13 heirloom gifts that will stand the test of time

December 11, 2017 by  
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A gift that will stand the test of time is one that can be treasured by many people – not just the current recipient! Heirloom gifts such as cast iron cookware , pocketwatches , and rare books can literally last for generations if loved and cared for properly, so check out our list of gorgeous heirloom gift ideas that can suit anyone on your holiday list. HEIRLOOM GIFT IDEAS >

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NASA inks first contract for the supersonic passenger jet of our dreams

March 1, 2016 by  
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Nearly 70 years ago, pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 rocket plane (currently on display at the Smithsonian). Now, NASA has announced they will build on that historic flight with a contract to design a supersonic passenger jet. Read the rest of NASA inks first contract for the supersonic passenger jet of our dreams

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Smithsonian Zoo’s LEED Gold Asian elephant center is a comfortable eco-friendly home for animals

November 24, 2015 by  
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BIG Unveils 20-Year-Plan to Transform the National Mall

November 14, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of BIG Unveils 20-Year-Plan to Transform the National Mall Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: big , bjarke ingels , Bjarke Ingels Group , Haupt Garden , hirshhorn museum , National Mall , smithsonian , Smithsonian BIG master plan , Smithsonian Castle , Smithsonian master plan , South National Mall , Urban design , washington d.c.

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House in Byoubuguara Uses Curved Floors to Maximize a Small Footprint in Japan

November 14, 2014 by  
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Amazing Interactive Maps Compare America’s Cities Using Vintage Charts and Satellite Images

October 24, 2013 by  
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What will our future cities look like? This is something that is constantly predicted , denied and debated. But the truth is we will just have to wait and see (while making our cities as green and clean as possible, of course.) Looking back, however, is indeed possible, and now with David Rumsey’s awesome interactive maps it is more enthralling than ever. Hit the jump to see how the Smithsonian gave these cool vintage maps second life with modern technology, and how the history of our cities is only a click away. Read the rest of Amazing Interactive Maps Compare America’s Cities Using Vintage Charts and Satellite Images Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , david rumsey , Gizmodo , green design , interactive maps , satellite images , smithsonian , sustainable design        

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Anthony Howe’s Dazzling Kinetic Sculptures Come to Life with a Gust of Wind

October 24, 2013 by  
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Smithsonian Institution Starts 3D Scanning its Entire Collection

May 14, 2013 by  
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Last year, the Smithsonian was one of the first American institutions to jump on the 3D printing bandwagon when they scanned and printed a Thomas Jefferson statue from Monitcello . The world-famous museum will now embrace the technology even further by embarking upon a quest to scan its entire collection. From bones to sculptures, the museum will digitally preserve its vast collection of over 14 million items for future generations. Read the rest of Smithsonian Institution Starts 3D Scanning its Entire Collection Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D Scanned smithsonian collection , 3d scanning , digital archiving , eco design , green design , smithsonian , sustainable design        

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BIG Selected to Develop the Master Plan of the Smithsonian Institute Campus

March 13, 2013 by  
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Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is known for designing modern, unconventional buildings, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been selected to redesign the historic Smithsonian campus in Washington, DC. BIG will lead a design team that will include Surface Design, Traceries and Robert Silman Associates, which will be tasked with re-imagining the world’s largest museum and research complex. BIG won’t be designing any new buildings—at least for the time being—so we don’t expect any mountain-shaped forms to spring up on the National Mall, but the question of how, exactly, BIG will rethink the historic campus is still open. Read the rest of BIG Selected to Develop the Master Plan of the Smithsonian Institute Campus Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: big , bjarke ingels , Bjarke Ingels Group , National Mall , Smithsonian Campus , Smithsonian Castle , smithsonian institute , Smithsonian Institution , Smithsonian master plan , smithsonian museum , The Smithsonian , Washington DC

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David Adjaye’s African-American Smithsonian Museum Breaks Ground This Week

February 21, 2012 by  
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