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Top 10 Live/Work Houses

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 4:25 PM

Today I'd like to discuss the boom of live/work spaces, but let's forget about design for a moment. Let's talk facts first. In the US alone, more than 20 million people work from home, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Why? In the words of Duran Duran's...

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Top 10 Kid-Friendly Houses

(7) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 9:57 AM

This week, I'm going to feature my top selection on architecture for kids. When it comes to designing an environment that is both educational and entertaining for children at a young age, there is always the risk of being too serious or superficial. In the past, playgrounds were asphalt areas...

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Top 10 Public Libraries of the New Age

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 4:34 PM

As a child in school, I had a real passion for reading. Once I started a book, you couldn't pry it out of my hands if you tried; I would spend countless hours sat on a couch in the library of my school, immersed in tales of adventure, fortune and...

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Back to Nature: Top 10 Contemporary Urban Recreation Spots

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2011 | 11:46 PM

It is amazing how many of people's thoughts and beliefs considered common sense have actually been preconceived not so long ago and have come to play a major role in the way we live our lives. Think about "recreation" - in urban planning, on a smaller or larger scale, recreation...

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Top 10 Banks Embracing Architecture of Their Age

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2011 | 4:57 PM

Banking in the modern sense of the word can be traced to medieval and early Renaissance Italy, to the rich cities in the north like Florence, Venice and Genoa. Given these origins and the fact that banks are an institution in charge of the world's most important asset, it is...

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New Corporate Culture: Top 10 Tech Company Office Spaces

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 4:04 PM

Author's Note: Today is a sad day - we have lost a visionary who has changed the way that many of us live and work. Steve Jobs was instrumental to the revolution of the office; his passion for design, perfection and truth has permeated our culture, architecture and he was,...

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Japan's Top 10 Box Homes

(5) Comments | Posted September 4, 2011 | 3:15 PM

The forthcoming edition of the tri-annual World Congress of Architecture is just about to start in Tokyo on September 25th. While the 24th edition will be looking at the possible perspectives for architectural design in 2050, I have been planning for a while to write about architecture of contemporary homes...

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Top 10 Architects' Homes (PHOTOS)

(88) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 7:32 AM

This week, I'm going to try and inspire you by showcasing my selection of Top 10 Architects' homes. When recently I came across the ABC series In the mind of the architect, I was thrilled to see the first episode featuring Sean Godsell and his own Kew House...

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10 Provocative Vacation Spots

(16) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 4:01 AM

Architecturally, hotels are a cocktail of residential and public typologies that have a peculiar balance of privacy combined with social amenity. Put simply, they're our home away from home and most try to spark our sense of nostalgia by offering a generic version of comfort and luxury that we can...

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Futuristic Architecture: Top 10 Plans For Tomorrow's Cities (PHOTOS)

(47) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 4:34 AM

The 1926 sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis by Fritz Lang opens with a stunning sequence of machinery in motion, followed by an anonymous workers' crowd descending into the underground. Inspired by the iconic NY skyline, Lang's 2026 fictional city is an architectural allegory of verticality, hierarchy and layers. Its landscape of endless...

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Top 10 Buildings: Parametric Design

(48) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 7:55 AM

The advent of the industrial revolution, mass production and large-scale manufacturing industries during the last two centuries has had a revolutionary effect on architecture. The fathers of modern architecture, such as Le Corbusier, Mies Van Der Rohe and Walter Gropius were inspired by the automobile factories and methods of the...

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Top 10 Buildings: Eastern Europe

(13) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 6:43 PM

We begin the year with a new addition to the Huffington Post Design Thursdays. The last Thursday of each month will bring a selection of buildings around a specific topic, location, programme or architect handpicked by myself, Adel Zakout (CEO of OpenBuildings.com), as well as invited curators. In...

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