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The new "Mountain Chic"...
Plenty of Drawers
Petalo Table Design
Rental Report: 184 Kent Wows Renters With Amazing Ellipticals
The slow roll-out of amenities at luxury waterfront Williamsburg building 184 Kent has been a hot topic among renters shelling out big bucks to live in the renovated lofts. Patience, people! [...] Read »
Jo Pickup New Site
I've just finished updating Perth artist Jo Pickup's new website.  You can visit by clicking this link . Read »
EV Grieve wonders: have the proprietors of East Village bars and restaurants been scared off by the angry, sign-toting locals who show up to community board meetings, or are they genuinely trying [...] Read »
Putting the Fun in Refund: Judge to Developer: Give Rushmore Buyers Their Money Back
Last week in shenanigans at the Rushmore, developers Extell and Carlyle Realty Partners sued Attorney General Andrew Cuomo over his ruling that Extell needed to release 41 buyers from their contracts [...] Read »
The Merlimau House
Linkage: New Part of Brooklyn Bridge Park Opening Soon; More!
[LES school rooftop via Curbed Photo Pool/how_long_it_takes.] · Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 opening on or around June 1 [BK Eagle] · Owner of crane company plead guilty to bribing DOB official [...] Read »
Elegant Luxury Bathroom Collection by Baldini Leuce
Charming Necklace by Tord Boontje
RIBA president Ruth Reed has fired off a salvo towards Prince Charles following further revelations about his intervention in Richard Rogers’ doomed Chelsea Barracks scheme Read »
Black Modular House
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Books in this series prove very useful even though they focus heavily on European construction. Read »
Some-Glass House for Sale
Philip Johnsons first commissioned work, a house for the Booth family built in 1946, can now be yours for the forgiving price of $2 million. Its not exactly Johnsons first building ever—that [...] Read »
The Whitney Museum planned a pop-up art exhibition at Gansevoort and Washington streets to symbolize the museum's hopes for a new building at the High Line, and now the exhibit, which one curator [...] Read »
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First Glucose Biofuel Cell Paves Way for Body-Powered Electronics
Glucose: it gives us that extra spike of energy, powers our cells, and soon, it might even power implantable medical devices. A team of researchers from Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, [...] Read »
Metz: Mess or Masterpiece? Or Subtle Homage to Piano?
Following our previous reference to The Financial Times ' harsh critique of Shigeru Ban's Pompidou Metz, we now bring you another perspective. This time it's The National 's (AE) Natasha Edwards [...] Read »
Tuesday Townhouse: High-Tech Manhattan Valley Townhouse Goes for $4.75M
We're cheating a bit this week: today's Tuesday Townhouse, at 308 West 102nd Street, actually just sold. It hit the market in October asking $5.4 million (after it failed to sell off an earlier [...] Read »
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Innovative Lifewall Living Facade Tiles
Earlier this year, Ceracasa unveiled Lifewall, a modular living wall tile for exterior applications made in one square meter panels. Lifewall was designed by and currently marketed globally by [...] Read »
SANAA Celebration
Tomorrow the New Museum is throwing open its doors for free, in celebration of SANAA's recent Pritzker Prize victory -- awarded to them in a ceremony on Monday at Ellis Island (see coveragge [...] Read »
76 Days and Counting
Pamphlet Architecture 32 announced: Competition theme: Resilience By addressing the capacity to cope, the ability to bounce back, and the mitigation and management of risk, proposals are welcome [...] Read »
Table With Sound Spectrum Omnidirectional
Crankbrothers Multitools
Shoe Holder
Swimming Pool on Roof
Some interesting Lower Manhattan population stats from a new report, relayed via Crain's: "An estimated 55,000 individuals currently reside south of Chambers Street. That compares to just 24,000 [...] Read »
In Contract: 25 Percent of 15 Union Square West Already Spoken For?
Tired of 15 Union Square West yet? We're not! Just look at the friggin' place. (We'd kvell over those windows and ceiling heights all day if we didn't have blogging quotas to fill.) The glass-wrapped [...] Read »
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Maximum Garden House by Formwerkz
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New Oyster 2 Wave Power Generator Unveiled This Morning
This just in: Aquamarine Power just unveiled its freshest wave generator design this morning! Dubbed the Oyster 2 (you may remember our coverage of the original Oyster), the new renewable energy [...] Read »
Brand identity “Ventura Lambrate”
SOUND BLOCK for Walkman
Former RIBA president Owen Luder has announced that he will stand in the forthcoming national council election following recent changes to the institution that he feels could ‘threaten the whole profession’ Read »
BDP has won the contract to oversee the redevelopment of Manchester’s Central Library and Town Hall Read »
Louis Sullivan and Mies van der Rohe: the Same Man?
Four years ago, veteran character actor Harris Yulin , whose truly terrifying death scene in Arthur Penn's 1975 film Night Moves I've never been quite able to shake, was at the Goodman in Chicago [...] Read »
A Fortress of Solitude in Poland
A mans home is his castle, the cliche goes; in this case, the saying is quite apt. This beautiful building in Warsaw is a virtual fortress, built with a high-tech security system that locks [...] Read »
Linkage: Lower Manhattan Population Booms; LIC Rooftop Farm Back on Track
[The under-renovation Immaculate Conception Church on 14th Street, via Restless] · Lower Manhattan's population has more than doubled since 2001 [Crain's] · LIC rooftop farm gets stop-work [...] Read »
Surf's Up: Part Deux
The surfer images from Vogue reminded me that I took some photos of surfers myself while I was in LA. I made Christian of Maison21 take me to Malibu so I could see what all the hype was about. [...] Read »
It's the question no landlord wants to be asked: Hey, did you read that story about you written by six writers across two different boroughs? Moshe Piller, you're the lucky winner! Click through [...] Read »
Blogger Lost City has been waiting eagerly for the resumption of Carroll Gardens' Basil Wars. Last summer, there was all kinds of drama: basil theft on President Street, angry anti-thief signage, [...] Read »
Jack Ryan Leads the Design and Construction of Schools in Haiti for Plan International
Jack Ryan (FAR Design) is currently leading the design and construction of semi-permanent schools in Haiti for Plan International. Wilbur Yoder is providing the structural engineering review [...] Read »
In a twist predicted by one Curbed commenter, the man arrested for the crude bomb planted in a Jersey City building yesterday was the landlord, not the tenant. The landlord was allegedly trying [...] Read »
The NYT takes a look at the red-headed stepchildren of real estate: New condos that suffer from terrible views and proximity to highways and subway tracks (lookin' at you, Astoria's Astor!). [...] Read »
Architectural Works
AD Classics: The Long Island Residence / Tod Williams + Billie Tsien
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Why open architecture competitions are good for architects, a counter argument
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International Ideas Competition for Urban Sea Level Rise
An international ideas competition SEA-CHANGE 2030+ has been launched by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). This is the world’s second urban sea level rise ideas competition [...] Read »
Container Studio / Maziar Behrooz Architecture
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In Progress: Milstein Hall Steel / OMA
It seems that after Cornell overcame the danger of having both their accreditation and new architecture school eradicated from the campus, there has been smooth sailing in terms of the physical [...] Read »
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Nest House by Stephan Ricci AKA Architerroriste
French architect Stephan Ricci AKA Architerroriste has designed a conceptual house shaped like a pair of binoculars and surrounded by a nest. Read »
Between / Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates
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FattyShell (v.01) by Kyle Sturgeon, Chris Holzwart and Kelly Raczkowski
Heres another student project that involves filling stitched structures with concrete (see Grompies by AA students in our earlier story), this time by architecture students Kyle A. Sturgeon, [...] Read »
Monaco Pavilion / NAÇO Architecture
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Maximum Garden House / Formwerkz Architects
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2010 Washington Unbuilt Awards Calls for Entry
The 2010 Washington UNBUILT Awards Program recognizes excellence in projects that to date remain unbuilt  theoretical, academic, and other unbuilt projects. Projects entered will be displayed [...] Read »
AD Round Up: Industrial Architecture Part III
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Le intoccabili prospettive terrene
Spaghetti Scrubs
Janet Little Jeffers Photography
Many of you will recall the inspired Parametric Call to Arms... Super P(arame)trik is back! He has responded to the rage in the comments section of Architect's Journal. Some selected gems: Read »
Sukkah City
Sukkah City: New York City is an international design-build competition "that will result in 12 radically temporary, experimental structures being constructed in Union Square Park, NYC this [...] Read »
Retail Watch: Barneys Makes Brooklyn Safe for Useless Expensive Crystal
Hey Brooklyn: You can have nice things now! Just thank a Dubai-owned department store chain. That's the gist of this New York Times article about high-end retailers looking to plant their flags [...] Read »
Celebrity Real Estate: Olsen Twins Close to Deal for One Morton Square Penthouse
Only two weeks after putting their never-lived-in 1 Morton Square penthouse back on the market for take three, the Post reports that the Olsen Twins are close to a deal to sell. Apparently the [...] Read »
Pebble:Sculptural and Modular Lounge
Prison building will not ease the problem of jail overcrowding, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has been warned Read »
How do we distinguish the historic from the sentimental? Read »
1/3 Movie Night Presents: Miami Vice A Michael Mann Flick Where: Bela Dubby 13321 Madison Ave. Lakewood, Ohia When: Thursday May 20th 8PM Come join us at Bela Dubby for THE LAST MOVIE NIGHT [...] Read »
New Banksy in New York City
Banksy has struck again. He recently visited San Francisco, and now has made his mark in New York. Link. Read »
"not a fan of norten, but these kitchens are realistic. the vanity kitchens you see in a lot of apartments and suburban mcmansions are big but lack functionality. they're dioramas for housewives."—Lo_Pan [...] Read »
On the Racked: Equinox Takes Old Tower Records Space; Macy's Getting Revamped
And now, the latest from Racked NY, covering shopping and retail from the sidewalks up. 1) Midtown West: After catching on fire a few times in recent months, the Herald Square Macy's will be [...] Read »
Glass Skylight by CBD Glass Studio
Doodle 4 Google Finalists Announced
Today Google announced the finalists in their Doodle 4 Google competition, an invitational directed to K-12 students, to get creative with the Google logo. Vote for your favorite here . A couple [...] Read »
The Kitchen Stink: Park Slope Condo Critics Ask: Do These Kitchens Suck?
Mexican starchitect Enrique Norten's 580 Carroll Street condo building (aka Garfield Sparta) is no stranger to controversy, but now that potential buyers have been streaming through its front [...] Read »
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Can Computers Fight Blindness?
Stare at a computer screen for long enough and you might feel like youre going blind. But researchers from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratories think that computers could [...] Read »
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New Jersey’s New Port Will be Powered Completely by the Wind
A new container port in Bayonne, New Jersey is being built by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and though it will consume as much energy as 2,000 homes, all of the electricity in [...] Read »
Checking In: LES Hotels Update: The Bad and the Ugly
Click the image above to view the full photogallery. That totally bizarre 11-story Comfort Inn on Ludlow Street between Rivington and Stanton ("across from the United Nations") is getting closer [...] Read »
Tayson House in Bradford - UK by Kraus Schönberg Architects
The Constance and London based Kraus Schönberg Architects realised this new built extension of a Victorian warehouse building in ‘Little Germany’, a particular historical area in in central [...] Read »
City & Urbanism
MyTime Interview - Kaidie and Life 3.0
In an interview series urbanTick is looking closely at meaning and implications of time in everyday life situations. In the form of dialogs different aspects are explored, with the idea to highlight [...] Read »
700 west 8th is now for Sale
Community Amenity includes a Bike Lane and 5 units of Social Housing Read »
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (THFC) has revealed reworked plans for the large mixed-use redevelopment around its proposed new 56,250-seat home in North London Read »
Modern Bathtub by Kaesch
In order to leave the locals useful model for future construction, the project were highly localized, built with the help of locals, using locals materials and based on local traditional methods.... [...] Read »
4 BR, 3 BA, 3,000 sq ft Coop Asking: $3,250,000 | Grand & Gracious 333 East 57th Street [Corcoran] Read »
It's looking like Neil Bender is going to come out victorious in the legal wrangling over the $1 billion real estate portfolio of late West Village/Downtown land baron William Gottlieb, the WSJ [...] Read »
Soderora by Tham and Videgard
cast-iron bath tub from Aston Matthews
Susan Sellers
Leaf Tie
Property developer Christian Candy has given a colourful account of why he believes the Prince of Wales put the brakes on his redevelopment plans for the prestigious 12.8-acre Chelsea Barracks site in London Read »
Retrovelo Leather Frame Bag
Hamptons Hideaway: Part Deux
When I posted about Helen and Tim Schifter's fabulous Hamptons Hideaway in January, I mentioned wanting to see more photos and I'm happy to have finally found some! The photo above is a look [...] Read »
CurbedWire: 1 WTC Gets Wrapped; FHA Newbies; More Freshkills Poetry
FIDI—Hey Freedom Tower 1 World Trade Center, why so blue? Oh, it's just your new "cocoon" safety system, which the Port Authority says is the first time the steel-framed netting system has been [...] Read »
Large Format Colored Glass Tiles
Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art has unveiled a new logo. Actually, they're bringing back the original logo from the '80's. I love it. Culture Monster Read »
Model Behavior: West Chelsea's +Art is Now +1 Finished Apartment
Click the image above to view the full photogallery. +Art decided to nap it out when the market soured, but it recently resurfaced with a spring in its step and metal plates screwed into its [...] Read »
Eater reports on the Upper East Village rebellion that broke out at last night's Community Board 3 meeting. Specifically, residents were on the warpath against a bunch of new bars and restaurants [...] Read »
(Little Big Tweak): The legendary French film director Jean-Luc Godard, whose latest work, Film Socialisme, is showing at Cannes this week, has decided to run its subtitles in "Navajo English" [...] Read »
Architectural Craziness: WTC Memorial Designer Creating Rooftop Farm at LES School
So hot right now: rooftop farms. In addition to the currently-in-limbo Brooklyn Grange project in Long Island City and plans in the very early stages at Upper East Side and Greenwich Village [...] Read »
la casa-gioiello di Piano
Risk of demolition for an early Piano building. This article is in Italian/photo available. check it out (in Italian. English translation here ) via Domus FB. Read »
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LIFEWALL: Modular Vertical Garden Panels Clean the Air
Creating vertical gardens just got a whole lot easier thanks to these modular garden tiles by Spanish firm Ceracasa. Their Lifewall product, which we just saw over at Jetson Green, is a modular [...] Read »
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President Obama Allocates $800 Million to Repurpose Old GM Factories
We’ve had so many factories shut down in the US over the past few decades that we just didn’t know what to do with them. Well, now someone does. President Obama was in Youngstown, Ohio yesterday [...] Read »
FOrMlOs Bitumen Collection by Laura Jungmann
An unusual material for product design, bitumen and its properties are what makes recent designs by Laura Jungmann so interesting. Black and glossy, the bitumen starts to flow at a snail's pace [...] Read »
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Uber-Efficient Eco Auditorium Features a Sloping Green Roof
This sloping green-roofed auditorium offers a two-for-one deal  a sunken indoor concert hall and an outdoor auditorium on the roof. Designed for Elche, Spain by Urbanarbolismo, the Auditorium [...] Read »
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Hillside Residence is a Sustainable Gem in the Marin Hills
For almost as long as theyve known each other, Scott and Tracy Lee have been designing and building the Hillside Residence, a sustainable gem in the Marin Hills. The house represents their personal [...] Read »
Decanterlights by Lee Broom