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July 2014

Q&A: Renzo Piano

07/31/14

Q&A: Renzo Piano

The architect talks about museum design, the new Whitney, and why buildings should "talk to each other."

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What's Behind George Lucas's MAD Choice?

07/29/14

What's Behind George Lucas's MAD Choice?

The "Star Wars" creator had an aesthetic change of heart when he chose Beijing-based MAD Architects to design his new museum.

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Discovering Cape Cod's Modernist Legacy

07/28/14

Discovering Cape Cod's Modernist Legacy

The Outer Cape in the summer: plush beaches, fried clams, mini-golf, and...modern architecture?

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The Dizzying Heights of Hong Kong's Hyperdense Cityscape

07/28/14

The Dizzying Heights of Hong Kong's Hyperdense Cityscape

An excerpt from the photographic book, "Vertical Horizon," pays tribute to the city's unique and often claustrophobic skyline.

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The Politics of Paint

07/24/14

The Politics of Paint

Three case studies show how a coat of paint can carry great political resonance.

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How One Materials Giant Is Making Strides Towards Greater Sustainability

07/24/14

How One Materials Giant Is Making Strides Towards Greater Sustainability

We talk with DuPont™ Corian® about the company's sustainable milestones and goals.

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Urban Expression: Graffiti as Social Commentary

07/23/14

Urban Expression: Graffiti as Social Commentary

In the latest edition of Signgeist, spray paint takes on a political dimension.

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Herman Miller to Buy Design Within Reach

07/18/14

Herman Miller to Buy Design Within Reach

The latest in the saga of high-end acquisitions in the contract furniture industry

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Video: See Where the World Cup Trophy Is Made

07/17/14

Video: See Where the World Cup Trophy Is Made

A look inside the small Italian factory responsible for sculpting soccer's top prize

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Made in the Shade: Landscaping in the Shadow of the High Line

07/16/14

Made in the Shade: Landscaping in the Shadow of the High Line

The Green Team negotiates a shadowy undercroft of the High Line.

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Inside SeARCH's Futurist Hobbit Hole at the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

07/16/14

Inside SeARCH's Futurist Hobbit Hole at the Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

"Yourtopia" questions what our homes should look like in an ecologically-minded age.

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Robert A.M. Stern Remembers Charles Moore

07/14/14

Robert A.M. Stern Remembers Charles Moore

The architect reflects on his time with Moore, the pomo theorist, designer, and epicurean.

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A Tokyo Wedding Chapel that Marries Western Tradition with Eastern Aesthetics

07/11/14

A Tokyo Wedding Chapel that Marries Western Tradition with Eastern Aesthetics

The fifth-floor chapel at the Palace Hotel Tokyo broadcasts your nuptials to the entire city.

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New PBS Series Uses 3-D Scanning to Unlock Secrets of the Pyramids

07/09/14

New PBS Series Uses 3-D Scanning to Unlock Secrets of the Pyramids

A new television program uses laser-scanning technology to analyze ancient monuments.

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How Are New Material Technologies Freeing up Designers?

07/09/14

How Are New Material Technologies Freeing up Designers?

Don't miss Metropolis in discussion with Justin Titucci of Evans & Paul about new material and fabrication technologies.

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How Chinese Urbanism Is Transforming African Cities

07/08/14

How Chinese Urbanism Is Transforming African Cities

The Chinese urban model has landed in cities across Africa, says Dutch research studio Go West Project.

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Students Collaborate on Solar-Powered, Energy-Producing House for European Decathlon

07/08/14

Students Collaborate on Solar-Powered, Energy-Producing House for European Decathlon

Designers from RISD, Brown, and the University of Applied Science Erfurt developed a prototypical home that actually generates 50% more energy than it uses.

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Design and Corporate Social Responsibility

07/07/14

Design and Corporate Social Responsibility

Is it a matter of morals or a robust bottom line? Can it be both?

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New York Architects Test Out Emergency Housing Prototypes to Combat Next Sandy

07/03/14

New York Architects Test Out Emergency Housing Prototypes to Combat Next Sandy

Garrison Architects and the NY Office of Emergency Management have developed a prefab, modular housing solution for those misplaced by disaster.

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Q&A: Krista Ninivaggi

07/02/14

Q&A: Krista Ninivaggi

The celebrated designer talks about her interior design work at SHoP, new fabrication technologies, and opening her own firm.

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What Broadacre City Can Teach Us

07/02/14

What Broadacre City Can Teach Us

Frank Lloyd Wright's agrarian fairytale offers some lessons, and plenty of warnings, to contemporary architects and planners.

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Q&A: Architect Joseph Filippelli on the Future of the Workplace

07/01/14

Q&A: Architect Joseph Filippelli on the Future of the Workplace

The designer talks office trends and the Workplace of the Future 2.0 Competition.

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How Arup Engineered The Living's Mushroom Tower

07/01/14

How Arup Engineered The Living's Mushroom Tower

The firm explains what it took to build this year's MoMA PS1 YAP pavilion.

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