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December 26, 2008

A passive house is a home encased in an airtight shell, so that barely any heat escapes and barely any cold seeps in

Video demonstrating several clever ways to repurpose empty CD/DVD spindle cases
Also can be used as a cable organizer.

December 23, 2008

The Central Los Angeles Area High School #9 for the visual and performing arts by Coop Himmelb(l)au has just been completed
Lots of great recent architecture in that area: Disney Hall, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and Caltrans.

BLDGBLOG has a nice writeup on the Google Maps mash-up by Sydney-based design firm CarlosLabs which shows the thermal damage caused by a nuclear explosion to any location you pick
The map is here.

A designer reimagines Monopoly packaging

December 20, 2008

The Onion's atlas of the world
Endlessly entertaining.

December 14, 2008

Ouroussoff re-reviews I.M. Pei's Museum of Islamic Art because he can't seem to get it out of his mind
I'm also quite loving the building from the photographs I've seen. It very well might be my favorite Pei work.

December 13, 2008

The Big Picture has a great set of photos of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca

Igloo construction tool

Sacha Baron Cohen's brother, Erran, makes some funky music
Take a listen to the MP3 on the page. Good stuff.

December 9, 2008

In order to keep Leno, NBC is moving him to 10 p.m.

Wall-E bento

December 4, 2008

The first Michelin Guide for Hong Kong and Macau

December 3, 2008

Venice under water on The Big Picture
I've been waiting for these to show up on The Big Picture.

December 1, 2008

Third Annual MUJI Award winners