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…building somehow took me by complete surprise this afternoon – as I was exiting the cool West Third Street shop Chay – appearing across the street as a vision in white, a mysterious modern temple to the gods of unbridled urbanity, the mystery being how we keep the lights on and toilets flushing in this town, especially in ..

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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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…is the book by Susan Morgan that finally takes on the legacy of this influential woman – often overlooked in the supposedly manly era of testosterone fueled modern architecture – which I’ve been hearing about and anticipating for a while, and it just came out in March as the first book by L.A.’s East of ..

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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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…(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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…from slate pavers to gothic finials and concrete culverts to steel beams – collected, organized, and saved for future use by a thoughtful facilities manager – cover a massive field near campus as far as you can see, which I am inspecting for possible use in next term’s Princeton Stude..

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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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…is the awesome new book – I just borrowed from my brother for some inspiring travel reading – by Peter Goodfellow from Princeton University Press all about the crazy brilliant things that birds build which make even the most sophisticated human architect look pretty primitive in c..

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…the most elegant, austere, and simple yet in the series – designed this year by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf in London’s Kensington Gardens – is in it’s final days and the inspiration for this years Serpentine Marathon series of talks taking place this weekend organized by curator Hans Ulrich ..

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…is tomorrow night! ANIMAL ESTATES LONDON HQ: URBAN WILDLIFE CLIENT SERVICES at ARUP Phase 2, 8 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 4BJ, October 13th, 2011 – January 20th, 2012 Opening Event…* MEET THE ANIMAL CLIENTS Part I: Birds, Bees, & Bats, Thursday 13 October 2011, 6.00pm—8.30pm *Produced in collaboration with the inmidtown Habitats Competition run by ..

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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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…continued today with the students from the art academy in Den Haag completing their versions of Composted Constructions – transforming scavenged domestic cast-offs into creations that accommodate plants, food, wildlife (best title was ‘Chicken Disco’) – and installing them throughout the site, before heading back to the airport for a late flight to Budapest where I ..

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…and student workshopping took over Stroom’s Foodprint Erasmusveld project site today, where I groggily arrived from the airport for a day of planting installations and working with students to create their own Composted Constructions (developing on my initial installations) out of a pile of domestic cast-offs gathered by the folks ..

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