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The Color Sphere: A Professor’s Pivotal “Color Space” Numbering System [ARTICLE]


Some color cataloging systems have evolved around names that are easier to remember and communicate, from the somewhat abstract (“New Old Rose”) to those more grounded in nature (“Robin Egg Blue).

New Jersey [EPISODE]


Soccer came to Brazil in the late 19th century. It was first a game of the elites but then over time became a game of the poor and working class.

Origin of the Spectrum: A Naturalist’s Evolved Approach to Naming Colors [ARTICLE]


Research scientist and neural network enthusiast Janelle Shan recently tasked an AI to develop attractive names for 7,700 different paint colors.

Beyond Streets & Avenues: Simple Visual Guide to Different Types of Roads [ARTICLE]


In Tuscon, Arizona, most roads running east-west are called streets while roads running north-south are labeled as avenues.

This Is Chance: Anchorwoman of the Great Alaska Earthquake [EPISODE]


It was the middle of the night on March 27, 1964. Earlier that evening, the second-biggest earthquake ever measured at the time had hit Anchorage, Alaska.

From Guerrilla Signs to 3D Maps: Clever Wayfinding for the NYC Subway System [ARTICLE]


Urban subway systems can be disorienting, particularly when it comes to changing trains, exiting stations and maneuvering through multiple underground floors.

Paint & Press: “Pirate Printer” Turns Street Graphics into Clothing Patterns [ARTICLE]


Walking through visually rich cities, it is easy to miss horizontal signage and flattish infrastructure embedded underfoot in streets and sidewalks.

The Modern Necropolis [EPISODE]


In the town of Colma, California, the dead outnumber the living by a thousand to one. Located just ten miles south of San Francisco, it is filled with rolling green hills, manicured hedges, and 17 full size cemeteries (18 if you include the pet cemetery).

Dangerous Skyscrapers Channel Wind & Sun, Topple Pedestrians & Start Fires [ARTICLE]


In February of 1988, Chicago’s Sears Tower began shedding sheets of glass as wind speeds reached up to 70 miles per hour.

Sharrows: Shared Lane Markings for Street Cyslists May Hurt More than Help [ARTICLE]


Originally developed by traffic engineer James Mackay in 1993 for the city of Denver, what has since become known as a “sharrow” (shared lane marking on streets) was a compromise from the start.

Reversing the Grid [EPISODE]


When Thomas Edison built his first electric power stations, there were no electric meters in people’s homes.

Hills Hoist: The Iconic Rotary Clothesline that Shaped Suburban Australia [ARTICLE]


It has appeared on stamps and been featured in an Olympic ceremony, inspired works of fine art and comedic spoofs.

Through the Motions: Japanese Rail Workers Point & Call to Promote Safety [ARTICLE]


Watching Japanese train conductors (and other railway staff) point all over the place as they perform their duties is nothing short of mesmerizing.

Modern Hieroglyphics: Binary Logic Behind the Universal “Power Symbol” [ARTICLE]


High beams, lower battery, on, off, play, pause, risk of electric shock and fragile: handle with care — what do these all have in common?

Learning from Carbuncle: Charting 56 “Ugliest Building” Winners & Nominees [ARTICLE]


Every year since 2006, the magazine Building Design has honored one special UK building with the architectural equivalent of a Razzy Award: the Carbuncle Cup.

Sounds Natural [EPISODE]


In 1999, a nature documentary called Wolves came out in IMAX theaters. The film was designed to combat the misinformation campaigns of the ranching and hunting lobbies, which portrayed wolves as vicious killers.

Ghost Lanes: Angled “Scarchitecture” Reveals Historic Urban Roads & Railways [ARTICLE]


As cities evolve, architecture often fills in abandoned routes designed for cars and trains. Still, the remnants of old voids can persist in the shapes of new structures.

[EPISODE] The Architect of Hollywood


Los Angeles is rich with architectural diversity. On the same block, you could find a retro-futuristic Googie diner next to a Spanish-style mansion, sitting comfortably alongside a Dutch Colonial dwelling, all in close proximity to a Deconstructivist concert hall.

[ARTICLE] Behind the Screens: Windshield-Clearing Designs from Wipers to Spin Windows


In the biographical feature film Flash of Genius, we follow the story of engineering professor Robert Kearns (spoilers ahead).

[ARTICLE] Kotatsu Tables: Cozy Mobile Hearths Solve Space Heating in Japanese Homes


Perfect for those cold winter days when getting out of bed seems like a chore, kotatsu tables let you get up and socialize while staying cozy and warm.


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