For the next few months, this interactive Swing Time installation on the Lawn on D in Boston invites visitors to sit back and relax while swinging in glowing hammocks that change color according to motion. The temporary project, created by Höweler + Yoon Architecture, was developed as a way to “create a new type of city park.”
Work-life balance by design: At 6 p.m., the desks retract up to the ceiling, making room for creative community uses and keeping staff from working too late.
The revolutionary lab Counsyl is making genetic testing affordable, fast, and friendly.
David Foster Wallace on commercial entertainment, the redemptive power of reading, and the future of writing in the age of information – highlights from his fantastic 1996 Charlie Rose interview.
"I’ll rest easy knowing that the mark I leave on the world will be big enough so that those I love remember, but small enough to save room for everyone else."
— Meghan Throckmorton. Watch her talk.
"People can smell artificiality on you."
"Building a community is not expensive, you just have to be creative."
— Harley Finkelstein. Watch the video talk.
Georgia O’Keeffe on art, life, and setting priorities – wisdom from a lifetime of letters to her best friend.
The North Star School Arkitema Architects
"North Star School is a municipal primary school with approximately 1,200 students spread across four lanes and a large special class section. The school is in its star form an expression of its own structure. Each thanks to the star is a division of two vintages with its own identity, decorated in its own way, targeting exactly the age group that will be staying there.
The star is centered on a common square, heart space, where all school zones meet - a learning center, which is emphasized by a large red and sculptural library staircase. This is the school’s dynamo, where both professionalism and opportunity for social interaction are woven together in an inspiring environment.”
Walk this way: A Chinese city has installed a special sidewalk lane for distracted walkers.
(Photo: Barcroft Media via The Telegraph)
In 1973, Hannah Arendt became the first woman to speak at the prestigious Gifford Lectures — an annual series established in 1888 aiming “to promote and diffuse the study of natural theology in the widest sense of the term,” bridging science, philosophy, and spirituality. Titled The Life of the Mind, her lecture, later expanded into a book, is a spectacular meditation on thinking vs. knowing and the difference between truth and meaning.
Groupthink can set in for new employees in mere days—which is why you should ask them on Day One what’s wrong with your company.
When something isn’t working out quite right, CEOs are often the last to know. But not at Emerald Therapeutics.
The biotech startup tasks all new hires with an unusual mandate: each new employee must fill out a “fresh-eye journal” criticizing and analyzing all aspects of the company. Newcomers are asked questions like “Describe a decision that the company has made that raises an eyebrow for you?” And their feedback is read by company co-CEOS Brian Frezza and D.J. Kleinbaum.
Frezza and Kleinbaum say they came up with the idea a year ago to help their startup avoid the trappings of corporate dysfunction and groupthink. After all, they founded Emerald with the idea of taking advantage of such weaknesses in the biotech industry.