Frank Gehry Is Too Busy to Retire

The Pritzker-winning architect is focusing on social justice projects — and can be something of a lightning rod — but he also has lighthearted pursuits.

#architecture, #gagosian-gallery, #gehry-frank, #guggenheim-museum-bilbao, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #los-angeles-calif, #warner-brothers

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Niki de Saint Phalle: Nothing More Shocking Than Joy

At MoMA PS1 and Salon 94, the French-American artist gets long overdue attention for her boundary-defying architecture and public sculptures.

#architecture, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #manhattan-nyc, #moma-ps1, #queens-nyc, #saint-phalle-niki-de, #salon-94-manhattan-ny-gallery, #sculpture

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Here Come Hot Desks and Zoom Rooms. And Holograms?

As more companies consider plans to bring workers back to the office, experts say to expect expanded gathering spaces and fewer personal workstations.

#architecture, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment

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16 Global Design Concepts for an Unpredictable Future

The challenges of the past year gave designers every reason to recede into the shadows, but creativity won’t be denied.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #building-construction, #culture-arts, #design, #furniture, #sculpture, #sustainable-living, #textiles, #wood-and-wood-products

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Hugh Newell Jacobsen, Famed Modernist Architect, Dies at 91

Mentored by Louis Kahn, he created designs for clients like Meryl Streep and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, as well as colleges and museums.

#architecture, #deaths-obituaries, #jacobsen-hugh-newell, #marthas-vineyard-mass, #onassis-jacqueline-kennedy

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For Maya Lin, a Victory Lap Gives Way to Mourning

The Neilson Library at Smith College, which Lin redesigned, is interwoven with her own life story. But any triumph is muted by the sudden death of her husband, Daniel Wolf.

#architecture, #colleges-and-universities, #daniel-wolf, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #libraries-and-librarians, #lin-maya, #northampton-mass, #olmsted-frederick-law, #restoration-and-renovation, #smith-college

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Tiny Architect-Designed Houses to Build at Your Desk

Part craft project and part meditation on the evolution of domestic space, these miniature paper dwellings can be assembled with just scissors and glue.

#architecture, #content-type-service, #handicrafts, #locatelli-massimiliano, #mori-toshiko, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #van-duysen-vincent

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Affordable Housing Earns French Couple the Pritzker Prize

After more than 30 years of designing affordable new spaces out of existing structures, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal have won architecture’s highest honor.

#architecture, #content-type-personal-profile, #frac-grand-large-hauts-de-france-dunkerque-france-museum, #france, #lacaton-anne, #palais-de-tokyo, #pritzker-prize, #tour-bois-le-pretre-paris-france, #vassal-jean-philippe

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Building code compliance startup UpCodes gets $3.36M in pre-Series A funding

UpCodes, a startup that develops building code compliance tools, announced today it has raised $3.36 million in pre-Series A funding. This brings its total raised so far to $4.15 million. The new funding was led by Berlin-based Point Nine Capital, which focuses on SaaS and online marketplaces.

The company also recently won a legal victory when United States District Court Judge Victor Marrero granted UpCodes its motion to dismiss a false advertising and unfair competition lawsuit filed against it by the International Code Council (ICC). An earlier copyright lawsuit filed by the ICC against UpCodes is still ongoing, but UpCodes won a major decision in the case last year when Judge Marrero ruled that its posting of building codes is covered by public domain and fair use.

UpCodes’ other investors include PlanGrid co-founders Ryan Sutton-Fee, Ralph Gootee, Tracy Young and Kenny Stone; Bragiel Brothers; Capital X; Flex Capital; and Liquid 2 Ventures. It also took part in Y Combinator’s summer 2017 accelerator program.

Founded in 2016 by brothers Garrett and Scott Reynolds, UpCodes now has about 500,000 monthly active users. The company’s paid customers include construction firms like Stantec and ARCO National Construction, architecture firms SOM and Ennead, and Airbnb, Cornell University and the State University of New York. It is also used by rental tenants, landlords, homeowners, general contractors, plumbers, electricians—basically anyone with a question about building code compliance.

UpCodes’ first product was a searchable database of building codes with collaboration tools. Then in 2018 it launched UpCodes AI, a tool that scans 3D models created with building information modeling (BIM) data and alerts architects about potential issues.

The company’s newest feature, its code calculator, is designed for people who have compliance questions, but might not know how to navigate building codes, which differ between municipalities, contain multiple sections and often have amendments attached.

In response to questions like “how much square footage is allowed per floor,” “how many exits does this floor need” or “what is the maximum corridor length allowed,” the code calculator generates a list of requirements, with links to the relevant building code sections. The feature is currently available for more than 40 states as part of UpCodes’ paid plan.

Screenshots of UpCodes' building code calculator

UpCodes’ building code calculator

“Our end goal is that no matter who you are or what level of sophistication you have with building codes, you can go into a friendly interface and answer your code question,” said Scott, who worked as an architect before launching UpCodes. He notes that even at architecture, engineering and construction firms, which often work with code consultants as part of their compliance process, employees have differing levels of familiarity with referencing building codes.

“We’ve heard from users that they’ll be looking at one particular section of the code, and they’ll make the building compliant to that, but not realize there’s a more stringent piece of code somewhere else, like say the fire code compared to the building code,” he added. “It causes huge downstream issues because they don’t have the full picture of it, so that’s what we’re trying to solve.”

The Reynolds brothers compared UpCodes code calculator to tax software like TurboTax, which help people comply with tax laws even if they haven’t parsed it closely. “When Americans file their taxes every year, they’re not cracking open the tax code. They have tax software,” said Garrett, who was previously a software engineer at PlanGrid. “We’re very much in the dark ages of compliance and so we want to modernize it and not have people read through the raw building codes, which are much more complicated than tax code.”

The new funding will be used for hiring, so UpCodes can add new features more quickly, including ones to automate calculations.

“We want to keep expanding so that ideally an homeowner on their iPhone, for example, can click and get any kind of compliance answer they want,” said Scott.

 

#architecture, #building, #building-codes, #construction, #tc, #upcodes

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The Architects Who, After a Devastating Earthquake, Rebuilt a Town

Jojutla, Mexico, now home to an array of inventively reimagined public spaces, has become a paradigm for rural revitalization.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #earthquakes, #jojutla-mexico, #restoration-and-renovation

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How Can Blackness Construct America?

A new collective of Black architects and artists, formed out of a show now at MoMA, aims to “reclaim the larger civic promise of architecture.”

#admassu-emanuel, #architecture, #black-history-continued-2021, #black-people, #black-reconstruction-collective-art-collective, #daniels-j-yolande, #hood-walter-1958, #jeyifous-olalekan, #mcewen-v-mitch, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states, #williams-amanda-1974, #wilson-mabel-o

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In Japan, His Disaster Art Saves Lives

The fight to survive lies at the heart of Kyohei Sakaguchi’s world, whether he is writing self-help books, painting, creating a suicide help line, or designing recycled housing.

#architecture, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #depression-mental, #japan, #japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-2011, #kumamoto-japan, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #sakaguchi-kyohei, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #writing-and-writers, #zero-yen-house

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Biden Revokes a Trump Order Seeking ‘Classical’ Civic Architecture

Prominent architects had criticized the order for seeking to impose a national style from above.

#american-institute-of-architects, #architecture, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #commission-of-fine-arts, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #national-civic-art-society, #national-trust-for-historic-preservation, #shubow-justin, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Capitol Riot Costs Will Exceed $30 Million, Official Tells Congress

The architect of the Capitol and other officials told lawmakers that the physical and psychological toll of the Jan. 6 riot — including damaged artifacts and staff trauma — will be extensive.

#architecture, #art, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #house-committee-on-appropriations, #mental-health-and-disorders, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Union Moved. The Beloved Mosaic Mural Couldn’t.

The architect David Adjaye spurred a painstaking re-creation of a doomed artwork for its new home — and added a homage to the union’s place in social justice history.

#1199-seiu, #adjaye-david, #anton-refregier, #architecture, #art, #black-people, #gresham-george, #miotto-mosaic-art-studios-inc, #miotto-stephen, #murals, #organized-labor, #relocation-of-business, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny

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As Buildings’ Life Spans Shrink, Developers Try to Adjust

Industry experts are starting to take heed as disruptions from the pandemic and changing technological needs are hastening the demise of commercial real estate developments.

#architecture, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-storyline-no, #mixed-use-developments, #real-estate-commercial, #shutdowns-institutional

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How a Strangely Shaped Summer House Revived One Artist’s Practice

In the aftermath of loss, Jason Bard Yarmosky sought refuge within an unusual 1950s home on the shore of Long Island — and found both respite and inspiration.

#architecture, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #geller-andrew-1924-2011, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #long-island-ny, #yarmosky-jason-bard

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The Haunted House of Soviets Gets a New Life

Residents of Kaliningrad, Russia’s westernmost region, search for meaning in a building many see as an egregious architectural mistake. “It’s ugly, but it’s ours.”

#architecture, #buildings-structures, #kaliningrad-russia

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In and Around Guadalajara, Homes Like Sanctuaries

As the Mexican city has grown into a creative epicenter, architects have built on the legacy of Luis Barragán, constructing residences that encourage introspection.

#architecture, #barragan-luis, #guadalajara-mexico, #jalisco-mexico, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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A Fight to Save a Corporate Campus Intertwined With Nature

The Weyerhaeuser site near Seattle, praised for its balance of building and landscape, is at the center of a battle between conservationists and a developer.

#architecture, #federal-way-wash, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #industrial-realty-group-llc, #real-estate-commercial, #restoration-and-renovation, #seattle-wash, #weyerhaeuser-company

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Superstudio: The Architects Who Dreamt of a Future With No Buildings

In the 1960s and ’70s, the Italian design collective Superstudio protested modern urban design by poking fun at the status quo and imagining its own utopias.

#archigram, #architecture, #civa, #florence-italy, #frassinelli-gian-piero, #natalini-adolfo, #superstudio, #toraldo-di-francia-cristiano

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Leslie Robertson, Who Engineered the World Trade Center, Dies at 92

He remained proud of the towers, which stood long enough for thousands to escape on 9/11, but carried with him “a troubled heart.”

#architecture, #deaths-obituaries, #engineering-and-engineers, #robertson-leslie-e, #september-11-2001, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

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Barry Lewis, Beloved Guide to New York City, Dies at 75

His walking tours of the city’s neighborhoods made Mr. Lewis, an architectural historian, a local celebrity with a star spot on a PBS series.

#architecture, #cooper-union-for-the-advancement-of-science-and-art, #deaths-obituaries, #hartman-david-1935, #lewis-barry, #new-york-city, #public-broadcasting-service, #television, #walking

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The Dark Reality Behind Saudi Arabia’s Utopian Dreams

Mohammed bin Salman’s absurd plan for the Line — a 106-mile long city with no cars and no roads — comes with a grisly human price.

#architecture, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia

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Moynihan Train Hall Becomes a Destination For New Yorkers

Pandemic-weary visitors are finding uplift in the new station, with its soaring expanses of glass and light. “Perfect quarantine activity,” one says.

#architecture, #art, #elmgreendragset, #moynihan-train-hall-at-pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #stations-and-terminals-passenger

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Moynihan Train Hall: It’s Stunning. And, a First Step.

A $1.6 billion transformation of a post office has gifted the city with a lofty, light-filled steel, glass and marble cathedral, our critic writes.

#amtrak, #architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #cuomo-andrew-m, #farley-james-a-general-post-office-manhattan-ny, #infrastructure-public-works, #moynihan-train-hall, #new-york-city, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #railroads, #skidmore-owingsmerrill, #stations-and-terminals-passenger

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Carol Johnson, Leading Landscape Architect, Dies at 91

Her firm, one of the largest owned by a woman, was known for large-scale projects in Boston, Washington and elsewhere.

#architecture, #deaths-obituaries, #john-f-kennedy-park-cambridge-mass, #john-marshall-park-washington-dc, #johnson-carol-1929-2020, #landscaping, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #women-and-girls

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First Inventory of Damage to U.S. Capitol Building Released

The damage was largely limited to broken glass, busted doors and graffiti, the report said.

#architecture, #art, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #graffiti, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #looting-crime, #murals, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

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A New Tool in Treating Mental Illness: Building Design

Research into the health effects of natural and man-made surroundings is spurring the development of psychiatric facilities that feel more residential and welcoming.

#architecture, #building-construction, #mental-health-and-disorders, #real-estate-commercial

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Italy Turns to Flower Power to Help Spread Vaccine Message

The architect Stefano Boeri has designed primrose-themed pavilions where coronavirus shots will be given, but not everybody is thrilled with the idea.

#architecture, #boeri-stefano, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #italy, #milan-italy, #vaccination-and-immunization

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‘Box’ or Gem? A Scramble to Save Asia’s Modernist Buildings

Groups across the region are rallying to save buildings that officials consider too new, too ugly or too unimportant to protect from demolition.

#architecture, #cambodia, #design, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hong-kong, #hotel-okura-tokyo-japan, #japan, #la-scala-theater-paris-france, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #real-estate-commercial, #singapore, #thailand

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A Designer Who Lives Surrounded by Gems

Marco Panconesi has filled his Paris apartment with precious stones and trinkets he’s collected on his travels, and that inspire his own otherworldly creations.

#architecture, #content-type-personal-profile, #design, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #jewels-and-jewelry, #panconesi-marco, #paris-france, #rock-and-stone

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Prominent Architects Group Prohibits Design of Death Chambers

The American Institute of Architects has changed its stance on members who design spaces for executions or prolonged solitary confinement.

#american-institute-of-architects, #architecture, #capital-punishment, #kimmelman-michael, #solitary-confinement

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Artists Ask MoMA to Remove Philip Johnson’s Name, Citing Racist Views

A group of more than 30 artists and academics have signed a letter asking institutions like the Museum of Modern Art to excise the influential architect’s name from their spaces.

#architecture, #discrimination, #harvard-university, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #johnson-philip, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #names-organizational, #new-york-city, #race-and-ethnicity

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Conservationists Cry Foul After Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence Put at Risk

The Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence is considered a seminal example of 20th-century architecture. But the new American owner of the soccer team there says it no longer does its job.

#architecture, #commisso-rocco-b, #fiorentina-soccer-team, #florence-italy, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #stadiums-and-arenas

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The Munich Atelier Where Stained Glass Comes to Life

In a six-story building in the city’s center, Michael and Petra Mayer run — and reside in — one of the world’s oldest and most celebrated architectural glass and mosaic studios.

#architecture, #art, #churches-buildings, #glass, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #munich-germany, #restoration-and-renovation, #stained-glass, #windows

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Best Art Books of 2020

The art critics of The Times select their favorites from this year’s crop of art books.

#architecture, #art, #books-and-literature, #culture-arts, #museums, #photography, #two-thousand-twenty

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Saving Notre Dame chronicles effort to rebuild France’s famous cathedral

The iconic spire collapses as smoke and flames engulf the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019.

Enlarge / The iconic spire collapses as smoke and flames engulf the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. (credit: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP via Getty Images)

On April 15, 2019, the world watched in horror as the roof of the famed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris caught fire. The blaze spread rapidly, and for several nail-biting hours, it seemed this 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece might be destroyed entirely. Firefighters finally gained the upper hand in the wee hours of the following morning. Almost immediately after the fire had been extinguished, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild Notre Dame.

But first, the badly damaged structure had to be shored up and stabilized, and interdisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, architects, and master craftspeople assembled to determine the best way to proceed with the restoration. That year-long process—headed up by Chief Architects Philippe Villeneuve and Remi Fromont— is the focus of a new NOVA documentary premiering tonight on PBS. Saving Notre Dame follows various experts as they study the components of the cathedral’s iconic structure to puzzle out how best to repair it.

Director Joby Lubman was among those transfixed in horror when the fire broke out, staying up much of the night as the cathedral burned, until it became clear that the structure would ultimately survive, albeit badly damaged. In the office the next morning, “Everyone was a bit shell-shocked talking about it,” he told Ars. “And it might sound opportunistic, but I thought, ‘The restoration of this icon is going to be quite something to document.'”

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#architecture, #conservation, #documentary, #gaming-culture, #history, #materials-science, #notre-dame, #nova, #pbs, #science

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A New Museum to Bring the Benin Bronzes Home

The architect David Adjaye discusses his plans for an institution to house the looted treasures on their to return to Nigeria.

#adjaye-david, #architecture, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #benin-bronzes, #benin-city-nigeria, #british-museum, #edo-museum-of-west-african-art, #museums, #nigeria

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A Cape Town Apartment That Speaks to the Past

In their pied-à-terre in an iconic Art Deco building, a pair of siblings restored original details, including ones that force a confrontation with the country’s fraught history.

#architecture, #art-deco, #buildings-structures, #cape-town-south-africa, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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In Berlin, Mysterious Dwellings Hidden Amid the Trees

Rising through the foliage in the city’s Tiergarten, the Ökohaus townhouse complex is a model for living more freely in an ever-urbanizing world.

#architecture, #berlin-germany, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #otto-frei-1925-2015, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #trees-and-shrubs

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Rem Koolhaas Gives Beleaguered City Folk a Trip to the Countryside

In the last eight months, events have proved the celebrated architect’s premise prescient. By focusing on cities, planners have missed propulsive changes in the hinterlands.

#agriculture-and-farming, #architecture, #china, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #koolhaas-rem, #manhattan-nyc, #rural-areas, #sustainable-living, #xi-jinping

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A Glass House in the Mexican Desert

Just outside San Miguel de Allende, this modernist retreat reflects natural beauty in more ways than one.

#architecture, #barragan-luis, #cassady-neal, #design, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #kerouac-jack, #mexico, #san-miguel-de-allende-mexico

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Coronavirus and Home Design

A recent survey of architects reveals that clients are looking for ways to improve the time they spend at home.

#architecture, #building-construction, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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At the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum, All Athletes Are Equal

The new museum in Colorado Springs is based on the idea that a wheelchair basketball player trains just as hard as any other basketball player.

#architecture, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #colorado-springs-colo, #diller-scofidiorenfro, #disabilities, #museums, #olympic-games, #paralympic-games, #prostheses, #united-states-olympicparalympic-museum

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The Little-Known Women Behind Some Well-Known Landscapes

“Women have literally shaped the American landscape and continue to today, but their names and contributions are largely unknown.”

#architecture, #gardens-and-gardening, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #landscaping, #women-and-girls

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New Luxury Condo Design: Understated

Exotic finishes and ever-clubbier amenities in new developments have given way to livability and calming design.

#architecture, #brooklyn-nyc, #condominiums, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #luxury-goods-and-services, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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The East Village, Home of Punks and Poets: Here’s a Tour

Luc Sante, author of “Low Life,” chats about the neighborhood’s history, including CBGB, Warhol’s Electric Circus and the Tompkins Square Park riots.

#architecture, #astor-place-manhattan-ny, #cbgb, #east-village-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #sante-luc, #strand-bookstore-manhattan-ny, #tompkins-square-park-manhattan-ny

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Helsinki Makes Sustainability a Guiding Principle for Development

Co-housing is on the rise, as is solar power and geothermal heat. In one neighborhood, trash is collected via pneumatic tubes.

#architecture, #cohousing-communities, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #helsinki-finland, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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The Hidden Wonders of a City, Made Visible

In “The 99% Invisible City,” Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt delve into the everyday features of urban life that we take for granted.

#architecture, #books-and-literature, #kohlstedt-kurt, #mars-roman-1974, #the-99-invisible-city-a-field-guide-to-the-hidden-world-of-everyday-design-book, #urban-areas

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