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[EPISODE] Manzanar


When Warren Furutani was growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950s, he sometimes heard his parents refer to a place where they once spent time — a place they called “camp.” To him “camp” meant summer camp or a YMCA camp, but this was something different.

[ARTICLE] Agricultural Futures: From Home Aeroponic Gardens to Vertical Urban Farms


Located in an abandoned 70,000-square-foot factory in Newark, New Jersey, the world’s largest vertical farm aims to produce 2,000,000 pounds of food per year.

Finnish the Dishes: Simple Nordic Design Beats Dishwashers & Drying Racks


In the 1940s, inventor Maiju Gebhard calculated that the average household spent almost 30,000 hours washing and drying dishes over the course of a lifetime.

The Falling of the Lenins


On the night of December 8, 2013, a huge crowd gathered on a tree-lined boulevard in downtown Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

Earth Defense: Shaking Buildings in the World’s Largest Earthquake Simulator


Japanese architecture and building codes have evolved over time to defend against the ever-present threat of earthquakes.

Logo Lookalikes: Vintage Predecessors to Contemporary Company Logos


Designing a new logo is harder than it looks. Even when designers come up with something they have never seen before it does not necessarily mean their design is entirely original.

Negative Space: Logo Design with Michael Bierut


Michael Bierut is an award-winning designer, partner at Pentagram in New York City, and author of various books on design.

99% Allusional & Radiotopia Live Tour: Coming to LA, SF, Portland & Seattle


Join Roman Mars and a host of other podcast stars in a series of upcoming live events across the West Coast, starting with a team-up (or: portmanSHOW) of 99% Invisible and The Allusionist in Los Angeles.

Special Feature: Roman Mars & Kevin Smokler Discuss Classic 1980s Teen Movies


The 1980s were a transitional time for American concepts of urban and suburban life, particularly from the perspective of the middle class.

Guerrilla Public Seating: SF Bench Project Makes Free Seats for City Sidewalks


On the whole, we tend to think of public space as something we can all share but that only cities and their agencies can modify.

State (Sanctuary, Part 2)


In the 1980s, the United States experienced a refugee crisis. Thousands of Central Americans were fleeing civil wars in El Salvador and Guatemala, traveling north through Mexico, and crossing the border into the U.S.

Solve for X: Deciphering Calibration Marks Made for Classified Spy Missions


Viewed from the sky or seen up close on the ground, giant X shapes and triple bar patterns scattered across the United States look equally perplexing.

Behind the Scenery (Act 2): How U.S. Trail Crews Work to Remain Invisible


Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of miles of state and national trails are built and maintained by a mostly invisible workforce.

Church (Sanctuary, Part 1)


In July 1980, a group of Salvadoran migrants crossed the border between Mexico and Arizona. They walked over a remote mountain range and halfway across a wide desert valley in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

Behind the Scenery: The Subtle Art of Crafting Public Wilderness Trails


The U.S. National Trails System‘s 30 Scenic and Historic routes alone span over 50,000 miles, longer than the entire Interstate Highway System.

Sad Topographies: A Collection of Dismal Places to Go When Feeling Low


The names of routes and places often tell short stories, providing glimpses into their history in just a handful of words.

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.


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