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Putting Cities’ Abandoned Spaces To Work—Fighting Climate Change

Local Code takes thousands of underused urban spaces and optimizes them to fight flooding, heat, and extreme weather.<p>City infrastructure–like sewer pipes, for instance–are built to accommodate a certain number of people, and withstand a certain amount of bad weather. But with climate change …

Frustrated With Your Photography? You Need to Watch This...

Who’s not frustrated with their photography from time to time? Often it requires a few days or weeks of slogging through the frustration to get back …

Stanford Professor puts his entire digital photography course online for free

When it comes to the list of digital imaging pioneers, Marc Levoy is one of those names that belongs right near the top. His work has led to many of …

The best Nutribullet breakfast smoothie recipes

For those unfamiliar with the gadget, <b>the NutriBullet is an extractor which pulverises vegetables, nuts, seeds and even the pips and stalks of your fruits</b>.<p>Here, we bring you the best breakfast smoothie recipes, featuring everything from almond to beetroot, that you can blitz up in seconds for a …

Extensions to two of England’s most beautiful upland national parks mean there are now new walks, great pubs and history that’s ripe for exploring<p>Sometimes, joining the dots works. Once upon a time northern England had two great national parks: the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. In between …

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Dropbox’s New Headquarters Has A Room For Every Mood

Focused? Chatty? Annoyed? The new San Francisco office is designed to suit all the moods employees cycle through in a day.<p>The mission of the popular file hosting and sharing platform Dropbox is to make it easy for people to work comfortably from anywhere. So when it came time to design its new …

60 Songs To Wake Up To – Chosen By You

Click or tap to zoom into this image<p>This is image <i>1</i> of 60<p>Marvin Gaye, ‘Got To Give it Up’<p>This week at NME we’ve been discussing the best songs to wake …

Vegan or vegetarian pho recipe

With ginger, fennel, and pak choi leaves, this vegetarian Vietnamese broth is bursting with flavour<p>Pho is a national favourite breakfast dish among Vietnamese people. The Buddhist sector of the population tend to be vegetarian or vegan at many times throughout the year, but they do not miss out on …

Goan-style pulled loin of pork recipe

Cyrus Todiwala shares his recipe for assado de porch tirar, a satisfying and exotic pork roast<p>The Portuguese word “assado” simply means “roast”, says Cyrus Todiwala of the name he gave to his latest restaurant and its signature dish. Marinated in turmeric, tamarind and toasted chillies, this exotic …

Traditional scone recipe - perfect for all the family

Scones can be sad. They promise so much and often deliver so little. And they do this when you really need them to be good. At weekends I often see lone dads – are they divorced, or have they just been given the kids for the day? – tackling scones in parks, zoos, cafés that will tolerate spillages …

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Revealed: how to make the perfect gin and tonic

Lime or lemon? A little tonic or a lot? A scientist has researched how to make the definitive G&T<p>We Britons all have our own ideas about what makes a great gin and tonic – whether it’s Gordon’s with a slice of lemon or Beefeater with a wedge of lime<p>Now, however, the question of how to make the …

7 (More) Websites to Help Us Be Better Architects

Last year we published a list of 22 websites meant to make an architect's job a little bit easier. From selecting the perfect color scheme to …

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Capturing the Diversity of Swimming Pools From the Air

Dans les airs, tout prend une perspective différente et offre à nos yeux des nuances imperceptibles au niveau du sol. Dans sa série <i>Pools</i>, le …

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The tallest skyscraper in Stockholm will be made entirely out of wood

1/<p>The new building, "Trätoppen," or "tree top," will sit inside in the middle of an existing car park.<p>Anders Berensson Architects<p>"If we want to …

Zaha Hadid's 35 most incredible buildings

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Boxy building minimizes surface, maximizes air and stairs

I do go on about my Euroloaf buildings, the long low loaf-shaped apartment buildings that are a Scandinavian delight, but there are other typologies …

MVRDV to transform old US Army barracks in Germany into affordable housing

MVRDV has revealed its plans to redevelop a former US Army barracks in Mannheim, Germany, into a "village" of affordable housing.<p>The Dutch firm is …

ZGF conceals a Stanford University power plant behind metal screens

Oregon-based ZGF Architects has used a variety of design elements to help minimise the visual impact of a new energy facility on Stanford …

Amazing Global Architecture Highlighted in Huge Online Documentary Collection

All free to watch on YouTube<p>Architecture and documentary buffs, you'll want to sit down for this one (really.) As ArchDaily has just uncovered, one very delightful corner of YouTube, namely a channel called ACB (The Art & Culture Bureau), currently hosts more than 50 documentaries exploring some of …

Asymmetric French house designed by GENS as a collage of "banal components"

One half of this house in northeast France has a tiled roof and rendered walls, while the other is clad in corrugated plastic and has a chamfered …

Eerie sci-fi story by Olson Kundig wins architecture fairytale competition

Seattle firm Olson Kundig Architects has won first place in a competition to create an architectural fairytale, with its story about a dead architect …

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Construction Matters: How Advances in Brick, Steel, and Concrete Changed Architecture

How the technology behind the building blocks of construction informs the craft and creativity of architecture<p>In an era of insane renderings and conceptual construction projects, Georg Windeck, an architect and teacher at Cooper Union, wanted to take a different look at technology’s relationship to …

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42 Ways to Live Inside a Closed System

From the depths of the ocean to the heights of the stars, New York's Storefront for Art and Architecture has a handful of approaches to self-sustained living.<p>This El Niño season has seriously gotten us thinking about global warming. What will we do when Manhattan's underwater? What about when we …

Here's the best way to quickly add light to dark pictures

1/<p>Here's how the original JPEG for this demo looks.<p>Rafi Letzter/Tech Insider<p>2/<p>In Photoshop Express, bump up the exposure/brightness slider, but not …