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Apartment No. 1: A Recycled Stone Building in Iran

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Contemporary residential architecture built from scrap stone

The economy of Mahallat, Iran is driven by the stone-cutting industry, which accounts for nearly half the city's economic activity. As with most heavy industries, there are significant environmental effects; in this case, it's stone waste that doesn't get used. Tehran-based practice Architecture by Collective Terrain makes intelligent use of the scrap stone with Apartment No. 1, a contemporary......read more

Incredible Images of the Great Salt Desert

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Mesmerizing views of Iran's largest desert from space

For our money, there's nothing like some good satellite or aerial photography to shift our perception of this planet we call home. Looking like abstract paintings, these images offer stunning views of the arid landscapes in Iran's largest desert, the Dasht-e Kavir, or Great Salt Desert. The word kavir is Persian for salt marsh. The essentially uninhabited zone -- covering an area......read more

Soft Cat, "It Won't Be Long"

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Wondrous water color animation by Miranda Pfeiffer

Operating under the Soft Cat pseudonym, Baltimore-based Neil Sanzgiri crafts subtle folk-pop using a a wide variety of instruments to complement his airy, mournful voice. His album Wildspace, released last year on Friends Records, was named for the "wildspace behind the railroad tracks by the Copy Cat in Baltimore, MD," where the songs were conceived. The video for "It Won't......read more

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