LOTS OF APARTMENTS in New York City are micro, but Carmel Place—the prefab building that’s now being leased after two years of development—will be the city’s first official micro-apartment complex. The distinction comes down to zoning: when the Bloomberg Administration announced in 2012 that it wanted to experiment with this new, tiny housing model, the Department of City Planning granted the project a waiver, allowing it to build studios with floor plans smaller than 400 square feet.
KELLI ANDERSON IS a designer who thinks we’re all just a little too cavalier about paper. “When a bill arrives in the mail, it is just a bill. Same with a napkin. It seems like nothing,” she says. But paper, she explains, is definitely not nothing.
THE WANKEL ROTARY engine is a wonderfully visceral thing. It clatters and sings and produces an absurd amount of power for its size. But it’s also archaic, in the way old cars often are, which makes it odd to think Mazda wants to bring it back.
THE HISTORY OF automotive design is littered with bold attempts to create vehicles so different in how they look and how they work that they render obsolete everything that’s come before. The most daring of these are usually concept cars, which aren’t limited by practicality or government regulations and can therefore allow automakers to really push the limits.
MICROSOFT’S NEW SURFACE Book is easily the most compelling device the company has ever made. It’s attractive, in a slightly boxy, brushed-aluminum sort of way. It’s super powerful, yet light and thin. It works with a stylus, it detaches to become a tablet, and it has the craziest hinge you’ve ever seen. But the Surface Book isn’t exciting because it’s new and weird and different. It’s exciting because, when you look past all the bells and whistles, this is just a laptop. After years of trying to force everyone into the future it imagined, Microsoft built one for the world we actually live in.
PORSCHE’S 2015 911 GT3 is a pared-down, track-derived homage to what the German brand does best. It makes 475 hp and enough grip to liquify your kidneys. It redlines at a monster 9,000 rpm. It’s faster than any GT3 before it.
CURLING UP WITH your favorite ball of fur as she purrs away is pretty close to heaven, at least for cat folk. Yet, hidden between those vibrations, that most appealing of domestic sounds remains wrapped in mystery, and even a little magic.