Morse and Stiles Colleges, Yale University, 1958-62, Eero Saarinen, architect. Saarinen is seen here with a large model of the two residential colleges, which he designed to have the rambling plan of an Italian hill town. Yale Manuscripts and Archives. (Excerpted from Living on Campus: An Architectural History of the American Dormitory.) Courtesy University of Minnesota Press

19 New Architecture and Design Books For This Summer

With warmer weather comes a fresh batch of exciting texts on architecture and design, past and present. See our full list here! Zachary Edelson, Samuel Medina, Laurel Rogers, Joseph P. Sgambati III Twice a year, the editors at Metropolis gather the most exciting books in one...
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As Wildfire, Hurricane Seasons Crank Up, Offsite Builder Tools Up To Respond

Autodesk, Citi investments in Factory OS will allow for a new rapid response facility and an expanded in-house learning lab. By John McManus It’s almost never not natural hazard season these days. But, with Barry barreling into the Louisiana Gulf Coast, and sizzling summer...
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Researchers have developed eco-friendly bricks using organic luffa fibres

Bricks made from loofah and charcoal could promote biodiversity in cities

Plants and insects can thrive on the surface of these Green Charcoal bio-bricks, engineered as an alternative to concrete by researchers at the Indian School of Design and Innovation in Mumbai. Rima Sabina Aouf Plants and insects can thrive on the surface of these Green Charcoal...
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Inside the strange—and misunderstood—saga of Biosphere 2

Episode 6 of Nice Try! visits the Arizona research facility that began as an experimental space colony and ended as a lesson on hubris and human nature. By Diana Budds Escape fantasies have long fueled the search for utopia—that irresistible notion of putting everything wrong in...
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The Oneida Community Mansion House was specifically designed for the alternative living habits of a 19th century “free love” utopia.Courtesy Oneida Community Mansion House

What five failed utopias can teach us today

Catch up on the best moments so far from Curbed’s podcast Nice Try! Nice Try!, the Curbed podcast on the perpetual search for utopian living, has now explored five failed attempts at utopias, from the bloody beginnings of Jamestown to Oneida, an upstate New York commune turned...
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Aspen Ideas Festival 2019: Inclusive Architecture: Design to Embrace Human Diversity

By Zoë Rom Design’s intrinsic motivation is to improve a user’s experience. There has been a surge of design with and by people with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities aiming to make the lives of those with special needs easier. Fueled by advances in...
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The New York Times’ new ‘Tiles’ game is our current design obsession

Since launching this week, Tiles has consumed both game lovers and design lovers for its subtly addicting premise and eye-catching design. By Liz Stinson Say goodbye to your productivity. This week, the New York Times released a new mobile game called Tiles, and it’s the perfect...
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The Tree Napper from Bearaby is a weighted blanket that looks like a stylish throw.Bearaby

The best Mother’s Day gifts to shop right now

From a terrazzo cheese board to a fresh-smelling eucalyptus shower spray, these affordable gifts say more than just “Thanks, Mom.” By Megan Barber Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 12, and it’s time to find the perfect gift for your one-of-a-kind mom. But in a sea of...
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The bricks have the same number of studs used for individual letters and numbers in the Braille alphabet

Lego launches Braille Bricks for blind and partially sighted children

Lego has created a version of its building bricks printed with letters and numbers from the braille alphabet, to help partially sighted and blind children learn to read. Gunseli Yalcinkaya Lego has created a version of its building bricks printed with letters and numbers from the...
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Six of Dezeen’s best livestreamed talks and panel discussions

Dezeen regularly hosts and livestreams vibrant discussions involving some of the brightest minds in architecture and design. Here are five of our favourites, covering topics including the influence of the Bauhaus, the future of graphic design, the social role of street furniture,...
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