November 24, 2019

Take a Look Inside the Architecture of Cinema’s Most Infamous Villain Lairs

What do films like Dr. Strangelove, The Spy Who Loved Me, North by Northwest, and Blade Runner 2049 all have in common? Memorable villains. From Karl Stromberg to Phillip Vandamm, one thing all these villains have in common is an incredible hideaway to devise all their evil plans. Not only are these lairs a place to plot and scheme, but they are also fascinating architectural expressions of evil.

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November 19, 2019

14 Different Types of Houses Found in Countries Around the World

Throughout history, people have fabricated shelters that fit their surroundings. With a universal set of criteria in mind—including access to tools, availability of materials, and type of climate—individuals from all over the world constantly reinterpret, reimagine, and redefine the concept of home. To many of us, a home is a four-walled fixture on a permanent foundation. But to others, it is a snowy sanctuary, a hidden cave, or even a floating boat.

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November 11, 2019

Mini Sculptures in Front of Monuments Help Visually Impaired People Explore Architecture

One of the most fascinating parts of traveling is taking in the size and scale of famous monuments. Whether it’s marveling at the height of the Eiffel Tower or gaining a new appreciation for the decorative tiling at the Taj Mahal, seeing these famous sites with one’s own eyes is one of the biggest pleasures of travel. But what about those with visual impairments?

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November 1, 2019

MIT Engineers Prove Da Vinci’s Design for World’s Largest Bridge Could Actually Work

Leonardo da Vinci’s body of work has fascinated and inspired generations of thinkers across all fields. In his notebook sketches, we’ve discovered meticulous notes of anatomy, as well as drafts of inventions far ahead of his time. Seated in his illustrative list of ideas, among the helicopter and parachute, is also a design for a 280-meter-long (918-foot-long) bridge that—had it been completed—would have been the longest bridge in the world at the time.

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