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Noted: Brown Is the New Green

Color is the latest tool in the battle to attract eco-conscious shoppers. Are we better off with mocha-hued toilet paper?

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Noted: The Incredible Hotel Built in 15 Days

China’s efficient architectural strategy may be poised to solve the housing drought, but can this foundation stand the test of time?

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Museum on the Mend: Saving the South Street Seaport

Financially troubled, the bastion of this historic site in New York City hold its breath and hopes that its latest makeover will do the trick.

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The Power of Retro Packaging

Your childhood memories at the breakfast table are now the most powerful tool in an advertiser’s arsenal.

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Noted: The Depaving Movement

Grab your pickaxe and sledgehammer and join the fight to free the soil trapped under our abandoned parking lots.

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Noted: Is Miss America Still Relevant?

The beauty pageant of today is a far cry from yesteryear, when full-figured women reached for the crown as a means to their academic dreams.

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Office Space: Defending the Cubicle

The way we work is constantly changing. Is the office of today ideally suited to our modern needs or just a setting for a case of the Mondays?

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Noted: Recycle Your Pantyhose

Is there a run in your stockings? Finally, legwear has a better resting place than the waste basket.

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Noted: What Is the Museum of Jurassic Technology?

Take a fantastical trip to the West Coast, where an institution with a cult-like following challenges truth and fiction.

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Saving the Planet One Photograph at a Time

Throughout the years, one artistic medium has proved why our natural environment is worth saving.

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Noted: Is Modern Dance Still Modern?

Despite a name that emphasizes now-ness, modern dance has been in a bit of a rut.

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Noted: How to Start the Day

Your day is only as good as the foundation you lay. What morning rituals set you off on the right foot?

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Making a List

If your desk is covered in scraps of paper, each bearing itemized, daily objectives, don’t worry — you’re not alone.

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Noted: Grocery Shopping With Men

As husbands and fathers increasingly make trips to the supermarket, it becomes apparent that we have decades’ worth of stereotypes to fight.

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Noted: What Does a Conductor Do?

With over-the-top gestures and intense facial expressions, the person on the podium is more important to the orchestra than you might think.

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Peter Marié’s Beauties

One man’s obsession with documenting beauty resulted in a collection of miniature portraits that continues to stir controversy today.

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Noted: Ephemeral Architecture

Communities are trading in their monuments of yore for the adaptable experience of a food truck or pop-up shop.

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Revitalizing Willesden High Road

Ailing Main Streets aren’t just an American problem. Through pairing designers with shop owners, the UK is pumping life back into small businesses.

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Noted: The Town That Recycles Christmas Tree Lights

Through an incredibly resourceful process, the afterlife of our holiday refuse finds its way to the feet of China’s communities.

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The Sign Painter Movie

Thanks to two adventurous filmmakers, an overlooked craft is getting its turn in the spotlight.

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Building the World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy

More than just the stuff of wedding invitations, a new book reveals how the practice of letter arts threads through the world’s vast mix of cultures.

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