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Could excess inventory become a thing of the past? New style startups not only give a boost to emerging designers, but bring unheard-of levels of economy to the fashion business.
May 16, 2013 3:00am |
Leila Takayama imagines a world where human-friendly robots interact successfully with people. But it's not always easy teaching a 500-pound machine not to block the office coffee maker.
May 20, 2013 3:00am |
Apple's web of subsidiaries, designed to save the company billions in taxes, is global, complex and beyond anything most experts have ever seen. Today, CEO Tim Cook faces Congress.
2 | May 21, 2013 8:31am |
An award-winning designer, Formosa spoke with us about designing IBM's first personal computer, how design has changed over the decades -- and why you should have meetings in elevators.
4 | February 18, 2013 2:22am |
The search for a suitable Samuel Adams can presented some interesting design challenges. The goal: make the experience as close to drinking from a glass as possible.
May 17, 2013 12:47pm |
Now the Igor I. Sikorsky prize is worth $250,000. Check out three designs that are getting close.
2 | May 13, 2013 12:09pm |
Keep the function but improve the experience -- how a team of architects created a supermarket oasis.
May 21, 2013 6:15am |
A team of scientists has outlined a new LED street lamp design that could help reclaim the luminosity of the heavens.
10 | April 25, 2013 6:55pm |
A new generation of architecture students is marshalling their brains and muscle behind projects that make a real-world difference for the disadvantaged, disabled or displaced.
1 | May 8, 2013 3:00am |
Honeywell is going high end with its new Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat and is tapping its formidable sales and distribution channels to turn up the heat on its competition.
1 | April 24, 2013 8:37pm |
In a Nairobi slum, newly minted entrepreneurs run more than 160 public toilets and transform their waste into fertilizer -- and someday they'll turn it into electricity.
2 | April 22, 2013 4:00am |
MELBOURNE -- Wish someone had taught you how to be confident or how to find a job you love? Melburnians are picking up some life lessons and new skills as part of a trend in "altucation."
4 | May 15, 2013 2:30am |
Princeton University scientists have successfully combined organic tissue with electronics, potentially extending the boundaries of human hearing beyond natural limits.
2 | May 14, 2013 6:55pm |
Finding ways to maximize space in cities is becoming more than a new design challenge -- it's becoming crucial.
May 7, 2013 6:36am |
There are few black architects in the pipeline, and fewer still with a high national profile. C.C. Sullivan looks at the latest news, which suggests a growing role for African-American designers.
35 | April 24, 2013 1:45am |
BUENOS AIRES -- Known as the "Paris of South America" for its Belle Epoque architecture, Argentina's capital is also home to prime examples of Brutalist buildings designed by Clorindo Testa.
7 | May 3, 2013 3:00am |
At Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami, galleries, collectors, and the host city all benefitted from the intersection of high art and high design. And high sales figures.
December 11, 2012 10:05pm |
The Boston-based architect will use his new reality television show to showcase some of North America's most provocative public architecture.
2 | April 4, 2013 3:00am |
BARCELONA -- Ear plugs that you can actually hear through. Cubes of silence in the middle of busy squares. Peace from the city racket is coming to a Spanish city near you.
2 | May 13, 2013 3:06am |
BERLIN -- The popularity of handcrafts in Berlin sees the emergence of innovative craftsmanship.
1 | April 18, 2013 1:35am |