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Developer Turns Shipping Containers Into Student Housing

#fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-352989{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-352989, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-352989{width:570px;height:411px;display:block;} GeoBeats/AOL On Converting shipping containers into homes is something that's been done successfully... Continue Reading »

For Sale: Dramatic Home Design in a Stunning Beach Setting

Zillow By Catherine Sherman When architect and surfer Cho Yiu Kwan designed his home in 1993, he called it the "Temple of Muses." His muse being a 5-acre hilltop location overlooking some of the most prominent surf breaks in Malibu, Calif. "You can watch sunrise to sunset with the Pacific Ocean laid out in front of you.... Continue Reading »

Castle Ruins for Sale: Needing Some TLC

Zillow By Erika Riggs The limestone ruins look ancient, like something abandoned by its residents hundreds of years ago along a misty loch in Scotland. The property, however, is not across the Atlantic but in upstate New York, most fittingly located in the town of New Scotland. The ruins are not as ancient,... Continue Reading »

Raising the Roof: Stunning Homes Designed by Women

Dan Steinberg/The Associated Press Though Frank Lloyd Wright famously called architecture "the mother art," it might be the one that's been least welcoming to women. When Wright apprentice Eleanor K. Pettersen received a Certificate in Architecture from the American Institute of Architects in 1941, she was a rarity. And... Continue Reading »

Best of 2012 Architecture: Wildest Buildings This Year

Every year, it seems, architects start a new race to see who can create the wildest building in the world. And 2012 was no different. This year, we saw everything from dancing buildings to bow-tie structures and wacky "forests" of jagged condos. Our friends at Curbed wrapped up the wildest buildings from starchitects... Continue Reading »

The Paul Rudolph House in NYC on the Market (House of the Day)

Anyone looking to become a landlord would be thrilled with today's House of the Day: The Paul Rudolph House, designed by the late famous architect and former dean of the Yale School of Architecture, is on the market for $27.5 million. The house in New York City consists of four apartments: one single-bedroom apartment,... Continue Reading »

Prairie House (Style Spotlight)

By Bud Dietrich, AIA As the 19th century waned and the 20th century was dawning, a group of architects and designers in the Upper Midwest banded together to form the Prairie School. An entirely new approach to domestic design, the Prairie School featured a new language. Rooms made of four walls and small holes for... Continue Reading »

A Custom-Built Mansion in Riverside, Calif. (House of the Day)

Ever had the need for a bank vault in your home? No? Oh, guess that's why this place isn't selling. As it turns out, living in a completely customized house might be super cool for you, but not necessarily for anyone else. This 14,500-square-foot "palatial" home sitting on 10 acres in Riverside, Calif., has a... Continue Reading »

Olympic Stadiums: Then and Now

Hosting the Olympic Games is a city's chance to showcase its architecture before the world. So it comes as no surprise that Olympic stadiums tend to be some of the most interesting and unique structures in their cities. London didn't disappoint with its stunning aquatic center, quirky shooting venue and sleek velodrome... Continue Reading »

Modern vs. Contemporary Houses (Style Spotlight)

By John Hill What's the difference between modern and contemporary architecture? Why the distinction? At its most literal, "contemporary" is the architecture being produced now, the architecture of the moment. "Modern" architecture breaks with the past -- specifically the traditional styles pre-dating the Industrial... Continue Reading »

Cardboard Cathedral Planned in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A cathedral made from cardboard. The idea may sound flimsy, particularly given that cathedrals tend to be known for their solid presence: the flying buttresses, the soaring domes, the Gothic grandeur. But in the earthquake-devastated city of Christchurch, Anglican leaders believe it will... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: Modernist Masterpiece in Connecticut

Warren Platner aficionados will likely line up for this Connecticut estate that he designed and furnished. Considered his signature home, the property is listed at $16.495 million. Continue Reading »

Soap Star Sells Remodeled Home in Less Than a Week

Justin Torkildsen can tell you that when you price a house right, it can sell fast, even in this economy. The former Bold and the Beautiful soap star put his Los Angeles home on the market for $1.15 million on March 10, reports the Real Estalker, and had it under contract and in escrow four days later. As a newlywed, he... Continue Reading »

A Flea Grows in Brooklyn

It's not an exaggeration to say that the Brooklyn Flea -- an immense artisan market at the crossroads of Ft. Greene and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, N.Y. -- has transformed Saturday mornings in the neighborhood. "For one thing, I've been told we've changed the primary brunch day from Sunday to Saturday," jokes Eric Demby, who... Continue Reading »

Obama's Oval Office: Redecorating for World's Most Famous Tenant

What do you do when you move into a new rental? Redecorate, of course. The White House last week unveiled President Obama's redesigned Oval Office. The makeover, completed under the eye of California designer Michael Smith while the First Family was vacationing in Martha's Vineyard, showcases a sea of brown, camel, and... Continue Reading »

Could a Tree House Solve Your Housing Dilemma?

These days you read more about homes being underwater than up in the air. But with more artists and architects building tree houses, some of today's coolest and most avant-garde homes are nestled in tree branches. Equipped with amenities including electricity, plumbing, heating -- even Wi-Fi -- big-kid tree houses... Continue Reading »

Chicago Senior Residential Projects Go Green

What's not to love about rooftop gardens and terraces in a quiet neighborhood just north of a major metropolitan downtown area? They serve many purposes, especially for a community of seniors in Lakeview, just 4 miles north of the Loop. Everyone in Chicago seems to be going green these days. Not only was it recently... Continue Reading »

Architects Back in Demand: Is a Housing Recovery Near?

Something unusual is happening at architects' offices: The phones are ringing. After a long recession-induced downturn that caused massive layoffs and agony for architects and designers of all stripes, potential clients are starting to ask about new or iced projects, they say. This could boost the real estate market and... Continue Reading »

Jen + Brad: Arch Enemies? The Feud Turns to Architecture

Are Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt now "arch" enemies? A "close source" claims Aniston yearned for the March cover of Architectural Digest not because she cared about architecture, restoration or design. No! Her turn on the magazine was a ploy to get the attention of former husband Brad Pitt, reports US... Continue Reading »

Diane Keaton, House Flipper

Actress Diane Keaton's sidebar career is fixer-uppers: a longtime historic preservationist (she's a trustee for the National Trust for Historic Preservation), Keaton has complemented her acting career by remaking notable Los Angeles residences. It's a forward-thinking move for the Oscar-winning actress and "Something's... Continue Reading »

Current Housing Market Solution: Renovate, Renovate, Renovate

We know that the Great Recession and housing market collapse has made many homeowners very nervous. But it has also made them very practical. New statistics reveal that instead of seeking bigger, more expensive houses, homeowners are staying put, making the ones they have look nicer and more energy efficient, and doing it... Continue Reading »

Beverly Hills' Gagosian Gallery Addition Brings Out the Stars

Art and design shared the spotlight during L.A.'s week of Academy Award-related festivities last Thursday night as Beverly Hills' Gagosian Gallery unveiled its addition in a starry opening for photographer Andreas Gursky. Among the crowd in the Richard Meier & Partners-deigned space were actors Adrien Brody (mother is... Continue Reading »

Your Chance to Dine in Italian Palaces

If the adage that it takes a village to raise a child seems astonishing, you may be overwhelmed to find out that it takes a city to serve dinner. Italian designer Alessandro Zambelli has come up with a brilliant set of dishes that won't clutter your kitchen cabinets because chances are you'll want to display them proudly... Continue Reading »

Designer Dream Houses for Rent

It's not likely that "Superman" star Tobey Maguire is going to invite you to sleep over at his new house in L.A., which is reportedly being designed by the acclaimed Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. So if you want to know what it's like to bunk down in minimalist Zumthor splendor you'll have to book early and get yourself... Continue Reading »

Living Modern Like a 'Single Man' in L.A.

When the Academy Awards take place on March 7, English actor Colin Firth will be one of the chosen few at Hollywood's Kodak Theater nominated for a major award: Best Actor, for his role in "A Single Man." While Firth is unquestionably the heart of the movie, and Julianne Moore is his most visible co-star, a... Continue Reading »

Rodeo Drive's Fashion Houses Attract Design Star-Power

Fashion's premiere brands, like Prada, Chanel and Missoni, opt for designer names when it comes to designing and building their multi-million dollar retail outlets on Beverly Hills' posh Rodeo Drive. At the newly opened, 7,500 square foot Missoni store, in-house designer Angela Missoni partnered with the design and art... Continue Reading »

The Weirdest Apartment Buildings in the World

If your apartment search wish list reads less "hardwood floors" and more "rotating 360-degree view," then web broadcaster Koldcast's roundup of the 20 Weirdest Apartments of the World might be right up your alley. From a 30-story elephant-shaped building in Thailand, to a tetris-esque complex in Slovenia, to a buzzing... Continue Reading »

Solar House Has Brief Broadway Stint

Yesterday, a solar house landed in New York's Times Square. Dubbed the Lumenhaus, the high-tech home is Virginia Tech's award-winning entry in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. It was supposed to remain open to the public through Sunday, but it's Broadway debut was cut short when it was dismantled late last night due to permit... Continue Reading »

Haiti's Residential Quick Fix

Once the residents of Port-au-Prince are medically stabilized who is going to help rebuild Haiti? A design-build team at Clemson University's School of Architecture has a green solution for quickly finding homes for the thousands of displaced Haitians following last week's catastrophic 7.0-magnitude earthquake and today's... Continue Reading »

Vidal Sassoon Trims Real Estate Holdings

Another mid-century modern trophy home is up for grabs in Los Angeles -- this time for the hair-raising price of $17.5 million, according to Real Estalker. The seller is none other than Vidal Sassoon, the former hair-care mogul, and his wife Rhonda, who apparently missed my recent post about price deflation for MCM... Continue Reading »

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