At the Getty: Mosaics from the Empire

At the Getty: Mosaics from the Empire

The Romans may not have invented the art of the mosaic – credit for that probably goes to the Greeks – but they certainly found a way to perfect it. “There were workshops set up all around the Mediterranean,” says Alexis Belis, assistant curator at the...

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Blair Kamin’s ‘Gates of Harvard Yard’

Blair Kamin’s ‘Gates of Harvard Yard’

Gates today, says Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, have a perception problem. “The word itself is ambiguous,” he says. “A gate can pen you in and keep you out.” Nowhere is that more evident than in Cambridge, Mass., where a series of 25...

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In D.C., an Exhibition of Paper Models

In D.C., an Exhibition of Paper Models

Let’s say you’re a retired architect who’s been collecting – or possibly obsessing over – paper models since you were a kid in the 1940s. You’ve got 4,600 of them. From 50 states and multiple countries. And they’re taking up a lot of...

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Zellige: Terra Cotta Tile from Morocco

Zellige: Terra Cotta Tile from Morocco

Just how old is the Moroccan technology that produces Zellige tile? “Centuries and centuries and centuries,” says San Francisco-based cle tile’s Deborah Osburn. “We’re probably talking the 8th century, and the product hasn’t changed at...

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‘Kiddo’ Mosaics from New Ravenna

‘Kiddo’ Mosaics from New Ravenna

Cean Irminger loves whimsy, bright colors and intricate patterns – and it shows in her new line of mosaics from New Ravenna. Called “Kiddo,” it’s aimed at children. And adults with a sly sense of humor. Llamas and foxes prance across Otomi, named for the...

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A Green RFK Campus for Washington

A Green RFK Campus for Washington

Soon, the 190-acre RFK Campus in Washington, D.C. will begin a transition from parking lot to green space. Two new concepts from OMA propose ways to provide connections to nearby neighborhoods, to the city and to a pair of islands in the Anacostia River. In essence, they seek to...

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In San Diego, a Long, Low Bungalow

In San Diego, a Long, Low Bungalow

Long and low, Casa 10 is a home organized around a single horizontal beam. It was designed in 1957 by noted San Diego architect Russell Forester, who studied with Mies at IIT in Chicago – and who also designed an early prototype for the Jack in the Box restaurant chain....

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Main Stay by Matt Fajkus Architecture

Main Stay by Matt Fajkus Architecture

The newest residence by Austin-based Matt Fajkus Architecture is all about the walls. They separate. They consolidate.  And they liberate one space from another. “The main driver is trying to develop a series of thresholds in masonry that separate the public and common...

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Modernism on Display at the Bechtler

Modernism on Display at the Bechtler

HB2 notwithstanding, the modern movement is alive and well in North Carolina. And what better venue could there be for an exhibition of the virtues of that aesthetic than Mario Botta’s 2010 terra cotta-clad Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in forward-thinking Charlotte? The...

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In Colorado, a Village of Micro Cabins

In Colorado, a Village of Micro Cabins

Thanks to students at the Colorado Building Workshop, Outward Bound guides will no longer sleep in their own trucks and campers. Instead, they’ll bunk in a cluster of 21 micro cabins created by the design/build program at the University of Colorado Denver. “I was...

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Coming in June: Dwell on Design L.A.

Coming in June: Dwell on Design L.A.

Dwell on Design L. A. is going global. Purchased by Informa Exhibitions last May, the three-day modern design extravaganza will host a keynote address by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, while IMM Cologne will host new work from young European designers. If it sounds like...

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Three Cabins in the Minnesota Woods

Three Cabins in the Minnesota Woods

One step up from a tent, HGA’s new camper cabins pack a lot more punch than that basic form of shelter. These three are the first of 20 to be built in Minnesota’s Whitetail Regional Park – and they’re already winners of the National AIA Housing Award....

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NeoCon’s Seventh Floor Exhibit Hall

NeoCon’s Seventh Floor Exhibit Hall

A year-round destination for the commercial interiors industry, The Mart in Chicago has three full floors of year-round showroom tenants and is the host of NeoCon, the premier contract design exposition and conference. The newly redesigned 7th Floor Exhibit Hall showcases the...

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