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The Best Defense Against Boring Architecture Is Creative Color-Blocking

This is what happens when you color outside the lines in real life<p>Most of us will call a cookie-cutter space our home at some point in our lives. Meander a few minutes in pretty much any town and you'll find them, those residences that builders put together en masse to form giant blocks of …

Discover 3 Incredible Cave Art Sites in Europe

Go for the art, stay for the beauty of these regions.<p>Paleoanthropologist and Nat Geo Emerging Explorer Genevieve von Petzinger descends into ancient caves to study Ice Age art. Standing in front of a painting made some 20,000 years ago, she says, “bridges the gap of time.” How about rock-art sites …

Summer 1954: Kids out of school wreak havoc on the streets of London

'Children of the Streets'<p>School's out.<p>In the summer of 1954, the streets of London were overrun with rambunctious kids enjoying their time off from …

Photo Essays

"Don't Quote Deleuze": How to Write a Good Artist Statement

Writing about art is hard. Writing about art <i>that you made</i> can be even harder. We hear artists say, “If I knew how to describe my work in words, I’d …

The Arts

15 Pieces of Inspirational Advice From Artists

Artists have a way of encapsulating the essential truths of life the way those of us without creative genius cannot. Phaidon’s latest book, <i>Art is the</i> …

Art

Lawrence Halprin: Designer of "one of the most important urban spaces since the Renaissance"

Larry Halprin changed the profession of landscape architecture. <i>Period.</i><p>He loved people.<p>He was fascinated by cities.<p>He created bold, innovative environments that blew people away. When the Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain in Portland, OR opened, the <i>New York Times</i> architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable …

7 ways to tell if someone is cheating on you

But if you're worried that someone's fibbing extends into the important stuff, like happiness or fidelity, you might have considered trying to catch them in a lie.<p>Unfortunately, science can't tell you if your partner is sleeping around, but it is getting better at spotting when someone — especially …

10 Lessons Pablo Picasso Can Teach You

Pablo Picasso was one of the most prolific, creative, and inspirational artists who has ever lived. Here is a man who created his own destiny — who …

How to break up with someone without creating a mess

Breaking up is hard to do, especially if you still care about your partner and there is no reason to end the relationship other than it’s time to …

Denise Scott Brown On the Past, Present and Future of VSBA's Groundbreaking Theories

<i>Through their books, theories and design projects, there's no doubt that Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi dramatically altered the course of</i> …

5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.<p>Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will remain largely unchanged. Which means, like it or not, our sheer mental horsepower is largely …

Self-improvement

16 Spectacular Green Roofs Around the World Photos

Green roofs are sprouting up more and more on buildings around the world, from private residences and schools to cultural institutions and businesses. Made with hardy varieties of succulents, grasses, wildflowers, and herbs atop several structural layers—including a waterproof membrane and levels …

Closeness

Closeness<p>There are sweet moments – early on in relationships – when one person can’t quite work up the courage to let another know just how much they …

Self-help

The man who changed the way we live

Controversial yet visionary, gifted but divisive, Le Corbusier’s influence continues to be felt today, writes Jonathan Glancey.<p>Such is the quality of the architect Le Corbusier's work that this summer Unesco made the radical decision to list 17 of his buildings in seven countries as a collective …

9 Reasons to Become an Architect

Making the decision to pursue architecture is not easy. Often, young students think that they have to be particularly talented at drawing, or have …

Mental Health

6 Things You Need To Know Before You Plant Broccoli This Fall

The secret to the best-tasting broccoli is in the seasoning—not the spices, mind you, but the time of year. Broccoli that matures during cool weather …

Gardening

On How to Disagree

On How to Disagree<p>We live in a world saturated with disagreement. People are at odds about pretty much everything from when to order a taxi, go out …

Oil Exploration

Using Cognitive Science to Resurrect Multifunctional Teams

Cognitive Science has lessons for getting disparate team members to work together.<p>Last week, I attended the Cognitive Science Society conference. Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary field that studies the mind. It brings together psychologists, computer scientists, neuroscientists, …

Cognitive Science

This Is When You’re Most Creative, According to Science

One of the most common misconceptions about creativity is that it’s a gift. But, to an extent, it’s a skill just like anything else. It needs practice, repetition and the right timing and setting.<p>Part of the reason the dreaded words “I’m not creative” are muttered so often is likely because it’s …

If You Want To Focus More, Never Try Harder, Science Says

Often when we try to focus on a task or avoid temptation we try to use all our willpower. We invest all our energy into concentrating on one thing or …

Daniel Buren colours the sails of Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton

French artist Daniel Buren has covered the glass sails of Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton building in Paris with an array of multicoloured …

Louis Vuitton

Nissan wants you to know Tesla doesn't have a lock on 'sustainable transport'

LONDON — Nissan threw an incredibly lavish event this week, 180 meters above the streets of London at the top of the city’s Gherkin building.<p>Under …

Innovation and Creativity

Innovation and Creativity<p>‘Creativity’ has become one of the most highly praised and prestigious concepts in modern business. Corporations are …

Travel Industry

Marrying the Right Person Makes You More Successful, According to Science

Marry for love, and if you're lucky, you might get a lot more.<p>Lots of factors go into success. Your mindset plays a huge role. Developing greater determination, willpower, and grit (because they <i>can</i> be developed) is key. Being more likable makes a huge difference. (And, yes, you can develop that …

Washington University in St. Louis

L'agenda des oiseaux de nuit / 27 avril 2017

Rockeurs vintages, amateurs d'électro venus du froid, fans de house à l'américaine, danseurs de funk, soul ou encore disco, vous trouverez votre …

Whose Side in the Housing Wars Would Jane Jacobs Take Up Today?

The renowned urbanist allegedly wrote a protest song against Robert Moses with Bob Dylan. She might not sing the same tune about preservation today.<p>Of all the ways to celebrate a centenary, announcing a collab with Bob Dylan might be the tops. Days before Wednesday’s Google Doodle marked the 100th …

What Would Jane Jacobs Do?

Why the question remains so vital today.<p>On a presidential campaign trail paved with discussions of border walls, Supreme Court nominees and terrorism fears, candidates have hardly mentioned cities beyond, perhaps, a remark about “New York values.” Yet a national agenda in this century must be an …

7 Leadership Lessons From the Coach Who Mentored Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt, and Jeff Bezos

Bill Campbell dies at 75, leaving Silicon Valley's top leaders without their most trusted adviser.<p>Most Silicon Valley titans are familiar figures. They make commencement speeches that rack up millions of views on YouTube, get profiled by business websites such as this one, and have irreverent …

Silicon Valley