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Freaky Wind-Powered 'Beach Animals' Invade Exploratorium

Made entirely of polyvinyl chloride and zip ties Ambling, 40-foot long, wind-powered Dutch monstrosities are in town, and they're not to be missed. These wind-blown weirdoes are presently restricted to the Exploratorium. And despiteShow More Summary

Pac Heights Victorian, AKA the 'Full House' Home, Asks $4.1 Million

1883 charmer keeps the theme classical without feeling outdated—oh, and it also was featured on that ABC show of note Photo via Vanguard Properties UPDATE: Your editor deeply apologizes for this slip, but this is also the Full House home, as a Curbed SF commenter points out. Show More Summary

Los Angeles's Bike Share Launches July 7

A test-drive of the bikes reveals them to be a smooth ride Santa Monica's bike share has been up and running for a while now (and is moving into Venice) and Westwood/UCLA's on track to have rent-a-bike kiosks this fall, and now Los Angeles...Show More Summary

Watch: All the Fun Stuff You Can Do on the LA River This Summer

A few ideas for how to enjoy the river when its rec zones open on Memorial Day The LA River's recreation zones are opening up once again on Memorial Day, and once they do, there are multitudes of fun things to do along the waterway.Show More Summary

Tetris Bookshelf Is Awesome, Might Also Drive You Insane

You can actually play Tetris on it After you have used a bookcase to propose to your girlfriend, of course the only thing left to do is to turn that same bookcase into a playable Tetris game. This is, of course, without a doubt the greatest bookcase ever, but it is also the bookcase most likely to make you play Tetris until you lose your mind. Show More Summary

The Future of Smart City Technology, From an MIT Professor

Carlo Ratti’s The City of Tomorrow examines how tech will shift and reshape the urban landscape On the long list of seemingly futuristic concepts that seem to be rapidly coming to fruition, the idea of a smart, tech-enabled city is one that seemingly can’t arrive soon enough. Show More Summary

Watch West Hollywood's Robot Parking Garage Rise in Time-Lapse

This garage is the future After a few years in the making, West Hollywood's cars will soon be parking in the future—in a cool, robot garage where a series of lifts and rolling dollies move the cars into an appropriate, open parking spot (no more SUVs cramming into that compact spot). Show More Summary

The New Skid Row Squad

It’s the type of story you’re likely to see in an old after school special—or hear about in an Albert Hammond song. Brittany came to Los Angeles from her home in Boston hoping to make it in Hollywood. She had a job at the Nickelodeon network for a while, but it wasn’t quite what she had envisioned. Show More Summary

Tower as Trellis: A Plant-Covered High-Rise Reimagines Tropical Buildings

Singapore's 30-Story Oasia Downtown presents a model for greener, more sustainable cosntruction Skilled skyscraper design aims for site-specific solutions and a blueprint that respects the landscape and environment. But the traditional,...Show More Summary

Historic Spanish-Style Asks $1.795 Million in Glendale

Impeccably preserved 1929 home has wrought-iron balconies, elegant tilework, and a lush back patio In the beginning of Double Indemnity, Fred MacMurray describes the home of conniving femme fatale Barbara Stanwyck and her ill-fated husband...Show More Summary

Beverly Hills Pyramid House Allegedly Bought With Malaysian State Funds

The $17.5-million mansion comes with a 40-yard pool and a pyramid Thousands of years ago the pharaohs of Egypt built extravagant pyramids honoring themselves at the expense of their people. It may be fitting, then, that the Beverly Hills...Show More Summary

Upstate New York Mansion Has the Stoop to End All Stoops

Sweeping lake views and twin lion statues If you have ever enjoyed sitting out on a stoop, chances are you've never sat on one like this one in Bernhards Bay, New York, on the shore of Oneida Lake. In addition to the majestic lake views and incredible girth, this stoop is flanked by twin lion statues. Show More Summary

Video: The Making of a Stunning Glass Brick Facade

Dutch firm MVDRV finds a brilliant way to use glass The glass bricks are held together by super strong glue—Photo by Daria Scagliola and Stijn Brakkee Once in a while, an amazing architecture project manages to instantly drop jaws and capture hearts. Show More Summary

Smart Home, Simplified: Apple May Introduce Single App to Control Multiple Devices

The new HomeKit app could roll out in iOS 10 When it comes to the dream of achieving a truly connected home, one that can be controlled with a single graceful gesture on a smartphone's touchscreen, enthusiasm for the dream has been its...Show More Summary

Star Performers Tribute Prince at LA City Hall

Stevie Wonder and many others showed up for a concert memorializing the musical icon Thousands of fans showed up on the south lawn of Los Angeles City Hall last night for a Prince memorial concert. The free event was announced last week, with rumors of a star-studded guest list. Show More Summary

Watch How an 8.0 Earthquake on the San Andreas Fault Would Rock LA

This doesn't look good Earlier this week, an expert from the Southern California Earthquake Center spoke at a conference in Long Beach and called the southern San Andreas fault "locked, loaded and ready to go" for a major 'quake. HeShow More Summary

This One-Minute SFMOMA Construction Time-Lapse Video Is Awesome

Watch the acclaimed Snøhetta-designed expansion go up in mere seconds. Watch the new SFMOMA expansion construction, from start to finish, in this time-lapse video from EarthCam. It shows that the entire project is an impressive featShow More Summary

'Airbnb of Location Scouting' Wants to Pay You to Host Film Shoots in Your Home

Wrapal, a new sharing economy service, offers lights, camera, action, all in your own home A new startup wants to connect filmmakers with the perfect location for their next project: your place. A new service Wrapal, which launches this...Show More Summary

See the Story Behind Hollywood's Glowing White Cross

Intrepid LA explorer Tom Carroll dives into the history of the cross above the Cahuenga Pass, and the amphitheatre that helped inspire it Tom Carroll, that intrepid young explorer of Los Angeles, is back with another slickly constructed video digging into one of the city's oft-overlooked destinations. Show More Summary

Belgian Engineers Build Stairway to Heaven

Oooh, and it makes me wonder... Belgian firm Close to Bone constructed this staircase into the sky in Flanders after the wooden observation tower that stood at the site was "burnt by vandals." Named the Vlooyberg Tower, the new structure...Show More Summary

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