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Michelle Obama’s Underprivileged Childhood Home

Michelle Obama was born on January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1985, and went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. Following law school, she worked at a Chicago law firm, where she met her husband, President Barack Obama. The couple married on October 3, 1992....

Tribune Tower; A Chicago Landmark

Tribune tower was built in 1925 in Chicago, IL (obviously). With its Neo- Gothic design (meaing the revival of Gothic or victorian architecture. So basically, buildings that look like their from Elizabethan England, but were actually built like forty years ago) and 36 floors, it seems like any other building lying around Chicago; Except its so much more. The newspaper that the...

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 Asia and 3 in Europe)...

Sarah Jessica Parker’s New York Brownstone House

Sarah Jessica Park is an American celebrity most known for the main role on HBO's Sex and the City. She is a model, singer and actress. The 6,800 square foot townhouse is located in the Greenwich Village area of the Big Apple. Sarah Jessica Park and her husband Matthew Broderick purchased the property for $18.995 million. The listing in 2009 boasted 7 fireplaces, six...

Adam Levine’s Sexy House in Hollywood Hills California

Intro/Facts about Adam Levine He currently lives with his close friend, Korean writer Gene Hong. His house was impressive enough to be featured on the Architectural Digest in 2012. When he was 6 years old, he took the winning shot of a basketball game, with barely any time left on the clock. This event inspired him to be successful and aspire for his passion. Levine's brother is...

Green Algae Proposal for The Marina Towers

A Paris based architecture firm Influx Studios proposed a new "green" transformation for the Marina Towers. The technology used in the design is relatively new. The proposal includes bio reactors that absorb carbon emissions. One of Chicago's main conflicts is the pollution due to the high traffic of cars throughout the city. The proposal includes wind turbines that provide energy as well as transforms the carbon emissions to...

What You Did Not Know About the St. Louis Gateway Arch

An American Monument The St. Louis Gateway Arch is a modern marvel of American architecture. It is currently the tallest man-made monument in the United States. The 630 feet structure was capped off in 1967 and opened to the public. The interesting part about the building is that it has an observation deck at the top. Finnish architect, Eero Saarinen, designed...

Sydney Opera House Architecture

The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was opened on October 20th 1973 an exists to be a great architectural achievement today. The architecture of the building has a modern style with large concrete shells. The design was completed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. The architect was young at the time, but understood how to...

Shocking Aerial Images of the Best Cities

Aerial images of city provide a completely different viewpoint, that brings intense feelings within. When one sees such a massive area filled with buildings, one might be afraid of human kind taking over nature. One may also see the great achievements of mankind. What kind of emotions do these images provoke in you? Fear, shock, amazement, hope, sadness, love for architecture? The realization of your life as...

All About Obama’s House in Chicago

// // President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, own this home in the Kenwood community area of Chicago. It is situated in the 5000 block of South Greenwood. They paid $1.65 million for the Georgian-style home quickly after he became a senator in 2005. Adress: 5046 South Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL

The History and Architecture of the Chrysler Building

An Art Deco Beauty of New York City The building that was ranked 9th on the list of America's Favorite Architecture is considered one of the best examples of Art Deco architecture. This building was the headquarters for Chrysler from the 1930's till the 1950's. The building was the tallest in the world for about 11 months until the Empire...

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, on the 15th floor...

Bodegas Ysios La Rioja Laguardia Álava Spain

This is not an ordinary winery, as you can see. Architect, Santiago Calatrava, included raw, natural materials into the design. Wood exterior brings a warm winery sensation. The roof is sectioned with metal blocks that create a rippled effects, spanning along the horizon. The reason for a unique design was to create an iconic image for the new wine, "la Rioja Alavesa."...

Modern or Contemporary Architecture, What’s the Difference?

The difference between modern and contemporary styles in terms of architecture is simpler than you might think. Chances are you are here because you do not know the difference, so here you go... Modern Architecture Modern architecture is a type of architecture that came to be in the early and mid 20th century. The style was revolutionary and enlightening for the...

History and Architecture of 311 South Wacker Drive

311 South Wacker is post-modern designed building in the Loop neighborhood of Chicago. It is currently the 7th tallest building in Chicago and the 16th tallest building in the United States. It is interestingly the tallest building in the world that is known by its address. The building is one of the most visible buildings in the Chicago skyline...

Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) Rebuilt in Dresden Germany

The Frauenkirche was originally built in 1743 and designed by Dresden's city architect George Bähr. It was placed on the outskirts of town and was surrounded by a graveyard. The church entails Baroque architecture with dramatic curves and bold complex details. The most distinct feature of the church is the 96 meter tall dome, resembling a lot of Roman style architecture. Wikipedia stated...

Victorian Architecture Influence Worldwide

Victorian Architecture refers to the era the Queen Victoria had power between 1830-1910. Victorian architecture has been admired because of it detailed beauty. Many architects of today envy the Victorian style, but are never able to completely recapture the style therefore many resort to rehabbing old houses. It seems as though architecture of the Victorian era just put together...

Elvis Presley’s Graceland

Elvis Presley  bought Graceland for his family. He let his parents, Gladys and Vernon by the house house with is budget of $100'000 on the criteria of it being a "farmhouse".  After Gladys died in 1958, it became too much for Presley while his step mother redecorated. Graceland became a place for Presly and his clan. Presley would watch his...

Bathroom Above 15th Floor Elevator Shaft

  This is one of four bathrooms in the PPDG penthouse designed by Hernandez Silva Arquitectos.  Located in Guadalajara, Mexico, the original 15 story building was built in the 1970s. The bathrooms sits on an abandoned elevator shaft. This was obviously a remodeled bathroom that was added into the // // Its a great idea to use the abandoned space. If I was...

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 the heart of the...

Architectural Gem: Barcelona Pavilion in Barcelona Spain

The Barcelona or German Pavilion located in Barcelona Spain was designed and created for the 1929 International Exposition. Originally the building was constructed to be up only temporarily, yet being made of permanent materials such as golden onyx, green and blue marble, chrome, glass, and travertine; the building lasted for a while until it was demolished. In the 1980s it...

Great Buildings and Views of Florence, Italy

Italy's Favorite City Shines Bright Florence is a very important Italian fashion capital, now being ranked within the top fifty fashion capitals of the world. The city is also a major national economic center bringing in tourists and industry. The city has the 17th highest average income in Italy. It's also known as one of the most popular destinations for Italy...

Sam Martin: The quirky world of “manspaces”

Author Sam Martin shares photos of his own personalized "man-space". He explains how everyone has their quirks and odd interests, usually best when they are confinded to one room. Personally I would probably have a fishtank room when I buy my own house, or just a fishtank the size of a room.

Chicago Architecture Versus New York Architecture

Comparing Architecture of Two Prominent American Cities Take a look at two very large metropolitan areas in the United States, Chicago and New York. They are very different in life style, charm, and architecture, but at the same time are very similar. There are so many different aspects to consider when comparing and contrasting two cities, so pin pointing a...