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American highways are so expensive that cities are tearing them down — here’s what they’re turning into

But these days, investing in highways is a bad business decision for many cities.<p>An increasing number of cities around the US are choosing to tear down or transform parts of their dilapidated interstates, rather than repair them. These redevelopments are largely happening because old highways are …

Urban Design

Hate working in a web browser? How a new breed of software is bringing cloud-based apps into a single interface

In 1983, Microsoft developers Richard Brodie and Charles Simonyi wrote a UNIX program that would eventually become Microsoft Word. It did one thing: …

Apps

Amazon halts plan for office tower in Seattle over proposed tax

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said it has halted planning for a new office building in Seattle and might sub-lease rather than occupy another future tower downtown, pending a city council vote on a proposed tax on top businesses.<p>Amazon's decision puts a question mark on more than 7,000 new …

City Politics

MIT Press to Make Landmark Architecture Books Freely Accessible Online

The MIT Press, in collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is set to digitize landmark out-of-print architecture and urban studies books …

Architecture

A Nano-Drone Filmed a Beautiful Long Take in a Japanese High School

Nano-drones are usually designed as indoor toys but this short video shows how they can be used to create some very unique shots.<p>Thanks to their …

Here's What Will Happen After a Huge Earthquake Inevitably Hits California

Nobody knows when "The Big One" is going to hit California, but here's how experts think it will play out when it does.<p>California is the land of beaches, mountains, and all the legal marijuana you can stomach. It’s also, inconveniently, a dangerous minefield riddled with nasty fault lines that …

San Andreas

How Transparent Solar Panels Affect Construction Companies

Research from Nielsen confirms that sustainability is a major concern among consumers of all ages. A global 2015 study found that, of all age groups, …

Clean Energy

There Are Apparently Zero Scientifically-Proven Benefits to Open Plan Offices | Inc.com

A recent Harvard Business Review article quoted Facebook's "Chief People Officer" on the company's new 430,000 square foot open plan office:<p>"It really creates an environment where people can collaborate; they can innovate together. There's a lot of spontaneity in the way people bump into each …

Peer-Reviewed

The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine

GARPENBERG, Sweden — From inside the control room carved into the rock more than half a mile underground, Mika Persson can see the robots on the march, supposedly coming for his job here at the New Boliden mine.<p>He’s fine with it.<p>Sweden’s famously generous social welfare system makes this a place …

Pew Research Center

3 Simple Time-Management Tricks to Boost Your Employees' Productivity | Inc.com

As a leader, it's your responsibility to help everyone on your team do more of their best work. This means coaching them to prioritize their work, giving them the insights they need to spend time wisely, and most of all, making sure you're not getting in their way.<p>But with all the other tasks on …

Time Management

Tesla battery races to save Australia grid from coal plant crash – injecting 7MW in milliseconds

Tesla’s world record sized 100MW/129MWh lithium ion battery reacted within milliseconds when an Australia coal power plant removed itself from the power grid last Thursday. Technically, the Tesla battery responded to the trip event, and finished its work, before the coal plant’s backup plant …

The 10 best design books that aren't about design

There are plenty of amazing design books around, but some of the best lessons can be learned from books that are about a different topic altogether. …

UX Design

A Smart Coffee Cup? It’s More Useful Than It Sounds

The Ammunition-designed mug lets you choose the exact temperature you’d like your coffee to remain for hours.<p>It’s a chilly Sunday morning. You pour yourself a cup of tea, curl up in a cozy blanket, grab a book, read a few pages, and take a sip only to find that it’s gone cold. This letdown is …

The relationship between design deliverables and presentation skills

How the level of detail of a design deliverable varies depending on the presenter’s storytelling skills.In 13 years working in UX, I have joined a …

UX Design

9 projects that reimagine old buildings, from factories to firehouses

What’s old is new again<p>Adaptive reuse can mean a lot of different things, from reinventing an old school building to repurposing shipping containers as homes. At its core, the concept is about repurposing an old building into something new.<p>But adaptive reuse differs from renovation in one important …

A New Deal photographer’s forgotten Portland

“This is about how a city can shape a person. And how a person can shape a city.”<p>I stopped wearing heels when I moved to Portland, Oregon.<p>The Southeast neighborhood surrounding my new apartment was dominated by huddled groups of wanderers camped on sidewalks, their wire-wrapped crystals splayed …

Oregon

Ezra Stoller Captures Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconic Buildings

The riveting images give a rare glimpse into the legendary architect’s achievements<p>In honor of the 150th anniversary of the iconic architect's birth, Frank Lloyd Wright will be celebrated in numerous ways this month: MoMA will open "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive" this month, the …

Frank Lloyd Wright in 45 essential works - Curbed

For Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday, Curbed is celebrating the life and work of the legendary American architect who brought us the Prairie School movement. Join us in exploring all things Wright this week.<p><i>For Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday, Curbed is celebrating the life and work of the</i> …

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum gets the Lego treatment

The new set updates the first release from 2009<p>Here’s your chance to build Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum with your own hands—in miniature, that is. Thanks to Lego, which released an adorable model of the architectural wonder earlier this spring, Wright fans and building …

Times Square Celebrates Grand Opening of Snøhetta-Designed Transformation

With yesterday’s grand opening ceremony in the books, Times Square’s 8-year-long transformation has been pronounced officially complete.<p>Led by …

Modpool Shipping Container Pools

Relocatable and convertible with a shockingly quick set-up time, Modpool Shipping Container Pools are intriguing alternatives to traditional pools. …

Shipping

The complete story behind Apple's futuristic new campus, 'Apple Park'

Apple employees will begin moving into a new campus in Cupertino, California this month.<p>The new Apple headquarters, named Apple Park, is a single ring, about a mile in circumference, set in a large campus that will be covered in plants and trees.<p>Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs once said that the new …

Tesla Gigafactory: Rare picture from inside production floor via new supplier

Tesla and Panasonic are not the only two companies working at ‘Gigafactotry 1’ in Nevada. Tesla set up the battery factory to house several suppliers who are part of the supply chain of li-ion batteries.<p>A new supplier announced its part of the production line and released rare new pictures from …

Tesla

Tesla is powering the Hawaiian island of Kauai with more than 54,000 solar panels and its giant battery packs

Tesla officially unveiled the project Wednesday morning in Kauai following opening remarks by CTO JB Straubel and David Ige, governor of Hawaii. Tesla partnered with the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) to launch the project.<p>The solar farm is composed of 54,978 solar panels with 13 megawatts …

Why we shouldn’t underestimate the power of diversity

<i>iStock</i><p>The best way to prepare for a future of unknown complexity? Build on the strength of our differences, explain MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito …

This tiny home was 3D-printed in 24 hours

And it cost just over $10,000<p>At this point, a house (or a five-story building) made of 3D-printed parts is no longer a shocking sight. However, a new project in Russia takes the instant gratification of a 3D-printed structure one step further by getting all the printing done right on site.<p>Completed …

The $74 trillion global economy in one chart

The latest GDP numbers from the World Bank were released earlier this month, and today's visualization from HowMuch.net breaks them down to show the relative share of the global economy for each country.<p>The full circle, known as a Voronoi Diagram, represents the entirety of the $74 trillion global …

The Ghost of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mile-High Chicago Tower

In 1956, Frank Lloyd Wright unveiled plans for The Mile High Illinois, a tower that would be four times the height of the Empire State Building. But …

Skyscrapers

In not-too-distant future, brain hackers could steal your deepest secrets

Religious beliefs, political leanings, and medical conditions are up for grabs.<p>OAKLAND, Calif.—In the beginning, people hacked phones. In the decades …

University of Washington

Sorry Elon, driverless passenger drones will be the vehicular disruption of the future

Henry Ford famously said that if you asked people what they wanted, they wouldn’t have said “ a car.” They would have said – “a faster horse.”<p>I believe driverless cars are today’s equivalent of faster horses. A continuation of what exists – not a true category break. Predictable but not …