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.
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.
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.
On the night of December 8, 2013, a huge crowd gathered on a tree-lined boulevard in downtown Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
Japanese architecture and building codes have evolved over time to defend against the ever-present threat of earthquakes.
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.
Michael Bierut is an award-winning designer, partner at Pentagram in New York City, and author of various books on design.
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.
The 1980s were a transitional time for American concepts of urban and suburban life, particularly from the perspective of the middle class.
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.
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.
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.
Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of miles of state and national trails are built and maintained by a mostly invisible workforce.
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.
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.
The names of routes and places often tell short stories, providing glimpses into their history in just a handful of words.
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.
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.
The sticker warning that “objects in mirror are closer than they appear” is only useful when you can actually see other vehicles behind you.
Architectural acoustics is a field that rarely makes the front page of any newspaper, much less op-eds in tech publications like Wired.