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The Squeeze on the Middlebrow and a Mushroom Tower

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of August 3rd brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas
The Squeeze On The Middlebrow: The implications of entrenched inequality described by the economist Thomas Piketty extend beyond the realm of political economy.

2,600 Years Of Culture Grow And Die: A team of historians and scientists wanted to map cultural mobility, so they tracked the births and deaths of notable individuals from 600 BC to the present day.

Pitchman: Erik Malinowski takes a baseball commercial that used to air late nights on ESPN in the ’90s and ’00s, and uses it to trace the effect of technology on sports.

The Future Was Born In 1989: A generation of younger individuals is beginning to contribute to contemporary art and culture.

Products
Stellar: A decentralized protocol for sending and receiving money in any pair of currencies.

NPR One: An audio app that connects you to a stream of public radio news and stories curated for you.

Kitchen Surfing: An online marketplace where you can find outstanding local chefs to cook for you, in your home.

Visuals
The Local, Sustainable, 10,000 Brick Mushroom Tower: Hy-Fi, a locally-sourced, virtually wasteless, and algorithmically-generated biostructure set to make its debut in the courtyard of MoMA PS1.

Imminent Body: Daniela Toledo proposes a future in which our materials take on human attributes, such as optimism, curiosity and happiness.

The Work of Steph Davidson: A bunch of jpeg collages, scroll-heavy sites and precise illustration made with confident line and filled in on Photoshop with appealing pastel shades.


Levi Brooks is the CEO/Co-founder of Use All Five.
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