We Weren’t Designed to Appreciate Good Perfume
Our sense of smell may have evolved to detect danger, not beauty.
How White Came to Be Synonymous With Clean and Good
White has a physical purity. White light contains roughly equal amounts of every color in the visual spectrum, and activates all three types of cone cells in our eyes related to color. As a result, we perceive materials that don’t absorb color, and reflect light back to us, as achromatic—white.The union of white and purity […]
Have We Hit Peak Whiteness?
Our obsession with cleanliness is running afoul of scientific reality.
Ingenious: John Ochsendorf
Meet the architectural rebel who champions ancient engineers.
Why We Should Let the Pantheon Crack
Modern architects have a lot to learn from the sound engineering of the ancients.