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Tom Levy

Architecture has the power to transform. A building can make us feel joy, or sadness, powerful or weak. 

99% Invisible: Sounds Natural

May 26, 2018

Of course, there’s some level of illusion in all film-making, even in nature documentary film. Filmmakers choose their shots and edit footage to form a narrative. In some cases, these illusions can help tell the truth about animals, but not always.  Filmmakers sometimes lure wildlife closer to the cameras or harass animals to get them to do something exciting.  

99% Invisible: Squatters of the Lower East Side

May 26, 2018

In 1987, three years after moving to New York City, Maggie Wrigley found herself on the edge of homelessness.  She heard about an abandoned tenament building on the Lower East Side she could move into, and so she did.  The building was full of rubble and had no running water, but she stayed. 

99% Invisible: The Trend Forecast

May 4, 2018

Who decides that the color this season is “mint green” or that denim jackets are “back?” Of course, there’s top-down fashion, where couture houses and runway shows set a trend that trickles down through the rest of the industry.  Then there’s bottom-up ...

99% Invisible: La Sagrada Familia

Apr 20, 2018

The line to enter Barcelona’s most famous church often stretches around the block. La Sagrada Família, designed by Antoni Gaudí, draws so many people to see it that the neighborhood is congested with tour buses and taxis and scooters. It’s estimated that some three million people went inside of the church in 2016, and another seven million came just to stare at the outside of the strange, behemoth structure.

99% Invisible: Speech Bubbles

Apr 13, 2018

Author of Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, cartoonist and theorist Scott McCloud has been making and thinking about comics for decades. His classic volume explores formal aspects of comics, the historical development of the medium, its fundamental vocabulary, and various ways in which these elements have been used.

99% Invisible: Project Cybersyn

Apr 6, 2018

On September 11, 1973, a military junta violently took control of Chile, which was led at the time by President Salvador Allende. Allende had become president in a free and democratic election. After the military coup, General Augusto Pinochet took power and ruled Chile as a dictator until 1990.

99% Invisible: The Pool and The Stream

Mar 9, 2018

It’s hard to say where inspiration comes from. The path from the seed of an idea to its execution is often a long one. The brilliant architect Alvar Aalto expressed this sentiment well, in an extended metaphor about a fish in a stream:

Ryan Christopher Jones

  

On this edition of Your Call, we'll continue our coverage of the West Virginia teachers' strike, which is now on its ninth day.

 

99% Invisible: Oyster-tecture

Mar 2, 2018

Standing on the sidewalk in Manhattan’s financial district in the shadows of glass skyscrapers, it is easy to forget how close you are to the water. But just a few blocks away, there are docks, and sea gulls, and ferry boats ready to take you island hopping.

99% Invisible: Money Makers

Feb 16, 2018

TV and movies are full of characters who come across suitcases full of cash. It’s a fun plot device—what will the characters do with all this easy money?

99% Invisible: Home on Lagrange

Feb 11, 2018

Over the course of his career, Gerard O’Neil would turn skeptics into true believers, find support from NASA, and start a social movement toward the goal of building human colonies in space.

99% Invisible: Dollar Store Town

Feb 11, 2018

Go into any dollar store in the United States and you’ll find the same kind of stuff. There are grocery items and cleaning products, some of them generic and others brand-named.

99% Invisible: On Average

Feb 5, 2018

In many ways, the built world was not designed for you. It was designed for the average person. Standardized tests, building codes, insurance rates, clothing sizes, The Dow Jones – all these measurements are based around the concept of an “average.”

99% Invisible: The Giftschrank

Jan 28, 2018

In May 8, 1945, the Allied powers declared victory in Europe, putting an end to the Nazi regime. There was much to be done, and figuring out what to do with Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”), Adolf Hitler’s fictionalized autobiography, was prominently on the list.

99% Invisible: The Stethoscope

Jan 28, 2018

Imagine for a moment the year 1800. A doctor is meeting with a patient – most likely in the patient’s home. The patient is complaining about shortness of breath. A cough, a fever. The doctor might check the patient’s pulse or feel their belly, but unlike today, what’s happening inside of the patient’s body is basically unknowable. There’s no MRI. No X-rays. The living body is like a black box that can’t be opened.

99% Invisible: McMansion Hell

Jan 28, 2018

Few forms of contemporary architecture draw as much criticism as the McMansion, a particular type of oversized house that people love to hate.

99% Invisible: Public Works

Jan 28, 2018

Infrastructure makes modern civilization possible. Roads, power grids, sewage systems and water networks all underpin society as we know it, forming the basis of our built environment … at least when they work.

99% Invisible: Negative Space

Jan 28, 2018

Michael Bierut is an award-winning designer, partner at Pentagram in New York City, and author of various books on design. 

99% Invisible: Unpleasant Design

Jan 28, 2018

Benches in parks, train stations, bus shelters and other public places are meant to offer seating, but only for a limited duration. 

In October 2016,  over 2000 people took part in more than 30 events across the Bay Area as part of the first-ever Reimagine End of Life Festival

99% Invisible: Miss Manhattan

Nov 25, 2016

On the November 25, 2016 edition of 99% Invisible.

99% Invisible: The Blazer Experiment

Nov 11, 2016

On the November 11, 2016 edition of 99% Invisible.

99% Invisible: Best Enjoyed By

Jul 29, 2016

On the July 29, 2016 edition of 99% Invisible.

99% Invisible: The Fresno Drop

Jun 17, 2016

On the June 17, 2016 edition of 99% Invisible.

99% Invisible: Tube Benders

May 20, 2016

On the May 20, 2016 edition of 99% Invisible.

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99% Invisible: A Sweet Surprise Awaits You

Mar 4, 2016

On the March 4, 2016 edition of 99% Invisible.

99% Invisible: Milk Carton Kids

Feb 19, 2016

On the February 19, 2016 edition of 99% Invisible.

99% Invisible: Bathysphere

Feb 5, 2016

On the February 5, 2016 edition of 99% Invisible.

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