nprfreshair: Tomorrow is Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday. He might just be the coolest 80-year-old out there. For some Willie reading, last year Texas Monthly did an oral history of outlaw country — “That Seventies Show”: Up to that point, the cosmic cowboys had played to crowds that looked largely like they did. Willie brought a […]

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Dr. Amy Smith is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, where she runs the Development Lab, or D-Lab, a lab organized around simple and cheap engineering solutions for the developing world. Among the rules of thumb she offers for building in that environment is this: “If you want something to be […]

And in boomtowns like Phoenix and Tampa, developers with an eye more to profit than market realities far surpassed any realistic demand for housing. The result? Rampant foreclosures, thousands of abandoned homes and even streets, and acres of excavated land awaiting stalled-out projects that won’t get built. How do we design and build to accommodate […]

The most unintentionally funny magazine in the world is Adbusters. The world’s got to be pretty good if the only thing you have left to bemoan is Ronald McDonald. The letters to the editor are a scream – the bitterest people alive complaining about the pettiest problems imaginable. But behind all that inadvertant mirth, Adbusters […]