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Ikea Watch : Ikea Pays Tribute to Overlooked, Oft-Abused Household Items

Screenshot via Youtube You never know where an Ikea ad will take you (to a field of flying t-shirts maybe), but in its latest creation, the flatpack retailer brings your attention deep within the home, to the "true everyday heroes"....

Tent Wire: How Frei Otto Turned the Humble Tent Into Radical Architecture

Frei Otto's Munich Olympic Stadium—Photo by Martina Oefelein/Flickr German architect and structural engineer Frei Otto soared into public attention yesterday when he was awarded the Pritzker Prize just a day after he passed away in Germany. His life's work is...

Quaking: LA Will Almost Definitely Have a 6.0 Earthquake By 2045

An image from the latest San Andreas trailer, not the USGS report Is it a carefully-timed ploy or just serendipity that a new trailer for the ridiculous-looking disaster flick San Andreas comes out within a day of a US...

Dancing About Architecture: The vertical dance troupe Bandaloop—whose performers...

The vertical dance troupe Bandaloop—whose performers can be seen here waltzing up and down Oakland City Hall—are currently planning a new piece about Mid-Market. The dance will take place on the outside of the Hastings law school building, and it...

Video Interlude: The Story of the Incredible Mt. Washington Map Trove That Doubled the LA Public Library's Collection

How did the immense, previously unknown map collection of a hospital dietician end up doubling the size of the Los Angeles Public Library's map archives in a single day? A new short documentary from filmmaker Alec Ernest and the...

Video Interlude: Watch One Last Visit to the 1938 Hollywood Park Racetrack as It's Demolished For an NFL Stadium

If you never got to Hollywood Park, you never will because it doesn't exist anymore. The racetrack, which opened in 1938, began demolition last year to make way for a massive, 238-acre mixed-use project that recently grew to include...

Hotels: Sleep in a Glass Cube Atop a 200-Foot Ski Jump in Norway

Soaring 60 meters above the ground and made from 100 tons of steel, the Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo, Norway is an imposing testament to the lengths some skiers will go to...

Barkitecture : Samsung Designs a $30K Dog Kennel for Tech-Savvy Pooches

Screenshot via Youtube As if starchitect-designed dog houses aren't fancy enough, electronics giant Samsung has decided to create the ultimate high-tech luxury dwelling for the world's most pampered pups. Making its debut at this year's Crufts dog show in Birmingham,...

Video Interlude: How to Design a Beautiful City, According to Swiss Philosopher Alain de Botton

Screenshot via Youtube In a provocative new video, Swiss philosopher Alain de Botton argues that there's a science to designing "beautiful cities" and proceeds to outline a six-point manifesto on how cities can get it right, in the looks department...

Video Interlude: The Long, Endangered Legacy of Compton's Cowboys

Compton has a rich agricultural history dating back to at least the late 1880s, and it still has farmland today, so it shouldn't be surprising that Compton has cowboys. (But it is.) An in-the-works documentary (seen on LAObserved) i...

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...

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