Lavanya Kumaran

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Refugees who changed the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> They are destitute, desperate but determined. Thousands of them flee their homes every year, risking their lives in unseaworthy boats or crammed in trucks.<p>Refugees struggling to find a new life in Europe have seized the world's attention. In some places, they have faced a backlash from …

South Africa

Witness the pride and elegance of West African photo portraits from the past 100 years

Almost as soon as photography arrived on the African continent in the 1840s, local artists and studios began adapting the medium to match their own visual traditions and tastes. Those images are now on display at a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, <i>In and Out of the</i> …

Art

Apply to live in Manhattan's first micro apartments for as low as $950 a month

1/9<p>My Micro NY apartments<p>It looks like former mayor Mike Bloomberg's legacy is still going strong within the NYC rental market. His much-anticipated, …

Apartments

Explained: The Secret Language Of New York City’s Signage

When you walk down the streets of New York City, you aren’t walking just through the present. You are surrounded by the canyon walls of the past, and the signage around you–the building names, the business signs, the faded slogans–are actually fossils, peeking out from the strata of decades gone by …

Welder Scott Raabe Places Interlocking Patterns of Molten Metal Between Pipes | Colossal

<p>For Scott Raabe, his craft lies is in the very fine details—the intersection between pipes and other cuts of metal one might typically glance over …

Mirrored Ziggurat Connects the Earth and Sky through Striking Reflections

Iranian artist Shirin Abedinirad bridges the gap between the earth and the sky in her latest installation, a stepped pyramid covered in mirrors that reflect the artwork's natural surroundings. Titled <i>Mirrored Ziggurat</i>, the installation was inspired by the ziggurat, a common form of temple in ancient …

Art

UK is Experimenting with Electric Highways That Wirelessly Charge Cars While Driving

Wouldn't it be great if you never had to stop and refuel your car? For UK-based drivers of electric vehicles, this could be a possibility in the not-so-distant future. Highways England has announced plans to test a wireless power-transfer technology that they eventually hope to build throughout the …

Electric Vehicles

Mixed Illustrations by Chris Malbon

A collection of mixed illustrations by Chris Malbon aka Melb.<p>Chris Malbon aka Melb is a Bristol, UK based illustrator and an active member of the …

Mel B

Students use scaffolding to build Urban Spa in a Mexican park

Students from the Institute of Architecture and Design Chihuahua have used scaffolding, wood and fabric to turn a disused park fountain into a shaded …

Mexico's wage crisis is so bad 'that it violates what’s stipulated in the Constitution'

At the end of 2014, Mexico's 16 billionaires were worth an average of nearly $9 billion.<p>That same year, the bottom 20% of Mexicans — nearly 25 million people — were worth an average of $80.<p>Economic hardship is widespread in Mexico, which is home to more than 120 million people, more than half of …

Income Inequality

The enduring style lessons to learn from Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn might have been 97 years-old today, May 4th, but her classic sense of style is still as relevant now as it was in her Hollywood heyday. Among her most memorable on-screen moments, there are some killer costumes, or rather sartorial gems, to replicate in real-life. Here are our …

These are the most inspirational women in history

We take a look at some of the most groundbreaking and inspirational women in history: from Cleopatra to Rosa Parks and Emmeline Pankhurst.<p>These are …

Design 3-D Printed Accessories Using Your Arm As The Interface

Tactum explores the concept of personalization in the age of projection mapping and 3-D printing.<p>“It’s really unsatisfying to have to design something inside a computer screen,” says Madeline Gannon, a designer and member of experimental collective Madlab.<p>This dissatisfaction is what motivated …

A Living Room For The Masses

The clever communal living room, by Dutch architects MVRDV, appears like a traditional cottage inside a larger building.<p>Rotterdam-based architects MVRDV have unveiled a winning design for a new culture center in downtown Zaanstad in the Netherlands. The 80,729-square-foot building has a giant …

How Architect David Adjaye Explores Design At A Human Scale

The U.K.-based, Tanzania-born architect’s new designs for Knoll are about “atmosphere as an emotional space for human beings.”<p>Though architect David Adjaye earned his stripes designing masterful structures, he has turned his eye to a more intimate scale in recent years, creating furniture and now …

Unraveling the Story Behind E3’s Emotional Surprise Hit

At the E3 game convention, the creator of the game Unravel and his little hero touched the hearts of tired fans and jaded professionals.<p>Thousands of gaming fans and industry professionals grew quiet as developer Martin Sahlin shared himself and his creation on stage at E3 on Monday. After hours of …

This Undulating Cabinet Is Like Joy Division’s Album Cover Come To Life

If you like Unknown Pleasures, you’ll enjoy looking inside Sebastian Errazuriz’s Wave Cabinet.<p>If you ever wanted to own a cabinet that channels the cover art of Joy Division’s <i>Unknown Pleasures</i>, here’s your chance: the Wave Cabinet, a sideboard created by New York artist and designer Sebastian …

7 Years In The Making, This Documentary Reveals The Untold Stories Of High-Rise Buildings

Filmmaker Katarina Cizek’s experimental project concludes with a chapter on digital lives.<p>When Katerina Cizek started <i>Highrise</i>—a web-based documentary seven years in the making—she didn’t know exactly what form it would take, only that she wanted to use the coolest technology out there to tell the …

Spoiler Alert! 9 Movie Posters That Spoil The Endings Of Hollywood Blockbusters

In our spoiler-obsessed culture, giving away the end of a movie is viewed as rude at best…and a crime worthy of being drawn-and-quartered at worst. Warsaw-based designer Dawid Frątczak just doesn’t give a damn, though: his Spoiler Alert! series takes malevolent glee in spoiling the end of Hollywood …

Watch This Cocktail Cabinet Spin Open Like A Magic Trick

Most cabinets just open or close. Not the Cubrick. Instead, it pirouettes open, allowing you to access its contents from any side (and elegantly hiding the contents when it’s not in use). It saves space, too: whether opened or closed, it’s exactly the same dimensions.<p>The Cubrick cabinet gets its …

Watch Classical Sculptures Spring To Life Through The Magic Of Projection Mapping

Walk through any good art classical museum, and the statues can seem so real, it’s almost as if they’ll come to life if turn your back on them. At France’s Lyon Museum of Fine Arts, for at least one night, that’s exactly what happened.<p>The museum asked artist Arnaud Pottier to bring sculptures, …

Designing The Perfect Pair Of Scissors

Anyone who has ever wrapped a Christmas present has dealt with the maddening problem of trying to cut a long sheet of paper in a perfectly straight line. Even if you’ve got a steady hand, you’ll usually end up drifting diagonally, or ending up with little notches in your cut. If you’re a wrapping …

DIY Furniture with a Few SNAPs

Spanish designers Maria Roca and Erika Biarnes of new company Be-elastic have come up with a creative way to help furniture keep up with our increasing mobile, space-conscious and environmentally-sensitive lives. Their first design, SNAP, is a steel loop leg that clamps on and off—making it …

Furniture

Meet Nava, A Startup That Wants To Fix The Government’s Crappy Design

Engineers and designers who refined Healthcare.gov are on a mission to tame the government’s unruly digital presence.<p>After the disastrous launch of Healthcare.gov, a website promising easy sign-ups for health insurance, President Obama corralled a team of top software engineers from companies like …

A Must-Watch Fast Fashion Documentary Is Now On Netflix

In the era of social media, the fashion industry has gotten faster. Trends go viral, and manufacturers like Zara, Uniqlo, and H&M have responded by transforming from seasonal lines, often planned a year in advance, to clothing that goes from factory to store shelves in a matter of weeks.<p>But there’s …

Products and buildings are the same says Heatherwick, as designers turn to architecture

Designing a building is "exactly the same" as designing a Christmas card according to designer Thomas Heatherwick, amid signs that designers are …

Street Artist and City Worker Spend a Year Having a Fun Graffiti Conversation

On his way to work in the morning, street artist Mobstr would cycle past an average, graffiti-covered red wall in London. For years, he noticed that a city worker would paint over the graffiti with red paint, when it was below a certain line. For any graffiti above this predetermined line, the …

Graffiti

Love MS Paint? Here’s VR Paint

Microsoft Research Labs, the creators of real-life holodecks and mind-reading stylii alike, have just unveiled their latest augmented reality project, dubbed Semantic Paint. Harnessing the scanning technology of the Kinect, Semantic Paint creates a 3-D scan of the room you’re in, in real time. …