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The Best Buildings Of The Year, According To The Internet 

The people who get to dole out awards to architects each year are normally critics and panels of experts who know exactly what goes into designing a building. But what would normal people — or even the internet at large — choose?


'Best Film' Trophies From Around The World

Although we don’t normally hear about it, most countries celebrate their own versions of the Oscars every year. And their trophies are crazier and more distinctive than the naked man Oscar. Illustrator Robert Shaw made this neat infographic showing the ‘Best Film’ awards from around the world.


The Best GIFs Of 2015 According To The Internet 

I love animated GIFs. I make them as part of my work here in Sploid, I drool when we see one that is a perfect infinite loop, and I think it’s a great medium to tell stories. That’s why I like the GIFYS. An award show devoted to honour the best animated GIFs on the internet.


Dyson's 20 Best Inventions Of The Year

It’s always fun to see the single invention that the James Dyson Foundation picks as its best design idea of the year — but it’s even more fun to see the final list of possibilities, which Dyson released tonight before the November 6 announcement of a winner.


11 Of The Most Groundbreaking Structures Of The Year

Every year the Institution of Structural Engineers picks out the most interesting pieces of structural engineering out there, highlighting an aspect of design that tends to get overlooked. Today, it announced its picks for 2014 — and one is in Melbourne.


Inside The 13 Coolest Offices Of The Year

Bonkers offices tend to spring up like so many expensive mushrooms during boom time, especially in the tech world. But it turns out that average companies are investing in great design too — at least according to the shortlist of great offices chosen by the World Festival of Interiors this year.


The Best Products Of The Year, Chosen By Designers

What were the best products designed this year? The IDSA, or Industrial Designers Society of America, has announced its International Design Excellence Awards, naming 176 winners across 23 categories. We picked a few of the most interesting and innovative winners, from a surgery-performing robot to a lightweight bike helmet.


The Tech That Powers Six Of The Greenest Buildings Of 2014

Hearing the word “sustainable” conveys pretty much zilch about what makes a building efficient — more than anything, it’s a term that tends to bore people. But if you look closer at the mechanical systems at work in some of the most energy efficient buildings going up today, you’ll find technology that sounds almost sci-fi.


The 10 Best Houses Of The Year

It’s architecture awards seasons right now, with honours and medals being doled out with what seems like daily regularity. Thankfully, the AIA’s 2014 Housing Awards breaks up the march of zillion-dollar projects with something a little more real: Places where normal humans actually live.


Shigeru Ban Wins The Pritzker Prize, Architecture's Highest Honour

The Pritzker Prize is a little bit like the Oscars of architecture: It usually ends up being a chance for everyone to air their complaints about the industry. But every so often, there’s a real cause for celebration — such is the case today, when the jury announced that Japanese architect Shigeru Ban would become 2014’s recipient.