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  1. Last Day: Waterfalls
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    Last Day: Waterfalls

    Today—Monday, October 13—is the final day Olafur Eliasson's Waterfalls will be flowing into the East River. If you've managed to miss the City of New York project thus far, and have...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.13.08

  2. Look to the Lustron
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    Look to the Lustron

    As MoMA's “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling” comes to a close (on Oct. 20), let's give props to the ugly duckling of the prefab bunch, the Lustron House.

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.12.08

  3. Smog-Cutting Concrete
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    Smog-Cutting Concrete

    The new Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis includes two 30-foot-tall sculptures made of photocatalytic concrete. Though the squiggly sculptures are supposed to invoke the international symbol for...

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.11.08

  4. Tiny Teaks
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    Tiny Teaks

    Good things come in small packages, like Danish modernism in Dansk-emblazoned boxes. In the 1960s, industrial designer Jens Quistgaard introduced his country’s aesthetic to America via a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.10.08

  5. Fabrics by the People, for the People
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    Fabrics by the People, for the People

    Since the dawn of e-commerce, many businesses have been liberated from the steep costs of renting retail space and paying salespeople to walk the floor. With the advent of Web 2.0, entrepreneurs...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.10.08

  6. The Upper Rust
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    The Upper Rust

    The pharmaceutical, industrial, institutional and educational: these areas have been mines as of late for industrial chic antiques that enchant in spite of their otherwise cold surfaces of chrome...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.10.08

  7. Adjaye Tapped for Two DC Branch Libraries
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    Adjaye Tapped for Two DC Branch Libraries

    This weekend I met up with a friend who lives in Washington DC and was in San Francisco for a visit. I lived in Washington from 2004-2006 and we soon started talking DC politics. She’s...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.09.08

  8. World's Tallest Lego Tower
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    World's Tallest Lego Tower

    Remember those lazy days making Lego houses and hospitals, clicking everything into place and feeling that you'd really built something?  Well imagine being one of the kids that helped build...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.09.08

  9. Cosmo Modern
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    Cosmo Modern

    It's been said that a person's first name ultimately defines them; and Cosmo is no exception. He is the owner of Cosmo Modern, a concrete-floored universe of mid-century modern furnishings that all...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.09.08

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    Dodger Stadium, Modern Classic

    Now that the Los Angeles Dodgers have advanced to the next round of the baseball playoffs, it's a good time to consider the team's contribution to modern architectural history: Dodger Stadium.

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.09.08

  11. Design for Democracy
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    Design for Democracy

    If the presidential debates haven't satisfied your election appetite, the AIGA professional association for design offers a tantalizing next course.

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.08.08

  12. MUJI to GO Opens at JFK
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    MUJI to GO Opens at JFK

    MUJI, the Japanese brand famous for being tastefully brandless, will soon open a retail shop in JetBlue's new Terminal 5 at New York's JFK airport. The terminal, which was originally designed by...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.08.08

  13. Cityracks Finalists Announced
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    Cityracks Finalists Announced

    The 10 finalists in New York's CityRacks Design Competition have been announced—and more importantly, prototypes of their designs installed on the streets of 4 boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn,...

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.08.08

  14. Always-Good Wood
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    Always-Good Wood

    Maybe it's a response to the proliferation of concrete in the 90s, or a flight to the natural away from a world of plastics: but this most traditional of materials is making a comeback—if it...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.08.08

  15. Prefab Treehouses
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    Prefab Treehouses

    Who didn't want a tree house growing up?  Well now you can either live vicariously through your kids or indulge in the greatest mid life crisis ever.  Or, in a few cases, downsize to a...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.07.08

  16. A Pencil for Your Thoughts
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    A Pencil for Your Thoughts

    A blank journal is an exciting journal. Whether you’re planning on penning the next great American novel or reminding yourself to pick up milk on the way home, there’s something about...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    10.07.08

  17. The People's Design Award
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    The People's Design Award

    As part of their National Design Week festivities (Oct. 19 – 25), the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is sponsoring an online "People's Design Award."

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.07.08

  18. Patenting Apartment Piles
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    Patenting Apartment Piles

    A patent on a house design: this is the heart of the controversy surrounding Hans Zwimpfer's Pile-Up Housing. The Swiss architect claims to have invented a new solution to sprawl by stacking single...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.07.08

  19. Housing in Crisis, Part 1
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    Housing in Crisis, Part 1

    $1.4 million. This is the average sale price of an apartment in New York City in fall 2008. However (or perhaps "obviously") the classic indicators of the real estate market point to an...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.06.08

  20. Clarity: Steve Jobs on Paul Rand
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    Clarity: Steve Jobs on Paul Rand

    Great Jobs clip (below) from 1993 on hiring Paul Rand (above) to solve his problem. Mock-turtleneck in full-effect.

    written by: Andy Cruz
    10.06.08

  21. Los Angeles Architecture Top 40
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    Los Angeles Architecture Top 40

    Los Angeles is a diverse city filled with green space, urban space and all different kinds of people, incomes and tastes.  Although this can make for a disparate social scene, it makes...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.06.08

  22. Airstream Books
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    Airstream Books

    There's a magical nook on Williamsburg's Metropolitan Ave. sidewalk where the Graham St. L Train vent allows the underground train's announcements to waft up through the grates to the hardware...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.06.08

  23. When Down Means Forward
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    When Down Means Forward

    Upon arrival at the aforementioned Terminal 2E I realized that although a sign with an arrow pointing a certain direction should be foolproof, it doesn't always mean what you'd think. In France,...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.04.08

  24. Last Chance for Lautner
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    Last Chance for Lautner

    Though academics have dubbed him "an architect's architect," my humble opinion is that John Lautner is an architect who can be appreciated by regular people. What's not to get about...

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.04.08

  25. Take a Seat Initiative
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    Take a Seat Initiative

    The guerilla approach has been a popular one for Sandanistas and spray paint-wielding marketing artists alike. But guerilla seating?

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.03.08

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