Oh, boy, do we have something for the design nerds: Evan Mathers's 2009 documentary on the rise and the fall of the Union Tank Car Dome, a massive geodesic structure by archi-god Buckminster Fuller, is available in full online. We've got it here:
Brick is about the fustiest building material in the book -- but with some 3-D modeling and imagination, it can become refreshingly modern. Case in point: World Architecture News has a story about a lovely office and exhibition space whose cinder-block facade seems to ripple.
Rather than rehash Gap's recent logo debacle, I wanted to learn why just about everyone expressed so much dissatisfaction with the new brand identity.
We've got some nice Friday afternoon eye candy for you here from the wildly talented British art and design studio Troika. Their latest installation, suspended from the ceiling of a waterfront building in Toronto, is a school of abstract fish that looks like it's ready to swim off into Lake Ontario.
The Gates Foundation has produced an online tool that every parent should see: The Education Nation Scorecard for Schools, which shows the performance of each and every school in the United States, and allows you to compare them across districts and states.
The charts were created by Fathom (the firm led by data-viz genius Ben Fry). They're draw from data filed each year by the various states's departments of education.