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The true story behind the deadliest air disaster of all time

<b>Exactly 40 years ago, at Tenerife-North Airport (formerly Los Rodeos), two Boeing 747s - one belonging to KLM, the other to Pan Am - collided on a foggy runway. Five hundred and eighty-three people were killed in what remains the biggest air disaster in history. In this extract from Cockpit</b> …

The IKEA of Bicycles

that’s a SLADDA bike for the money.<p>I was recently asked what my five favorite Brands are. That’s brands with a capital B. This isn’t something most …

How American Modernism Came to the Mountains

After World War II, Chicago’s design elite flocked to Aspen for ski and summer holidays, galvanizing the then-sleepy alpine village with modern mountain chalets and avant-garde public buildings that helped transform Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley into the glamorous destination it is today. A memoir …

Aspen

Santa Monica should stop trying to run its airport into the ground

The city of Santa Monica loaned its general aviation airport to the federal government during World War II for less than a decade. Yet city leaders have spent the five decades since then, on and off, at war with Washington over who controls the storied 100-year-old Santa Monica Airport — and the …

converted boeing 747 lands at burning man in nevada's black rock desert

<b>a converted boeing 747 has landed at burning man — the temporary metropolis erected annually in nevada’s black rock desert.</b> an extensive program of …

Black Rock

How 2 Copywriters Convinced Strangers to Take Drugs and Try Building Ikea Furniture

Earlier this week, an updated take on a famous anti-drug PSA posed the classic question: "This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any …

Looking for work? Airlines will need 617,000 pilots over next 20 years

If you're looking for a new career, Boeing suggests checking out the airline industry.<p>Based on the number of plane orders and airline expansion plans in the works, the aerospace giant predicted this week that the industry will need to hire 617,000 new commercial pilots, 679,000 maintenance …

Air Traffic

This Wall Street Trader Got Upset Over His $3.6 Million Bonus. Here's What Happened Next

Sam Polk experienced firsthand the danger of becoming addicted to money.<p>Your boss calls you into his office.<p>You're a little nervous. Not exactly the boss's favorite, you realize this could be bad news.<p>But after some small talk, your manager says he wants to let you know your bonus for this year. …

A Tesla Co-Founder Is Making Electric Garbage Trucks With Jet Tech, and Why Not

Turbine engines are ideal technology for jets. They cram piles of power into a small, lightweight package, and have revolutionized air travel since …

Dear President Obama: Don’t Be a VC (At Least Not How Silicon Valley Defines It)

Dear President Obama,<p>According to the press, Silicon Valley is “salivating” at the prospect of you becoming a VC.<p>As you told Bloomberg News last …

Articles about three joined cabins turn virginia retreat modern take camp on Dwell.com - Dwell

For some people, building a house may seem like a daunting commitment to permanence—a kind of spatial lockdown.<p>An unorthodox design is a comfortable escape from city life.<p>Architect Cymon Allfrey takes a page from the traditional “bach,” or holiday home, to design this alpine getaway.<p>A Martha’s …

Home Tours

How Iron Maiden Made the Boeing 747 Badass Again

Celebrity endorsements are a cornerstone of advertising nowadays, but an industrial manufacturing giant like Boeing seldom gets the chance to play …

Why even driving through suburbia is soul crushing

I’ve written some in the past about how the predominant suburban design in the US is among the worst features of life here—viewed from the perspective of a European immigrant like me, at any rate.<p>Far from posing a mere logistical or aesthetic problem, it shapes–or perhaps more accurately, it …

Urban Design

Waiting in Line for the Illusion of Security

Interminable lines at airport security checkpoints have caused a great deal of unnecessary misery.<p>Many people have missed their planes, and some flights have been delayed because too few passengers made it to the gate on time. A video of a two-hour security delay at Chicago’s Midway International …

Flying

Barcelona’s New, Huge “Superblocks” Are Designed To Stop Traffic, Fight Pollution

The nine-square-block areas are closed to everything but local traffic, filled with parks and pedestrian spaces, and change the way people interact with the city.<p>In 2017, Barcelona will start converting itself into a pedestrian city: Inside grids of “superblocks,” non-resident cars will be banned, …

Woody Allen leads New York cycle path protest

Woody Allen is waging war on New York’s cyclists, spearheading a campaign to stop the creation of a cycle path in front of his house.<p>The 80-year-old Manhattan director has lived on the Upper East Side since 2006.<p>And he has written to his local community association criticising plans to expand the …

Alongside Katz’s Pastrami, Luxury Condos

While other New York City institutions have succumbed to the insatiable appetite of a hungry real estate market, the 128-year-old Katz’s Delicatessen, with $19.95 pastrami sandwiches and a legion of fans, found a way to hang on.<p>Last year, the family-owned deli at 205 East Houston Street sold two …

Of Diapers and Dictators in Venezuela

A trip home to a country coming apart.<p>“Welcome to the Maiquetia Simón Bolívar International Airport,” said the stewardess with a metallic voice as …

The Lousy Urban Design Of America’s Most Innovative Companies

Why do tech companies keep building suburban corporate campuses that are isolated from the communities their products are meant to serve?<p>When Apple finishes its new $5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California, the technorati will ooh and ahh over its otherworldly architecture, and Apple will …

It's been a good winter in Steamboat Springs

Here’s Why Cyclists Tracking Rides With Strava is Good For Cities

'When you’re in an urban area, everyone bikes the same. You’re optimizing for safety.'<p>AUSTIN, Tex.—I am a hardcore urban cyclist, yet I have never …

Cycling

Silicon Valley’s Unchecked Arrogance

In its mind, Silicon Valley creates the future, while the rest of the world will soon become the “idle class.” What if they instead helped people …

The Air Force Spares The A-10 Warthog From Slaughter, Decides To Kill It Slowly Instead

After years of infighting, the U.S. Air Force finally gave in and spared the A-10 Warthog from the slaughterhouse. The alarming part is that it took …

Biker creates magnificent GPS doodles

Stephen Lund took the boredom-rite-of-passage, doodling, to a new level by evolving it into a sport.<p>The visually-minded biker has been doodling with …

KarTent is a cardboard tent designed for music festivals

For festival fans, camping at a multi-day festival can leave your tent trashed, with you often never using it again, or it is just dumped in the …

Photos: Artist Ai Weiwei has draped Berlin’s concert hall with 14,000 refugee life jackets

Ai Weiwei has been a harsh critic of Europe’s response to its refugee crisis.<p>He recently set up a studio on the Greek island of Lesbos, the main entry point for tens of thousands of refugees who make the dangerous sea crossing from Turkey. He is working on several projects that highlight the …

Ai Weiwei

Meet The Stylish, Soon-To-Be Star Of The Miami Boat Show

I’m going to make a prediction. The new Brenta 80 DC sailing yacht is going to be the star of the Miami International Boat Show later this month (the Strictly Sail portion to be exact). But then again, you really don’t need to be a fortune teller to anticipate that a strikingly modern, 80-foot …