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That number may seem small compared to Chicago or Los Angeles, both of which have vacant lots numbers in the tens of thousands, according to estimates. But for a city gripped by a perpetual and worsening affordable housing crisis–and an administration that plans to build 300,000 units of affordable housing in the next decade–it’s large enough to spur a debate around how the city should be handling these vacant spaces.
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Design Boom

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last year we reported that MIT researchers were investigating how a fleet of autonomous boats could improve urban waterways in amsterdam. dubbed roboat, the research project saw the senseable city lab at MIT, directed by carlo ratti, collaborate with the amsterdam institute for advanced metropolitan solutions (AMS). together they envisioned a new kind of on-demand infrastructure comprising autonomous platforms that could combine together to form floating bridges and stages, collect waste, deliver goods, and transport people, all while collecting data about the city. 
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Web Urbanist

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There’s something extra eerie about places that are not quite abandoned just yet, but edging closer and closer to a prolonged death process. Relics of another time, these architectural remnants feel like physical connections to all the lives that passed through them, many of which have already met an end. Lacking any efforts to preserve or revive them, they slowly crumble, waiting for their inevitable demolition. Photographer Michael Eastman specializes in capturing such places on film in all their deteriorating glory.
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paris based designer, claire lavabre, has taken an array of different objects to build the ‘la stanley’ ready made lamp. developed as part of a research project on lights and their kinetic effects – ‘lampade e altre progetti non finiti’ – lavabre created the piece during her one year residency program at villa medici in rome.
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Design Milk

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If you’re in London between now and January 6th be sure to make a stop at the recently opened Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross to see Space Frames, a festive light installation designed by Studio Mieke Meijer. Inspired by functional industrial architecture, as well as the abandoned industrial buildings of Roy Letterlé and Mieke Meijer’s hometown of Eindhoven, the huge light installation also takes cues from the arches and bold outlines of the venue itself.
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Mashable Magazine

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A new major study by Amnesty International has looked at the extent to which women are harassed on Twitter.

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There’s not much that hasn’t already been said of 3D printing or the predicted revolution that promised to transform manufacturing and put a MakerBot in every home. While the technology continues to evolve, with new applications like cutting-edge medical uses and building-size structures, it has yet to truly overtake industrial production in the mainstream market–though not for lack of effort.
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With the Bauhaus celebrating its centenary next year, museums and galleries across the globe are hosting events to mark the occasion. As part of our Bauhaus 100 series, we reveal the exhibitions and conferences that are not to be missed.
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There’s just something about this phone. From the moment I laid eyes on this thing, it just kind of made me happy. It’s small and adorable like a newborn puppy, and despite how petite it appears it photos, it looks and feels even smaller in person. And I’m not the only one that had this reaction. When I brought it into the office, people crowded around marveled. One person cooed at it, another said, “it’s perfect,” while a third remarked that this is the exact sort of thing they’d wished someone would make for years.

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Archi-Union Architects has completed a conference centre on Shanghai's West Bund in just 100 days, using robot-assisted design and construction.

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Marcus Lyall and Adam Smith describe their work designing shows for The Chemical Brothers, including stage design, lighting design and movie-making.

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Design Boom

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LEGO is on a mission to reduce stress and anxiety among adults. the danish toymaker’s latest range – called forma – incorporates sturdy rods and parts to build the skeleton of a fish, combining this with customizable skins. the idea behind it is that combining organic forms and mechanical complexity could help to improve wellbeing among adults.
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bourgeois / lechasseur architects has completed dômes charlevoix, three geodesic dome structures in the forest of petite-rivière-saint-françois, near quebec, designed to serve as all season, eco-luxury accommodations. part of a larger tourist project, each dome sits on a separate wooden patio that overlooks the mountainous landscape, and is complete with a hot tub and outdoor terrace. 
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fastcompany

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Ideo partner Michael Hendrix discusses how design thinking can be used as a superficial tool to make a company seem innovative–even when it’s not.

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Ars Technica

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Displacing jet fuel is a first step toward reducing the carbon footprint of flight.

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Mashable Magazine

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Every morning, she checks in with herself. Brushed teeth? Check. Ate breakfast? Check. Meditated? Check. When she completes her yoga and meditation routine, centering herself for the day, she taps a dime-sized hexagon with the date on it on the "Every Day" calendar she’s created. It lights up with warm encouragement, like a gold star sticker you’d get in grade school.
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