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Video Interlude: Take a Video Tour Through the Abandoned Minnelli Mansion

When we first got a look inside the abandoned Beverly Hills mansion that once belonged to Liza Minnelli's father, Vincente Minnelli, and was for years at the center of a terrible family battle, it was clear that the place...

Celebrity Landlords: Actors Sacha Baron Cohen—Borat!—and Isla Fischer...

Actors Sacha Baron Cohen—Borat!—and Isla Fischer want tenants for their four-acre compound in L.A. In 2010 the couple paid $14M for the property—which includes a vine-tangled villa (very nice!), a detached screening room, a guest pavilion, a caretaker's cottage, and...

Weekend Linkage: Chinatown's Vertical Park, World Cup at Port of LA

· New vertical park with amphitheatre planned for Chinatown hillside · Burbank to narrowly define "family" to keep out group homes · Plans in the works to upgrade Hermosa Beach surfing museum · Damn kids! Laguna residents are dodgin...

Video Interlude: Here's Mies' Farnsworth House Turned Into a Tron Setpiece

Photo via Archinect With all of the recent preservation drama surrounding Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House—which could soon get moved or set up atop hydraulic jacks to save it from the occasional flooding of a nearby river—wouldn't it be...

The Quotable Bjarke Ingels: The Six Best Lines From Bjarke Ingels' Architizer Interview

Screengrab via Vimeo Architizer has crowned BIG, the firm of Danish-born enfant terrible of the built environment Bjarke Ingels, with its Firm of the Year award, citing the practice's "pragmatic utopian architecture" and quick rise to taking on large commissions...

Video Interlude: For Its Birthday: 12k #GriffithObservatory Instagrams in 7 Mins.

Today the Griffith Observatory turns 79. Los Angeles's second or third most famous landmark was first dreamt up in 1912, by "Colonel" Griffith J. Griffith (who'd donated the land for Griffith Park in 1896) after a visit to the...

Video Interlude: Meet the Bananas 1950s Arch House Above the Sunset Strip

The British Pathé has recently uploaded thousands of wild historic videos to their YouTube, including a 44-second, tantalizing introduction to this very cool, totally precarious-looking house hanging off a Hollywood hillside. "Faced...

Video Interlude: Take a Virtual Stroll Through Tokyo's Bamboo Basket Bakery

Photo via Arch Daily Built by pile o' sticks guru Kengo Kuma—whose quirky, previous projects include high-design Starbucks locales and timber-lined dog huts—this bamboo basket-shaped bakery in Tokyo just might be the oddest, most flammable purveyor of sweets in all...

Demolition Watch: The Sad History of Norman Foster's Half-Built Vegas Hotel

Photo via Wikimedia Commons Though British starchitect Norman Foster's renovation plans for the New York Public Library were widely criticized, the period leading up to their recent rejection was mercifully short compared to that of the Foster-designed Las Vegas' Harmon...

Video interlude: The 1964 World's Fair Showhouse was a Formica-Filled Wonder

The fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair recently came and went with much fanfare over the groundbreaking work it featured from architects like Eero Saarinen, George Nelson, and Philip Johnson, whose New York State Pavilion was...

Design Deathmatch: Two Minimalist Tower Homes Duke it Out in the Death Cage

Left: Concepcion, Chile; right: San Pedro de la Paz, Chile Two upright rectangular homes by Chilean architecture duo Pezo Von Ellrichshausen appeared on Dezeen this week, both designed around the same guiding principal of housing folks in a tall,...

Microdwellings: Smallest Studio for Rent in San Francisco is 225 Square Feet

Microdwellings reaches new heights (or sinks to new depths?) this week with what looks to be the smallest one-bedroom in San Francisco currently for rent: 225 square feet. Right in the middle of...

Microdwellings: The Smallest 1BR Rental in San Francisco is 225 Square Feet

Microdwellings reaches new heights (or sinks to new depths?) this week with what looks to be the smallest one-bedroom in San Francisco currently for rent: 225 square feet. Right in the middle of...

Lots of People Walk in LA: LAPD Just Fining Walkers So They'll Stop Getting Hit By Cars

A group outraged over Los Angeles's $73 parking tickets has just snagged its own working group with the mayor—while reserving the right to put big parking ticket reforms on the ballot—but meanwhile the LAPD merrily continues its strange war...

Flipping Out: Presidio Heights Manse Flips for a Huge Gain of $3.695M

Back in 2012, 3300 Washington Street in Presidio Heights was an impressive 3-bed, 3-bath with 3,800 square feet of space that sold for $3.995 million. A mere two years later, the house is...

Getting the Jobs Done: Yesterday Youtube channel Unofficially Apple leaked...

Yesterday Youtube channel Unofficially Apple leaked the company's cheesy promo video for its Norman Foster-designed, supernaturally smooth, mothership HQ in Cupertino, Calif. Though video has since been taken down—a low-quality version is out there—Architizer caught some screenshots and quotes, like...

Private Islands: For a Charming Fixer-Upper, Try Italy's 'Island of Madness'

Photo via Gizmodo Poveglia, a deserted island that the Italian government is currently offering a 99-year lease on, has amassed itself an impressive level of property stigma over the last few centuries, earning colorful nicknames like "the island of madness,"...

Video Interlude: Watch CicLAvia From the Soaring Perspective of a Drone

Pedaling your bike is just one way to experience the fun of CicLAvia, but you can take it to the next level with a view of LA's favorite linear block party from the point of view of a drone....

Capturing Our Essence

[E]ssence is the attribute or set of attributes that make an entity or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity. Wikipedia. During our Summit in February, Kim Prior, our VP of Marketing and Business Development, worked with a video firm called Elevendy [...]

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