Design

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These Shoes are Made for Printing

In many ways, 3D printing could be a superior way to manufacture shoes. But comfort isn't one yet

A sample elevator boot, graphic models, and the last on which it was made

How To Be Taller

A modern Scottish elevator shoe designer runs a global business from his Bangkok outpost

Marc Jacobs high-top wedge sneaker

Such Great Heights: The Hidden Architecture of Elevator Shoes

How a shoe designed to address male inadequacy has become a symbol of female fashion sense

Testing the Tango at the University of California Citrus Breeding Program

Design Specs for a Genetically Ideal Snack

How plant geneticists are growing convenience food on trees

Books on Bike Perfection and Women’s Bike-Won Freedom

Women's clothing was a problem, and to efficiently ride a bike there was only one thing to do: Take it off

The whimsical Alessi bird whistle tea kettle, designed by architect Michael Graves in 1985, is the company's best-selling item of all time.

Inside the World of Alessi

Hidden away in northern Italy’s lake district, the design factory has influenced the look of American kitchens for decades

Will Leslie's kitchen forgive her for reckless abandonment?

Inviting Writing: Can a Kitchen Forgive?

We've grown apart, I know. But it's me, really, not you. I've been cheating on you with easy catches and have brought home some unsavory characters

Charles Harrison, who created a more affordable View-Master and the first plastic trash can, designed 8 to 12 Sears sewing machines ever year for 12 years.

Intelligent Designer

Charles Harrison, former industrial designer at Sears, Roebuck and Company, created practical innovations that touched many lives

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia

Big Deals

Revelry and Architecture

Fans of Koolhaas's CCTV skyscraper call it "gravity-defying", but critics claim it's nothing more than an expensive playtoy-and that the money would have been better spent reducing the country's runaway wealth gap

Beijng Redux

The capital hasn’t seen this kind of makeover since the Mongols overtook the city, but a new Beijing may not be what’s best for a modern China

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For Hire: Holiday Window Designer

Decking the halls with Barney’s creative director Simon Doonan

Computer History Museum

Digital Attic

Dag Spicer, senior curator at the Computer History Museum, discusses 1950s mainframes, an original Apple One and Steve Wozniak's baby shoes

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Flights of Fancy

Leslie Payne's flying machines soared, if only in his imagination

John Coyne's New Global Theatre creates a virtual performance where the production occurs on several different stages and is broadcast via monitors to the actors and the audience.

Recasting Shakespeare's Stage

Designing a Globe Theatre for the 21st century

Damon Conklin uses the body, from head to feet, as his canvas.

Today's Tattoos

Making your mark

Soda bottles make up the bulk of the construction of a 3,500-liter cistern that Andreas Froese (pictured) and schoolchildren built in Roatan, Honduras. When filled with sand, the bottles become nearly indestructible.

Waste Into Walls: Building Casas Out of Sand

A green technology guru heads to the dump in search of the stuff of dreams

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Building the New Urbanism

Urban planners take a cue from pre-WWII cities and towns

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Q&A: Cheryl Henson

Cheryl Henson, Henson's daughter and a muppet designer, spoke with Smithsonian's Jennifer Drapkin

The Robert N. Stewart Bridge

By Design

Over the past half-century the small town of Columbus, Indiana, has turned itself into a showplace of modern architecture

35 Who Made a Difference: Julie Taymor

Transcending genres, the designer and director creates shamanistic theater

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