Charged: Shindo Laboratory

Ken Shindo's sculpture-like amps and pre-amps turn the experience of listening to music into an emotion-packed one

The 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” at first appears to be a film about an 85-year-old sushi chef and his world-famous dishes, though it’s really about a man’s lifelong quest to continually make better sushi—to continually strive to master his craft. In the world of hi-fi audio equipment, Jiro’s counterpart, if there ever was one, would be fellow countryman Ken Shindo, whose hand-made tube …

Charged: Lowline and the Remote Skylight

A closer look at the progressive project's innovative solution to bringing natural light underground

As the most talked about urban planning project in NYC of recent times—alongside the Plus Pool, perhaps—the Lowline continues to capture the attention of the creative community and beyond through its development from concept to construction. In the nearly two years since the project was fully funded via Kickstarter, we’ve seen no shortage of in-depth looks at the inventive design to transform a historic trolley …

Charged: Solaire Generation

The New York firm transforms parking structures into solar power plants

Depending on where you live, parking lots can either feel like a terrific waste of space or woefully inadequate for city needs. Still, they are everywhere, not to mention a critical component of urban planning. Since 2008, Solaire Generation has been busy reimagining parking structures in an innovative, powerful way. The firm, founded by architect Laurence Mackler, has developed a series of renewable energy products …