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Greendix Develops First Leaf-Shaped Crystalline Silicon Solar Panels
We all know that solar panels are at the forefront of green energy technology, but they arent the most aesthetically pleasing to look at. Aiming to solve that issue, Greendix, a custom solar [...] Read »
Low Cost Design
The Post reports that rents are inching up as we head into the busy summer season, and one big landlord, Glenwood, has even stopped offering concessions. But plenty of others still are, including [...] Read »
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s.Oliver Headquarters | KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
s.Oliver Headquarters by German firm KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten is a winning project in 2006 and built in 2008. The design aims to give the new building an identity and reflect the s.Oliver [...] Read »
Zombie Buildings: Stalled DoBro Condo Building Officially Returns to Market
As promised back in December by its new German overlords, once-arrested development be@Schermerhorn in Downtown Brooklyn is officially back on the market. Even though the buildings were more [...] Read »
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Google, HP and Microsoft Consider Poo to Power Data Centers
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Good news for tenants: turns out really bad landlords can be arrested. Last week a housing court judge issued a warrant for the arrest of one Bronx landlord, Sam Suzuki, whose building has 663 [...] Read »
Hawkins\Brown has been appointed lead architect on the £25 million Highmead regeneration project in Edmonton, north London Read »
Private gardens in the sky: Public squalor on the ground
Walking down Washington this week, I noticed this lovely private garden atop the beleaguered and largely empty Block 37 mall on State Street. There is not a square inch of public greenspace [...] Read »
Monumento Nazionale
Container Studio by Maziar Behrooz Architecture
Upperkut Agency Offices
Jean de Lessard transformed the basement of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, situated in the heart of the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood in Montreal, into offices for Upperkut, a growing communications [...] Read »
ROCOCO ("Ya fui a llorar" Sofa)
Live from Atlanta: Talking Head David Byrne Addresses CNU 18
Not only the views of the Brooklyn Bridge is certainly breathtaking, but is even more incredible to be looking out the window and find the old clock-embedded and fully visible on the glass of [...] Read »
Fork And Cream Sauce
The Sublime Paintings of Josh Keyes
I recently discovered the work of Josh Keys, a Portland based painter, whose work wrestles with the interaction of nature and society. His pieces show wild animals in urban settings, often devoid [...] Read »
Part 1 of a two-part series focusing on developing a method of urban therapy for a Cleveland catharsis Cleveland’s narrative is still stuck in the shadow of its concern that the other shoe [...] Read »
The Observer looks at why a move by magazine giant Condé Nast to 1 World Trade Center from Times Square makes perfect sense. It's a compelling argument: Condé, could rake in subsidies for filling [...] Read »
Researchers at HP labs have released a study examing the potential for a Farm Waste (read cow manure) Data Center Ecosystem. The basic idea is that a dairy farmer could rent out land and power [...] Read »
Inside the Goldman Sachs mothership
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PriceChopper: 120 Eleventh Avenue Now Having 10 Percent Off Sale
120 Eleventh Avenue is still hunting for a lifesaver. Weapon of choice: axe. The former gay club and Life Savers factory turned condos (and hemmed in by a few more starchitectural success stories) [...] Read »
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Extreme Makeovers: Socialite's $18.5 Million Gramercy Townhouse is a Fixer-Upper
It was a long hard slog that involved numerous asking prices and at least one serial killer, but telecom mogul and nightlife entrepreneur Michael Hirtenstein finally sold his townhouse at 23 [...] Read »
Wine Sets Lounge Chair
Turns out the gritty Bowery will live on...in Connecticut! Artist Justin Lowe will be recreating the restroom of the defunct CBGB in Hartford, Connecticut's fancypants Wadsworth Atheneum. The [...] Read »
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Lou Ruvo Center ,Nevada.. by Frank Gehry .. here more information.. flick rsee it at google maps Read »
SANAA works.. The Pritzker Architectural Prize page.. and here .. Read »
UK Pavilion Shanghai Expo 2010.. designed by Thomas Heatherwick .. more information.. Read »
Polish Pavilion-EXPO 2010 Timelapse.. more information.. and h ere .. Read »
City & Urbanism
Book - Radical Games, Never Trust a Hippie
The recent Book Radical Games: Popping the Bubble of 1960s Architecture by Lara Schrijver and published by NAi Publishers is looking back at the last century of architecture theory to formulate [...] Read »
Adaptive Reuse: Scary Long Island City Storage Bunker Could Become ... Condos!
It's safe to say there is never a dull moment when it comes to new construction in the gritty Dutch Kills neighborhood of Long Island City. The latest odd twist comes from 37-19 Crescent Street, [...] Read »
Inventing Venice
The practice of �commissioning,� in which an engineer monitors the efficiency of a building from its design through its initial operation, just may be the most effective strategy for reducing [...] Read »
Sun filled Studio w/ terrace Rent: $2240 plus one month free 184 Kent Ave., B610 [rentonkent.com] Read »
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Kevin Costner Cleaning up the Gulf with His Oil Separating Technology
No, we are not kidding. Neither is Kevin Costner. When the Exxon Valdez catastrophe happened in 1989, the actor, fisherman and environmentalist was horrified. So he went searching for an answer [...] Read »
Japanese-born architect and artist Arakawa, who along with his with Madeline Gins designed crazy technicolor houses meant to stop aging (seriously), has died at 73. The couple's firm was hit [...] Read »
Brain City Lab
In NYC plans to develop an old, crumbling Burlington Coat Factory on Park Place into a community center and mosque have raised concern among some of the relatives of those killed in the 9/11 [...] Read »
Watch the run down of last night’s top 10 practices from the AJ100 Awards Dinner Read »
This was not the end
Bronze Copper Pendant Light
BDP has returned to the top of the AJ100 – the definitive list of Britain’s biggest architecture firms – after only a year’s absence. Read »
Blu Launches Spacious Balance Prefab
Blu Homes, a green prefab startup out of Massachusetts, is on a tear with $7 million in new cash and a contemporary set of homes. Today the company announced its latest design called Balance, [...] Read »
Cincinnati Transit Map (for Optimists)
My hometown of Cincinnati was once a bustling hub of trains, trolleys and buses. The gorgeous architectural treasure known as Union Terminal is a relic of this era; once a functioning transit [...] Read »
Other than Limited Edition. Given the time taken for the realization of this small collection, first with partial use of molds, after full-scale, the Swiss gallery Mitterrand + Cramer decided [...] Read »
Indoor Garden Design
Linkage: Weekly Food Edition: Rooftop Farm Trades Bee Names for Funds
[The shuttered Empire Diner is giving away this stuff on the sidewalk right now, via Eater.] · Without its star chef, Mia Dona gets zero stars [NYT] · Pizzas at Pulino's are "brittle as crackers" [...] Read »
The Towpath Trail is at the crossroads. Planners of the ambitious and nearly complete hiking and bicycle trail are facing three uncomfortable choices as they try again to stitch together the [...] Read »
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Bike Powered Mobile Coffee Bar Hits the Streets of New York
A lot of us run on coffee, and what better way to run your coffee shop than with bikes? Kickstand Coffee is a new mobile java shop in New York that is inspired by, transported by and powered [...] Read »
Hey, buyers turning to condos out of fear that co-ops are too snooty: nice try, but those condos know what you're up to, and it won't work. Blog High Rise Society looks at condos that are starting [...] Read »
You Can Leave The Light On
Whats that on the roof of Hollywoods Standard Hotel? Is it a&.giant light bulb? Well, yes. Artist Piero Golia has installed a permanent, orb-shaped light (clad in acryclic, lit by eight fluorescent [...] Read »
1 BR, 1 BA, 795 sq ft Condo Asking: $949,000 | The Onyx Chelsea 261 West 28th Street, 2D [RealDirect] Read »
Chic Shades
I love finding cool shops in New York and recently my friend Jessica introduced me to Silver Lining Opticians which is beyond cool. They have outfitted some of the hottest musicians including [...] Read »
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Stunning Pendant Lamps Spun from Measuring Tape
This week the Inhabitat editors checked out the Model Citizens and one of our favorite finds was this cleverly constructed measuring tape lamp that comes in both metric and standard measurements. [...] Read »
Board to Death: Former River House Manager Sues to Get Apartment Back
Has-been it may be, but some people still want to live in Sutton Place's storied River House. Including Ebrahim Paybrah, the building's former general manager, who alleges in a New York State [...] Read »
What to Look For at Hospitality Design Expo 2010
Technology
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China Building “Biggest Solar Energy Production Base” in the World
Construction is in the works for what China is calling The Biggest Solar Energy Production Base in the Whole World, or more simply, Solar Valley. The base will be a clean energy technology [...] Read »
Lighting Assembly #1 by Jesse Visser
It's hard to be deceived by the floral shape of Lighting Assembly #1. This industrial-looking chandelier by Jesse Visser consists of nine down-lighters and was shown at Ventura Lambrate in Milan [...] Read »
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Monacca’s Sustainable Wood Calculator Multiplies Green Factor at ICFF
In a world filled with plastic, designer Takumi Shimamura of Monacca differentiates his handmade calculators by using beautiful, sustainably harvested wood. We spotted the sleek computation devices [...] Read »
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Blu Homes Releases New Unfolding Balance Home
Blu Homes is making waves in the modular housing world and just today released yet another spectacular energy efficient prefab home. The Blu |Balance home is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 162 foot [...] Read »
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Google Funds Ultra Efficient Jet Engine-Inspired Geothermal Drill
Geothermal energy is one of the most promising alternative energy technologies  its a clean, virtually unlimited resource, and unlike wind and solar it doesnt require specific weather conditions. [...] Read »
Are You Positive? Lights by Marcus Tremonto
Expert real estate advice doesn't come cheapexcept when it does. Allow us to introduce The Scoop, The Corcoran Group's YouTube channel and latest foray into the digital world. In the newest [...] Read »
Home Indoor Pool
Reveals: Shelter, Affordable Housing Tower Coming to West 25th Street
Click the image above to view the full photogallery. Two new housing plans, one for middle-income earners and another for folks less fortunate, have some Chelsea residents along West 25th Street [...] Read »
on the boards: New World Symphony
The building conceptually aims to be a generator for new ideas in music education and performance. Designed by Frank Gehry , the New World Symphony will feature a 700+ seat performance space [...] Read »
Conversions: Landmark Designation Could Derail Controversial WTC Mosque
The 13-story mosque and Islamic center proposed for a site near ground zero that's making international headlines and inspiring all sorts of absurd commentary could possibly be derailed by that [...] Read »
Plastic House by UNIT Arkitektur AB
Modern House Plans site redesign
This year’s Stirling Prize jury will include arts pundit Mark Lawson, the AJ can reveal Read »
The Virtual Water Project
Totem: Cabinet System with Shelves
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house of the week 69: Concrete Studio
This week's House of the Week is an unabashed residence tucked into a landscaped hillside by Texas based Mell Lawrence architects . The in-situ formed concrete surfaces recall stacked blocks [...] Read »
Cincinnati Footprint Print
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The Polish designers and Stepien Paulina Magdalena Piwowar have designed and built this cafe and bookstore within the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, Poland. The contrast between modern forms of the elements [...] Read »
House Ocean View by Kidosaki
CurbedWire: High Line Lays It on Thicket; Belated Chops at 80 Met?
WEST CHELSEA—The Friends of the High Line played a little Rendering/Reality in its latest newsletter, providing a construction update on the "Chelsea Thicket" portion of the park's under-construction [...] Read »
"The room-width-to-ceiling-h eight perception method was utilized to calculate square footage here. See, when ceiling heights measure upwards of 16 feet, it's allowable to tack on a minimum of [...] Read »
PriceSpotter: How Much for This Rocker Duplex on State 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 »
On the Market: One Lawsuit Later, Plaza Penthouse Comes Back at $24M
Click the image above to view the full photogallery. Penthouse 2001 at The Plaza has been mired in litigation since 2008, when the apartment's buyer, a 30-something hedgie, sued developer El-Ad [...] Read »
As the Apthorp Turns: Apthorp Conversion Approved, Making Way for Closings
The Attorney General's in-depth inspection of blockbuster UWS condo conversion the Apthorp seemed ominous enough to prompt a celeb-interest counterattack. But that might not have been necessary: [...] Read »
Mayor Bloomberg has signed legislation requiring tour bus passengers to wear headsets to keep noise down. The bill follows a few years of complaints from West Village residents longing for their [...] Read »
Christopher Hawthorne reviews Gehry's latest in Las Vegas
Hawthorne discusses the recently complete Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, with a little back-story about Gehry's personal motivation to take on the project. LA Times Read »
David Cook and redefining sustainability
Unilever Haus, Hamburg Germany, courtesy Behnish Architecten David Cook of Behnisch Architekten, currently the Pietro Belluschi Distinguished Visiting Professor in Architecture at the University [...] Read »
2010's Most Endangered
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released their list of the 11 most endangered places of 2010. The list includes: America's State Parks & State-Owned Historic Sites Black Mountain [...] Read »
ROPE BENCH: Design by Yoav Reches.
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Dance Palace by UNStudio
Dutch architects UNStudio have won a competition to design a dance theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Clad in triangular panels of varying opacity, the building will be situated on a new square [...] Read »
Krystalklar (”Crystal Clear”) - C. F. Møller Architects
C. F. Møller Architects, in collaboration with Kristin Jarmund Arkitekter, has won a major competition to design a spectacular new landmark project in the city of Oslo, for the client KLP Eiendom [...] Read »
From an Upper East Side townhouse to a SoHo storefront to a Long Island City warehouse, New York City’s Museum for African Art has had three different homes since opening to the public in 1984. Read »
3 BR, 3 BA, condo w/fireplace Expansive Living Rm. | Sun, 112 200 E. 66th St., C15-03 [ManhattanHouse.com] Read »
Lirico : Modular Cupboard
authoritarian representation
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Pieces of Berlin
Pieces of Berlin documents everyday life in the city. The portraits are striking for their lo-fi quality; the imperfections of the film give the images character and nuance that seems to be [...] Read »
One of the funkiest looking (and longest) construction projects in LIC, the addition to the 7-train line at the Court House Square stop, is now semi-functional, a less-than-enthused Lost City [...] Read »
Meanwhile, in Carroll Gardens...: Steal of the Century: Free Smith Street Brownstone
What is this, a townhouse for ants?! · Picture Of The Day: "Free" Real Estate On Smith Street [PMFA] Read »
Linkage: Lincoln Center Lawn Opening; Pritzker Party on Ellis Island; More!
[Lincoln Center's new restaurant has a rooftop lawn. Photo via Daniel Barry/NYTimes.] · New parts of Lincoln Center renovation opening on Friday [Diner's Journal] · And if you slip and fall [...] Read »
[FIRST LOOK] Sergison Bates, together with German-based practice Werner Neuwirth and Swiss firm von Ballmoos Krucker Architekten, has won the Nordbanhof 2B housing competition in Vienna, Austria Read »
Metodo Walden
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Tsunami: Modular Lounge
Cardboard Forts: A Critical Analysis, Part 1
BUILDblog reviews and critiques the very root of the design world: cardboard fort architecture Read »
Industrial Swivel Stool
A barnacle is a type of arthropod belonging to infraclass Cirripedia in the subphylum Crustacea, and is hence related to crabs and lobsters. Barnacles are exclusively marine, and tend to live [...] Read »
More than 340 of the industry’s leading figures turned out for this years AJ100 Awards dinner at the Grange Hotel opposite St Paul’s, central London Read »
The Caravel, Finest Recycled Oak Wine Barrel Stave Rack
Steve's Sexy Sunglasses
I was looking for excuse to post more photos of Steve McQueen and since he always wore Persol sunglasses, what better time than after my Silver Lining Opticians post! Steve always looked sexy [...] Read »
The Gospel Press building in the Tremont area of Cleveland, Ohio is located at the intersection of West 7th Street and Jefferson, and borders Thurman on the west side. It is actually a complex [...] Read »
Storyboard
[Image: "Storyboard" by Tim Durfee ; photo by Mikey Tnasuttimonkol]. Designer Tim Durfee has produced what he calls "Storyboard," a book-storage unit and chair built from a geometrically simple [...] Read »
I.M. Pei is one of the most important architects that shaped my career. He was my boss and my mentor for 6 years before I started my own firm, Lane Architecture + Design, P.C. I am excited to [...] Read »
Development Update-o-rama!: Three New Long Island City Buildings About to Hit the Market
Click the image above to view the full photogallery.[Renderings by RSVP Studio.] To those who say the LIC condo market is over-saturated, we say this: Pshaw! These are the lean times! Three new [...] Read »
Speaking on New York's WFAN sports-talk radio station just now, slightly terrifying Russian billionaire and Atlantic Yards ATM machine Ivan Drago Mikhail Prokhorov said he plans to continue living [...] Read »
Gardening with Community Solar Power
Often, when you think of solar power, you probably think about utility scale solar plants or solar power generated on a home or building. But have you heard about community solar, or what may [...] Read »
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Cocktail Table
That's Rather Hideous: Park Avenue's 'Good Times Room' Yours for $7.5 Million
Some people say that picking on old-school Gold Coast co-ops in our That's Rather Hideous feature is like shooting fish in a barrel. We like to think of it more as hunting zebra while on horseback. [...] Read »
Architectural Works
Apomechanes 2010 studio in Athens this summmer
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Is the worst over?
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OMA Exhibit at AA
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Blackbox / Parasite Studio
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Multifonctional Complex La Maladiere / Geninasca Delefortrie Architectes
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Chapel in Aalen Forest /  C18 Architekten
C18 Architekten restored an old chapel in Germany, updating the originial funeral parlor designed by Karl Gonse in 1954.  When approached to update the chapel, the architects decided to keep [...] Read »
Roll it Experimental Housing /  University of Karlsruhe
Roll It, a cool experimental house, resulted from the collaboration among different institutes within the University of Karlsruhe.  This cyclindrical design is a modular protype that provides [...] Read »
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Beautiful Bamboo Living Houses Take Two Days to Build
Our fascination with prefab buildings knows no bounds  but add bamboo to the mix and youve really got our attention. These two beautiful houses in Hawaii were recently built using bamboo as [...] Read »
AD Photographers: Stéphane Chalmeau
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2010 RIBA Award winners announced
The Royal Institute of British Architects in London have announced 102 winners of this years RIBA Awards, including projects by Rick Mather Architects, Heatherwick Studio and Caruso St John Architects. Read »
Miami Civic Center 2010 Competition winners announced
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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi to Open October 28, 2010
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind, has announced that it will open its doors to the public on October 28, 2010, three weeks ahead [...] Read »