Once a Church, Still a Graveyard, and Yours For Only $99,000

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Dreaming about an upstate retreat for your artistic endeavors? Don’t mind using an outhouse close to where the dead are buried? Maybe you’re inspired by the spirit of old Methodist church hymns? Or could it just be that you’ve always wanted a functional bell tower? Whatever the case, here’s a 2500 sq. ft. drafty old church for sale in the Catskills. The address is 40 Sack road, so you best bring the blunts…

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Never Miss A Beat…

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Pole Position Sports Bar in Tacoma, Washington is situated right next to a strip club called Fox’s. Since visitors are not allowed to drink in nudie bars in Washington State, the bathroom architects at Pole Position made a legendary move by adding a peephole above one of the urinals in the men’s restroom. Thereby enabling imbibing patrons to gaze straight into the flesh den, and in turn solidifying its status as one of the best bar bathrooms in the world.

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“But those people keep a movin’ And that’s what tortures me…”

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With an overpass designed to look like Folsom Prison’s east gate guard towers, the newly-opened $3.8 million Johnny Cash Trail will take pedestrians and bicyclists on a continuous 2.5 mile journey outside the prison walls and across its grounds—from Folsom’s City Hall to the town’s large lake, north of the prison.

Only 36 Years Away…

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Japanese construction giant Obayashi announced earlier this week that they will have an elevator to space constructed by 2050. Reaching almost 60,000 miles off the earth’s surface, transport time for humans and cargo up the space elevator will be roughly 7 days, which is really nothing at all in light years. According to the company, it is because of the development of carbon nanotechnology that “fantasy can now become a reality.” Bring down the mothership.

The Chillest Pool in the World

There are a lot of cool pools out there in the world, but none as chill as the one surrounded by Elemental Seeds’ outdoor pot lab.

The Ring Fortress of Bluetooth…

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Or Forkbeard, depending on which historian you ask. Regardless, a ring fortress dating back to the late tenth century and attributed to the Vikings was recently discovered on the Danish island of Zealand, some 30 miles off the coast of Denmark. Measuring 475 feet in diameter, and featuring “a 35-foot wide circular rampart surrounded by a palisade of wooden spikes,” it is the fifth ring fortress to be unearthed, all unique to Denmark.

Image: Jørgen Falck

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Interior photographs by Lynne Cohen (1944 – 2014)

Efficient, Sustainable, and Just Plain Fun for the Community

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Inside the world of Amish Barn Raising

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Holdouts

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Respect to those people who refuse to move

Future Zoo

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Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels is redesigning the zoo experience to create an integrated space where there are no cages, and wildlife and humans are able to co-exist peacefully. Building upon an existing zoological park originally founded in the 1960s in southern Denmark, ZOOTOPIA will feature three continents—Asia, Africa, and America—connected by loops that begin in one central location. The key to this experience and design is in the camouflage of the structures, which will not be buildings so much as bunkers. Utilizing pods and paths, visitors will be able to fly, sail, bike, or hike through the park, all the while not disrupting the inhabitants. But the real question is, what if the inhabitants start disrupting the visitors? Cages or not, Zoo animals are only as free as their confines allow.

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Challenging Runners at Every Turn

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In a grand example of quick and shoddy Chinese construction, sports officials in Tonghe County in Northeastern China had 90-degree corners painted on the running track of their newly refurbished stadium. When asked about the mistake, one commented “In order to get it ready for the leaders, we painted it like that… we think it is ugly too but if the leaders don’t ask us to change it, what are we supposed to do?”

Architecture, Baby

Iconic Houses by Matteo Muci

Reliving A Roman Holiday, Every Day

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Rome’s Trevi Fountain is the latest addition to LEGO’s Architecture Landmark Series.

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FOREVER TOGETHER

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Recently over the course of 3 1/2 days, Steve Powers and ICY Signs painted an entire block of 37 abandoned rowhomes in Baltimore. Forever joined together, the buildings in the crime-ridden neighborhood are slated for demolition at the end of June. The words on the last house come from Mr Chris, a past resident of the neighborhood who in response to questions from concerned people about why he wouldn’t move from the dangerous block said “I am here because its home.” A Love Letter to Baltimore, indeed.

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New York History We Did Not Know

Early on the foggy Saturday morning of July 28th, 1945, a U.S. Army B-25 bomber on its way to Newark Airport crashed directly into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building. The building reopened two days later.

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A Bat is Carved From Wood, and Dodger Stadium is Carved From a Mountain

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The story behind the building of that old ballpark in Chavez Ravine.

Printables

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The New Must-Have for Luxury Buildings: Graffiti by Elizabeth Greenspan

Graffiti is used to sell lots of things, of course. In the nineties, Nike and Coca-Cola began hiring well-known graffiti artists to paint large-scale murals and to help design advertising campaigns targeted at young people. Other industries—fashion, vodka, fast food—followed. But the real-estate industry’s use of graffiti is different; after all, taggers don’t vandalize sneakers. Historically, property owners and developers have tended to consider graffiti a sign of decay that lowers property values. But that was before people started finding grittiness really cool.

Printables

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The Fifth Pillar: A Case for Hip-Hop Architecture by Sekou Cooke

Captive Landscapes

A series by Daniel Kukla involving the interior environments for animals at 12 different zoos across the U.S and Europe.

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