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1:51pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: Details

On the May 22, 2015 edition of 99% Invisible:

It’s a stick with bristles poking out of it.

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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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7:51am

Fri January 9, 2015
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: Vexillonaire

Portland flag, before the redesign

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

Vexillologists—those who study flags—tend to fall into one of two schools of thought. The first is one that focuses on history, category, and usage, and maintains that vexillologists should be scholars and historians of all flags, regardless of their designs.

The other school of vexillology, however, maintains that not all flags are created equal, and that flags can and should be redesigned, and improved.

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7:00am

Fri December 26, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: Edge of Your Seat

Barcelona Chairs by Mies van der Rohe.
James Davies

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

“A Chair is a difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.” — Mies van der Rohe.

The chair presents an interesting design challenge, because it is an object that disappears when in use. The person replaces the chair. So chairs need to look fantastic when empty, and remain invisible (and comfortable) while in use.

Friday at 7:45am & 4:45pm and Saturday at 8:35am.

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7:02am

Fri December 19, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: For Amusement Only

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

Winning an early pinball game was much more about luck than skill, since there were no buttons to activate flippers on the sides. You basically had one action: pull the plunger and watch the ball go. Without the flippers, pinball was a truly a game of chance—perfect for gambling.

Friday at 7:45am & 4:45pm, Saturday at 8:35am.

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