora’s box. Until he came along, people had few places to go with their overflowing emotions and wild opinions, other than writing a letter to the newspaper or haranguing the neighbors.<p>Mr. Williams — a Twitter founder, a co-creator of …

Biz Stone

13 of the best Stephen King short stories you've never read

I haven't managed to read all of Stephen King's novels yet — I'm still working on that — but I <i>have</i> read all of his short stories. All of the …

Landscape Architect Visit: Postcard Views in Texas Hill Country, by Studio Outside

<b>The Scenario:</b> On a Texas mesa with panoramic views, native vegetation and mature trees, the daughter of an oilman wanted a family compound to remind …

Tiny desert cube house has everything you need for $275K

Take in the stunning landscape from the expansive roof deck<p>Not quite a tiny house but still impressively small, this 529-square-foot cube in Arizona contains everything so efficiently within its walls. Clad in weathered corrugated steel to reflect the rugged desert landscape surrounding it, the …

Sleep Is the New Status Symbol

At M.I.T.’s Media Lab, the digital futurist playground, David Rose is investigating swaddling, bedtime stories and hammocks, as well as lavender oil and cocoons. Mr. Rose, a researcher, an inventor-entrepreneur and the author of “Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire and the Internet of Things,” …

Arianna Huffington

All under one roof: how malls and cities are becoming indistinguishable

Suburban malls may be a dying breed, but in cities from New York to Hong Kong, new malls are thriving by seamlessly blending into the urban fabric<p>“We didn’t expect to see stores,” says Yulia, as her husband browses for shoes in one of the shops lining the Oculus, the new focus of New York’s World …

'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death

She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan.<p>Support our journalism by becoming a member or making a one-off …

'It has to have a soul': How chatbots get their personalities

In the year 2000, logging onto the Internet usually meant sitting down at a monitor connected to a dial-up modem, a bunch of beeps and clicks, and a …

Chatbots

This house was 3D-printed in just 24 hours

As we start to 3D-print everything — including houses, of all things — it's pretty impressive that a company built one in just 24 hours.<p>Located in …

Flynn Mews House in Dublin

Located in the heart of Dublin, Ireland, the Flynn Mews House by <b>Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects</b> seamlessly integrates into and celebrates its historic urban fabric. Sharing ground with an 1847 coach house, the design for this residence highlights and reframes the site through an unabashedly contemporary gesture that honors history while adding to it a distinctly new architectural strain. This home engages with the historic core of Dublin in a uniquely intimate way. With its main entrance by way of …

Sushi croissants are the latest food mash up to hit Los Angeles

With hybrid foods in high demand, the simple and delicious sushi roll has joined forces with a burrito, a taco, and now, a breakfast pastry. The Los Angeles bakery Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is selling a new California Croissant.<p>Originally hailing from San Francisco, the bakery made a name for itself …

The Wild Comeback Of New York's Legendary Landfill

At Freshkills Park, where the city dumped 150 million tons of its garbage, human desires and nature’s needs are feeling their way to a new harmony.<p><i>This post is part of a CityLab series on wastelands, and what we squander, discard, and fritter away.</i><p>Twenty minutes past the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to …

A Million People Live in These Underground Nuclear Bunkers

Beneath the streets of Beijing, people live in an underground universe constructed during the Cold War era.<p>In the late ’60s and ‘70s, anticipating the devastation of a Cold War-nuclear fallout, Chairman Mao directed Chinese cities to construct apartments with bomb shelters capable of withstanding …

China

How The New York Times Is Clawing Its Way into the Future

<i>The New York Times</i><p>Claws Its Way<p>Into the Future<p><i>The New York Times</i> Claws Its Way Into the Future<p>by Gabriel Snyder | photographs by James Day …

Journalism

People Are Finding It Hard to Focus on Work Right Now

A survey finds that nearly a third of people say they have been less productive since the election.<p>Months before the election, there were reports of greater political tension in offices than in previous election cycles. In one survey from the American Psychological Association, 10 percent of …

American Psychological Association

The NPR show tunes you love to hum, and the man who created them

If you’re a public radio nerd, listening to Morning Edition’s calming guitar riff in the early AM, or Marketplace’s bells and drums cueing the latest …

Google’s DeepMind pits AI against AI to see if they fight or cooperate

Unsurprisingly, they do both<p>In the future, it’s likely that many aspects of human society will be controlled — either partly or wholly — by artificial intelligence. AI computer agents could manage systems from the quotidian (e.g., traffic lights) to the complex (e.g., a nation’s whole economy), but …

The Luxury Amenity You Don’t Want to Use: Doomsday Bunker

A roundup of high-end properties featuring panic/safe rooms<p>In the wake of heightened risks of terrorist, nuclear and cyber attacks, large-scale …

Real Estate

The creation story of the atomic bomb told through a powerful and moving picture book

When asked if I was interested in reviewing a picture book about the making of the atomic bomb, I told the publicist that a lot was going to depend …

Everyone Know Teens Are Reckless, Now We Can Explain Why

Science proves what we all knew: It’s a combination of believing they’re invincible and just not caring about the consequences of their actions.<p>In a truly shocking new study, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development confirmed that teens are reckless idiots, and that they don’t …

Psychology

This is the most expensive cup of coffee in America

The caffeine in this cup of coffee isn’t the only thing that will wake you up — the price tag will, too.<p>Extraction Lab, a new java joint in Sunset …

The Crippling Fear of Everlasting Life

While many dream of an afterlife, people with apeirophobia are terrified of eternal existence. Where does this fear come from? “I suspect that, in apeirophobia, one comes to the realization that after death you will live forever—if you believe in the afterlife—and in simulating that experience in …

George Mason University

Why Melissa McCarthy Made a Great Sean Spicer

Let us take a moment to praise the hardworking wigmakers of “Saturday Night Live.” By my lights, the yellow pelt sitting on Alec Baldwin’s head has taken on a golden glow since Trump moved into the Oval Office, a suggestion, perhaps, that <i>POTUS</i> might like to upgrade his hairpiece to match the rest …

An Angular Futuristic House in Georgia - Dwell

"It has energy and does not feel heavy or is static," says architect Staffan Svenson of Atlanta-based firm Dencity Design. Inside, Svenson divided the house into seven levels and introduced a vibrant color palette and rich material program at the residents' request. The resulting modern live/work …

Architecture

Alva LED Pendant Light

All the benefits of LED lighting, none of the style-cramping design. Appropriately named for an Edison-style light, the Alva LED Pendant Light uses a …

Beautiful Homes Surrounded By Desert And Mountains

The harsh desert landscape is rarely a great setting for a house regardless of how often you use it. That would be the general opinion. However, as …

After 145 years, Ringling Bros. Circus elephants perform for the last time

The circus’s leading ladies wore nothing special for their farewell performance Sunday — no extra bedazzle, no added flair — just the traditional blue headdresses declaring their expiring part in “The Greatest Show on Earth.”<p>Through the lush red curtain they sashayed, all six, all endangered Asian …

Wildlife

This Transportation Engineer Won’t Give Up on Moving New York City

With legislation based on his ideas introduced last month, "Gridlock Sam" Schwartz's plan to combat the very thing he's nicknamed for is inching …

Urban Design

Stand 47 farmhouse in Johannesburg marries high-end engineering with vernacular design

High-end engineering and modern design combined with vernacular architecture make for an eco-friendly home in Johannesburg. Art gallery owner, …

Architecture