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…by Andrés Jaque Architects encountered after my conversation with Annie Novak during a break from installing Domestic Integrities at MoMA across the river, was one of the favorite things I have seen in a museum in a while…a complex vertical structure comprised of various IKEA artifacts piled up, occupied and animated by haircuts, cooking, and even ..

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…in London’s Kennsington Park designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei – where I made my way for a quick visit this morning before the 11am opening of the Sundown Schoolhouse of Queer Home Ec at the Hayward – is one of my favorites yet, modestly nestled into the landscape, a warm welcoming ..

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…designed by Zaha Hadid will be opening soon (but not as soon as they thought while battling some construction and eccentrically shaped glass fabrication issues) and cool to see in person, but even more interesting to see a small monument on the adjacent piece of land – that will soon become a sculpture park – ..

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…(a triangular modular system that can take just about any form you can imagine) in my dome organized by Francois Perrin this afternoon was an intimate kick-off for his upcoming LA-Paris program at the end of the year – events, activities and projects created collaboratively by artists & architects from the two cities – and ..

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…(so familiar to me from regular pilgrimages during my early years in LA, when I trotted every out-of-town-guest for a visitation to the Pacific Palisades home of Charles and Ray, still one of my favorite places in town) was a strange thing to suddenly come upon when rounding the corner at the Pacific Standard Time ..

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…and outdoor shower which I had been scheming for years to place in this strange previously unoccupied corner of the house overlooking the garden – was finally just installed (while in the midst of some serious hard-core nesting, after so long so far from home) – which should be good for soaking those aching bones ..

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…the great mid-century modernist residential landmark on the Silver Lake Reservoir now managed by Cal Poly Pomona, hosted small reception tonight (by architect Francois Perrin for French artist Xavier Veilhan – a prelude to his upcoming Paris-L.A. series of events and projects this year) which was a great chance to marvel at the house I hadn’t ..

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…the super charming 2004 survey of hand made homes (adobe, bark, barns, bottles, camps, canvas, floating, geodesics, green-roofs, mobile, mud, sandbags, straw, stone, tiles, timber, tiny, tipis, thatch, treetops, yurts…) from all over – including up close and personal profiles of the builders – is the book I just picked up by Lloyd Kahn which I am extremely jazzed about, representing for me ..

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…is just what every little kid around here needs to escape to – out the back door during those cabin fever winter days – and today I helped assemble one for the little nieces and nephews – just in time for the cold and snow where this white tarp covered construction will disappear into the ..

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…today started with a visit to the studio of Richard Bresnahan, where we drank delicious green tea out of his earthy sumptuous cups and teapot (similar to the one I have at home in LA, which I discussed in this New York Times story a few years ago) around a warm wood hearth-like square filled ..

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…Soviet Housing blocks, where experimental and innovative residential designs for the masses were tested out during the 1960’s before being constructed across the country, was the destination of our visit today in search of inspirations for the location of next spring’s Edible Estate #12 – and after yesterday’s inspiring Wekerle Telep revelation (a development where ..

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…the delightful utopian Garden City-inspired suburban development with a rural village-like feel,  featuring a diversity of housing types in a lively mix of regional Hungarian styles and motifs with lots of soft greys and warm ochres, designed and built by a team of visionaries – initiated by architect József Fleischl, supported by then prime minister ..

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…some of them lovingly hand-painted and even featuring the name of the cat over the front door, are what I stumbled upon (almost literally) this afternoon, filling a section of sidewalk on a narrow sloping street just up the hill from my hotel and the Antrepo warehouse sites of the Istanbul Biennial (opening for press previews ..

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…are what have drawn me to this place more than anything, such as the dry-stone conical domes of the trulli, modest shelters or residences found mostly in the central Valle D’Itria (around Locorotondo, Alberbello, Martina Franca, Ceglie Messapica); the fortified farmhouse complexes of the masserie; and the primitive storehouses and temporary shelters dotting the landscape ..

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…at the masseria I visited late this afternoon near Nardo’ must be the coolest thing I have seen on my Puglia adventures so far – an Animal Estate of the most sophisticated and monumental sort, which from the outside seems to be a fortified castle tower, only to reveal a surprising very contemporary-seeming interior lined ..

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