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CurbedWire: Gerard Butler's Very Masculine Chelsea Loft; Soho Hotel Gets Artsy
SOHO—The large-and-in-charge James New York, the hotel rising on Grand Street on the former site of the Moondance Diner, will open this August, according to a press release. And whereas other [...] Read »
Architect Bjarko | Serra designed this home in northwest corner of Hat Island in Puget Sound near Washington’s San Juan Islands. There is two separate buildings—one for living and eating, [...] Read »
[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA + PLANS] Construction will start next month on this £1.2 million boathouse for Oxford Brookes University designed by Spratley Studios Read »
Sight Lines
The Platter, recycled wine barrel staves
Anish Kapoor Does All Towers At Once
Like the love child, or a genetically spliced clone of, the DNA of the Eiffel Tower, Tatlin's Tower, and Umschreibung, Anish Kapoor has unveiled his proposal for the London 2012 Olympics: ArcelorMittal [...] Read »
Architecture for Humanity announces new spokesanimal
AFH has announced its new mascot - Hugh Manatee, a 1200 lb Antillean Manatee, who will be traveling the world with two handlers and a travel tank, allowing him to view construction projects first [...] Read »
On the Market: Blogger's Brooklyn Dream House Hits the Market for $7M
A series of blog posts back in 2008 made it abundantly clear that our dear friend Lost City was in love—with a Cobble Hill townhouse undergoing extensive renovations. "Their work continues to [...] Read »
Sculptural Concrete Tiles
Curbed House Call: After 20-Month Dry Spell, Bridgeview Tower Lowers Prices
Few things get our attention like that little downward arrow next to an apartment listing, which means we honed in quickly today on old acquaintance Bridgeview Tower. StreetEasy calls its location [...] Read »
ONGO Seating
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FedEx Announces Test Run of Electric Delivery Vans
FedEx announced the addition of a test run of four electric delivery vans to their US fleet. Theyve commissioned the vehicles to be built from the ground up and theyre slating them to start [...] Read »
PriceChopper: 120 Eleventh Avenue Penthouses Float Down From Stratosphere
After a set of smaller chops that seem to have done not a whole heck of a lot for sales, 120 Eleventh Avenue is taking another swing with the old axe. The primary victims this time? Penthouses A and... Read »
Broker-blogger Malcolm Carter gets his rant on this morning with a list of rude and unethical behavior he's witnessed from other brokers. Our favorite: the listing broker for a $525,000 Chelsea [...] Read »
Tenants and city housing officials are looking for a knight in shining armor for Crown Heights' troubled Tivoli Towers. Enter Laurence Gluck. Wait, what? Yup, the city is working on a deal that [...] Read »
Linkage: Porn Store Crackdown; San Fran Complains More Than NYC; More!
[Bergen Street F stop wants to BUY YOU A DRAAAANK. Photo via Curbed Photo Pool/Marie Viljoen.] · Developers just not interested in massive Sunset Park warehouse [NYT] · Kvetch rate of NYers [...] Read »
Flat Design
Fascinating Wire Humanoid Figures by Kenji Etori
Vasken Demirjian Salon
MSK Design Group projected a highly conceptual boutique salon in Westchester, New York, where the design and ambiance are exclusively fine-tuned in order to amplify the salon experience while [...] Read »
The Architects Registration Board has found Julian Marsh of Nottingham-based Marsh Grochkowski Architects guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and fined him £1,000 Read »
bacterial computers
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Japan's Biggest Erection
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Chic in LA: Madeline Stuart
I know some of you are probably over my trip to LA so I promise I'm going to try to wrap it up soon but I met so many wonderful designers and store owners that I can't help but want to share [...] Read »
The ongoing collaboration of Continuity in Architecture with Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia and other architectural and archaeological schools coordinated by Margherita Vanore [...] Read »
"Surreal magnum opus of a modern Don Quixote"
"For decades Don Justo has been toiling on a field outside Madrid to build a cathedral with buckets, bricks and his bare hands." TimesOnline Read »
Linkage: Weekly Food Edition: Restauranteur's Pad Has Double Dishwashers
[NYC's pizza-in-cones obsession lives on, via Eater] · Sifton gives Recette an unexpected two stars [NYT] · El Quinot Pino revamp gets points for patatas bravas [VV] · Chef loss not a problem [...] Read »
A-cero is one of Spanish architects, their present a house in the “La Finca” development in Pozuelo de Alarcon ( Madrid ). They combine clear volumes, simple shapes and modern lines with [...] Read »
Ant Cushions
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University of Delaware’s Electric Vehicles Give Power Back to the Grid
Electric vehicles are pretty green in their own right. After all, the cars create zero carbon emissions. But imagine a vehicle that not only runs on electricity, but actually gives power back [...] Read »
Floorplan Porn: Rock Out (for $28 Million) at This Upper East Side Townhouse
[Click to expand!] This $28 million townhouse at 1 East 94th Street has quite the pedigree: it currently belongs to Warner Brothers Music bigshot Lyor Cohen, who picked it up for $9.175 million [...] Read »
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Villa Vals, the house in the hillside
I wrote about this Swiss house-in-the-hillside months ago , but what I didn't know at the time is that it can be rented as a vacation property. On the website and in the PDF brochure there there [...] Read »
A colorful seating design ideas with soft colors selection will create a refreshing atmosphere to any modern home and office interior design thanks to this cool ONGO seating collection that was... Read »
Artist Anish Kapoor was going to sculpt a big metal blob to live beneath Tribeca luxury tower 56 Leonard Street, but the economy had other ideas. But don't cry for the guy: Check out his crazy [...] Read »
A handwritten note affixed to Bleecker Street restaurant Bamboleo Cafe, spotted by Bowery Boogie: "Dear Crackheads, If you are planning too break in, beware of the cameras and alarms. I dare [...] Read »
Bedroom By Presotto Italia
Mobile Light - Kyouei Design
Wandering Interior
Broker-blogger Noah Rosenblatt reprises some of his sales predictions on the eve of first quarter market report releases. What's he thinking now? Around 2,400 to 2,600 closed sales for the first [...] Read »
Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond have unveiled a 115m-tall monumental structure which is set to dominate the 2012 Olympic skyline Read »
Development Battles: Holy War Derailing Massive Williamsburg Waterfront Development?
When he's not mixed up in the madness that is Warehouse 11, developer Isack Rosenberg has been trying to win approval for his three-tower, 801-unit Rose Plaza plan on the South Williamsburg waterfront, [...] Read »
The Burbs Unbound
The suburbs are in a sorry state—rampant foreclosures, derelict downtowns, and anyone under 35 fleeing for their lives. But as we’ve reported in a look at Long Island, the burbs are now seeing [...] Read »
Herzog and DeMeuron Get Tough
While more of a concept than a realized building idea, Herzog and DeMeuron's design for the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli in Porta Volta, Milan is brutally straightforward.  In fact, the [...] Read »
Bless You Lamp
New World Order
[Image: Work by Shannon Rankin , taken from the artist's Flickr page ]. Artist Shannon Rankin does amazing things with maps. Treating them as mere pieces of decorated paper to be manipulated—clipping [...] Read »
The visiting route has been carefully designed to pass through different spaces and programs smoothly by new added staircases, courtyard and corridors in between the old and new walls.Minsheng [...] Read »
Conservationist architects have raised concerns over new planning guidance introduced this month for historic buildings Read »
Casa X5
Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I love minimal design... and I love clean simple lines. The big criticism that most people have about minimal architecture is that it is impossible [...] Read »
Multimedia photojournalist and filmmaker John D McHugh travelled to Afghanistan in February 2010. During the trip he managed to gain rare access to the off-limits Queen's Palace - a former seat [...] Read »
As architects get involved in rebuilding Haiti after its devastating January 12 earthquake, and debate swirls about what new homes there should look like, a Miami architect has designed a series [...] Read »
As potential donors gather today at the United Nations to assemble a fund to help rebuild earthquake-battered Haiti, the White House is asking Congress for additional spending to contribute to [...] Read »
Der Scutt, FAIA, a New York architect who left his mark on Manhattan’s skyline, died at home from liver failure on March 14. He was 75. Read »
Japan’s Hi-Tech Toilets
Open the door to the bathroom, and the toilet lid automatically rises. A soothing sound emanates from the toilet, and as you sit down, deodorizing functions begin to work. Push a button, and [...] Read »
Versailles Pavilion by Explorations Architecture
Paris-based Explorations Architecture have designed a temporary entrance-pavilion for the Chateau de Versailles in France.It is located right in the middle of the Cour d’honneur du Château [...] Read »
City & Urbanism
A quick visualisation illustrating the location war between foursquare , brightkite , Gowalla , twitter , flickr , blockChalck and Bump . This is a weeks worth of data. Animation is created in [...] Read »
London's Biggest Erection
A 120 metres tall looping tower structure proposed for London is designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond. It will officially be called the ArcelorMittal Orbit, after steel magnate Lakshmi [...] Read »
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Sleek Rotary Faucet Lets You Dial Down Wasted Water
Designer Eun Ji Byeon has come up with a new way to conserve water when washing our hands. Far more thoughtful than those pressure-packed push button faucets, the Dial is a stylish polished metal [...] Read »
PriceSpotter: How Much for Some Funky Tech on Bleecker Street?
Pricespotter is Curbed's asking price guessing game. We provide you with some details and pictures from an apartment listing, and you take a crack at the price in the comments. Tomorrow we reveal [...] Read »
Brownstoner has a few hints about a new development in the works for a triangular plot of 'Burg land (formerly a gas station) bordered by Keap Street, Grand Street, and Borinquen Place. The project [...] Read »
Mushroom Forest Table by Thomas Wold
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Researchers to Transform Airborne CO2 Into Fuel
Any way you slice it, CO2 emissions from power plants are a bad thing. One potential solution is carbon capture and storage, but the technology is decades away from reality and safety concerns [...] Read »
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Air Force Jet Takes Off with Sustainable Fuel Source
A huge milestone was recently reached at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida when an A-10C Thunderbolt jet took to the air running its engine on plant based fuel. The Air Force is the largest consumer [...] Read »
Valerio Architects Inc. seeking Intermediate Architect in Los Angeles, CA View thousands of active job listings in our jobs section | Post a Job Read »
Recycled Glass Ceramics
The LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne reviews the exhibition "Las Vegas Studio: Images From the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown" currently on display in LA at MOCA PDC. Related [...] Read »
Trashpocalypse: Trashier Park: Washington Square or McCarren?
Last summer, heaping mounds of overflow garbage in Prospect Park became a media mini-sensation, forcing the Parks Department to eventually address the situation. Cleanliness is next to godliness, [...] Read »
Morez collection
Governors Island and Greenwich Village have been getting the headlines, but today the Brooklyn Paper looks at what NYU's expansion plan has in store for Downtown Brooklyn: "A combination of academic, [...] Read »
On the Market: What's a West Village Wreck Worth? How About $1.3 Million!
"This is the first time I've ever seen a broker advertise his listing as a wreck," a Curbed tipster writes. "Also, all the years I've lived in New York, I never knew that this Mews existed." Hey, who doesn't... Read »
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Independent UK Panel Says that Parts of “Climategate” are an Illusion
The story of the e-mail leaks from the University of East Anglia in the UK has now come to one  of what were sure there will be many  conclusions. Back in November the story broke out that [...] Read »
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Obama Set to Announce Offshore Oil Drilling Plan
Later today, President Obama is set to announce a plan that will open up many offshore areas for oil and natural gas exploration. While the move will surely anger environmentalists, many folks [...] Read »
Haute Bamboo by Bo Reudler and Olav Bruin
Studio Maarten Baas
Caruso St John has finally submitted a planning application for the £45 million redevelopment of the Tate Britain gallery at Millbank, central London Read »
The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has revealed the £9.3 billion budget to deliver the London 2012 Olympics is ‘worryingly tight’ Read »
Fincube Prefab Low Energy House
Studio Aisslinger, designer of the Loftcube, recently unveiled this new modular design for a home that's transportable, sustainable, and low energy, all at the same time. According to Design Boom,... Read »
Chicago Streetscene: Connors Park Pollock
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emigration canyon residence
Last October while exploring Emigration Canyon, I randomly came upon this home and was blown away by its stark simplicity and beauty. I took some pictures and attempted unsuccessfully to discover [...] Read »
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Encouraged by their gardening success of this last year, the Obamas and their staff are expanding their organic edible garden by 500 square feet in 2010. This new addition will raise the total [...] Read »
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Amazing LEGO Table Would Make Even the Most Boring Meeting Fun
Apparently it only takes 22,742 lego bricks to make a table. After seeing this stunning boardroom masterpiece built by ABGC Architecture and Design, we think we might just strike up a collection! [...] Read »
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GM Rolls Out First Production Run Chevy Volt
GM may not be releasing the much-awaited Chevrolet Volt as soon as originally planned, but the production process is moving right along. Today the automaker rolled out its first Volt using production [...] Read »
Panama Lamp by Eugadesign
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Bucky Bar Built From Umbrellas is a Pop-Up Party
DUS Architects and the Studio for Unsolicited Architecture offer shelter from the storm with their incredible pop-up Bucky Bar made entirely from umbrellas. Built from orange umbrellas in a very [...] Read »
OMA wins competition for the expansion to the Mus�e national des beaux-arts du Qu�bec
The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), has won the competition for a major expansion to the Mus�e national des beaux-arts du Qu�bec (MNBAQ). The 12,000m2 new building, a cascade [...] Read »
"I think the bigger question is what will it be like in the fall and winter, we all know in the spring things pick up but with unemployment worse than expected I don't think this trend will last more than... Read »
This home built in Gandarinha, Vila de Cucujães, Portugal and it was designed by Carlos Castanheira. This house located in forest area, and to compare this house with the environment, wood [...] Read »
Diecut River Rock Cushions
Arrested Development: Have You Seen These Missing Buildings?
They are the saddest victims of the real estate downtown, born too late to avoid the credit crunch and other problems that have plagued new buildings, and too soon for developers to foresee the [...] Read »
Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 may be pretty, with its green fields and promenades, but it's not exactly practical: since its opening day, the park has had no potties. Whoops! But the president [...] Read »
Ask Curbed: This New Yorker Wants to Grill on the Roof, But is it Legal?
The skies have cleared up, which means thoughts are turning toward rooftop tanning and barbecues. But before firing up the grill, one reader wants to make sure these rooftop pastimes are legal: [...] Read »
Candlestick Shadow
Fast Train To Sin City
The Las Vegas Sun reports that, in spite of some hold ups with environmental approvals, work is expected to begin this year on the $4 billion DesertXpress, a high-speed rail link between Vegas [...] Read »
LAMBOO® ELITE™ - Nautical & Aviation Bamboo For Interiors
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Listing: 46 East 81st Street [Stribling] Asking: $13,950,000 Details: 7 BR, 5,400 sq ft, single-family A 20 foot wide, 5-story, single-family townhouse in move-in condition. This townhouse has [...] Read »
Chic in LA: Peter Dunham and Hollywood at Home
After Almont Yard, I highly recommend a visit to La Cienega Boulevard. It's chock full of great design shops including interior designer Peter Dunham 's chic shop Hollywood at Home . It used [...] Read »
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One Cool Shipping Container Habitat
In New Zealand, One Cool Habitat is shipping tiny container habitats all across the globe. Whether you're looking for extra space for a home office, studio, or anything else, this... Read »
2 BR, 2 BA, 1,242 sq ft Asking: $1,630,000 99 John Street, 1403 [NestSeekers] Read »
Young Creative Poland
Wilkinson Eyre has won £4.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Titanic museum scheme at Southampton Read »
Use Communication Technology to Make Your Building Flex
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House of the Week 63: Shodan House
The Shodan House completed in 1956 in Ahmedabad, Northern India. The architect, Le Corbusier sought to marry climate and culture, tradition and modernism in the design of the house. The result [...] Read »
draft.01: biophilia:technophilia
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Architectural Works
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Primary school by Carlos Pereda Iglesias and Óscar Pérez Silanes
Spanish architects Carlos Pereda Iglesias and Óscar Pérez Silanes have competed a glass and red brick primary school in Pamplona, Spain. Read »
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Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec by OMA
Dutch architects Office for Metropolitan Architecture have won a competition to design an extension to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in Canada. Read »
OMA wins competition for the Beaux Arts Museum in Quebec expansion
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To Become an Architect (a guide, mostly for women)
In the profession of Architecture today women currently make up about 50% of Graduate students. However, in the profession itself, licensed women practitioners make up only about 15%. Why do [...] Read »
A tilt-shift video documenting a day around Zaha Hadids CMA CGM Tower in Marseilles, France. The project is expected to be completed during the second half of 2010. Video by Exmagina. Read »
Satiya House / adn Architectures
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Kuro Maku / Abre Etteh
Architect Abre Etteh shared with us this proposal that received an Honorable Mention for the Fashion Museum Competition in Omotesando Street in Tokyo, Japan. The challenge consisted in designing [...] Read »
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ArcelorMittal Orbit by Anish Kapoor
Artist Anish Kapoor has won a commission to design a 115m high public artwork at Olympic Park in London, to be built as part of Londons Olympic Games in 2012. Read »
National Museum of Qatar / Jean Nouvel
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Haus M / Titus Bernhard Architects
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UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 by Thomas Heatherwick
Thomas Heatherwicks UK Pavilion is nearing completion for the Shanghai Expo 2010, which opens in May. Read »
HD Haus / Bernardo Bader
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