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Atom in the Garden of Eden


As the world entered the Atomic Age, humankind faced a new fear that permeated just about every aspect of daily life: the threat of nuclear war.

Urban Ghosts: Remnant Stories of Building Demolition & Graffiti Removal


Photographing decay is not a new trend, but the focus of such images tends to be on the aesthetics of destruction rather than what the remains of old architecture or carefully erased art can teach us.

Seeing into Blind Spots: Clever Trick to Properly Align a Car’s Side-View Mirrors


The sticker warning that “objects in mirror are closer than they appear” is only useful when you can actually see other vehicles behind you.

The Starchitect’s Hall: High-Risk Concert Halls in the Gehry Age


Architectural acoustics is a field that rarely makes the front page of any newspaper, much less op-eds in tech publications like Wired.

Usonia the Beautiful


Frank Lloyd Wright was never one to shy away from making grand statements about architecture, like: “The future of architecture is the future of the human race.

Pumped for the Future: Fueling Up at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Visionary Gas Station


Frank Lloyd Wright is best known by most people for buildings like his Prairie style houses and spiraling Guggenheim Museum.

Colorful Past: Photorealistic Recreations of Lost Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings


When a building is lost to history, we are often forced to rely on blueprints and faded black-and-white photographs to piece together its appearance.

Usonia 1


Few creative professions can point to a single figure as famous in their field as Frank Lloyd Wright.

Detroit’s Pattern of Growth: Four Key Factors Explain Motor City’s Conflicted Grid


American cities tend to follow grid systems, and yet these grids also regularly deviate from predictable patterns in ways that can seem inexplicable at times.

Death by Tactile Paving: China’s Precarious Paths for the Visually Impaired


Designed to help the blind and visually impaired navigate cities, tactile paving units are like braille for pavements: raised bumps and ridges help guide people down sidewalks and across intersections.

The Eponymist


Eponym (noun): A person after whom a discovery, invention, place, etc., is named or thought to be named; a name or noun formed after a person.

Eco-Warfare: Seed Bullets & Bombs for a Guerrilla Gardener’s Green Arsenal


The United States Department of Defense recently posted an open call for a new kind of bullet, specifically: one that will contain an engineered seed.

Atlas Obscura: Eccentric Guidebook to Unbeaten Paths & Global Curiosities


In 1910, a lawyer and Nobel Prize winner began a project to compile the world’s knowledge onto a series of 3 x 5 index cards.

The Revolutionary Post


There are currently more than 31,000 post offices in the United States. Some are grand old ones that take up entire city blocks.

Project Habbakuk: Britain’s Secret Ice “Bergship” Aircraft Carrier Project


In the early 1940s, German submarines (U-Boats) were wreaking havoc on Allied forces in the Atlantic Ocean, sinking ships and threatening to turn the tide of the war.

Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle


On January 3, 1979, two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department went to the home of Eulia May Love, a 39-year-old African-American mother.

Vertical Strip Mall: A Decaying Monument to Modern Drive-Through Consumerism


Standing out against surrounding shanties in Caracas, El Helicoide spirals skyward like a modern Tower of Babel.

Machines for Living In: How Technology Shaped a Century of Interior Design


In today’s hyper-connected world, we are more interested in interior design than ever before. Websites like Houzz and Pinterest allow us to amass digital collages of decorating ideas.

Decoding Rings: Beneath the Mysterious Brick Circles on San Francisco Streets


Standing out against the linear grid of city streets and pedestrian crossing stripes, over 170 strange brick circles can be found embedded in the pavement throughout San Francisco.

Mini-Stories: Volume 2


Have you ever wondered why flags appear “backward” on one side of a uniform sleeve or military vehicle but look normal on the other?


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