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Former squatters are helping Amsterdam repurpose vacant buildings into cheap offices

How do you stop rising rents from killing creativity in a city? In an unusual marriage between counter-culture and bureaucracy, the city of Amsterdam has found its solution in squatters.<p>Amsterdam’s Bureau Broedplaatsen, or “incubator bureau”, helps would-be squatters transform vacant buildings into …

City Halls

The Effects of Four Different Types of Meditation

Meditation has real, practical benefits for your body and mind, but there are lots of types to try. Knowing the specific effects of each of these …

Mindfulness

Top 20 Urban Planning Books (Of all time)

The Planetizen 20 features the all-time top 20 planning titles that every planner should read. Planetizen's annual lists features the top 10 popular …

15 Things That Instantly Make You Look Put Together

Key items to elevate your wardrobe.<p>It doesn't have to take a bajillion hours or a famous stylist to look effortlessly chic. Looking put together can be accomplished by having a few key pieces at your fingertips that you can grab in a moment of sheer sartorial panic. Here, 15 items to own that will …

Clothing

31 Incredible Books You Simply Must Read This Summer

Brilliant reads from July to September (UK release dates).

Books

Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven't Noticed

Most of us haven't quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.<p>A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I …

The Best Places to Shop Online

The Big Multibrand Retailers<p><i>From Net-a-Porter to Moda Operandi to Shopbop, here’s where to go when you want a ton of options (and are ready to splurge a bit, too).</i><p><b>Barneys</b>: Barneys’ website gives you the same experience you’d expect at its flagships: impeccable curation, exclusive designer …

Where To Score Cool, On-Trend Duds No One Else Will Have

As people who love clothes, we think there are few better feelings than the one you get when you score an amazing piece of clothing you know no one …

The 50 Best online clothes shops

Use these quick links to jump to each section: Budget, Menswear, Boutiques, Up-and-coming designers, Vintage, Discount, Luxury & For …

Best Indie Fashion Designers, New Clothing Brands

If you've ever had the experience of walking down the street and noticing someone else in the exact same outfit, you know the pain that can come from fast fashion. As much as we love the H&Ms, Zaras, Forever 21s, and Urban Outfitters of the world (hey, they make up about 75% of our wardrobes), the …

7 Must-Read Classic Business Books | Inc.com

Summer vacation. For most founders of early-stage and fast-growth companies those two words together are about as foreign as snow in August. Still, summer does tend to slow down the pace somewhat.<p>So whether you are one of the lucky ones who's managed to negotiate a few days on the beach or you …

Entrepreneurship

The world's 50 greatest cities - according to you

European Travel

Japan’s UltraSmall Houses Photos

In Japanese cities, the average house is 1,075 square feet. That makes sense when you consider that the country has a landmass smaller than Montana but a population that puts it at number 11 worldwide. Creativity abounds despite such constraints, notes Naomi Pollack in Jutaku: Japanese Houses …

18 Signs You Have High Emotional Intelligence

<i>Measuring emotional intelligence can be difficult because of its intangible nature. But Dr. Travis Bradberry has analyzed the data from the</i> …

Summer Reading for Graduate Students: 2013 Edition

What should graduate students read the summer before entering planning school? Perhaps because I’m now the director of a graduate planning program I …

Money

22 Executives Share the Daily Habits That Keep Them on Top

You might be surprised at the simple things they do to succeed.<p>The most successful people I know share some common traits. They tend to get up early, stay in front of health issues, and know how to handle money. They get quality sleep, play hard and stay sharp through continuous learning. They also …

Leading Thinkers in Urban Planning & Technology

<i>By Chris Steins</i><p>In the last five years, there has been tremendous innovation at the intersection of urban planning and technology. The opening of …

Innovation

15 of the Most Popular Makeup Hacks on Pinterest

Make your beauty routine a bajillion times easier with these brilliant ideas.<p>Learn how to make your cheekbones pop, how to conceal under-eye circles, and more.

25 Struggles Only ENFPs Will Understand

ENFPs are passion-driven ‘ideas’ people. They gain energy from interacting with the world around them, and become quickly excited over new …

T+L Editors Share the Trips on Their Bucket List

Since the first time I saw photos of Torres de Paine National Park, I have wanted to go to Patagonia. I don't know if it's because of the …

National Parks

The Definitive Guide For Making The Right Career Move

Thinking of changing careers? You’re not alone.<p>More now than ever, people aren’t just changing jobs, they’re changing careers. Thinking of leaving your job to start your own business? You too, are in good company. The rate of MBA grads showing a preference for going into a startup is higher than …

Employment

37 Products That Just Might Make You Infinitely Happier

Things to help you cheer up, calm down, or just get through.<p><i>Note: Submissions may have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Shopping

12 Self-Awareness Exercises That Fuel Happiness and Success

An old African proverb says, "When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside can do you no harm."<p>Self-awareness is one of the most important skills for success. How you behave and respond to external situations is governed by internal mental processes. Self-awareness uncovers any destructive …

41 Of The Most Suspenseful Books You'll Ever Read

*GASP*<p><i>Note: Entries have been edited for clarity and length.</i>

Books

Misadventures in the Fragrance Trade

I have great taste. Call it a God given talent, call it an acquired skill — it is what it is. So when a friend playfully implied that the scent of my candle of choice might be disturbing the neighbors, I wondered: are my eyes deceiving my nose?<p>Luckily for me, Pratt Institute offers a crash-course …

Meet the top 27 innovators who pushed Indonesian startups forward

We mention a mix of Indonesian startups, corporates, government, and social enterprises who have contributed in the ecosystem’s growth.

How A 145-Year-Old Art Museum Stays Relevant In The Smartphone Age

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s redesigned website embraces a future in which we’re all staring into our phones, even at the museum.<p>Walking around New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, you can’t help but notice a pattern. Though the world’s largest art museum welcomes diverse crowds of people …

Play the Soundtrack to Outer Space in an Interactive Installation

Francesco Fabris made sound art from the stars.<p>Sound artist Francesco Fabris’s new interactive installation <i>Stellar</i> creates a soundtrack for the cosmos. There is no sound in space, but Fabris used data to create sounds personalized to every star in the major constellations. He connected this data— …