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New to Market: Wacky Compound on 44 Acres in Calabasas Asking $4.5 Million

If Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise had just had a little better timing, instead of buying a super-unstylish cookie-cutter McMansion in Calabasas, they could've picked up this eccentric, eclectic 44-acre compound nearby instead. Per the bombastic listing description, "This...

Party Pads: Ditch the Mini-Manse Hunt and Make the EndUp Yours for $5.2M

The choice is this: Keep going to open houses for those grand ol' Victorians … or blow your house budget on the EndUp, whose storied SoMa digs are on the market for $5.2M. Because once you sign on to...

Rendering Reveal: 15-Story Tower Could Give First-Time Buyers a Chance in DTLA

Downtown developer Barry Shy is multi-tasking across the neighborhood, with a 38-story tower on the way in the Historic Core and a 32-story building headed to a lot behind the Ace Hotel in South Park, and now there's also...

Preservation Watch: The Turkish government just released plans...

The Turkish government just released plans to demolish three new Istanbul skyscrapers as a measure to protect the city's historic skyline. According to Dezeen, the soon-to-be destroyed residences caught the attention of the world heritage body Unesco, who planned to...

The Waterfront: Ft. Mason Reno Adds Solar, Seismic Upgrades (But No Parking)

Last year Fort Mason Center's Pier 2 hunkered down for a substantial $21 million renovation, and it officially reopens today. The center's Herbst Pavilion and Cowell Theater got some much-needed restoration and upgrades, carried out by Leddy Maytum Stacy...

Recommended Reading: Weekend Reads: Dumpster Playgrounds, Preventing Slums

Welcome to Curbed's new weekly roundup of architecture, real estate, and urban planning-related feature stories from, well, anywhere that isn't Curbed. We'll be collecting a few of our favorite longer stories of the week; please be in touch if you...

Gold Line Eastside Extension II: First Look at Plan to Take the Gold Line to El Monte or Whittier

Today Metro released its huge draft environmental impact report on a plan to extend the Gold Line from East LA out to either Whittier or El Monte (via The Source). The meaty...

On the Market: Brutalist Pioneer Paul Rudolph's NYC Home Relists for $28M

The personally designed home of the large-looming architect Paul Rudolph, the late former dean of the Yale School of Architecture, has been put back on the market for $28M after failing to sell in 2012. Last seen listed for...

Fun with Urban Planning: Former garages and driveways along 18th...

Former garages and driveways along 18th Street in the Castro have been transformed into cafés and restaurants thanks to new zoning laws that allow garages to become shops, housing, and service spaces. Reveille Coffee Company (which started as a food...

Homages: In what is clearly a very...

In what is clearly a very necessary and sensible homage, this proposed Nike sneaker by French designer Ora-Ïto is meant to resemble classic Eames furniture design. Referencing both the sleek shape and leather and woodgrain palette of the iconic lounge...

Fed is closer to a rate hike than many assume

The world is a better-looking place than one week ago, and Chair Yellen whispered “bang” today but did not shoot. Thus the great barometer, the 10-year U.S. Treasury note, rose a bit in yield, from 2.33 percent last week to...

Mindblowing: Insane New Culver Parking Restriction Signs Are 15 Feet Tall

This is not a test at your optometrist's office—this is a real, honest-to-goodness sign that you might see if you are trying to park your car in Culver City. We've received a...

Palace Envy: As It Turns 100, the Palace of Fine Arts to Relaunch As iPalace

As the Palace of Fine Arts approaches its 100th anniversary, it is undergoing a major renovation that will meld its mock-classical design with a more modern vibe. The palace was built as...

Flood-prone markets recovering from insurance scare

Fears of a drastic increases in federal flood insurance premiums dented home prices in Louisiana’s St. Charles Parish in the first half of the year, but the market has settled down and pretty much returned to normal since the passag...

Zaha! : Zaha Hadid's Long-Awaited Office Blobs Are Nearly Complete

Photo by Robert Herrmann via Dezeen The sensual-blob futurescape of Colorless swoop purveyor Zaha Hadid is nearly done, and Dezeen has the photographs to prove it. Call it what you will (giant pebbles, say, or monster jelly beans), Hadid's team...

Estately Launches Flip – “A Tindler for Real Estate”

The USA’s Estately has launched Flip, a new browsing feature for its mobile app, TechCrunch has dubbed “A Tinder for real estate.” When it comes to real estate apps, Estately is on par with bigger name sites Zillow and Redfin. With the launch of Flip, however, Estately appears to be trying to differentiate itself from the […]

BIG Happenings: Starchitect Bjarke Ingels' firm BIG is...

Starchitect Bjarke Ingels' firm BIG is duking it out with architecture firm James Corner Field Operations to design what has heretofore been a super-stealthy redevelopment of Miami Beach's Lincoln Road neighborhood, a district originally designed by Miami architecture bigwig Morris...

Rent, Don't Buy: Looking for a final summer hoorah?...

Looking for a final summer hoorah? Consider dropping $145 a night to live in the Hawaiian abode once inhabited by (no big deal) guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix, who lived here in the '70s, was probably entranced by the 1930s cottage's...

San Juan Island Micro Home is the Perfect Retreat for One

Just when everyone thought green-roof micro homes had reached peak cuteness, this $1.65M retreat in Friday Harbor, Wash., flounced its way onto the market to claim its place as the most idyllic...

Gender Studies: The Wall Street Journal reports that...

The Wall Street Journal reports that more women than ever are applying to become architects, but the number that attain their license or rise to leadership positions in the field is still disproportionately low. "There's still a glass ceiling, ironically,...

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