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Rad Renovations: "The Most Ugly Thing": Ricardo Bofill's Renovation Turned a Concrete Factory into a Cloister

All images via Faustian urGe A series of stone silos that made up the ramparts of an abandoned concrete factory, the structure was cold and impersonal, a meta-Brutalist building on the outskirts of Barcelona. Yet for architect Ricardo Bofill,...

Best Bar None: An Original Tiki Master Set Up Shop in a Cedar Rapids Mansion

The Tahiti Room today, preserved as part of the larger Brucemore Mansion complex in Cedar Rapids Iowa. All archival images are courtesy Brucemore, Inc. Color photos were taken by OnSite Photo. Throughout the '40s and '50s, businessmen from across...

House of the Day: This Creative Condo Was Once Part of Alexander Girard's Art-Filled Santa Fe Home

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. All photos courtesy Trulia Location: Santa...

Curbed Features: The ADA at 25: How One Law Helped Usher in An Age of Accessible Design

Illustration by Suze Myers. What do you want?" "Access! "When do you want it?" "Now!" There are 82 stone steps up to the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., a relatively minor bit of trivia for the majority...

Video Interlude: Inside the Natural History Museum's Stinky, Awesome Whale Warehouse in Vernon

The enormous whale skeleton suspended in a glass enclosure at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles in Exposition Park is, of course, not the museum's only collection of bones from an enormous ocean mammal. In fact, says Smithsonian,...

These Brilliant 'Foodscapes' Are the Best Possible Way to Waste Food

We can all agree that food waste is bad, but wasting it in the manner of artist Carl Warner is still the best. Warner's work, just featured on City Lab, consists of landscapes and buildings constructed meticulously out of...

Curbed National: Meet Industrial Designer Joy Mangano, the Inventor of the Miracle Mop

Jennifer Lawrence will play Mangano in a new David O. Russell film. All stills via 20th Century Fox. "My name's Joy, by the way" exclaims Jennifer Lawrence in the recently released trailer for Joy. Of course, Lawrence is referring t...

Primers: Meet Industrial Designer Joy Mangano, The Reigning Queen of Infomercials and Inspiration for Joy

All film stills via 20th Century Fox "My name's Joy, by the way" exclaims Jennifer Lawrence in the recently released trailer for Joy. Of course, she's referring to Joy Mangano, the peddler of Miracle Mops and queen of infomercials. Joy...

Opportunity Knocks: Tips for Marketing Properties with Huge Potential

I have seen a lot of marketing during my years in real estate. I have seen bad. I have seen good. I have seen exceptional. Recently I came across one of those exceptionally-marketed properties in Whistler British Columbia. I had the pleasure of talking with the real estate agent and learning exactly what he did […]

Celebrity Real Estate: Steven Spielberg Sells Monster Malibu Spread For Just $26M

Spielberg via Featureflash / Shutterstock Director/producer Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate "Anything Goes" Capshaw are saying goodbye to their massive, long-held spread on Malibu's exclusive, rapidly disappearing Broad Beach, but they did it for far less than previously...

Talking Heads: Poll: After Daniel Libeskind, Who Should be CNN Style's Next Guest Editor? 7 Curbed Suggestions

CNN Style's first guest editor, Daniel Libeskind. CNN recently launched its own design-focused channel, CNN Style, a destination for "intelligent, stylish content" focused on fashion, art and architecture. To kick-off the new initiative, the channel tapped Daniel Libeskind to...

Rent Check: Move Into the Silver Lake Chandelier Tree House For $900/Mo.

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Video Interlude: Fly Over the Rapidly Growing Mixed-Use USC Village

The Trader Joe's is not yet visible, but things are really coming together at the USC Village (formerly the Village at USC). Work started on the 15-acre mixed-use development in September; it will eventually bring tons of retail (including...

Video Interlude: Hollywood Sign Neighbors Happy to Welcome Tourists as Long as They're Paying Hundreds of Dollars

A very small, very organized, very vocal, and very angry group of homeowners who live near the Hollywood Sign have waged a campaign for years now to keep tourists out of the neighborhood. This week—following victory after anti-tourist victory—they...

The Architect's City: São Paulo Elevated Park Embraces Art While Awaiting Its Future

Welcome back to The Architect's City, a monthly series inviting an emerging architect to reimagine an existing structure in his or her city, submitting a speculative proposal for Curbed readers. This month, we visit São Paulo, Brazil. Images courtesy Nitsche...

Good Causes: This $500 Bamboo Shelter for Nepal Earthquake Victims Can Be Built in 2 Days

Screenshot via Youtube In response to the devastating earthquake in Nepal this past April, architects Charles Lai and Takehiko Suzuki co-founded a relief organization, Architecture for the Mass and have been working on an emergency shelter design that locals can...

Get Ready to Be Forced to Hold Hands With Strangers on Planes

The number one thought that everybody has while traveling on an airplane is: this is is nice, but there just aren't enough people crammed in here. But now all that could be about to change (patent approval permitting), as...

Sim City: Video Game Captures the Intensity of Infrastructure Repair

With a trailer treatment more akin to summer blockbusters than a levelheaded look at urban planning, the infrastructure-themed video game Infra appears to capture the excitement of blowing up buildings, not maintaining them. But the creator sees thrills and...

UAV Club: Epic Drone Video Supercut Lets You Fly All Over San Francisco

Because one drone trip can hardly take in all the aerial magic San Francisco has to offer, the drone obsessives at Epic Drone Videos have spliced together footage from a range of Bay Area drone pilots' outings. They've compiled...

This Australian Tower Is Apparently Supposed to Look Like a Beyonce Music Video

Australian firm Elenberg Fraser has designed a tower in Melbourne that is apparently meant to mimic the form of one of the fabric-wrapped dancers in Beyonce's music video for "Ghost." Which it...does? We guess? The towers undulating shape also...

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