architecture

6:05pm

Wed March 18, 2015
Technology

A technologist's house finds its voice on Twitter

Tom Coates in his tweeting house.
Liz Pfeffer

These days, our technology is getting smarter. We don’t just talk on the phone anymore, we talk to them. Siri is already a household name and our homes are getting smarter, too. There are thermostats that you can control from your cell phone. And smoke detectors that will text you if there’s a fire. San Franciscan Tom Coates has taken this technology one step further. He’s designed his home to track its vitals and tweet them out to the world, all triggered by a network of wi-fi enabled sensors.

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6:56pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Arts & Culture

The Spiritual Edge: how an architect designs meaningful space

Susie Coliver looks up inside the sanctuary at Kol Shofar
Tom Levy

Architecture has the power to transform. A building can make us feel joy, or sadness, powerful or weak. Nowhere is this more true than in a church, a chapel, synagogue, Buddhist temple, or a mosque. For centuries, religion has sparked the design of some of the world’s most beautiful buildings. But what is that process? What built elements make a space sacred?

Architect Susie Coliver says experiencing the design of a sacred space begins way before you step foot in a building.

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6:52am

Fri December 5, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: Bubble Houses

Wallace Neff on a construction site

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

Near the end of World War II, architects were anticipating the post-war housing shortage. Wallace Neff was L.A.'s start architect at the time, and wanted to create a solution that would not only meet this demand, but address the need for housing worldwide.

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12:14pm

Fri November 7, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: The Straight Line Is A Godless Line

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

Straight lines might be logical, predictable, and efficient, but they are also completely “godless”—at least according to Austrian artist and designer Tausendsassa Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (which translates to “Multi-Talented Peace-Filled Rainy Day Dark-Colored Hundred Waters” in German).

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6:10pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot: Melodic Noise

Flickr user wwiggins, Creative Commons

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