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”).


Hōshi: A Short Film on the 1300-Year-Old Hotel Run by the Same Family for 46 Generations

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Hōshi is a ryokan (a Japanese traditional inn) located in Komatsu, Japan, and it holds the distinction of being the 2nd oldest hotel in the world, and “the oldest still running family business in the world” (per Wikipedia). Built in 718 AD, the ryokan has been operated by the same family for 46 consecutive generations.


Watch a Timelapse Video Showing the Creation of New York City’s Skyline: 1500 to Present

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Next month, when you step into one of the “five special elevators servicing the observatory atop the new 1 World Trade Center,” you will get a pretty great view. Though it’s not the view you might initially imagine.


Watch Björk’s 6 Favorite TED Talks, From the Mushroom Death Suit to the Virtual Choir

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Singer-songwriter Björk, currently enjoying a career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, celebrated TED’s billionth video view with a playlist of six treasured TED Talks.


The Modernist Gas Stations of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe

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Just a few miles from where I live on Los Angeles’ Olympic Boulevard stands the Helios House, which, the name notwithstanding, is a gas station — and quite a striking one. Made of stainless steel triangles, it looks like a piece of very early computer-generated imagery brought into the modern physical world.


Watch an Animated Buckminster Fuller Tell Studs Terkel All About “the Geodesic Life”

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Will humanity ever produce another mind quite like Buckminster Fuller’s? It doesn’t seem to have done so thus far. Even in Fuller’s own time, people couldn’t quite believe the intellectual idiosyncrasy of the inventor who came up with the geodesic dome, the Dymaxion Car, and much, much more.


On the Importance of the Creative Brief: Frank Gehry, Maira Kalman & Others Explain its Essential Role

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Every project starts with a brief. 
From the layman’s perspective, the project above starts with a bit of self-mythologizing.
Bassett & Partners, the “award-winning, disruptive brand and design strategy firm” and maker of the video above, seems not to subscribe to TED-Ed’s practice of educating viewers from the get-go.


A Quick Animated Tour of Iconic Modernist Houses

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From Italian graphic designer Matteo Muci comes “a two-minute animated voyage through some of the most iconic masterpieces of modern architecture: Ville Savoye by Le Corbusier, Rietveld Schröder House by Gerrit Rietveld, Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Glass House by Philip Johnson and Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright


London Mashed Up: Footage of the City from 1924 Layered Onto Footage from 2013

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Great cities are highly changeable by nature, though certain skyline-dominating landmarks endure. Visitors and residents alike romanticize the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, and the Colosseum.


Architects Dress as Famous New York City Buildings in Vintage 1931 Photo

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On January 13, 1931, the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects held a ball at the Hotel Astor in New York City.


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