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Hotels Week 2014: Exploring the Fan Theories Inspired by The Shining's Decor

Image via PopMatters The Shining came back in big way last year, with the theatrical release and subsequent Netflix availability of Room 237, a documentary on some of the fan theories that have gathered around Stanley Kubrick's psychological horror...

Theaters: Nation's First 4D Movie Theater Headed to LA Live

Ever been blown at the movies? Soon you can, legally and non-sexually, at the Regal multiplex at South Park's LA Live, which plans on installing a 4DX theater that will shoot air, water, bubbles, scents, and strobe lights, and thras...

Hotels Week 2014: The Landmarks: San Francisco's Skyscraper-Church

Welcome to The Landmarks, where Curbed takes a look at one of the many San Francisco landmarks, listed either locally or on the National Register of Historic Places. Landmarks will be chosen at random, but do drop us a line...

Meet the Real Estate Tech Entrepreneur: Jim Plunkett

In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Jim Plunkett of US Answer. Without further adieu, here’s a bit more from his own mouth… What do you do? I am the Founder and CEO of US Answer, a Salesforce powered, cloud based, small business answering service. Show More Summary

Video Interlude: Awesome Video Flies Over LA and Saves the Day With Superman

Here's some inspiration for Warner Bros. to set the next Superman movie in Los Angeles: a three-minute movie/GoPro camera ad featuring the Man of Steel gliding over the city, with some fabulous shots of Dodger Stadium, the Griffith Observatory,...

Architectural Craziness: Build This Pop-Up House in Four Days with Only a Screwdriver

Photo via Architizer What is cheap, passively heated, and boasts "four days and a wireless screwdriver" as its only building requirements? Why, that would be the Pop-Up House, by Multipod Studio, the latest prefab housing model that aims to make...

Morning Linkage: LA's Pot Shop Special Forces, Torrance Sewer Invasion

Los Angeles from Scott Uhlfelder on Vimeo. · LA has hired two prosecutors just to shut down pot shops · A thorough history of Los Angeles's sidewalk repair problems · Work begins on Highland Park park at York/Avenue 50...

Connected cars and real estate

“The Internet of Things” If there is a technology term more laden with buzz than this right now, I’m not … Read more

Video Interlude: Watch One Room Transform Into Five in OMA's 'Vertical City'

Screengrab via Vimeo Fifteen years in the making, De Rotterdam is the largest building in city for which it was named, and was fashioned by design firm OMA as its own kind of "vertical city." Rem Koolhaas' Rotterdam-based studio put...

That's Rather Lovely: Modernist Abode Looks Downright Heavenly Post-Renovation

Photo by Tara Wujcik/Casa Sugar Has this piece of Palm Springs modernism died and gone to heaven? No, it just had its interior completely redone in light and airy fashion by architect and designer Philip DeCancio, who shares the place...

Video Interlude: The Cast of Characters in This Sitcom are Chairs With Lips

Photo via Co.Design To promote his latest line of furnishings at Dutch Design Week, designer Lucas Maassen decided to make a sitcom starring his pieces. Using canned lines, canned laughter, and a cast of black chairs with moving lips—it's less...

Video Interlude: Watch a Canary Unwind in Its Fully Equipped Birdhouse

Between the brilliance that is Birdbnb (Airbnb offerings done up as avian homes) and the extravagance of the constructions of America's premier birdhouse mason, there's much and more in this country regarding architecture that's, um, for the birds. Interior...

Riding the Rails: Metro Wants Overhaul For Possibly Explosive Glendale Crossing

If you've visited Golden Road Brewery in Glendale, you've probably passed through the janky, street-level rail crossing where Doran Street meets San Fernando Road. But now Metro and the California High Speed Rail Authority might be collaborating on a...

Globe Trotting: A pair of Russian daredevils...

A pair of Russian daredevils climbed to the tippity top of the second tallest building in the world, the none-too-creatively-titled Shanghai Tower. What's more, they videotaped the entire hair-raising event with those ubiquitous GoPro cameras, and the result is...

New to Market: Buy a 1930 Greek Revival in Hollywood Once Owned by Old-Timey Teen Star Deanna Durbin

While we don't have any hard data to support this, lately there seems to be a marked increase in the number of listings relying on amateur photography to flog their houses, and...

Video Interlude: Take a Flyover Tour of LA's Tallest Buildings Throughout History

Even for a city so associated with sprawl, Los Angeles's relationship with towers is weird. In 1905, the City Council passed an ordinance banning buildings taller than 150 feet—City Hall, built in 1928, was one of few exceptions and...

Lights! Camera! Action!: YBCA to Screen Indie Films Based on Design and Architecture

Beginning at the end of this month, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will begin screening a showcase of films based on design and architecture called the Design and Architecture Films Showcase. Running February 27 to March 30,...

Celebrity Real Estate: Buy Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon's House in Bel Air For $13MM

Many years ago, Mariah Carey treated the world to the best/nuttiest episodes of MTV Cribs ever. It pretty much destroyed the genre of celebrity-led home tours. There was no point in ever...

Morning Linkage: Dating on the Red Line, Gold Prospectors Profit Off Drought

· Garcetti wants California to double handouts for film productions · Metro hosting Red Line speed dating on Friday · On the plus side of this megadrought, gold prospectors are finding gold · What's going on with the plants...

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