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5 Green Apps That Can Save You Money
Going green isnt just some altruistic idea about helping the planet or making the world a better place  it is a whole mindset that is fundamentally about improving your own life and learning [...] Read »
Bau by Normann Copenhagen
Four Florida Moderns by Saxon Henry
The Commercial Observer sits down with Veronica Mainetti, the 31-year-old developer/hottie that heads up U.S. operations for the Sorgente Group, which last year picked up a majority stake in [...] Read »
Met Ball Best Dressed
The Met Ball red carpet is actually better than the red carpet at the Oscars and I wish that the E! network would report live so we could see all the fabulosity unfold. Reading all the tweets [...] Read »
from Inhabit
Google Invests $40 Million in North Dakota Wind Farms
Google has long been a champion of clean energy. The search-engine giant established the Google Energy subsidiary, created energy monitoring tech like Google PowerMeter and regularly invests [...] Read »
Guerilla Paint Action in Berlin
Bruce Ratner thought he had cleared out the last Atlantic Yards holdout when he struck a $3 million deal with Daniel Goldstein, but it turns out Goldstein has competition for the "last holdout" [...] Read »
Horological Machine No. 3
Allandale House by William O'Brien Jr.
[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] Falconer Chester Hall has landed planning for its £56 million mixed-use scheme at Liverpool City Centre Read »
Albert Einstein High School Extension
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Italian manufacturer Doimo Design have provided us with a variety of inspirational photos of their collection of contemporary bookcases. Read »
Gabriel Esquivel with the members of PRODUCTORA in Mexico City, Wonne Ickx and Carlos Bedoya. April 2010. Photo Courtesy of Alfredo Brillenbourg. PRODUCTORA— which is Spanish for producer or [...] Read »
Complexity and Infrastructure
Yesterday's New York Times has a piece by David Segal entitled "It's Complicated: Making Sense of Complexity." It's nice to see the New York Times reading my blogand even using the same Thomas [...] Read »
Irvington nominated to National Register as Portland's largest historic district
Photo by Jon Jensen for Renovation Style magazine After four years of work, the Irvington Community Association has completed its nomination for the Irvington neighborhood to be designated as [...] Read »
"I live on Wooster and it's not sad at all. When Tennessee Mountain was there the building was in terrible shape and rats would run in and out. Part of the reason it took so long to do is that... Read »
Starchitects: Nouvel Defends Tower Verre, Says 100 Eleventh is Already Dated
The Man in Black has been on quite the media blitz lately, chatting with Charlie Rose and now with New York magazine's Justin Davidson about his process, his inspiration, his shimmering insect [...] Read »
Construction Watch: Long Island City Bakery Finally Gets Rollin'
Adaptive reuse architecture meets whimsy meets carbs at the Breadbox Café, Long Island City's favorite auto-shop-turned-bakery. Now, as promised, the first of many rolling pins have been affixed [...] Read »
Curbed Inside: Say Croc-a-Doodle-Doo to Soho Store's Extreme Makeover
Click the image above to view the full photogallery. Given how fast Crocs have taken over the toes of the world, the construction of the brand's Soho superstore feels like an eternity. But don't [...] Read »
from Pruned
The Labyrinth of Ikea
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Was there a movie crew shooting a chase scene with a hilarious ending outside the Red Hook Ikea this morning? That's the most logical explanation we came up with when a Curbed tipster sent in [...] Read »
OBERLIN — It’s going to be a star-studded weekend at Oberlin College when the Bertram and Judith Kohl Building has its grand opening. Stevie Wonder, Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, actor [...] Read »
Whatever happened to . . .? is a weekly series updating some of the most newsworthy and interesting local stories covered in The Plain Dealer. Have a suggestion on a story we should update? [...] Read »
In 1905, the City of Cleveland renamed many of the north-south streets as numbered streets. At the same time, they also renumbered the houses. A while back, I mentioned Old and New Street Numbers [...] Read »
Our Santa Barbara-based friends send a bunch of new works our way: How Urban Planning Can Improve Public Health | Banning Burqas in Europe (this one relates to issues of policing public space [...] Read »
Architectural Works
Halo / DHV Architects
DHV Architects shared with us their latest project. Halo is located in The Afsluitdijk, a major causeway located in The Netherlands. The Afsluitdijk is a major icon of Dutch engineering and [...] Read »
South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre / Anagram Architects
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from dezeen
Arctic Circle Airport by Narud Stokke Wiig and Haptic
Architects Narud Stokke Wiig of Norway and Haptic of London have completed a feasibility study for a new international airport just outside the Arctic Circle in Norway. Read »
Metropol Hotel / Chalupa Architekti + d u m Architekti
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Pine Community School / Riddel Architecture
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HERC Holocaust Sculpture Competition
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from dezeen
House on a Hill by Paterson Architects
Paterson Architects of Scotland have completed a timber-clad extension to a farm cottage on a hill in Aberdeenshire. Read »
AD Recommends: Best of the Week
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UK Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Heatherwick Studio
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Carros Parking Lot & Urban Planning / N+B Architectes
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Plank & Tile Snap-In panel / Hunter Douglas Contract
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Preservation Watch: Villagers Peeved by Proposed Death of Day-O Storefront
Click the image above to view the full photogallery. Today the Landmarks Preservation Commission is hearing an application to alter the Art Moderne storefront at 103 Greenwich Avenue, the well-known [...] Read »
A Curbed spy claims to have just spotted developer Aby Rosen and "several other suits" touring 666 Sixth Avenue, the building put on the market by shuttered hospital St. Vincent's. "Really BAD [...] Read »
With Love from China – Black Edition
PriceChopper: Superior Ink Penthouse Now Asking $6 Million Less
As fans of Robert A.M. Stern West Village sensation Superior Ink doubtless remember, Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander paid $25 million for the building's penthouse in an all-cash deal last [...] Read »
Mindboggling Reveals: Richard Meier Reveals New Project ... in Newark!
Newark is having a moment, something we never thought we'd type no matter how many times Mayor Cory Booker appeared on the Daily Show. The scariest place accessible via PATH train recently celebrated [...] Read »
Preservation Watch: UWS Townhouse Owner Directed to Take a Floor Off the Top
How can a building owner get an addition past the Landmarks Preservation Commission? Easy: just don't tell them! That's what happened at 12-13 West 68th Street, where the owners added a sixth [...] Read »
Cahier Rug
Leipzig helmet lights
ARS Artists in residence show @ fondazione arnaldo pomodoro
Tua - design Marco Zito
Linkage: Rent Wars Target State Senators; Gramercy Boarding House Still Kicking; Brooklyn Juiceheads Wanted; More!
[LIC's Department of Health-housing Gotham Center getting glassed via Curbed Photo Pool/liqcity.] · Tenant activists take aim at State Senators to get rent reform passed [NYO] · Jane Ballroom [...] Read »
Rethinking Fluidity in Architectural Space
The Digital Water Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain dismissed the notion of using glass for the boundaries which mark the separation between the interior and the exterior. To make it even more interesting, [...] Read »
Cheap, Green, Efficient Definity LEDs
With Light Fair 2010 next week, there's a lot of lighting innovation in the pipeline. Take for instance this news we received from the Lighting Science Group. They've developed new LED lighting [...] Read »
As foreclosures spread like a cancer from Cleveland to the suburbs, the ReImagine a Greater Cleveland project is offering a surgical first strike that aims to put vacant properties back into [...] Read »
Three lessons from the Times Square bomb2. Jane Jacobs is, once again, right. In her 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, self-taught urban scholar and activist Jane Jacobs [...] Read »
Waffling on Walmart
The story surrounding plans for a new Walmart on Chicagos Far South Side keeps changing faster than the retailers prices. Last week we noticed that its attempts to break into Brooklyn were [...] Read »
CurbedWire: Day-O Going Away-O?; Coney's Luna Park Getting Closer
GREENWICH VILLAGE—On the LPC's busy docket tomorrow: An application to replace the storefront of Greenwich Avenue's long-shuttered Day-O restaurant. The Historic Districts Council ain't happy: [...] Read »
Chest by studio belenko!
The Six Digit Club: $549K East Village Walk-Up Isn't Even Trying for Personal Best
Welcome back to The Six Digit Club, in which we take a look at a newish-to-market listing priced under $1 million, because nice things sometimes come in small packages. Price: $549,000 Address: [...] Read »
from Pruned
Soft Pavilions
(A chemical robot by iRobot.) To add unnecessarily to this year's particularly rabid pavilion season, here's our very quick and very dirty proposal for one. It's basically a giant version of [...] Read »
Clock by CCS
from Pruned
Prison Wetlands
(A vegetable garden watered with treated wastewater at Shimo la Tewa prison, Mombasa, Kenya. Photo by UNEP.) In March, Circle of Blue reported that the Shimo la Tewa prison near Mombasa, Kenya, [...] Read »
Development Battles: Manhattan House Meddles with Planned New School Project
This Thursday is the day that the New School will reveal the latest version of its several-years-in-the-ma king plan for 65 Fifth Avenue. There's already full-on destructoporn at the site, but [...] Read »
I dont want to write too much about the Kohl building. I cant do it. The upgrade from Hales to Kohl is sort of like if someone gave you a Porsche to replace your old car, which was just some [...] Read »
Cuyahoga County residents have grown restless waiting for visible action on the new Cleveland Convention Center and Medical Mart. Some of that frustration may have been allayed yesterday as the [...] Read »
Monday, Monday
My weekly page update: This week's dose features The Danish Pavilion Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China by BIG: The featured past dose is Mountain Dwellings in Copenhagen, Denmark by Bjarke Ingels [...] Read »
What Mies sees
or would if he were alive today and looked out his Chicago living room window. What's that line from Franz Schulze's biography of Mies van der Rohe, where towards the end of his life he laments [...] Read »
City & Urbanism
Garmin 405 - 800,000 points - One Year of Tracking
The two GPS units provided by Garmin are now in use for the UrbanDiary project for one ful year and this seems a good point to follow it up with a review of the use and performance of the device. [...] Read »
laser cut model 'bed side lamp' revamp...
Justin Otten 2010. Read »
from Inhabit
“Rock Breathing” Bacteria Could Help Soak Up Oil Spill in Gulf
A mind blowing discovery has been made by scientists at East Anglia University in the UK. Theyve figured out how rock breathing bacteria  yes you read that correctly  that live below the [...] Read »
Bouquete Chair by studio belenko!
SketchyPhysics ( ) is an Open Source Ruby script for SketchUp (free/pro/Win/Mac) which integrates the Newton Physics engine into SketchUp. Documentation is scarse, but [...] Read »
2010 collection by Outofstock
CLEVELAND, Ohio  The Cleveland Clinic has reached around the globe to London, England, for a team of architects to help it chart the next 20 years of growth at its campus in the city. Dr. Toby [...] Read »
Embrace Tables
Humanufactured furniture by Boris Bally
Virtual Architecture
Red October
Retro Style Table Fan
The British Council for Offices (BCO) has launched its flagship annual conference this year on the theme of capital recovery in London Read »
Re-Format has received planning consent for a new sixth form centre for Finchley Catholic High School Read »
Dearkids, an Italian childrens bedroom furniture manufacturer, has provided us with a variety of images of their 2010 collection of contemporary childrens bedrooms. Read »
Chicago Architecture for the Aspiring Inebriate
So as not to be among the martyred slaves of time, be drunken, be drunken without ceasing. With wine, with poetry, with virtue, or with architecture, à votre guise. Do I detect a trend here? [...] Read »
Eavesdrop CA 04
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Design is almost overnight the centerpiece of military doctrine and the U.S. Army has gotten design thinking quite right. The struggle to get design thinking ensconced in Army doctrine, though, [...] Read »
The Water Cooled House by Wallflower Architects
The Brooklyn Bridge is getting repainted back to its original color, Brooklyn Bridge Tan. But it was almost repainted Queensborough Tan, even though, the Post sniffs, the "iconic span predates [...] Read »
from Inhabit
How Obama Could Use the Gulf Oil Disaster to Buoy Renewable Energy
Amid the depressing news that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is still not contained nor getting better  over two week after the disaster started  there may be a little [...] Read »
K-122 Tree by X-Abitare
Real Estate Sold: FiDi's Be@William Crosses Sales Finish Line After Three Years
It's a big day for developer SDS Procida. Not only did its Hell's Kitchen newbie The Dillon hit the market, but we've now learned that be@William, a condo collaboration between SDS and Jamestown [...] Read »
Preservation group the Historic Districts Council is highly agitated about developer Thor Equities' plan to tear down some historic Coney Island buildings to construct new-and-improved fast food [...] Read »
OBERLIN, Ohio  A special grand opening celebration is taking place at Oberlin College in Lorain County on Friday and Saturday. On Friday night, performers Stevie Wonder and Bill Cosby joined [...] Read »
Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio Wednesday, May 5, 7:00 Directed by Sam Wainwright Douglas, with Peter Eisenman, et al. This new documentary profiles late [...] Read »
Development Du Jour: Holy Hell, The Dillon Just Opened for Business!
Click the image above to view the full photogallery. Location: 425 West 53rd Street, btwn Ninth/Tenth Avenues Size: 7 stories, 83 units ("flats, duplexes, penthouse duplexes, and 3-story townhouses") [...] Read »
Arquitectos Utopia is a Portuguese architectural design firm based in Oporto. Their architects have architecture projects all around the world. Read »
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Donate Your Dog and Cat Hair to Clean Up the Oil Spill
Dogs may be our best friends, but did you know they can also aid us in cleaning up the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill? Matter of Trust, a San Franscisco non-profit devoted to mimick[ing] [...] Read »
from Inhabit
Latticed French Pavilion Shades a Green-Walled Interior
Drawing on classic French style, Jacques Ferrier Architectures designed the gorgeous French Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo, which welcomes visitors inside a green-walled Sensual City. [...] Read »
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LAST CHANCE to Enter Our Spring Greening DIY Design Contest!
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Ingenious Cardboard Packaging Folds to Fit Parcels of Any Shape
Excessive packaging is one of our top pet peeves here at Inhabitat, so we were really inspired by this flat cardboard sheet that is capable of conforming to the shape of any object, saving a [...] Read »
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Ark House: Sustainable Citadel in the Montana Plains
Whether for a future flood or a remnant of one from long ago, the Ark House is a provocative residential design that is, ironically, land-locked in the middle of Montana. The design calls for [...] Read »
from Inhabit
Students Transform Salad Spinner Into Life-Saving Centrifuge
Whens the last time you heard of a salad spinner that saves lives? Two Rice University students have transformed a simple salad spinner into an electricity-free centrifuge that can be used to [...] Read »
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“Pixie Dust” Used to Regrow Limbs of Wounded Soldiers
It sounds too good to be true: a substance called Pixie Dust that is capable of re-growing human limbs. But its real, and its already being used by surgeons to save wounded soldiers in Afghanistan. [...] Read »
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Roller Coaster Chair Made From Coney Island Boardwalk Planks
Searching for thrills at New York Design Week? Look no further  Inhabitat favorite Uhuru Design has just revealed an undulating roller coaster chair made of wood reclaimed from the demolished [...] Read »
Board to Death: Sellers Make Co-op Boards Happy With Quiet Buyer Refunds
We've heard stories since the downturn began of co-op boards refusing buyers when the board perceived the agreed-on sales price to be below a co-op's market value. But what about pretending a [...] Read »
Shack 14 by smart shax
Ribalta by Sabinoaprile
Retakes: $16.5 Million Soho Penthouse Smiles for the Camera, Again
Click the image above to view the full photogallery.When we first saw this 459 West Broadway penthouse (which belongs to high-profile recruiter Joseph Goldsmith), we were mostly wowed by the [...] Read »
The Normandie is a Central Harlem condo conversion where apartments sold for as much as $1.5 million back in 2005. It's also, The Real Deal reports, where a lawsuit filed by buyers alleges that [...] Read »
Invoga Table by studio belenko!
Safe Radio
Wolo, Italian style bathroom faucets from Webert
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz
Kahler Design - Cammeo
Former, a furniture manufacturer in the northern Italian town of Cantù, have shared with us some inspirational interior photos from their 2010 collection. Read »
CLJ: Parametric Design Workshop
More info here. Tagged: cluj, dimitrie stefanescu, grasshopper, ionut anton, parametric architecture, workshop Read »
Residential home in Tokyo, Japan. Design: DAT-Architecture : Read »
A $20-million gift from an already familiar name at Case Western Reserve University will bring a new student center to campus. Tinkham Veale II, through the Veale Foundation, pledged the giftannounced [...] Read »
A Trilogy Told in Two Parts
I’ll be attending the 2010 edition of the Oregon Design Conference later this week (May 6-8) at the Salishan Conference Center & Resort near Gleneden Beach. It’s no surprise to me that [...] Read »
Sorry kids, no more skateboarding on the Picasso!
Well that was fast. Six days after we posted on people skateboarding on the Chicago Picasso statue the city erected a fence around it. See how nice, efficient and effective it is to have a Mayor [...] Read »
Linkage: Coney Boardwalk Becoming Furniture; Market Past the Bottom?
[Anti-New Museum "Hell, No!" appears on a church, via New York Shitty] · City wants 165,000 affordable housing units by 2014 [Crain's] · Hudson River Greenway will be completed around Memorial [...] Read »
Reclaimed Antique American Oak Flooring by Mountain Lumber
Legendary NYT fashion photographer Bill Cunningham was one of the last rent-stabilized tenants living in the artist studios above Carnegie Hall, and he's narrated a great slideshow recounting [...] Read »
On the Market: West Chelsea's +Art Back From Lengthy Hibernation
West Chelsea's +Art took a bit of a break from the market when sales stalled in fall 2008. At the time, it was asking $520,000 to $4.16 million for its 88 units, some with oh-so-peaceful Ohm [...] Read »
UrbanDigs' Noah Rosenblatt has been tracking Manhattan contract signing data and reports today that there have been 1,074 contacts signed in the last 30 days. That's on the higher end of the [...] Read »
City University of New York, New York City College of Technology seeking Computer Lab/Shop Specialist in Brooklyn, NY Position Description and Duties: Manages the operation of model shops and [...] Read »
Shortly after inking a deal to bring a 24-hour CVS to the 'Burg waterfront, The Edge has signed a second retail tenant on the dotted line: Red, White & Green Wines & Spirits. Snacks, over-the-counter [...] Read »
In Focus: Bruno Cals
In Focus is Archinect's new series of features dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better. What has attracted them to architecture? How [...] Read »
glowing life
-Imagine, if you will, bioluminescent landscapes replacing our current technology of street lamps, business signs, etc. Not only is there the potential for a great reduction in energy costs and [...] Read »
Theatre for One
Up High
Nomiya is a project by Laurent Grasso achieved in collaboration with Pascal Grasso. It is a part of a temporary art installation, a part of a parasitic architecture, and a part of an experimental [...] Read »
Nefertiti Gets a New Palace
For seven decades Berlins Neues Museum was a derelict, bomb-scarred shell  but finally it is back, boasting a star-studded cast including the 3,400-year-old bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti. [...] Read »
Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec
Denmark-based architecture firm BIG teamed up with Fugere Architectes to create this proposal for the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec competition. The main feature of the design is [...] Read »