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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 |
In the wake of the tornado that tore through central Oklahoma, a team of students have ramped up the design of UAVs to track them.
May 24, 2013 10:50am |
The Take's C.C. Sullivan wonders why designers, architects and artists think that recycling is automatically an aesthetic success. It takes a bit more than just reusing old stuff to create good...
3 | May 22, 2013 3:00am |
Some auto manufacturers are dipping their toes into co-creation with customers, seeking design preferences via online communities, social network sites, crowdsourcing and contests.
3 | May 22, 2013 7:01pm |
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.
1 | May 20, 2013 3:00am |
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 world's top architects are competing to design Finland's longest bridge. Why is it so special? Three words: no cars allowed.
9 | May 22, 2013 4:44am |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
38 | April 24, 2013 1:45am |
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 |