News: architect Santiago Calatrava is facing legal action from his home city of Valencia because parts of the opera house roof at his City of Arts and Sciences complex are falling off just eight years after completion. (more…)
A new exhibition considers the legacy of this quintessential hero story.
Happy Birthday, Dorothy and Toto! The Wizard of Oz, MGM’s Technicolor masterpiece, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Maine’s Farnsworth Museum pays homage to its emerald legacy with an extensive exhibition: The Wonderful World of Oz–Selections from the Willard Carroll/Tom Wilhite Collection.
Plus some gorgeous mid-century modern homes, all from the furniture giant’s addictive Instagram account.
If you haven’t discovered the lush Instagram account of American furniture giant Herman Miller, consider yourself lucky. I wasted an unseasonably glorious Sunday afternoon combing through images of secretaries with bouffant hairdos in prim little offices, and it made me long for eras I never lived through (and ones that, frankly, aren’t worth longing for).
Think your holiday flights were long? Think again.
At a time of year in which most of us are recovering from cramped flights, jet lag, and layovers, it’s easy to forget just how good humans have become at traveling distances that would have seemed virtually insurmountable a couple of hundred years ago. In fact, compared to our forebears, we travel so quickly and efficiently that we may as well be a race of transdimensional teleporters.
Neuroscientsts find that reading stories can lead to biological changes in the brain.
Bibliophiles are right–a book can change your life. Immersing yourself in a fictional story can lead to changes in brain function for up to five days, according to a recent study published in Brain Connectivity.
This musical device lets you play music on a plant.
Media artist Yuri Suzuki specializes in making creations that bring music to everyone. Just look at his last invention, a robot train that lets you write music with magic markers and makes music notation more accessible to children, the illiterate, and dyslexics.
All things considered, I’m not a menacing guy. I once stared quite sternly after a guy who barged into me on his way off a train but that’s about as tough as I get. Of course in the world of action movies; not only do our heroes get to kick the bad guys’ asses, he or she also gets a killer line with to accompany said ass-kicking. The fine folk over at Mewlists have put together this super-cut of the best action movie one liners, from calls-to-arms to corny wisecracks and pretty much everything else in between. All the usual suspects are here (as opposed to all The Usual Suspects) and if this isn’t perfect back-to-work-fodder then I don’t know what is.
Every year, just before the AGI Open, the AGI’s members come together in the year’s host city to present to each other their national design history – the major players and events that have shaped the design landscape over the past half century. This year it was the UK’s turn, and behind the closed doors of the Barbican a cohort of prestigious british designers presented themselves to the AGI’s global community.