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Fun Architecture with Universal Design

Universal design ensures that architecture can be accessed by people of varying ages, abilities, and circumstances. Dynamic and insightful universal design projects can be both meaningful and fun. Here are some accessible projects worldwide that inspire. Center for Individuals with Disabilities. Featured in ArchDaily, this center in Spain was designed by Jose Javier Gallardo Ortega to […]

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Miami's Porche Design Tower

If all goes as planned, one of America’s most innovative residential structures, Porche Design Tower, will rise near Miami. The highrise on Sunny Isles Beach will live up to its name, with large elevators taking owners straight to their condos…as they sit in their cars. The car elevator, profiled on Curbed Miami and Invest in Miami, is shown […]

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New Website Explains How Green a Building Is

The U.S. Green Building Council launched a new web portal that explains the green features of various LEED-certified buildings. The site, called The Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG), is: “(A) global innovation platform for exploring and comparing the green dimensions of the built environment. GBIG is the premier search engine for green building data, providing insights that […]

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Miami's Vibrant Architecture, from Traditional to Modern

The architecture of Miami is a study in contrasts. The vibrant coastal city embraces diverse structures, from Versace’s uber-traditional villa to sleek modern award-winners. VERSACE VILLA. Casa Casuarina reflects the late Gianni Versace‘s embrace of traditional Italian and Classical motifs. The South Beach villa recently dropped in price from $125 million to $100 million, the South […]

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What's Old is New Again: Streamlined Furnishings in History

Home furnishings with clean lines have a classic appeal. The antiques below were ahead of their time, with a quality and sensibility that make them timeless. Dresser teapot. Christopher Dresser, one of the first industrial designers, made this minimalist teapot circa 1880. The piece was prominently featured in a Cooper-Hewitt exhibition entitled “Shock of the […]

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Cool Capitol: Two Modern Libraries in D.C.

Two innovative modern libraries in Washington, D.C., by architect David Adjaye, re-position public libraries as energetic community centers. Both buildings have spaces that invite you to relax and read, without putting you to sleep.   William O. Lockridge Library Energetic red enlivens one of the reading rooms in the William O. Lockridge Library.  Perhaps Adjaye studied […]

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Colorful Design Around the World

Around the world, designers brighten winter landscapes with vibrant color combinations. Let’s explore their exuberant and creative visions. China. Architect Richard Rogers incorporated color into the design of an exhibit at the Capital Museum in Beijing. The exhibition is a retrospective of the contemporary buildings his firm, Richard Rogers + Architects, has completed over the decades. Rogers’ exhibit space includes hot […]

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Cottage Eclectic, By Land and By Sea

Husband and wife design duo Richard and Victoria MacKenzie-Childs are known for their distinctive aesthetic, which is an eclectic and whimsical interpretation of the English cottage look. Editor at Large reports that the MacKenzie-Childs Estate is on the market and that the couple has renovated an historic boat to inhabit in style. The 43 acre estate in […]

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Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardens are a distinctive way to enliven an urban or rural space. A variety of impressive creations have been made using relatively little space and water. The result is living art that is visually and environmentally enriching.   Modern courtyard. This Cuauhtémoc, Mexico home includes a vertical garden with native plants. The courtyard, by TAE, was […]

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Striking Angles and Smooth Curves Balance Miami's Skyline

Like sweet-and-salty fried plantains, Miami’s skyline has a delicate balance. The striking angles of some buildings balance out the smooth curves of others. The result is a skyline like no other.   STRIKING ANGLES Performing arts center.  The Adrienne Arsht Center by architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli has angular forms that collide with grace.   Brickell World […]

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