A New Film Looks at Chicago's Flawed 'Starship'
Agreed: rehabilitate and repurpose rather than raze.
chicago  architecture  state  illinois 
3 days ago
What the Car Did — And What It Might Do
"Perversely, the suburban lifestyle that the Interstates enabled also gave rise to an atomized, individualistic politics, which soon bred a revolt against the taxation and central planning that made their construction possible in the first place."
automobile  culture  usa 
3 days ago
Full Tilt: When 100% of Cars Are Autonomous
"If robots rule the roads, we might get where we’re going a lot more quickly — but end up not knowing precisely where we are."
autonomy  mobility  built  environment 
3 days ago
Synthier Things
Arpeggiate like it's 1983.
synth  music 
14 days ago
Netflix Genre List: 23,458 more secret Genres not in other lists
Looking for Hindi-Language Supernatural Horror? Look no further.
movies  reference  netflix 
16 days ago
Whisper, a horror short
Always-on "AI" as horror. More please.
horror  amazon  alexa  echo 
16 days ago
An 80-Foot Steel Kraken Will Create an Artificial Coral Reef Near the British Virgin Islands
Art installation, plus artificial reef undercarriage, plus historic ship dive location!
dive  scuba  reef  art 
24 days ago
Cities and Suburbs Are Becoming Pretty Similar
I don't buy the equivalence. Suburbs are superficially urbanizing, but their dependence on the automobile and lack of density makes their "transformation" cosmetic at best.
urban  suburban 
26 days ago
What Will the Outdoors Sound Like in the Future?
"I think we'll have opportunity to restore a lot of soundscapes across the nation at little or no cost."
sound  nature  pollution 
26 days ago
The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life
"Driving an SUV or even a mid-size car from New York to L.A. is worse for the planet than flying there/"
automobile  culture  usa 
6 weeks ago
How IBM’s ThinkPad Became A Design Icon
I still love this machine line, though I have not used one in a decade.
pc  ibm  thinkpad  design 
6 weeks ago
This Is Your Brain on Architecture
"We need a real paradigm shift in how we think about the built environment."
architecture  psychology  space 
7 weeks ago
The City — Lori Nix
Stunning miniatures of urban decay.
city  miniature  abandoned  photography 
7 weeks ago
The demise of Keyboard Magazine, after 41 years
Late to this, but wow did this publication shape my early music years.
music  keyboard  synthesizers 
7 weeks ago
Offline Only
This is a very smart idea.
me  irl  offline 
11 weeks ago
Angry White Boys
"There are many shades of white, and Mom’s-basement white is the least popular crayon in the box."
august 2017
Annie Dillard's Classic Essay 'Total Eclipse'
As if I could not be excited enough for Monday's eclipse.
sun  Moon  eclipse  essay 
august 2017
As Eclipse Madness Sweeps U.S., A Stonehenge Made Of Cars Prepares
Nothing like news coverage to make your destination a traffic nightmare.
eclipse  2017 
august 2017
Tolkien’s Map and The Messed Up Mountains of Middle-earth
"Middle-earth’s got 99 problems, and mountains are basically 98 of them."
fantasy  map  geology  mountains 
august 2017
How A Small Town Record Store Quietly Released An Exclusive Aphex Twin Record
"The store isn't really set up in genres, but it's highly curated."
music  record  midwest  aphex 
august 2017
The world's latest gold rush is an Italian affair
The crazy short-term upsides of climate change. Also: Italians panning for gold!
italy  gold  climate 
july 2017
Eighty years of false freeway claims
Oh Atlanta, you could have been so much better.
freeways  roads  cars 
july 2017
How can we stop algorithms telling lies?
Contemplating a National Algorithms Safety Board.
ethics  algorithms 
july 2017
One Thing Silicon Valley Can’t Seem to Fix
"The built environment of the Valley does not reflect the innovation that’s driving the region’s stratospheric growth."
urbanism  design  corporate  park 
july 2017
What football will look like in the future
This is storytelling unlike anything I have ever read. Fantastic.
football  sports  online  narrative 
july 2017
In the Deep, Dark Sea, Corals Create Their Own Sunshine
This seems like some thermodynamic law breakage, but I want to believe.
july 2017
Does Elon Musk Understand Urban Geometry?
Some things stop working when everybody buys them.
city  transport  design  urbanism 
july 2017
'A Neighborhood Is Alive and Fluid'
The wonder of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, visually told.
community  neighborhood 
july 2017
Silent Pocket
Custom Faraday Cage sleeves for shutting your devices off from the world without shutting them down.
phone  electronics  RF  block 
july 2017
Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.)
Fascinating exploration of the Fermi Paradox and Drake Equation.
communication  extraterrestrial  danger 
july 2017
These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Books
I swear one go the original books had an ending that none of the narrative paths led to. I remember doing a much cruder mapping than these and being astonished and disappointed.
book  visualization  adventure 
june 2017
Redditors design worst volume sliders possible
Volume based on latitude is wonderfully stupid.
interface  awful  design  volume 
june 2017
Chicago Flag Mosaic Project
One of the best in Chicago encouraging the best in Chicago.
flag  creative  3D  print  lanetech 
june 2017
Infrastructure Is Not Just Roads and Bridges
"Like curb cuts, expanded broadband, clean water systems, improved public transportation — and yes, better roads and bridges — that lift up the most vulnerable among us actually lift us all up."
infrastructure  mobility  broadband 
june 2017
How Can Corals Teach Us About Climate?
No need for a canary in a coal mine when nature gives you an ocean-wide visualization system.
coral  climate  change 
june 2017
If You Care About Cities, Apple's New Campus Sucks
"Apple’s new HQ is a retrograde, literally inward-looking building with contempt for the city where it lives and cities in general."
apple  architecture  design  urban 
june 2017
Why Cities Need Their Own Foreign Policies
"Right now, a Chicago-sized city is being added to the world’s urban population roughly every two weeks."
cities  climate  change  sustainability 
june 2017
When America Barred Italians
The story of the Tolva line in America.
italy  basilicata  emigration  ban  racism 
june 2017
Sensors in a Shoebox.: The 'Smart City' Kit That Anyone Can Use
“Imagine what could have happened in Flint if the average citizen had a water pollution sensor.”
IoT  sensors  urban  community  DIY 
june 2017
Watch the world's first TED talk on the culture of record digging
"Our role should be about giving beautiful music a second chance to be heard by as many people as possible.”
vinyl  archaeology  shopping  record 
may 2017
Brick Block - by Oskar Stålberg
Build apartments buildings, gorgeously, in your browser. Minecrafty.
building  architecture  3d 
may 2017
Blueprints for 'Star Wars' Death Star were created at UIC
This would have been a good factoid for the Lucas Museum if it had been built in Chicago.
UIC  starwars  visualization  graphics  deathstar 
may 2017
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