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    The Man Who Designed Ghost Armies and Opera Houses

    The storied career of the centenarian and acoustician, Leo Beranek.

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    Fallingwater: A Building That Bonds With Nature and Dances With Time

    The water flowing down the stream’s banks sends a soft and consistent murmur through the forest. The flow, however, is far from continuous. At one point the cool water swirls in eddies and gathers in still pools, but then—almost accidentally—it surges forward and slips quickly over the ledge. It crashes loudly, bubbling up in a […]

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    Ingenious: John Ochsendorf

    Meet the architectural rebel who champions ancient engineers.

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    Why We Should Let the Pantheon Crack

    Modern architects have a lot to learn from the sound engineering of the ancients.

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    The Most Symmetrical Objects in the World

    If you’ve ever tried to give yourself a haircut, you know just how hard it is to make something precisely symmetrical. We value symmetry so highly in part because it’s really hard to achieve. Here are five of the most symmetrical objects humans have ever crafted, and why they were so hard to make. 1. […]

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    Saving Suburbia

    Shouldn’t neighborhoods be as diverse as the swamps and forests that surround them?

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    The Termite and the Architect

    Animal homes resist our understanding.

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    You Didn’t Build That: The Best Animal Engineers

    If an intelligent alien species landed on the small bit of galactic rock that we call home, they might get out of their spaceships, have a look around, and decide that we—that is, our species—are the master builders on our planet. There would be plenty of reasons to think so. We build bridges spanning enormous […]

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    You Didn’t Build That FONT WEIGHT BUSTED

    If an intelligent alien species landed on the small bit of galactic rock that we call home, they might get out of their spaceships, have a look around, and decide that we—that is, our species—are the master builders on our planet. There would be plenty of reasons to think so. We build bridges spanning enormous […]