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  1. Inventables: Materials Database
    A Great Idea

    Inventables: Materials Database

    Zach Kaplan is looking out for the little guys. In 2002, he launched Inventables, an extensive library of high-tech materials from manufacturers and innovators like Dupont and 3Form. The initial...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.11.11

  2. New Power Generation
    Green

    New Power Generation

    Long before smoke-spouting power plants were relegated to the remote outskirts of the industrial city, large-scale energy generators were common sights in urban landscapes. Pushback from the...

    written by: Asami Novak
    01.03.11

  3. FORD&CHING Website Relaunch

    FORD&CHING Website Relaunch

    Please join FORD&CHING for the launch of their brand new interactive website. The event takes place at the FORD&CHING showroom located in the historical Kim Sing Theatre in downtown Los...

    09.15.09

  4. Set in the Future
    Profiles

    Set in the Future

    When Tron raced into theaters on neon treads in 1982, the futuristic backdrops were a vis-ual revelation for cinema geeks. Nearly three decades later, its set design and costumes—specifically...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.26.10

  5. Greywater Installer's Course

    Greywater Installer's Course

    This course is designed for people with either basic plumbing,landscaping, or permaculture skills who want to learn how to design and...

    09.01.09

  6. 8 Exhibits to See Over the Holidays
    Event Spotlight

    8 Exhibits to See Over the Holidays

    With a few days off and some time to travel, now is your chance to catch new shows as well as the tail ends of the exhibitions you've been meaning to make it to. We've rounded up 8 must-see...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.22.10

  7. Zoe Ryan on Hyperlinks at AIC
    Event Spotlight

    Zoe Ryan on Hyperlinks at AIC

    A new exhibit opened this weekend at the Art Institute of Chicago. Hyperlinks: Architecture and Design explores the connects between architecture and design—as well as other disciplines like...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.14.10

  8. Situated Technologies: Toward the Sentient City

    Situated Technologies: Toward the Sentient City

    This exhibition is a critical exploration of the evolving relationship between ubiquitous computing, architecture and the city. It will imagine alternative trajectories for how various mobile,...

    07.22.09

  9. Green Cottage Getaway in Maine
    Green

    Green Cottage Getaway in Maine

    On an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine, a writer, with the help of his daughter, built not only a room but an entire green getaway of his own.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Eirik Johnson
    11.22.10

  10. Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

    Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

    This exhibition features outstanding contemporary achievements in American architecture, landscape design, interior design, product design, communication design, corporate design, interaction...

    07.01.09

  11. NASA Astronaut Speaks about Recent Hubble Repair Mission

    Dr. John Grunsfeld, a NASA astronaut and a Chicago native, will discuss and showcase images from his recent 13-day trip to the International Space Station for the final servicing mission for...

    06.12.09

  12. Pop!Tech Conference
    Event Spotlight

    Pop!Tech Conference

    Pop!Tech is a big-ideas conference in a small Maine town that brings together leaders and innovators from science, tech, education, and entertainment for a three-day conversation among 600...

    11.08.10

  13. The Idea House: Senior Living
    Travel Reports

    The Idea House: Senior Living

    With Americans living longer, there’s growing interest in the concept of aging in place—that is, staying in our own homes for as long as possible. Fortunately, we can look to the senior...

    written by: Emily Young
    photos by: Peter Williams
    11.03.10

  14. Dreams Happen

    Dreams Happen is a biennial fundraising event benefiting Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) and hosted by Stanford Shopping Center. The event teams local architects and builders in the...

    05.18.09

  15. The Go Game’s Kiva.org FUNdraiser

    The Go Game is an all-out urban adventure game using cell phones and flip cameras.Teams compete by following clues on wireless devices and hints planted in unlikely places, which guide teams to...

    05.08.09

  16. Easy Ways to Save Energy
    Product of the Day

    Easy Ways to Save Energy

    Apparently the average home has 40 devices plugged in drawing constant energy, even when they're turned off (this is called, creepily, 'vampire energy'). To combat this, Belkin has created a slew...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.07.10

  17. Hands-on Greywater and Rainwater Workshop

    Interested in learning how to retrofit a home to collect rainwater and recycle greywater? Come to this double workshop on rainwater/greywater to learn how. The morning will be about rainwater...

    04.13.09

  18. Artist-in-residence Zhang Peili

    Video artist Zhang Peili will discuss the history and future of video in China and will preview examples of his recent work. This panel discussion with feature Peili and Jane Farver, Director, MIT...

    04.09.09

  19. Crowd-Sourced Product Design
    Product of the Day

    Crowd-Sourced Product Design

    Founded by the 23-year-old entrepreneur Ben Kaufman—who previously developed an award-winning iPod accessory when he was still in high school—Quirky offers a, yes, quirky new approach...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    09.28.10

  20. Water Knows No Boundaries

    Will Baker, president, Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Iris Miller, ASLA, The Catholic University of America; and Tommy Wells, Washington, D.C. Councilmember, discuss practical solutions for cleaning up...

    03.24.09

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