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Adorable Build-It-Yourself CNC Bot Fits in Your Pocket

Piccolo the tiny CNC-bot from diatom studio on Vimeo. Yes, machines can draw, and, unsurprisingly, they do so quite well. The problem, as with all nascent material technologies, is the size of these plotters, which renders them impractical and quite expensive, setting you back a few thousand dollars. That is, until now (dun dun dun). Sigue leyendo

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Kengo Kuma’s Idiosyncratic Starbucks Store Opens

All photos: Kengo Kuma and Associates The ubiquity of the Starbucks brand has yielded an unsurprising aesthetic monotony among their ever-expanding empire of coffee shops. The anatomy of nearly every Starbucks store can be reduced to the same basic elements, from the mood lighting and tacky factory art to the Michael Buble (or Jacques Brel, Sigue leyendo

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The Plan to Dam the Hudson and Connect Manhattan to New Jersey

Back on terra firma, we’ve come across old plans for right here in New York that are nearly as ambitious as building an elevator to space or constructing your own Death Star. As we learned from Gothamist, engineer Norman Sper’s 1934 proposal to dam and fill the Hudson River would have connected Manhattan to New Sigue leyendo

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The Economics Behind The Death Star

Given the current rate of innovation and progress in construction (and design) technologies, we tend to assume that anything can be built. Think up any ridiculous shape or size you’d like for a building, and if there is a rising economy of plutocrats willing to pay for it, a totalitarian state to muscle it past Sigue leyendo

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Ford was Prefab, Volkswagen is OMA

A 1959 Ford Times illustration. In her 2007 book Brandscapes, Anna Klingman argues that architecture is now a key player in the “experience economy,” where experiences are the main commodities being bought and sold. Like myriad other cultural critics who have argued for the acknowledgement of new orders of capitalism (see: the “attention economy” among Sigue leyendo

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Kinect-Powered Installation Lets You Fly Through Space

Starfield from lab212 on Vimeo. Lab212‘s newest installation plunges participants into the infinite void of the vintage Windows 3.1 screensaver Starfield. The bare bones installation, which takes its name from its high-flying predecessor, consists of just a swing–charmingly produced here as a plank of wood slung from two long ropes suspended from the ceiling–positioned in front of Sigue leyendo

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Montreal Architects Rescue Mies Van Der Rohe Gas Station from Obscurity

All photos: FABG via Milimet and Domus Canadian architecture firm FABG have completed their renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Esso Service gas station on Nun’s Island, Montreal. The structure was conceived as a prototypical station for Standard Oil and was meant to service a three-tower residential complex designed by Mies as part of the urbanization Sigue leyendo

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The Magic “Rising” Table

Designer Robert van Embricqs‘s “Rising Table” is the work of an illusionist. As its name implies, the table can be coaxed out of its original flat state to form a self-standing table–a stylish one at that–like some magical apparatus from a past era, handled by the gifted showman who impossibly suspends the material laws of Sigue leyendo

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