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Santa Monica Public Parking Structure by Brooks + Scarpa

Los Angeles-based architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa's redesign of the Santa Monica Public Parking Structure is a modern reinterpretation of Frank Gehry's iconic steel mesh design.
July 1, 2013
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10 Radical Ideas for Improving Our Environment

In the face of often pessimistic news screens about leaking oil pipelines, clear-cut forests, and unsustainable farming, it’s nice to be reminded of neat things going on that actually improve the global environment. Here are 10 innovative environmental initiatives underway around the world. Some are grandiose projects that push the limits of science and engineering, while others involve ordinary people doing things like riding bikes and buying local produce. Will they counter the dubious practices of companies like Monsanto and Suncor? No, but they are hopeful anyway.
June 30, 2013
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The Ultimate Road Trip: Ireland

For many, the real Ireland is on the back roads. That’s the green isle envisioned when one closes their eyes, winding around its rocky coastline on tiny lanes lined with centuries-old stone fences. And that’s exactly what fellow MatadorU faculty member Candice Walsh and Co. did this spring on a quest to uncover her Irish heritage. For nearly two weeks, the team made their way across the southern coast, bobbing and weaving through tiny hillside towns all the way to County Sligo. What follows is a photo album-worth of images from the trip.
June 30, 2013

6 Amazing Repurposed Designs

From varnished drainage pipes to old sailcloths with a second wind, these six projects utilize rescued, revamped, and reused materials.
June 30, 2013
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6 Colorful Wallpaper Designs We Love

Blank white walls needing an update? From washable to gilded, these six bright wallpaper designs will do the trick.
June 29, 2013
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Modern Box Home in Rural Wisconsin

Taking its cues from local barns and silos and the rolling Wisconsin terrain, the Field House is a kind of modern observatory for watching winter turn to spring and the great vault of the heavens.
June 29, 2013
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