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Some amazing hotels

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7 April 2014 at 10:40 am

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Amazing libraries, amazing houses

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10 December 2008 at 1:05 pm

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Very cool: the Sears Modern Home, 100 years ago

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Take a look.

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28 October 2008 at 1:32 pm

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Architectural optical illusions

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Fascinating.

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23 October 2008 at 9:52 am

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Abandoned architectural marvels of modern Asia

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29 September 2008 at 10:48 am

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Strange condos and townhouses

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More in the weird housing series. Take a look.

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1 August 2008 at 4:21 pm

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Zaha Hadid, the first great female architect

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Very interesting profile by Jonathan Meades, which begins:

Zaha Hadid’s practice occupies a former school in Clerkenwell, an area of London that still bears the scent of Dickens. It’s an 1870s building designed by the London School Board architect E.R. Robson, who, typically of his profession, was unquestionably formulaic. Still, his was a sound enough formula. Today the high, plain, light rooms are crammed to bursting with Hadid’s 200 or so employees. Though they are of every conceivable race, they are linked by their youth, their sombre clothes, their intense concentration. They gaze at their screens, astonishingly silently. There is little sound other than the click of keyboards and a low murmur from earphones. They don’t talk to each other. It is as though they are engaged in a particularly exigent exam. It feels more like a school than a former school. And it feels more like a factory than a school. If there is such a thing as a physical manifestation of the dubious concept called the knowledge economy, this is it. This is a site of digital industry.

“What is exciting,” says Zaha, “is the link between computing and fabrication. The computer doesn’t do the work. There is a similar thing to doing it by hand…”

“The computer is a tool,” I agree.

“No. No, it’s not…”

What then?

The workers on the factory floor—my way of putting it, not hers—are, she says “connected by digital knowledge… They have very different interests from 20 years ago.”

Sure. But this does not make immediate sense. It is a matter to return to, that will become clear(ish) in time.

Ten minutes’ walk from the practice is Hadid’s apartment—austerely elegant, a sort of gallery of her painting and spectacularly lissom furniture. It’s a monument to Zaha the public architect rather than Zaha the private woman. It occupies a chunk of an otherwise forgettable block. Her route from home to work might almost have been confected as an illustration of the abruptness of urban mutation. Here is ur-London: stock bricks and red terracotta, pompous warehouses, run-down factories, Victorian philanthropists’ prison-like tenements, grim toytown cottages, high mute walls, a labyrinth of alleys, off-the-peg late-Georgian terraces, neglected pockets of mid-20th-century Utopianism, apologetic infills, ambiguous plots of wasteground. It is neither rough nor pretty, but it has sinewy character. It may be ordinary, but it is undeniably diverse. The daily stroll through this canyon of variety is surely attractive to an artist whose aesthetic is doggedly catholic, each of whose buildings seems unsatisfied with being just one building.

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24 July 2008 at 8:33 am

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Moving buildings

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Take a look.

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22 July 2008 at 8:45 am

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Beach and lake houses

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Note that the post is the first of 8 parts. Some terrific houses. Take a look.

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17 July 2008 at 11:39 am

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Cool architectural reuse

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Take a look. I particularly like the boat home.

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13 July 2008 at 12:45 pm

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Most popular architecture blogs

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9 July 2008 at 4:04 pm

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Drawbacks to the rotating wind towers

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Loud creaking noises, for one. EcoGeek discusses a number of problems with the idea.

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8 July 2008 at 11:58 am

Extremely cool kinetic sculpture skyscraper

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And it’s build with pre-fab modules. Take a look. Note that it generates its own power.

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3 July 2008 at 1:04 pm

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Cool house

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Take a look. Photos at the link, with description that begins:

Moto Designshop recently finished schematics for this beautiful modern residence situated on Pine street in Philadelphia. The Grid House packs a highly efficient floorplan into tight quarters, maximizing daylighting and ventilation via an abundance of open green spaces. The entire front and back façades open to infuse interior spaces with fresh air while the home’s flowing floor plan ensures a seamless transition between rooms. An elevated front garden preserves the residence’s interaction with the street while concealing an underground garage.

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28 June 2008 at 10:58 am

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Extremely clever architectural innovation

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Using fired-in-place structures. (More great photos at the link.)

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Imagine a sustainable building system that requires only the skills of a potter to complete. A basic earthen structure is formed and finished by traditional clay-firing processes. This remarkable building process culminates in baking every room from the inside, for up to an entire day at up to 1,000 degrees Celsius. The end product is vernacular yet avante garde, traditional but sustainable.

Essentially, the various bricks that compose a building created by using this Geltaftan system are fused into a solid whole after being assembled. The firing process is essentially the same as that which is used in a kiln to finish pottery. Interior furniture (tables, benches and so on) can be fired with the building. The Iranian architect who developed this process first created buildings in Iran but now teaches others who wish to learn his methods in the United States.

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9 February 2008 at 3:00 pm

Small domicile

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Small domiciles are fascinating—how to fit comfortably the essentials of home living in a small space—and is extremely interesting. More here.

Small domicile

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4 January 2008 at 12:44 pm

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Cool architecture

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Take a look at this guy’s work. More on the Bunny Lane house (my fave).

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11 December 2007 at 10:37 am

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