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Global Issues, Urban Ideas
Why It’s Time for the First Ever Cable Car System to Join Two Countries and Cultures.

Designed as the first ever cross-border cable car the Blagoveshchensk – Heihe Cable Car will be built across the Amur River, which marks the border between eastern Russia and China.

dezeen
Global Issues, Urban Ideas
Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds.

New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.

The New Yorker
Global Issues, Visual Culture
Why the White Plastic Chair is the Design Object for Everybody.

Close to a billion Monoblocs have been sold in Europe alone, with one Italian manufacturer producing over ten million a year. Many design variants of the basic idea exist. The chairs cost approximately $3 to produce, making them affordable across the world.

Arquine
Inspiring Identities, Visual Culture
Why the Power of Cute is Colonising Our World.

In such uncertain and uneasy times, and with so much injustice, hate and intolerance threatening the world, don’t we have more serious things to focus on than the escapades of that feline girl-figure Hello Kitty?

Aeon
Inspiring Identities, Visual Culture
Why Bauhaus Never Goes Out of Fashion.

In April 1919, the architect Walter Gropius founded one of the most influential art and design schools ever: the Bauhaus. Students learned to focus on simplicity and functionality. Teachers favored primary colors and bold shapes. The school changed everything from furniture to graphic design. But the Bauhaus’s biggest legacy is in architecture – worldwide, since 100 years.

NY Times
Digital Age
Why Some Platforms Thrive and Others Don’t.

Some digital networks are fragmented into local clusters of users. In Uber’s network, riders and drivers interact with network members outside their home cities only occasionally.

Harvard Business Review
Global Issues, Visual Culture
Why the Entire History of the World Needs Just One Single Chart.

The “Histomap,” created by John B. Sparks, was first printed by Rand McNally in 1931. This giant, ambitious chart fit neatly with a trend in nonfiction book publishing of the 1920s and 1930s: the “outline,” in which large subjects were distilled into a form comprehensible to the most uneducated layman.

Slate
Digital Age, Global Issues
Why the Utopian Vision of William Morris is Now Within Reach.

In 1890 William Morris imagined a world free from wage slavery. Thanks to technology, his vision is finally within reach

Aeon
Inspiring Identities, Visual Culture
Why the Art of Branding and the Science of Wayfinding Design Can Profoundly Transform a Space.

His iconic identity for the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics—“’60s op-art kinetic typography,” as Wyman calls it—exists as a pinnacle of environmental and branding design and was credited with reintroducing Mexican visual culture back into the nation’s design vocabulary. Watch the video!

Walker Art
Inspiring Identities
Why There is an Immortality to Being Creative.

A Driver’s License Can be Revoked for the Elderly, but Artistic License? Never.

99U
Global Issues
Why it’s Only Science that can Answer All the Big Questions.

Science has proved itself to be a reliable way to approach all kinds of questions about the physical world. As a scientist, Peter Atkins is wondering whether its ability to provide understanding is unlimited.

Aeon
Global Issues, Visual Culture
Why it’s Time to Rebrand Europe.

With populist politicians attacking the European Union underway for Britain to leave the bloc, the very idea of a unified Europe seems to be under threat. Some artists feel the union needs to rethink its public image.

New York Times