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The ABC of Architects

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Get learned on contemporary architecture with this animated crash course

For the design nerds out there who can name celebrated architects and buildings off the top of your dome, this may be old hat. But for the rest of us, "The ABC of Architects" is the perfect primer on contemporary architecture. Created by Vimeo user fedelpeye, the quirky animation runs through famous architects in alphabetical order, displaying their name and nationality alongside an......read more

Lighten Up: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

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Waiting for their tour bus, the band considers a more conscious approach to taking their show on the road.

The past year was an explosive one for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, the Los Angeles ten-piece outfit whose 2009 debut album 'Up From Below' was a runaway hit. The band has been touring pretty much constantly since the record hit the streets, and they're getting a taste of success. At the same time, they're seeing first hand the kind of waste that accompanies a road tour if no steps are......read more

Death Cab For Cutie, "Home Is A Fire"

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A collaboration with Shepard Fairey

According Death Cab For Cutie bassist Nick Harmer, the lyrics to "Home Is A Fire" are about "redefining familiar space." So when he was looking for visuals to accompany the song, he turned to Shepard Fairey, an artist whose work revolves around that particular theme. Fairey, whose OBEY street murals adorn city walls all over the world, takes the viewer on a visual trip through Los......read more

Emilie Nicolas "Grown Up"

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Old home movie footage adds nostalgic visuals to a haunting track

André Chocron's video for "Grown Up," a haunting track from Norwegian up-and-comer Emilie Nicolas, is a perfect example of the music video magic that can be pulled off with found footage. Made entirely using 8mm footage from Nicolas's childhood holidays, the grainy, light-washed visuals add a nostalgic element to the 25-year-old Norwegian singer's haunting, melancholic voice. A......read more

Arbor Skateboards: James Kelly, Unbound

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Top pro returns to Southern California to ride his home hills

Our bros at Arbor Skateboards in Venice Beach have released an excellent new video that promptly took up a position on Vimeo's list of Staff Picks. The clip finds team rider James Kelly back in Southern California after a demanding year on the downhill circuit. Back on his favorite hills, Kelly lets loose for the love of the sport: What's captured here is James completely unbound; a freeride......read more

The Real Happy Meal

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Travel to Valsugana, Italy to enjoy homegrown food in the open mountain air

The StoryTravelers, a group of filmmakers dedicated to documenting "genuine travel experiences," continue their mission with The Real Happy Meal, in which the intrepid filmmakers take us to Valsugana, a fertile valley in northern Italy dotted with vineyards and surrounded by mountains. The clip asks us to rethink the meaning of "happy meal," a term which for most of us is synonymous with a......read more

Dwell: Jens Risom's Prefab Cottage

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Filmmaker Gary Nadeau pays a visit to a design legend's island home

If you're a design nerd like us, you're probably familiar with Danish-American furniture designer Jens Risom. As the man who created the first-ever Knoll chair, Risom holds a prominent, if sometimes overlooked, position in the canon of mid-century design. At 96, he is “living comfortably doing nothing” with his wife, Henny, in Connecticut,......read more

Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, "Christmas Eve Can Kill You"

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Holiday-themed Everly Brothers cover gets a down-home video that has nothing to do with Christmas

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, everyone's favorite Will Oldham alias, has teamed with frequent collaborator Dawn McCarthy (of Faun Fables) on a holiday-themed 7″ featuring a pair of Everly Brothers covers. The video for “Christmas Eve Can Kill You” eschews typical holiday symbols -- snow, presents, lights -- in favor of the good vibes that come with......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Peter's Secret Garden

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Home is where the health is.

Food doesn't get any more local than when you can plant, pick, cook, and eat it all within a space of about five feet. That's the exactly the situation that building manager Peter Malerba finds himself in. The longtime Brooklyn resident takes advantage of having open access to a vast rooftop by growing a variety of organic delights every summer. But like a good Brooklynite, Malerba......read more

Earth (Hour) Night

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Try this at home.

Always well-informed on all things green design, the good folks at Inhabitat tipped us off on the Breezeway House, the certified by the ...read more

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