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Exuberant Architecture: Are Bolivia's 'Andean Palaces' Groundbreaking or Kitschy?

Several years ago, El Alto, Bolivia, which is a stronghold of an indigenous group called the Aymara, was a populous city of bland, brick red buildings. Then a builder by the name of Freddy Mamani Silvestre came along, and...

Micro Week 2015: The World's Tiniest Habitable Skyscrapers Belong to Hermit Crabs

All photos courtesy of Aki Inomata The pet hermit crabs of Japanese artist Aki Inomata are surely among the worldliest of their species. Instead of shells, they wear transparent 3D-printed versions of the New York City skyline, a fortified Moroccan...

Video Interlude: In This Oscar-Nominated Short, it's Kinda Tough Having Architects for Parents

It may have gone un-fêted at the Oscars on Sunday, but Norwegian director Torill Kove's film, "Me and My Moulton," which was nominated in the Best Animated Short Film category, is so charming that it deserves a little more...

Castle Wire: Frescoed 74-Room Villa with Napoleonic History Asks $5.8M

In June of 1800, French and the Austrian forces clashed in a pivotal battle that ended up routing the Austrians from Italy. Napoleon Bonaparte, who had only seized power in France the year before, masterminded the assault from a...

Not So Fast: Box Up this Tudor Mansion and Haul It Away for $125K

All photos courtesy of the Teatown Lake Reservation This ancient Tudor manor was brought over from England in parts just over a century ago at great expense, and reassembled in a beautiful, leafy setting in Ossining, New York. It ha...

Video Interlude: Deep Inside Hollywood's Yamashiro With the Owners Who Are Being Forced to Sell

The 1914 Yamashiro restaurant and a handful of other properties that share a prominent Hollywood hill with the hundred-year-old replica of a Japanese castle were listed for sale for a undisclosed amount this past October, marketed with the potential...

Blockbusters: Bev Crest "Vineyard" Will Not Entertain Offers Under $1 Billion

Gather your pennies, Los Angeles: the Vineyard Beverly Hills—an enormous Beverly Crest property named for its "private vineyard," and not because it is entirely covered in grapevines—is being sold as a single, 157-acre, undeveloped chunk of land. The owners...

Wildlife: Exotic Animal Refuge in the Valley Could Reopen to the Public

Wildlife Waystation is a 160-acre exotic animal refuge tucked into the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and it could be about to reopen to the public 14 years after closing. The Los Angeles Daily News reports they've raised...

Revivals: The First New Eichler Home in 40 Years is Almost Finished

An early in-progress shot of the first-ever "Desert Eichler," in South Canyon, Palm Beach. Photo courtesy KUD Properties Create a map of all the Eichler homes on the market and it'll be obsolete within a month or two. In the...

Real estate app on display: A day in the life of the Updater team

Updater — a company that helps consumers manage all the madness involved in moving — let us step inside the office to take a look at what happens every day in a real-estate-related technology company...

The Quotable Bjarke Ingels: In a new interview, Danish starchitect...

In a new interview, Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels unleashes some advice for young architects: "We're not here to build for other architects. We're here to build for all of the human kind in a way, and we're here to accommodate...

Video Interlude: How Did Blade Runner Stick as the Vision of LA's Future?

Writer/podcast-maker Colin Marshall is several episodes into a new video essay series called Los Angeles, the City in Cinema, focusing on "the variety of Los Angeleses revealed in the films set there, both those new and old, mainstream and...

Video Interlude: Watch an Abandoned House Discover Life Outside of Suburbia

Screenshot via Vimeo In this heartwarming, gorgeously-animated short film called "Home Sweet Home," a suburban house trapped in a terribly blighted neighborhood decides to shed its "for sale" sign once and for all and set off on a gutsy journey...

Video Interlude: Ikea's 'Bedroom Cinema' Replaces All Movie Seats with Beds

Screenshot via Vimeo via Gizmodo It's no secret that the tireless marketing warriors at Ikea's love to insert the brand's furniture in all the randomest places around the world—alleyways in Tokyo, gondolas in London, a metro station in Paris, have...

Shortlists: Here are the Six Finalists for the Guggenheim Helsinki Design

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has culled a shortlist of six finalists from its record-breaking deluge of 1,715 proposals for the still speculative and controversial Guggenheim Helsinki museum. Curbed is disappointed to report that no entries from the class...

Video Interlude: Tiny Airbnb World is the Twee-est Thing You'll See All Day

For Airbnb's latest ad, New Zealand-based animation shop Cirkus recreated some of the rental platform's most noteworthy listings in dollhouse size. It took six weeks of building before they were reading to run a little train-mounted camera through the...

Droning Around: Drone Footage Captures a City Abandoned After Chernobyl

Screenshot via Vimeo Far more haunting than fly-throughs of the new Apple campus or L.A.'snotoriously lewd House of Sin, new drone footage from freelance photographer Danny Cooke captures the ruins of Pripyat, Ukraine, a city that was completed evacuated after...

Video Interlude: Watch a Stunt Driver Do Donuts Around Everything in LA

What do LA's cars dream of when they're in the garage at night? Probably speeding through Los Angeles, doing tricks and never having to worry about cops. In the latest from gifted driver Ken Block, Gymkhana 7, viewers are...

Video Interlude: Robert A.M. Stern: 'Buildings Should Not Look Like Lady Gaga'

Photo via Getty Architect Robert A.M. Stern effectively summarized his approach to contemporary buildings with the following quote he provided to the Louisiana Channel: "Buildings should not look like Lady Gaga." Which is to say they should not have the...

Video Interlude: The Life and Death of the Last Steel Truss Bridge on the LA River

Toward the end of its life, the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge pitted preservationists who wanted to see it turned into park space against officials who considered it unsafe and wanted it torn down; in the end, the bridge and its supporters...

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