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.


The Library: A World History Presents a Stunning Visual Survey of The World’s Great Libraries

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Voluminously well-read author and amateur librarian Alberto Manguel opens The Library at Night, a compendious treatise on the role of the library in human culture, with a startlingly bleak question.


Be His Guest: David Sedaris at Home in Rural West Sussex, England

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Note:  Watch the entire 25-minute interview here. There’s a brief introduction in Dutch, after which the conversation switches to English.


Interact with The New York Times Four-Part Documentary, “A Short History of the Highrise”

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“A Short History of the Highrise,” a four-part interactive New York Times “Op-Doc” reminds me of a pop-up book.


Watch Antoni Gaudí’s Unfinished Masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, Get Finally Completed in 60 Seconds

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In 1883, Antoni Gaudí, the great Catalan architect, began working on his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família, the church that has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona. Before his death in 1925, Gaudí managed to complete the crypt, apse and part of the Nativity facade.


10th Graders Draw Pictures Imagining Philosophers at Work

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The Tumblr called Philosophers at Work has gathered together a fun series of drawings by 10th graders from Madison WI, who were asked by their teacher to  — you guessed it — “draw a philosopher at work.” I will leave it to you to peruse the gallery of drawings.


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