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Design for dying: A TED Fellow thinks deeply about the architecture of death

Alison Killing thinks a lot about death … and specifically, how its ubiquitous, hidden presence shapes our cities. In <i>Death in Venice</i>, her June 2014 …

What would you pay to be happy?

The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in front of his hermitage in Nepal. He watches hundreds of miles of Himalayan peaks glowing in front of him in the rising sun. The scene “blends naturally and seamlessly with …

Happiness

Does the digital era herald the end of history?

<b>Has the digital transformation of our society put the future of recorded history in jeopardy? Many internet observers fear so. But why, and what do they mean?</b><p>Since the 1980s our lives have grown increasingly digital, and with dizzying speed.<p>Most of our photos, videos, conversations, research and …

Humanities

Punggol Promenade / LOOK Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Punggol Promenade<p>Punggol Promenade as a waterfront landscape insertion within the surrounding urban …

Hear Kelsea Ballerini's Deeply Personal 'Secondhand Smoke'

"I haven't been able to sing it live yet, because I sob every time," says the rising star<p>When country newcomer Kelsea Ballerini was narrowing down …

Country Music

Pakistan’s ‘Burka Avenger’ swoops into India to empower girls

The Emmy-nominated "Burka Avenger" series started in Pakistan in 2013 and has since launched in Afghanistan.<p>By: | New Delhi |<p>A female cartoon …

Pakistan

10 Genius Garden Hacks with Concrete

Is there a more versatile hardscaping material than humble concrete? In the garden, you can use concrete blocks (or board formed concrete) to make: a …

Are Computers Bad for Architecture?

<i>In his articles for ArchSmarter, Michael Kilkelly often praises the value of computers and automation, a sometimes controversial viewpoint with</i> …

Picture of the Day: Hiking from Mexico to Canada | Before and After

Photograph by <b>IAN CROMBIE</b> <br>Website | Facebook | Instagram<p>In this amazing before and after photo we see Ian Crombie at the beginning and end of a hiking …

Hiking

A room with a view to hurt the architect

<b>Ahmedabad, April 11:</b> When Balkrishna Doshi, one of the most acclaimed architects in the country, resigned from the board of an architecture …

The Forgotten Offices That Shaped Apple, Facebook, and Google

Online, Apple, Facebook, and Google are competing to control the future of technology. Offline, they are competing to build the future of corporate …

Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Moving Forward Thanks to 3D Printing

A partially finished Barcelona cathedral that has languished for decades is receiving a new jolt of momentum thanks to the rise of 3D printing technology. Construction of Sagrada Familia, designed by renowned master Antoni Gaudi, began in 1883 and has remained a mostly stalled construction zone for …

3D Printing

Glass Architecture Is Killing Millions of Migratory Birds

Architects, however, are becoming more attuned to the issue.<p>Starting this week, a dedicated gang armed with flashlights and Ziplock bags will be roaming the streets of Washington D.C. Braving spring's early morning chill, the 20-plus volunteers who signed up for Lights Out D.C. will comb a …

World's tallest hotel: first designs revealed

The first designs for what could become the world’s tallest <b>hotel</b> – with room rates from £675 to £16,000 a night – have been unveiled.<p>The giant tower extends 381 metres above the peaceful alpine resort of Vals and contains 107 bedrooms as well as a spa, restaurants, a sky bar, a swimming pool, a …

Swimming Pools

Is Facebook's New Campus the Ugliest or Most Beautiful Office You've Ever Seen?

Facebook opened the doors to its spectacular West Campus complex in Menlo Park, CA, yesterday. The 430,000-square-foot office can hold 2,800 workers and was designed by Frank Gehry. The superstar architect was asked by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to create a space that was functional, adaptable, …

A Promising Design Solution for Ethiopia's Water Problem

These days, it’s easy to feel that good design is a luxury produced mostly for the enjoyment of the super-rich. But that’s not the whole picture. In …