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Maps to the Stars: Mapping Johnny Carson's Swank '70s and '80s Los Angeles

In Maps to the Stars, Curbed LA maps the lives of the most notable figures in Los Angeles history through the places that were important to them. New York City may be the center of the late-night television universe today,...

Urban Exploration: Los Angeles Looks Really Amazing When You're Hanging Out of a Helicopter

Photos by Vincent Laforet Director and Pulitzer-Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet tells Curbed that capturing Los Angeles for his latest project was a challenge, not only because it doesn't have a nucleus, but also because, well, it's big. Laforet is...

Adventures in Architecture: First Look at Final 6 Designs for Guggenheim Helsinki

Pictures of all six Guggenheim Helsinki finalists. Courtesy Guggenheim. Late last week, the next step in the long road to Guggenheim Helsinki moved forward when the museum released the final renderings from all six finalists. After being selected by the...

J.P. Morgan's Former Carriage House Now Has a Kitchen That Turns Into an Indoor Pool

19th century financier J.P. Morgan was a pretty forward-thinking guy in the sense that he leveraged his massive investments to consolidate businesses, create monopolies, and dominate the railroad and steel industries, but he'd still probably pass out if he...

Forget the Whitney: The Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum Is the Best Museum

Renzo Piano's design for the new Downtown New York Whitney Museum has set the architecture world abuzz, which is a shame because it's stealing the spotlight from another fantastic new museum, Matt and Viviana's Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan...

In Celebration of Earth Day, Let's Imagine That Light Pollution Doesn't Exist

Filmmakers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic have embarked on a project to "explore the effects and dangers of urban light pollution" called SKYGLOW, and the first step involved producing a promo video that combines the Los Angeles skyline at...

TV Time: 10 Decor Moves to Cop for Your Own Twin Peaks Revival

All images via In Twin Peaks. Beloved serial drama Twin Peaks, which aired for two exhilarating seasons in 1990 and '91, has made headlines lately thanks to Showtime's interest in rebooting the story 25 years later. The plan was for...

Video Interlude: 1984 Video Shows Early Digital Renderings of a Much Different Los Angeles

There are some really good visualizations out there that show Los Angeles's future skyline, but this 1984 film offers a dynamic look backward. Created by the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and spotted first by Curbed Chicago, the...

Rad '80s Graphics Give Tron Treatment To City Skylines

9 cities by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 1984. Scanned from the original 16mm film. from peter little on Vimeo. Curbed Chicago just passed along a vintage video clip from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill that provides an incredible throwback to...

Video Interlude: Lonely Island-Style Rap Sends Up the Absurdity of Apartment Hunting in SF

Apartment hunting in San Francisco can be a pretty soul-crushing experience, filled with sketchy converted storage and illegal-looking bunk beds that command top dollar despite their total suckitude. Cross that existential despair with some inspired Lonely Island-style antics and...

Time Capsules: This Vintage Shop Owner's Home is Peak Midcentury Modern

All photos by Monique Larroux via Apartment Therapy On the heels of Curbed's deep dive into the world's obsession with midcentury modern design, Apartment Therapy has just surfaced a tour of a Nashville home that perhaps represents the pinnacle of...

Video Interlude: Watch Star Wars Imperial Forces Destroy Los Angeles For Some Reason

Imagine drunk-eating a very spicy burrito and then falling asleep watching some classic Star Wars. That kind of behavior would probably lead to a dream that looks a lot like this video, "Star Wars: Invasion Los Angeles," in which...

Who Just Straight Up Steals an Entire Cabin?

See that cabin up there? Somebody stole it. And not in the sense of forging a fraudulent deed or declaring squatters rights or anything like that. They just drove up one night (the assumption, at least, is that they...

Video Interlude: Travel to the Concrete City of Brasília via Futuristic Parody

Photo via Vimeo Brasília, the city Oscar Niemeyer helped design in the late 1950s, was built in three years with 1 million cubric metres of concrete and 100,00 metric tones of steel. Although it's often cited as a bewildering...

1980s Celebrity Real Estate: Three of the Most Important Women of the 1980s All Live in This One Century City Building

The Century by Elizabeth Daniels Is this Century City condo tower designed by Robert AM Stern a 42-story magnet that attracts women who were deeply important in the 1980s? All the evidence seems to suggest: possibly. Bisnow claims that...

Task Management: The Key to Getting It All Done

A real estate agent that I coach recently presented me with a beautiful weekly calendar with lead generation, client follow-up, and potential client follow-up neatly organized according to time blocks and color-coded. I complimented him on his diligence and use of color in a calendar format and then informed him that with his personality type […]

weekend open house: Rustic-Modern Ranch With Awesome Views in the Los Feliz Oaks Asking $5.75 Million

Open House: Sunday, March 29, 2015 between 2 PM - 5 PM 5500 Tuxedo Terrace, Hollywood Hills Price: $5,750,000 Beds, Baths: 4 beds, 3.25 baths Floor Area: 2,450 sq. ft. Per the...

Video Interlude: OK Go's New Furniture Ad is as Trippy as Their Music Videos

Screenshot via Youtube Alternative rock band OK Go recently lent their talent for quirky over-the-top music videos to a Chinese furniture company, resulting in what may be the most fun and elaborate furniture commercial ever. This 1:46 ad for Red...

Lookalikes: 7 Knockoff White Houses the Secret Service Should Absolutely Consider Using for Training

A White House replica in Hangzhou, China—Photo via Wikimapia Six months after an intruder jumped over the White House fence and made it through the unlocked front door, the Secret Service is taking drastic measures to prevent similar incidents...

Artistry: Hong Kong's Tallest Tower Was a Huge Arcade Game, Thanks to the Magic of Art Basel

This year's Art Basel Hong Kong saw a light show projected onto the International Commerce Center, Hong Kong's tallest building at 1,588 feet. For "Same Old, Brand New," artist Cao Fei projected visuals from reminiscent of classic arcade games,...

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