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Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork in Salem and Sausalito

Are they nests? Cocoons, forts, beehives, ancient huts, forest castles? All of the above and more? From the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, watch how artist Patrick Dougherty planned and built 'What the ...

From Clay to Mosaics – How zellige (الزليج) mosaics are made

From Moroccan interior design company Habibi Interiors, watch as maâlems (master craftsmen) take their time and skill to create terra cotta tiles known as zellige, zillij, or الزليج, meaning "tiles" in Arabic: From Cl...

Think Like a Tree – Problem solving with nature’s best ideas

Biomimicry -- imitating nature's best ideas in our design of materials, structures, and systems -- can provide huge leaps in our understanding when it comes to solving challenges. Example: How do we keep our buildings...

How many LEGO combinations can be made with 6 standard bricks?

"How many ways can you put together six of these bricks?" This question, asked and answered in 1958 with an estimate of 103 million, has only recently been answered correctly, thanks to math professor Soren Eilers and...

An animated history of Housing Through the Centuries

Yurts are lightweight and easy to set up and take down, good for when you're moving hungry animal herds to more plentiful locations. Stilt homes are built to withstand flooding and to keep pests out. Skyscrapers, made...

Colossus – A time lapse ink drawing of New York City’s skyline

London-based illustrator Patrick Vale builds New York City's impressive skyline in less than three minutes -- line by line, window by window -- in this lovely time lapse video that captures four weeks of his work. The...

Flying a drone over Sudan’s 3,000 year old Nubian Pyramids

Present-day Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt does, smaller structures known as Nubian pyramids that were built by the rulers of the ancient Kushite kingdoms. The first site of these royal tombs was in El-Kurru in no...

Time lapse construction of the world’s tallest prefab skyscraper

Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) is a Chinese construction company that's made the headlines with their 2012 proposal to build Sky City, a prefabricated skyscraper in Changsha, Hunan, China in only 90 days (not counti...

How to Build an Igloo (1949) – National Film Board of Canada

Drawing from a lifetime of snow experience, two Inuit men in Canada’s Far North find a site full of hard-packed snow for their igloo, or iglu in Inuit. To insulate and protect against wind and cold, a quick, overnight...

Tape Paris: Crawl through suspended tunnels of translucent tape

Translucent, cocoon-like tunnels made from 140,000 feet of packing tape are stretched and suspended 20 feet up above the great entrance hall of Paris' Palais de Tokyo. Just a few at a time, visitors can step, slide, c...

The Great Pyramid of Giza was bright white & highly polished

Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza used to look very different from the way it does now. When it was first completed around 2560–2540 BC, the pyramid's original external walls of Tura limestone casing stones were sanded sm...

Amish Barn Raising: Building a barn in one day

Compressing 10 hours of Amish barn-raising construction into 3 minutes and 30 seconds of time lapse footage, Ohio resident Scott Miller created this video from 1600 images that were taken from 7:00am until 5:00pm. Yes...

Burj Khalifa: The tech behind the world’s tallest building

The tallest man-made structure in the world (in 2014) is Dubai's Burj Khalifa. It stands 2,716 feet tall, cost $1.5 billion, and could not exist without its (very expensive) advanced technologies. Above, CNN Money exp...

Why do honeybees love hexagons?

What is it about the six-sided hexagon that makes it such a perfect shape for storing honey? It's an efficient design! Just ask a bee, one of nature’s finest mathematicians, or watch this TED Ed by Zack Patterson and ...

How design can change our experiences & environments

Shape, a film about design and how it can change our experiences in the spaces that we live. “If for one day you had the power to make your world work better, what would you change?R...

In Orbit: Two people live in a giant hamster wheel

For ten days in a Pierogi Gallery space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, artists Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder lived in “a giant hamster wheel,” a large installation called In Orbit. Fro...

Spider weaving its web, a time lapse

Over an hour and a half of construction captured by a picture taken every four seconds, a spider weaves its web. This one is a larger size, but there’s some extra climbing involved when ...

Pouring 1200F molten aluminum into an anthill?

To study the architecture of ant colonies and their nests, entomologist and myrmecologist Walter Tschinkel developed a way to “record” their three-dimensional underground chambers: he pours 1200F molten a...

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