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Recovering Lolita

Recovering Lolita | D_sign | Scoop.it

John Bertram, an architect and blogger, three years ago sponsored a Lolita cover competition asking designers to do better. Now the contest is being turned into a book, due out in June and coedited by Yuri Leving, with essays on historical cover treatments along with new versions by 60 well-known designers, two-thirds of them women.

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Why Don't We Read About Architecture?

Why Don't We Read About Architecture? | D_sign | Scoop.it

Jargon interferes with our appreciation of the art that has perhaps the most impact on us.

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New Calatrava-Designed Bridge in Dallas

New Calatrava-Designed Bridge in Dallas | D_sign | Scoop.it

Every day, 14,000 vehicles on six lanes will enjoy the 400-foot arch adorning the cable-stayed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge over the Trinity River in West Dallas.

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Japan Mulls 'Future Cities' for Devastated Communities

Japan Mulls 'Future Cities' for Devastated Communities | D_sign | Scoop.it

Japan is planning to build six energy efficient so-called 'future cities' in the region devastated by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami one year ago. But there are concerns about the scope and sustainability of the projects and whether international entities will be shut out.

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The Platform Bed's New Allure

The Platform Bed's New Allure | D_sign | Scoop.it

The once-spartan platform is taking on new cachet, thanks to more styles, changes in mattress technology—and, perhaps, vampires.

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Architecture with aboriginal principles

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Searching for evidence of Edmonton's aboriginal history took Zoe Todd to out-of-the way spots - the north LRT tracks, industrial sites, the rarely used downtown Beaver Hills Park.

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Vertical Gardens Are on Display at the New York Botanical Garden

Vertical Gardens Are on Display at the New York Botanical Garden | D_sign | Scoop.it

When the 10th annual Orchid Show opens at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx on Saturday, it will feature an installation designed by Patrick Blanc, the Paris botanist known for creating lush vertical gardens on the walls of museums, hotels, parking lots and malls.

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From Street to Sculpture Garden

From Street to Sculpture Garden | D_sign | Scoop.it

So few cities have great outdoor sculpture gardens, but Montreal is soon to join that exclusive list. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will soon open an expanded sculpture garden, making it one of Canada’s largest collections of public art.

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Motif Magazine: The World Made Visible

Motif Magazine: The World Made Visible | D_sign | Scoop.it

Motif magazine’s range of editorial interests was unusually broad for its time and, in the often highly segmented world of periodical publishing, it has rarely been equalled in Britain.

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How to turn your body into data (and art)

How to turn your body into data (and art) | D_sign | Scoop.it

Artist Minjeong An has turned the raw facts of her life into sophisticated, data-based artworks.

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Will Wang Shu’s Pritzker Win Prove Pivotal for China?

Will Wang Shu’s Pritzker Win Prove Pivotal for China? | D_sign | Scoop.it

Chinese architecture may have reached a turning point with the announcement of Pritzker Architecture Award winner Wang Shu, the first Chinese national to receive the prestigious award.

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Time to stop snubbing the suburbs?

Time to stop snubbing the suburbs? | D_sign | Scoop.it

The notion of a 'suburb' is history. Diversity, greater density, more shopping and transportation choices are all part of the new identities of the communities around Seattle.

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A letter in a picture by David Hockney

A letter in a picture by David Hockney | D_sign | Scoop.it

David Hockney responds to 'anti-smoking fanatics' with a pictorial letter to the Guardian produced on his iPad.

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Where Are the US World Heritage Landscapes?

Where Are the US World Heritage Landscapes? | D_sign | Scoop.it

Out of 936 sites worldwide, the U.S. has just 21 sites deemed crucial to global cultural heritage.

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Passport Design: Hue and Cry

Passport Design: Hue and Cry | D_sign | Scoop.it

The birth of South Sudan owes a lot to America. Perhaps as a sign of gratitude, its national coat of arms (chosen in a public competition last year) looks rather like the great seal.

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Resurrected: A Multifaceted Icon of Comic Book Art

Resurrected: A Multifaceted Icon of Comic Book Art | D_sign | Scoop.it

I originally came to know Wally Wood for his comical comics, mainly his acclaimed work for Mad back in its 1950s, pre-magazine incarnation. But his personal life was a drama verging on tragedy and culminating with his suicide in 1981. Only now, three decades later, is his story heading toward a happy ending, with a burst of renewed interest in his work.

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Depression-era prints that celebrate work

Depression-era prints that celebrate work | D_sign | Scoop.it

During the Great Depression, printmakers -- many working for the WPA -- took American labor as their subject.

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Ingenious hand-painted phrenology bike helmet

Ingenious hand-painted phrenology bike helmet | D_sign | Scoop.it

A discovery engine for meaningful knowledge, fueled by cross-disciplinary curiosity. Edited by Maria Popova.

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Japan builds Tokyo Sky Tree, world's tallest tower

Japan builds Tokyo Sky Tree, world's tallest tower | D_sign | Scoop.it

Standing 2,080 feet tall, the Tokyo Sky Tree is a new digital broadcast tower built on reclaimed land in the Japanese capital. Engineers are confident it won't topple in an earthquake.

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Beautiful bookshelves

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Alex Johnson takes a beguiling look at the possibilities available for your library if your imagination, rooms and budget are big enough.

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The Death of Starchitecture? Critics Move to the Small Scale

The Death of Starchitecture? Critics Move to the Small Scale | D_sign | Scoop.it

A star-studded quartet of architecture critics discussed their craft on Monday night at the AIANY’s Center for Architecture in Manhattan, arguing for the vitality of buildings in modern life and the impact of criticism in a changing world.

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100-Mile Houses Expand the Locavore Movement From Food to Architecture

100-Mile Houses Expand the Locavore Movement From Food to Architecture | D_sign | Scoop.it

The rise of the locavore movement introduced millions of people to the 100-mile diet, which involves eating only food produced within one's own region. Now, a new focus on sustainable architecture is applying the same concept to homes.

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Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Travel, 1910-1959

Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Travel, 1910-1959 | D_sign | Scoop.it

Motoring in Germany, hunting in the USSR, beaching in Portugal, and other adventures.

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