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December 21, 2012
A 'Disappearing' Cathedral; Read Between The Lines

The Cathedral called, “Read Between The Lines” is located within the Netherlands, Made of just Steel And Concrete. ‘Reading between the lines’ is a project collaborated between young Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs (Leuven, 1983) and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh (Leuven, 1983). Their projects reflect an architectural background with an artistic intention. Their main concerns are experiment, […]

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December 15, 2012
Connecticut School Shooting: Architecture Plans for Schools

The shooter, who sources identified as Adam Lanza, 20, shot his mother in the face at their home in Newtown, Conn., then went to nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School where she taught and gunned down her entire class, according to sources. Lanza was found dead inside the school, according to officials. Eighteen of the children […]

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December 14, 2012
Hovering Observation Deck Above Grand Central Terminal

Architecture firm SOM has proposed adding a floating observation deck that slides up and down the sides of two new skyscrapers. SOM states that the hovering deck would increase the quality of the public space surrounding the building by adding an “iconic landmark” with a 360-degree panorama of the city skyline. New York City could use […]

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December 8, 2012
Two Cheapest Kitchen Renovations add Value to your House

The profitability of the investment you make into renovating your home depends directly on how much you put in, and what you put that money into. These are the two factors determining your success. For example putting in a huge pool is not the safest investment, but some people just don't care about the financial gain. Whether you are […]

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December 5, 2012
A Look Into Amazon's Giant Storage Warehouses

You might wonder where the millions of items you see on amazon.com come from. The world's largest online store has multiple gigantic warehouses strategically placed near shipping ports. Some of the mega warehouses reach 1.2 million square feet in size (111,484 sq m). Amazon uses a unique system of organization called the "Chaotic Storage." Although computers are […]

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November 22, 2012
China Builds Highway Around House That Refuses to Move

In the city of Wenling, located in China’s eastern region of Zheijang, an interstate has been constructed around a residential building that forbids to move. Luo Baogen, disappointed with the relocation compensation offered by the government decided to remain in the half-demolished building with his wife. According to China Daily, the road, which leads to […]

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November 21, 2012
Are McMansions Becoming Extinct?

  The answer is most likely yes. McMansion is a slang term for a large newly built house that is poorly designed and too big for its surroundings. These houses were first constructed in the 1990's in America. They are compared to McDonald's for being built so fast. These types of houses were massively constructed in the early […]

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November 18, 2012
Obama's New Oval Office Design (Not really, just for fun!)

The country is going to hell in a handbasket, but at least architects can make us laugh. Evanston architects Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker were among the architects asked by The Guardian on London to redesign the Oval Office for the presidency of Barack Obama. Here is their very witty response: "In Obama’s Oval Office […]

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November 17, 2012
Wright's Glencoe Subdivision Markers are Crumbling

One of the most unique details at Frank Lloyd Wright's Ravine Bluffs subdivision in Glencoe is in need of some significant Tender loving care. The subdivision, which includes six Wright-designed houses and three boldly sculpted markers of poured concrete, was built in 1915 for developer Sherman Booth. But Chicago's brutal climate has taken its toll […]

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November 16, 2012
Pullman: Unique Historic Town in Chicago Neighborhood

Initially constructed to house workers of his railcar company, George Pullman’s model community is one of Chicago’s most unique neighborhoods. In its prime, this ‘town within a town’ had its own amenities catering to citizens of Pullman’s French-inspired row houses and colonnade apartments. Today, an information center and the country’s first African-American labor history museum […]

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November 10, 2012
These Children’s Hospitals Will Enlighten Your Day

A child with a serious illness should not have to endure treatment at an ordinary creepy hospital. Hospitals can be an intimidating place, especially for children. The white sterile walls and big noisy equipment can scare some kids and it’s possible they become miserable and uncooperative. Of course a kind and caring health care professional […]

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November 9, 2012
The Bloomingdale Rail Line Converted Into Greenway/Linear Park Chicago

Transforming retired railroad lines is a new trend within cities. As you might remember the same type of transformation also took place in New York: Click here to see the post. CDOT, along with numerous community partners, is constructing the Bloomingdale Trail and Park-- a multi-use linear park that will be the first of its […]

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November 8, 2012
House Boat Cabin-Style

Its so compact. I like to cozy cabin look. That would be so cool to be surrounded by water like that, until a big wave comes. Spotted in Perry Creek, by the island of Vinalhaven in Maine, USA, is this incredible custom-built floating cottage. This is definitely the neatest ‘small space’ I’ve witnessed. Photograph by Marcus […]

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November 7, 2012
A Photo Tour of Google’s Data Centers Around the World

Google released a massive gallery of pictures of their Data Centers around the world. In an effort for greater transparency, Google also published a guided tour on YouTube and even a Street View tour of their data center in Lenoir, North Carolina. With 13 data centers around the world (7 in the Americas, 3 in […]

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November 6, 2012
A Different view of Church Ceilings (Panoramas)

Photographer- Richard Silver takes us on a tour of magnificently designed church ceilings around NYC. Each photo is a vertical panorama consisting of 6-10 photos stitched together. Capturing from the pew to the exit door and back again, the mind-blowing 180-degree view wonderfully captures the delicate detail and design of each church’s ceiling.

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November 5, 2012
Life-altering Shadows Created With Just Building Blocks

Artwork by Kumi Yamashita It is amazing what kinder-gardeners are doing these days with their building blocks! Haha, this was created by an adult artist. The best art is unique. Building Blocks, 1997 Wood, light, shadow H:230cm, W:400cm, D:5cm Collection of Boise Art Museum, Idaho

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November 2, 2012
Jaw-Dropping Spa at the Viceroy Miami- Philippe Starck

Just when you think you have seen it all from design’s eternal enfant terrible, Philippe Starck continues to surprise. Recombining some of his signature set pieces—oversize mirrors, brightly tinted crystal chandeliers, and haute-French furniture—the master of whimsical pastiche debuted this 28,000-square-foot dream of a spa and fitness center at the Viceroy Miami in December 2008, […]

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November 1, 2012
Humewood Castle: An Ireland Castle

The Humewood Castle is amazing for many reasons. Read more about it on Urban Splatter. Kiltegan, Ireland 15 bedrooms 18 bathrooms 46,200 sqft $10.1 million In 1867 a wealthy Irish landowner enlisted English ecclesiastical architect William White to construct on his family real estate. The outcome was an enormous castellated mansion—constructed in the Victorian type […]

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October 30, 2012
Hurricane Sandy Photo Collection

Here are just some of the pictures that have surfaced now that Hurricane Sandy has passed. These photos locations range from New York City to the shores of Virginia. As of now at least 11 deaths have been reported from accidents caused by the hurricane conditions. These pictures help the rest of America see what […]

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October 29, 2012
New Shocking Photos of New York Hurricane Sandy REVEALED
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October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy- New York Destroys Fragile Architecture

  The hurricane has the possibility of being the largest to hit the east coast. New York city was set to evacuation mode, as people boarded up for the long-run. People all over the east coast have also been taking cover as Sandy blows right past with power. As of Noon on 10/30/12, at least […]

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October 4, 2012
Salvador Dalí's Amazing Surreal Furniture Design

These unique furniture items were designed by Salvador Dali. You probably will recognize him by his most famous artwork The Persistence of Memory. Facts on Salvador Dali Lived: 1904 -1989 Born in: Figueras, Spain Birthday and astrological sign: May 11, 1904, Taurus Died: January 23, 1989, Age 86. Artists Edvard Munch and Pierre Bonnard also died on this day in […]

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October 2, 2012
Ponte Vecchio Florence, Italy

The Ponte Vecchio Bridge (Old Bridge) was constructed in 1345 over the Arno Rive in Florence, Italy. As you can see from the images, the bridge is very unique. Currently, the bridge consists of small businesses such as jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. Fun Facts It was said that the economic concept of bankruptcy originated on the bridge, when […]

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September 30, 2012
Presidential Palaces Around the World

An image shows 1000+ words. The following images represent the different architecture styles of the presidential/king/queen or whatever their official leader's house/palace or whatever you want to call it! Enjoy!

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