The Eye
Slate’s design blog.

Nov. 30 2015 1:39 PM

Iraq Plans the World’s Tallest Building  

The race for the world’s tallest building has a surprising new contender. Architecture firm AMBS has unveiled a proposal for an ambitious new vertical city in southern Iraq’s Basra province that if built would soar up to 241 stories and 3,780 feet tall.

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Nov. 26 2015 11:07 AM

Avoid Overeating at Thanksgiving by Ditching Your Serving Tongs and Good China

Thanksgiving is a day of socially acceptable gluttony, but it’s possible to indulge without overdoing it. In 2014, Kristin Hohenadel wrote about strategies for not stuffing yourself full of turkey, potatoes, and, well, stuffing. The original is reprinted below.

Thanksgiving is the most gluttonous day of the year. Gathering for a feast to celebrate thankfulness has turned into a national eating contest, with the average American possibly scarfing down 4,500 calories of turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Can a Thanksgiving meal be generous without going overboard?

Nov. 25 2015 10:27 AM

A Bitingly Satirical Map of the World According to ISIS


Last year, the precocious now-17-year-old Slovakian student artist Martin Vargicdesigned a wildly popular and irreverent Map of the Internet in the style of a historical atlas, following it up with a map of world stereotypes that featured common Western attitudes about other regions of the world. On Tuesday, he is releasing his first book, the enormously entertaining Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping the Modern World, published by Harper Design, that includes those greatest hits alongside intricate world maps of natural disasters, paranormal activity in the U.S., extinct animals, separatist Europe, and gaming, plus 50 mini-maps that break down the world by metrics like National Security Agency surveillance rates and average penis length, and four pull-out poster maps devoted to global music, literature, sports, and corporations.

Nov. 24 2015 11:15 AM

These Trippy Dutch Underpasses Prove That Infrastructure Doesn’t Have to Be Dull

This week millions of Americans will hit the road, suffering traffic jams, tollbooths, pot holes, and dreary stretches of highway tunnels to visit loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday. But commuters in the historic Dutch city of Zutphen will be treated to dazzling light installations in the guise of two new underpasses that are functional pieces of infrastructure art.

Nov. 23 2015 11:39 AM

These Cartoonishly Chunky Wool Blankets Are Made Using Bare Hands as Knitting Needles

We live in a world where designers and scientists use high-tech 3-D knitting machines to experiment with weaving cutting-edge materials into wearable technology. But nothing beats the cozy allure of a chunky hand-knit blanket. Especially a cartoonishly oversized cloud of stitches that is made using bare hands in place of knitting needles.

Nov. 20 2015 9:08 AM

Here’s What Thanksgiving Dinner Would Look Like If Plated by Picasso, Pollock, and Other Famous Artists  

What would a Thanksgiving meal look like if Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Jean‑Michel Basquiat, or Damien Hirst was plating dinner?

Nov. 19 2015 12:42 PM

This New Dutch Transport Hub Still Looks Futuristic, Despite Being Planned 20 Years Ago

The Dutch city of Arnhem took nearly 20 years and $40 million to build a futuristic new Transfer Terminal that opens Thursday at Arnhem Central Station.

Nov. 18 2015 12:09 PM

Is This the Best Public Restroom in America?

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and with it comes the inevitable end-of-year best-of roundups and reflections, and awards for things you didn’t know had awards, like, apparently, the Best Public Restroom in America 2015.

Nov. 17 2015 1:18 PM

The Best Tall Building in 2015 Is Covered in Trees

On Friday the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, or CTBUH, named a Milanese skyscraper as the “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide” at its 14th-annual awards in Chicago. The Bosco Verticale (“Vertical Forest”), designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, is a pair of 361- and 249-foot residential towers festooned with more than 900 live trees and more than 2,000 plants that are described by the architects as “a model for a sustainable residential building” and an example of “metropolitan reforestation.”

Nov. 16 2015 12:11 PM

Here’s How Artists in the Late 1800s Imagined Life in the Year 2000

At the turn of the previous century, a group of French artists were asked to imagine the year 2000 by illustrating what kinds of scientific and everyday design inventions progress might bring the world 100 years into the future.