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Facebook has coffee shops now. It’s only the beginning of the branded city of the future
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Facebook has coffee shops now. It’s only the beginning of the branded city of the future

The plan has been called a PR stunt, and it may be. But in the context of tech companies building a presence in cities, Facebook is late to the...

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Why we need better, bigger data to help combat food waste
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Why we need better, bigger data to help combat food waste

Last week, the UN sounded the alarm bell about an impending food crisis driven by climate change, and it identified reducing food waste as an...

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This villa offers ‘forest therapy’ in the middle of a city
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This villa offers ‘forest therapy’ in the middle of a city

It's well-documented that plants are good for people. Not only do they serve as natural air filters, absorbing harmful toxins from the oxygen we...

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Foot Locker and Nike want to supercharge your sneaker shopping with ‘Power’ retail stores
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Foot Locker and Nike want to supercharge your sneaker shopping with ‘Power’ retail stores

As I've reported, Foot Locker is thinking carefully about how to avoid the retail apocalypse. For one thing, it has developed an in-house...

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Don Jr.’s visit to luxury resort ‘prelaunch’ in Indonesia revives conflict-of-interest concerns
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Don Jr.’s visit to luxury resort ‘prelaunch’ in Indonesia revives conflict-of-interest concerns

Trump Jr., who is an executive vice president of the Trump Organization and has played a key role in fundraising for his father's reelection...

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Silicon Valley’s quest to build the wellness community of the future
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Silicon Valley’s quest to build the wellness community of the future

The yurt exteriors are nothing extraordinary: a bland taupe structure reminiscent of a traditional campsite. But inside awaits a cozy oasis of...

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Design is complicit in the border crisis. Some architects are speaking out
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Design is complicit in the border crisis. Some architects are speaking out

The scale of the crisis at the border, where ICE was reportedly detaining some 52,000 people as of May and which the ACLU says has seen nearly 1...

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A new wave of smart cities is here, and they look nothing like what you’d expect
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A new wave of smart cities is here, and they look nothing like what you’d expect

These smart cities look nothing like science fiction. In fact, the sleek, futuristic visions often used to promote smart cities tend to alienate...

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Netflix canceling ‘Tuca and Bertie’ is a bad sign for all the distinctive, weird shows streaming is supposed to keep alive
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Netflix canceling ‘Tuca and Bertie’ is a bad sign for all the distinctive, weird shows streaming is supposed to keep alive

There was demonstrable excitement around the show, but apparently not enough. If only the machinations behind such decisions were made public....

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Real Estate Investing 2.0: Unique New Approach Goes Beyond Crowdfunding
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Real Estate Investing 2.0: Unique New Approach Goes Beyond Crowdfunding

While companies like RealtyMogul and Fundrise used crowdfunding to make real estate investing more financially accessible, many investors still...

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Toys ‘R’ Us is coming back with a high-tech twist
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Toys ‘R’ Us is coming back with a high-tech twist

Get your Geoffrey the Giraffe costume out of storage, because Toys "R" Us is coming back. The toy retailer that declared bankruptcy last year,...

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America has fallen out of love with the suburbs
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America has fallen out of love with the suburbs

"There's no leasing activity happening in the drivable suburbs," says Tracy Hadden Loh, senior data scientists at the George Washington University...

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This is the most creative way to use a boring condo balcony
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This is the most creative way to use a boring condo balcony

The owners of a two-bedroom apartment in a Beijing neighborhood wanted the convenience of living in the city but the spirit of a classical Japanese...

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I’ve been designing offices for decades. Here’s what I got wrong
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I’ve been designing offices for decades. Here’s what I got wrong

It was the year I graduated from high school, 1983. That same year, according to the Oxford dictionary, Jerry Reynolds, a basketball player for the...

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Remembering Phil Freelon, a visionary architect who championed diversity
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Remembering Phil Freelon, a visionary architect who championed diversity

Phil Freelon, the renowned architect behind the National Museum of African American History and Culture and many other influential projects, has...

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The world’s aging architecture is a $21 trillion risk
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The world’s aging architecture is a $21 trillion risk

From the school strikes for climate, to Extinction Rebellion protests and calls for a Green New Deal, citizens around the world are putting...

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How Costco quietly became a $7-billion fast-fashion powerhouse
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How Costco quietly became a $7-billion fast-fashion powerhouse

Costco is no one's idea of fashion paradise. The warehouse club's 800 stores aren't particularly alluring, with their concrete floors and harsh...

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More people are working remotely, and it’s transforming office design
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More people are working remotely, and it’s transforming office design

The shift raises a question for companies: How do you design a space when a significant portion of your workforce uses it rarely or not at all?...

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America’s housing crisis, summed up in 3 charts
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America’s housing crisis, summed up in 3 charts

Every year, Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies releases a detailed report about the state of American housing. This year's document,...

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America is facing an eviction crisis. This tool could keep families in their home
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America is facing an eviction crisis. This tool could keep families in their home

A new tool from the legal design labs at BYU and University of Arizona aims to reduce the number of evictions by helping landlords and tenants...

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Sidewalk Labs reveals the key to its smart city plans: An $80M building factory
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Sidewalk Labs reveals the key to its smart city plans: An $80M building factory

Today, Google sister company Sidewalk Labs released a draft of its master plan to transform 12 acres on the Toronto waterfront into a smart city....

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Bye, bye, beauty supply stores. Amazon is here to steal your lunch
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Bye, bye, beauty supply stores. Amazon is here to steal your lunch

Today, Amazon launched a new section on its website devoted to beauty professionals, offering stylists, barbers, hairdressers, and estheticians a...

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Toys ‘R’ Us is back, and it’s smaller than ever
News 2 months ago
Toys ‘R’ Us is back, and it’s smaller than ever

Just a year after filing for bankruptcy, vacating more than 800 stores, and laying off 33,000 people, Toys "R" Us may be gearing up for a comeback....

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This is the most dog-friendly office ever
News 2 months ago
This is the most dog-friendly office ever

Usually an office is designed with human employees in mind. But they're not the only important workers at the new Columbus, Ohio, office of Bark, a...

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Man Repeller’s website is the most fun I’ve ever had online shopping
News 2 months ago
Man Repeller’s website is the most fun I’ve ever had online shopping

If you're reading the fashion blog Man Repeller, you're likely to stumble upon the website's new shop, simply called Repeller. Is it really a store...

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The 10 biggest issues U.S. mayors say they’re tackling in 2019
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The 10 biggest issues U.S. mayors say they’re tackling in 2019

From housing and economic development, to the environment and demographics, mayors are focused on the issues that matter to people. In 2019, more...

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Knotel launches a furniture subscription service for offices
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Knotel launches a furniture subscription service for offices

Knotel, an office space provider, is the latest company to embrace the subscription economy. Today, Knotel is announcing its own modular furniture...

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The fight against hunger in the U.S. has flatlined
News 2 months ago
The fight against hunger in the U.S. has flatlined

By the USDA's last count, about 12% of the population qualified as food insecure, meaning their "access to adequate food is limited by lack of...

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How I.M. Pei mastered the big idea
News 3 months ago
How I.M. Pei mastered the big idea

I. M. Pei made a powerful impression on me long before we met. I first encountered him not in person but in a documentary film titled A Place To Be...

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More than 2,000 Baltimore residents now have access to affordable, healthy food, because of this Salvation Army area commander
News 3 months ago
More than 2,000 Baltimore residents now have access to affordable, healthy food, because of this Salvation Army area commander

For bringing a grocery store with affordable, healthy food to one of Baltimore’s food deserts, Gene Hogg is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative...

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