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It may be some way off, but mind uploading, the digital duplication of your mental essence, could expand human experience into a virtual afterlife

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With its stirring backdrop of Catalan modernism, the Sir Victor hotel – named after Víctor Català, the penname of the notable native author Caterina Albert i Paradís – has set a new standard in Barcelona’s lifestyle.
The original building, designed by …

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“Time seems to have stopped in a wild summer world of long, long ago.”

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Design Boom

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onsidering the legal restraints of the site, the building could only have three floors, including a half-basement, each of which is about 30m2.

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The idea of a “biodegradable” plastic suggests a material that would degrade to little or nothing over a period of time, posing less of a hazard to wildlife and the environment. This is the sort of claim often made by plastic manufacturers, yet recent research has revealed supposedly biodegradable plastic bags still intact after three …

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You might not be able to stomach soybeans for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but the animals you eat do. Cultivation of the staple crop takes up an area five times the size of the UK, and 85% of that area is used for animal feed. Thanks to projected rapid growth in both world population and …

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German photographer Bernhard Lang first became fascinated with aerial views while on travelling passenger planes. Now, taking photographs out of an open helicopter door is his main practice, offering a new perspective on the world below.

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Ahead of The Design Museum's exhibition of his work, we examine whether Stanley Kubrick's obsessive qualities were a help or hindrance to his career.

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Danish company Lego tops the Superbrands list for the second year running.

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In two years’ time, the Lower East Side will be home to the world’s first underground ‘green’ space – the Lowline

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Belgian artist Luc Tuyman‘s provoking paintings cast the neoclassical surrounds of Palazzo Grassi in a sombre shroud as his major Venice retrospective reflects on history’s darkest moments

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Wired

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To help cure the planet’s ailments, Zhen Dai suggests antacid. In powdered form, calcium carbonate—often used to relieve upset stomachs—can reflect light; by peppering the sky with the shiny white particles, the Harvard researcher thinks it might be possible to block just enough sunlight to achieve some temperature control here on Earth. Dai’s work calls for a custom-­designed test balloon that, pending an independent committee’s green light, is set to release up to a kilogram of calcium carbonate 12 miles above the US, in what will be the first solar geoengineering experiment in the lower atmosphere. Small onboard propellers will stir the payload into the air.
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swiss architecture firm leopold banchini partners with noura al-sayeh of the bahrain authority for culture and antiquities (BACA) in the design of bahrain’s ‘house of architectural heritage.’ the project serves as an exhibition and archival space, showcasing the area’s architectural ancestry through the exposition of the neighboring heritage buildings. the narrow concrete structure is opened along each long axis to frame the exterior walls of the existing adjacent buildings, exhibiting the ancient construction in detail as a museum piece.
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