Watch 50+ Documentaries on Famous Architects & Buildings: Bauhaus, Le Corbusier, Hadid & Many More

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At its best, architecture can show us a way out of the rigid, routinized thinking that keeps us pacing the same social and cultural mazes decade after decade. A radical redesign of the way we use space can herald a re-imagining of our interrelations, hierarchies, and political dynamics.

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The Met Digitally Restores the Colors of an Ancient Egyptian Temple, Using Projection Mapping Technology

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Thanks to the tireless efforts of archaeologists, we have a pretty clear idea of what much of the ancient world looked like, at least as far as the clothes people wore and the structures in and around which they spent their days.

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Mapping the Sounds of Greek Byzantine Churches: How Researchers Are Creating “Museums of Lost Sound”

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Unless you’re an audio engineer, you’ll have little reason to know what the term “convolution reverb” means. But it’s a fascinating concept nonetheless. Technicians bring high-end microphones, speakers, and recording equipment to a particularly resonant space—a grain silo, for example, or famous concert hall.

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Art Exhibit on Bill Murray Opens in the UK

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Somebody get us Bill Murray stat!
The actor and secular saint has no direct involvement with BILL MURRAY: A Story of Distance, Size, and Sincerity at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art but the interview with artist Brian Griffiths, above, suggests that he should.

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The Life & Times of Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome: A Documentary

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In the early 20th century, the visionary inventor Buckminster Fuller started looking for ways to improve human shelter by:

Applying modern technological know-how to shelter construction.
Making shelter more comfortable and efficient.
Making shelter more economically available to a greater number of people.

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The British Library Puts Over 1,000,000 Images in the Public Domain: A Deeper Dive Into the Collection

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Every year for the past decade or so, we‘ve seen new, dire pronouncements of the death of print, along with new, upbeat rejoinders. This year is no different, though the prognosis has seemed especially positive of late in robust appraisals of the situation from entities as divergent as The Onion’s A.V. Club and financial giant Deloitte.

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A Last Glimpse Inside the Okura, Tokyo’s Modernist Masterpiece Hotel

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In late August, one of Tokyo’s grandest hotels, Hotel Okura closed its doors and its main wing will be demolished to make way for a $980 million reconstruction. The new hotel will open in 2019.
The move was met with howls of protest around the world. The original hotel was hailed as a modernist treasure.

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Take a 360° Virtual Tour of Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Personal Home & Studio

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You can learn a lot about an architect from looking at the buildings they designed, and you can learn even more by looking at the buildings they lived in, but you can learn the most of all from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin.

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Watch Stewart Brand’s 6-Part Series How Buildings Learn, With Music by Brian Eno

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Stewart Brand came onto the cultural scene during the 1960s, helping to stage the Acid Tests made famous by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and later launching the influential Whole Earth Catalog (something Steve Jobs described as “Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along”).

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