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Video Interlude: Watch That Time Someone Sailed a Boat Made Out of a Tequila Barrel on Echo Park Lake

Normally only navigated by paddle boats and the occasional canoe, Echo Park Lake has now also been visited by at least one "sailboat" made out of a tequila barrel. In a video produced by the boat builder himself, John...

A Matter of Taste in Food and Agents

A Matter of Taste in Food and Agents It is nearly impossible to go a single day without stumbling upon a “best of” or “top ten” list of some sort. Intriguing reading for sure. In fact, as the husband of the Food Director at Food & Wine, I … Continue reading ? Douglas Heddings

21 First Drafts: 21 First Drafts: Santiago Calatrava's Ernstings Warehouse

First Drafts is a series exploring the early work of our architectural icons, examining their careers through the lens of their debut projects. Occasionally unexpected but always insightful, these undertakings represent their initial, finished buildings as solo practitioners. While anecdotes...

Games Before the Games: Zaha Hadid Doubles Down on Tokyo Stadium in New Video

Zaha Hadid Architects argue their design is not only ready for construction, but also fits in with the landscape. Image via Zaha Hadid Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects released a 23-minute video last night that restates the firm's case for...

Lifestyles of the Rich and Richer: Late Comedian's Decadent Hilltop Mansion in Trousdale Estates Asking $135M

Right next door to the record-breaking, $70-million house where owner/Minecraft creator Markus Persson has tons of EDM DJs and celebs party in his infinity pool is a large estate once owned by late comedian Danny Thomas. Thomas bought the...

21 First Drafts: 21 First Drafts: Alvar Aalto's Alajärvi Youth Center

First Drafts is a series exploring the early work of our architectural icons, examining their careers through the lens of their debut projects. Occasionally unexpected but always insightful, these undertakings represent their initial, finished buildings as solo practitioners. While anecdotes...

Video Interlude : People Were Actually Excited to Drive Down the Hollywood Freeway When it Opened in 1950

There is something very funny about seeing all these driver chomping at the bit to cruise on this first section of the Hollywood Freeway on its opening day. LA City Clerk's Youtube account uploaded this video from the December...

Preservation Watch: To Save or to Raze: SOM's Modernist Arena in Portland

Photo by Steve Morgan and used with Creative Commons license The Veterans Memorial Coliseum, a massive modernist indoor arena in Portland, Oregon, is facing the ultimate existential crisis as City Council considers a demolition, partial upgrades, or total restoration. Meanwhile,...

Video Interlude: An Awesome Vintage Clip of Prefab Houses in '60s London

Screenshot via Youtube When the U.K. faced a major housing shortage after the World War II, then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill rolled out an ambitious plan of erecting some 500,000 prefab temporary shelters as the country rebuilds. Though only about 156,000...

Video Interlude: Here is the Los Angeles Hyperlapse Video to Watch If You Want to Feel Like You're on Club Drugs

Too scared to take club drugs? (Rightly so!) This vivid, inventive video of Los Angeles uses hyperlapse and time-lapse (plus some "self-developed tricks and techniques," says filmmaker Vadim Tereshchenko) paired with a trippy, relaxing soundtrack to give the viewer...

21 First Drafts: 21 First Drafts: Oscar Niemeyer's Grande Hotel Ouro Preto

First Drafts is a series exploring the early work of our architectural icons, examining their careers through the lens of their debut projects. Occasionally unexpected but always insightful, these undertakings represent their initial, finished buildings as solo practitioners. While anecdotes...

House From Silence of the Lambs Wants $300K, Basement Dungeon Not Included

The Western Pennsylvania house that served as serial killer Buffalo Bill's home/prison/workshop/moth incubator in the classic movie Silence of the Lambs is on the market for $300,000, though unfortunately the place does not actually include a dry well in...

Office Space : How the CASE-WeWork Acquisition May Change Your Workplace

A WeWork space in Seattle. Image via WeWork The history of office design, from Herman Miller's revolutionary Action Office to today's hip co-working spaces, has been about realizing the right connection between layout and labor, and how making smart...

Video Interlude: This is Just a Really, Really Awesome Los Angeles Drone Video

This drone video is special. Not just in the wide lens it casts on Los Angeles—capturing everything from obvious landmarks (Griffith Park, the Hollywood sign, the Santa Monica Pier) to lesser-known ones, like the Baldwin Hills oil derricks, the...

What It Sold For: Vice Media CEO Shane Smith Just Paid $23 Million For a Classy Old Santa Monica Compound

Shane Smith, cofounder and CEO of superficially hip and edgy Vice Media Inc., is made of money. He drops $300,000 on a sushi dinner, gives his (reputedly low-paid) workers $1,500 "stocking stuffers" at Christmas, and, says Variety, drops $23...

Curbed Seattle: So, This Seattle House Has a Giant Ship Sticking Out of It

We're not sure what's more surprising about the 4,101 square-foot house at 3012 Cherrywood Avenue in the city's Bellingham neighb'. That the master bedroom sits inside an 18th-century British Royal Navy ship replica or that, knowing that, it's only...

Curbed Features: SF Housing Activist-Poet Tackles Gentrification in Verse

Photo via Flickr/Jason Tester Guerrilla Futures. Cool Don't Live Here No More, writer Tony Robles's new collection of poetry about an evolving San Francisco, begins like this: We interrupt your regularly Scheduled program to bring You this Ellis Act...

Furniture: How a Master Upholsterer Crafts the Iconic Egg Chair

Hans Mannerhagen has been making chairs for Fritz Hansen for decades. Photo courtesy Fritz Hansen. Creating a furniture icon, such as the Danish designer Arne Jacobsen's famous, curvaceous Egg Chair, takes a creative spark. But the craftsmanship required to...

The Weather: Meet the Two Weather Phenomena Battling This Winter For the Future of the California Drought

Image via Mark Luethi Four years deep into a record-busting drought, California may have a hero coming in the form of a strong-looking El Niño system that seems like it could dump a ton of rain on the region...

This New 'Smart Glass' Is Like BluBlockers For Your House

A group of scientists at the University of Texas at Austin has invented a new kind of glass that can magically cool buildings by clouding over when exposed to certain types of heat and light. The glass could reportedly...

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