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Fireblogging: Last Week's Colossal Downtown Fire Was Set on Purpose

It's official: the giant inferno that raged last week at the the Da Vinci apartment complex alongside the 110 was not an accident. "Investigators recovered sufficient evidence to eliminate all known potential accidental causes and determine the fire was...

Morning Linkage: The Most Sapphic House in Bev Hills, Big Blue Bus App Launch

· LA doing even more to speed up development permitting · Ellen DeGeneres's new/old house has serious Sapphic powers · Big Blue Bus launching real-time arrival info app in 2015 · Santa Monica working on a 78 percent hike...

Five-Ring Circus: Here's What San Francisco Would Look Like As the Olympic Host

Rendering of a proposed temporary stadium in Brisbane via Flavin, Kevin San Francisco's Olympic bid organizers have released the details of their $4.5 billion plan for the 2024 Summer Games, and they imagine a city where sporting events could be...

Woman to trademark “I Can’t Breathe” for hoodies, but not for the cash?

(Business News) Made famous by a tragedy, the "I Can't Breathe" phrase is the subject of a new trademark application, but this is one strange case... Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat

Edible Complex: Decorating doyenne Martha Stewart has done...

Decorating doyenne Martha Stewart has done the totally thinkable by creating a very detailed Downton Abbey in the ever-popular gingerbread medium. Now, cookie versions of Highclere Castle (the real-life estate where the exterior footage is shot for the show) are...

Victory Is Sweet: This Gingerbread Replica of AT&T Park Is Mad Yum

To wrap up another auspicious even-numbered year, in which the Giants took their third World Series title in six years, Waterbar is showing off this delicious-looking yet definitely not to scale replica of AT&T Park in gingerbread. Pastry chef...

Development Watch: London Mayor Approves Critically Bashed Garden Bridge

Image via Heatherwick Studio London Mayor Borris Johnson has given the final green light to the city's Garden Bridge project, meaning that construction on Thomas Heatherwick's design is likely to begin within the next year. Johnson, who has long been...

2014 – It’s a wrap

We’re about to close out a monumental year in real estate. More housing markets heated up – some wayyyyy up. Zillow bought Trulia. News Corp. bought Move. Realogy bought ZipRealty. The first Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brokerages showed up, as well as a growing group of independent brokers. Show More Summary

AM Linkage: Chevron Flaring Lights Up Richmond; 'Sharing Economy' Woes

Photo via Jason Rodman · Flaring at Richmond refinery lights up East Bay skies · Investor plans grocery in West Oakland food desert · What the sharing economy costs workers · Angel Island closure due to wastewater overflow · Candlelight...

Ellen Degeneres Watch: The Little-Known Herstory of Hollywood's Most Sapphic Estate

This unassuming midcentury ranch in Los Angeles, which was recently bought by Ellen DeGeneres, should be archived, preserved, and transformed into a herstory museum of early aughts celesbians. Most notably, it's been passed through the hands of Portia De...

Facebook bought Instagram for $1B; it’s already worth $35B

(Social Media) Instagram has gone from a $1B to $35B company in just two years, making big moves and paving the path toward an extremely profitable future. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat

AM Linkage: Flares at Chevron Refinery; Hidden Costs of the Sharing Economy

Photo via Jason Rodman · Flaring at Richmond refinery lights up East Bay skies · Real estate investor plans grocery in West Oakland food desert · What the sharing economy costs workers · Angel Island closed this weekend due to...

Curbed Maps: Ski homes these days are not...

Ski homes these days are not all chalets made of stone and timber according to Curbed Ski, which just mapped the top ten "architecturally surprising" properties for sale in ski country. Fairytale castles, renovated gold mines, and stunning contemporaries are...

Restoration Watch: Bitter strife! Critical discord! Trompe-l'oeil marble...

Bitter strife! Critical discord! Trompe-l'oeil marble patterns! Two advisory board members of the American Friends of Chartres Cathedral have responded to Martin Filler's thoroughgoing denunciation of the Chartres Cathedral restoration project, and Filler has responded to their response.

Office Spaces: An Architecture Office Lives Inside this '50s Printing Plant

All photos courtesy of Philippe Chiambaretta Architecte An architecture firm in Paris has converted a midcentury printing plant in the Marais into their new headquarters. Preserving the building's gabled roof and many structural...

Douglas Elliman pushes into another luxury market

Douglas Elliman has stormed into Aspen, Colorado by snapping up Joshua & Co., a brokerage with four offices and 40 agents in the area, according to its website. The acquisition continues an aggressive push this year by Douglass Elliman into luxury markets...

The Real Estate Tech Growth Continues. $70.9M for Redfin

Just in time for the holiday season, Redfin completed a $70.9 million round. The post The Real Estate Tech Growth Continues. $70.9M for Redfin appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Blockbusters: The Creator of Minecraft, Who is Not Beyoncé, Bought that Unbelievable Beverly Hills Spec Home

Rumors spoke of a bidding war that Beyoncé and Jay Z were winning, over a 23,000-square-foot spec home in Beverly Hills. Now, it would seem that they have taken our advice, and held out for something classier. Curbed LA...

Calatrava Watch: Santiago Calatrava Defends Himself, Says He Has to 'Suffer'

Calatrava presents his World Trade Center transit hub design—Photo by Virginie Lefour/AFP/Getty Images In a feature for Co.Design, writer Karrie Jacobs attempts to demystify Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish starchitect known for his dramatic white winged structures and "hated" for his...

Linkage: Lovely Moroccan Homes; a Pair of Cottages for $1.8M; More!

Photo via Realtor via Curbed NOLA · "Architecturally surprising" ski homes for sale. · Martha Stewart makes a "Gingerbread Abbey." · Mediterranean Revival overloads on faux finishes. · A documentary on the world of architecture students. · Tribeca loft for...

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