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Hotels We Love: El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas

Offering herbal workshops, and playing host to the Trans-Pecos festival, El Cosmico is a hotel that's engaged with the community. Guests stay close to the land, experiencing it in their teepees, tents or trailers, a theater, a caravan, a campground, and a hotel. Bunkhouse Communications Director Isadora McKeon, who works for El Cosmico and several other Texas hotels, was happy to describe the genesis of this hotel and its unique attitude and design.
February 25, 2014
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Honeycombers' Design-Forward Solution to a Pesky Problem

With Honeycombers, a salon in Menlo Park, California, designer Nicole Hollis thoughtfully deploys modern touches to create a warm, welcoming environment for a somewhat troubling service: delousing.
February 24, 2014
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Design Icon: Oscar Niemeyer

A look back at the iconic modernist buildings designed by legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.
February 24, 2014
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Solid Conference: Hardware and the Networked Home

Networking technology and internet-powered apps mean interior design and architecture are about to become more personal. But with this technological shift, it’s the homes and devices that will be doing the personalization.
February 24, 2014
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A Primer on Universal and Multigenerational Design

One of architecture’s greatest functions is to increase the mobility and comfort of the people who use it. Here, learn how universal and multigenerational design can help those with special needs thrive.
February 20, 2014

Forces of Nature Exhibit at 19 Greek Street

Sustainable design shines at 19 greek street’s Forces of Nature exhibit.
February 20, 2014
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Clark Institute to Unveil Ando-Designed Visitor Center

This summer will see the completion of the final stages of the Clark Art Institute's campus expansion program. Located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will christen a new Visitor Center designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando. The center's glass entry area is a dramatic new entrance to the Clark Institute. Since its 2001 reconceptualization, the Institute's campus has undergone extensive changes, including the demolition of a physical plant and the completion and opening of the Stone Hill center. Such changes will enable the Institute to surpass its former size limitations and display a wider variety of works.
February 20, 2014

New Exhibition: The Brits Who Built the Modern World

On February 13, 2014, the Royal Institute of British Architects inaugurated a new gallery in its central London headquarters with “The Brits Who Built the Modern World.” Drawing on a deep inventory of drawings, models, photographs, and film, the exhibition tells the story of how six influential British architects, all of whom were born within five years of one another in the 1930s, put their own unique stamp on modernism in the latter half of the 20th century.
February 19, 2014
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Art Brut: Revisiting Brutalist Architecture

Derived from a descriptive term used by Le Corbusier, béton brut (raw concrete), Brutalist architecture is an offshoot of modernism that trades the spatial poetry of steel and glass for grounded, castle-like structures of exposed concrete.
February 19, 2014
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