How a ditch irrigation system in the arid Southwest became the backbone of local democracy.
May 14, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
From one conservationist's perspective, harvesting rainwater doesn't necessarily mean high-tech strategies—traditional techniques have been around for centuries
May 09, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Could the design of a Brita filter help us with controlling how much water we waste?
May 03, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
In 1922, Hugo Gernsback envisioned a 1,000-foot tall concrete monument that "would be a lasting tribute to our race, and to the progress that is exemplified by Electricity"
May 03, 2012 | By Matt Novak
The area between the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capitol has seen better days, but architects are vying to improve the nation’s front lawn
May 03, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
An important piece of science recently popped up in Times Square, in the form of a 19,000-square-foot interactive map by a Dutch information designer.
May 02, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
According to the National Building Museum, these houses, more than most, have impacted the way we live
April 27, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Design teams propose new models for farming and suburban development in California's water-scarce Central Valley
April 25, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Design strategies for arid regions go back centuries, but in the face of climate change, drylands design is a whole new ballgame
April 19, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Famous footwear of the Smithsonian collections, from Chinese foot-binding booties to Dorothy's ruby slippers
April 10, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Nike's latest innovation promises to improve runners' comfort, help the environment, and revolutionize shoe manufacturing
April 06, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
As part of the Google Art Project, you can now virtually wander the halls of the museums and see remarkably detailed reproductions of hundreds of works
April 05, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
In the 1940s and 50s, shoe stores were dangerous places. At the center of the shopping experience was the shoe-fitting fluoroscope—a pseudoscientific machine that became a token of mid-century marketing deception.
April 04, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
The Italian art movement that celebrated modernity still moves us 100 years later
April 2012 | By Abigail Tucker
Using shoe design to understand human creativity
March 30, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
In many ways, 3D printing could be a superior way to manufacture shoes. But comfort isn't one yet.
March 28, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Moving is a lot easier if you live inside a giant ball
March 23, 2012 | By Matt Novak
A modern Scottish elevator shoe designer runs a global business from his Bangkok outpost
March 23, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
How a shoe designed to address male inadequacy has become a symbol of female fashion sense
March 21, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
How our need for convenience is redesigning our food supply
March 16, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich