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The ‘department store of the future’ is here to save NYC from the retail apocalypse
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The ‘department store of the future’ is here to save NYC from the retail apocalypse

It's been a hard year for New York City department stores. The year began with Lord & Taylor shuttering its flagship store on Fifth Avenue after...

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How a bonkers horror indie about a murderous red dress became a clever satire of consumerism
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How a bonkers horror indie about a murderous red dress became a clever satire of consumerism

When British indie filmmaker Peter Strickland started working a new script back in 2015, he was feeling nostalgic. He'd recently written and...

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5 surprising things in your office that are ruining your productivity
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5 surprising things in your office that are ruining your productivity

In this era of epic busyness, the last thing you need is an office environment that distracts you from getting work done. Yet, your office probably...

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An early Instagram employee offers advice on building meaningful communities
News 2 weeks ago
An early Instagram employee offers advice on building meaningful communities

Fast Company: There's a perception that grassroots communities spring up out of a shared sense of purpose. But your book suggests it isn't quite so...

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America’s largest timber building is complete, and it may be the future of construction
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America’s largest timber building is complete, and it may be the future of construction

In 2017, Leers Weinzapfel Associates constructed a building completely out of timber at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Lauded for its...

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How To Revive The Mall Experience For The Digital Generation
News 2 weeks ago
How To Revive The Mall Experience For The Digital Generation

Dead malls are the legacy of a great American mall-building binge that took place between 1970 and 2015, when the number of U. S. malls quadrupled,...

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Arts and crafts retailer A.C. Moore is shutting down, Michaels taking over some stores
News 2 weeks ago
Arts and crafts retailer A.C. Moore is shutting down, Michaels taking over some stores

Arts and crafts retailer A. C. Moore has announced it is closing all of its 145 stores. The A.C. More chain is owned by Nicole Crafts, which is...

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This office was built with 165,312 screws so it can be disassembled and reused
News 2 weeks ago
This office was built with 165,312 screws so it can be disassembled and reused

One day, this new Dutch office building will reach the end of its life. Instead of being demolished, each piece of the structure will be reused...

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Want a happy employee? Give them an office
News 3 weeks ago
Want a happy employee? Give them an office

I know, I know. You just ordered a 50-foot, untreated walnut conference table, and you envision all of your employees filing into work each day,...

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How Portland is building equity into its climate planning
News 3 weeks ago
How Portland is building equity into its climate planning

Yes, we were the first U. S. city to adopt a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 1993. Yes, we have a legacy of climate-friendly...

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Amazon’s next gadget is a smart scale that orders office supplies when you run out of stuff
News 3 weeks ago
Amazon’s next gadget is a smart scale that orders office supplies when you run out of stuff

The Dash Smart Shelf is a Wi-Fi scale that can weigh a stack of paper, a bucket of pens, or other office supplies. Office managers can assign a...

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How to design an office that actually supports employees’ well-being
News 3 weeks ago
How to design an office that actually supports employees’ well-being

There's a lot of press on the harmful effects of the open office, and for good reasons. Many open offices are as life-sucking as people say-so much...

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Exclusive: Inside the new largest Starbucks on the planet
News 1 month ago
Exclusive: Inside the new largest Starbucks on the planet

But as I take my first steps into the company's brand-new Starbucks Roastery-a four-story, 35,000-square-foot store that's opened in the former...

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A better use for sprawling, big-box store parking lots? Urban farms
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A better use for sprawling, big-box store parking lots? Urban farms

A typical parking lot at a big-box store, sprawling over several acres, is empty most of the time. With a new design called Car Parks 2.0, the...

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New York wants to help solve its housing crisis with coliving
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New York wants to help solve its housing crisis with coliving

For the last few years, most coliving spaces have been targeted at renters who have more income-say, a twentysomething programmer in San Francisco...

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FAO Schwarz is opening two stores in Europe. Yes, you can dance on the pianos
News 1 month ago
FAO Schwarz is opening two stores in Europe. Yes, you can dance on the pianos

The legendary toy store opened a location at Selfridges in London yesterday, and it will open another at Arnotts in Dublin next Tuesday. The news...

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This artificial island is a home for sea creatures displaced by climate change
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This artificial island is a home for sea creatures displaced by climate change

Last year, the California Ocean Protection Council estimated that by 2050, water levels along the West Coast will likely increase by one foot. The...

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Prices start at $13 at Banksy’s store, if you can answer a simple question
News 1 month ago
Prices start at $13 at Banksy’s store, if you can answer a simple question

Earlier this year, after his oil painting Devolved Parliament sold for over $12 million at a Sotheby's auction in London, acclaimed street artist...

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How making small changes to your environment can produce a big boost in your creativity
News 2 months ago
How making small changes to your environment can produce a big boost in your creativity

Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company's podcast Creative Conversation on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, GooglePlay, or Stitcher. When...

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Toys ‘R’ Us and Target are teaming up for online sales starting today
News 2 months ago
Toys ‘R’ Us and Target are teaming up for online sales starting today

In a way. ToysRUs.com is relaunching today, offering up a wide selection of games and playthings, but when you click on an item to purchase, there...

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These architectural sex toys critique New York City’s new skyscrapers
News 2 months ago
These architectural sex toys critique New York City’s new skyscrapers

New York's Hudson Yards has been called Manhattan's "slickest gated community." From its 850-square-foot luxury apartments that start at $2 million...

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This startup wants to help renters avoid massive security deposits
News 2 months ago
This startup wants to help renters avoid massive security deposits

In San Francisco, where a typical one-bedroom apartment now rents for $3,600, a prospective tenant may have to put down an extra $7,200 as a...

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Forever 21 files for bankruptcy, will close 350 stores worldwide
News 2 months ago
Forever 21 files for bankruptcy, will close 350 stores worldwide

After months of rumors that it would do so, Forever 21 has announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company made the...

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Rent the Runway customers are mad as hell because their gowns aren’t arriving in time
News 2 months ago
Rent the Runway customers are mad as hell because their gowns aren’t arriving in time

Rent the Runway's customers are mad as hell because their outfits aren't showing up on time. And they have a right to be angry. Rent the Runway...

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First look: UCLA’s new building proves that sustainability doesn’t have to be high-tech
News 2 months ago
First look: UCLA’s new building proves that sustainability doesn’t have to be high-tech

Galleries and museums are usually heavily climatized and high-tech, which is no surprise, since the art inside is sensitive. But UCLA's new art...

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How to design a productive routine when you work remotely
News 2 months ago
How to design a productive routine when you work remotely

According to our State of Remote Work survey for 2019, 84% of remote workers work from their home. That means that most of us work and live in the...

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Google’s new housing development will get suburban workers out of their cars
News 2 months ago
Google’s new housing development will get suburban workers out of their cars

The sprawling office park near the main buildings at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, looks a lot like other corporate campuses...

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You can now buy The Impossible Burger in grocery stores (if you’re in SoCal, at one specific grocery chain)
News 2 months ago
You can now buy The Impossible Burger in grocery stores (if you’re in SoCal, at one specific grocery chain)

It's now possible to try cooking the plant-based, very beef-like Impossible Burger at home-but at the moment, only if you happen to live in...

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This is what happened when two companies swapped offices—and countries
News 2 months ago
This is what happened when two companies swapped offices—and countries

Getting away on vacation can help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated, but it's also good for your brain. The change of scenery can spark new ideas...

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These are all the companies participating in the climate strike
News 2 months ago
These are all the companies participating in the climate strike

If you try to go to Patagonia's Manhattan store early in the afternoon on Friday, you won't be able to shop. The company is one of a handful of...

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