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Norman Foster: Why Osvaldo Borsani was a design pioneer

<b>(CNN) —</b> Osvaldo Borsani was a true innovator. Born in 1911, the architect, designer and visionary left his mark at a crucial time in Italy's design history. From the 1930s he started working with other creative luminaries like Lucio Fontana, Roberto Crippa, Aligi Sassu, Fausto Melotti, and Arnaldo …

Avant-garde

Nestled In The Courtyard Of A 16th-Century Palazzo, Artist Phillip K. Smith III Presents Open Sky

It’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs and the desert town is abuzz with events and excitement. One of the events, held at the Palm Springs Art Museum, is a talk with locally-bred artist, Phillip K. Smith III.<p>The small amphitheater is packed to the max when Smith arrives and begins his presentation. …

Palm Springs

From oil paints to iPad - the disabled artist using technology to prolong her career and love of painting

The granddaughter of Queena Stovall, one of America’s most famous folk artists, it was perhaps inevitable that Michie O’Day would become a painter.<p>Ms O’Day came to art fairly late in life, only starting to paint after she had turned 30.<p>Her oil paintings fused the American folk art of her …

Art

This House In Norway Was Designed With Many Opportunities For Views Of The Surrounding Area

Stinessen Arkitektur have designed a modern house that sits on the Malangen peninsula in Norway, for a family and their visiting friends.<p>The layout …

Dining Rooms

Two downtown buildings start renovations, preserve senior housing

Two more downtown buildings are finally starting much-needed renovations. The Stevens Building and the Louis Kamper Apartments will undergo an $18 million renovation for their 165 combined residential units.<p>The renovation is led by the Roxbury Group—who acquired the buildings in 2016—and Invest …

Urban Design

New Bird of Paradise Species Has Smooth Dance Moves

To woo a female, this bird flips up his cape, puffs out his chest, and shimmies his little feet.<p>It's hard to find a more superb bird than the superb bird of paradise.<p>Males have an elaborate courtship ritual, during which they spread out their black cape until only a bright blue breast plate and …

Birds

Six waterfront homes that embrace the power of nature

Architect Brian MacKay-Lyons uses landscape as a kind of starting point for an architectural language. The native Maritimer has been surrounded by water all his life, and it’s the power of the Atlantic Ocean that has come to define the stunning coastal homes he’s created in Nova Scotia and farther …

Architecture

Midcentury gem gets stunning update and addition

A John Black Lee is transformed for contemporary living<p>Joel Sanders Architect renovated and expanded this midcentury modern home in New Canaan, Connecticut, which was originally designed in 1957 by John Black Lee, a modernist architect often referred to as the sixth member of the Harvard Five.<p>The …

Architecture

Modern Japanese lake house comes with a twist

Climb on up<p>How do you make the most of a two-story home? Turn it into five stories. Sugawaradaisuke Architects recently did just that, transforming a house on the shore of Japan’s Lake Nojiri into a multi-story home with a clever use of platforms.<p>The timber house is outfitted with platforms that …

Architecture

Tunde Olaniran writes about the Flint water crisis in Washington Post

Following Tunde Olaniran's recent viral Twitter rant about the Flint water crisis, the <i>Washington Post</i> gave the singer and performance artist some …

Snorkeling

The World’s Largest LEGO Ship Built Using Over 2.5 Million Bricks Sets Guinness World Record

Dream Cruises teamed up with a group of cruise enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate the launch of the Hong Kong tourism company’s new …

Lego

Paterson, the quietly philosophical tale of a bus-driving poet, is one of 2016's best films

Adam Driver stars in a movie about the paired vocation of work and art.<p>Great poets are masters of words, but their most finely tuned skill is often simple attentiveness: to the matches on the kitchen counter, the water slipping over the boulders in the falls, the beer softly frothing in the …

New Jersey

My love affair with used book stores

When it comes to bookstores, I'm like the much-married English King Henry VIII. I just can't get enough.<p>At Christmastime, I delight in the sight of coffee table books being gift-wrapped at Barnes & Noble. I mourn yesteryear bookstores like Rizzoli, late of Water Tower Place, with its stock of …

Books

What a Novel Looks Like Before It’s a Novel

In the long game that is novel-writing, the most mysterious element is the first draft: the rough attempt at shaping a story, the often never-seen …

Writing

This is Marco with his new board, i design this prototype to be sure he's going to feel safe and confortable but also to get the best feeling you can get when riding a wave...he was so stoke after his first session...this is the best feeling a shaper can get :-) #stoke#handshapes #sharethefeeling#enjoy

Light-filled family home embraces a British Islands’ native landscape

When DLM Architects was asked to create an energy-efficient and sustainable family home in St Peter Port of Guernsey, the site’s dense vegetation …

Swimming Pools

Architecture - Curbed

Cities<p>Atlanta<br>• Austin<br>• Boston<br>• Chicago<br>• Detroit<br>• Hamptons<br>• Los Angeles<br>• Miami<br>• New Orleans<br>• New York<br>• Philadelphia<br>• San Francisco<br>• Seattle<br>• Washington DC<p>Topics<p>Architecture<br>• Interior Design<br>• Tiny Homes<br>• Prefab<br>• Home Tech<br>• House Calls<br>• For Sale<br>• Longform<br>• Maps<p>Handbook<p>Shopping<p>✕<p>This Tokyo apartment building is a concrete jungle<p>By<p>Cantilevering …

Architecture

Cantilevering modern home redefines the ranch house

Long and lean<p>This rectangular house is an exercise in simplicity. Built on top of a hill in Portsea, Australia, the modern home is comprised of three parts that connect together and stretch into an elongated volume. Its exacting shape and sharp edges are a lovely, if unnatural, contrast to …

Architecture

Rustic home made from reclaimed barn timber wants $750K

A home by carpenter Ed Cady<p><i>Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the</i> <i>tipline</i> <i>and send us your suggestions. We’d love to see what you’ve got.</i><p><b>Location:</b> Roxbury, Connecticut<p><b>Price:</b> $750,000<p>A home constructed from vintage barn timbers is …

House Prices

Midcentury modern fixer-upper awaits you for $297K

Bring your architect<p><i>Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the</i> <i>tipline</i> <i>and send us your suggestions. We’d love to see what you’ve got.</i><p><b>Location:</b> Bexley, Ohio<p><b>Price:</b> $297,000<p>The possibilities are endless with this midcentury modern …

Mid-Century modern

House tour: this Spanish interior designer’s home will make you rethink pink

The quest for individual expression has guided the life and career of architect, artist and designer Guillermo Santomà, and his theatrical …

Sculpture

Dr. Martens’ ‘Eastern Art’ Series Is For Lovers Of Traditional Japanese Artworks

Dr. Martens has introduced an ‘Eastern Art’ collection that fans of traditional Japanese paintings would love.<br>The series, comprising an 8-eye boot …

Art

Remaking of Detroit's riverfront is a story that started 30 years ago

The vision for Detroit’s west riverfront park unveiled a few days ago was not an isolated event but part of the long-running success story of …

Urbanism

36 loft apartments coming to the North End

Speaking of the North End, where we’ve seen a lot of real estate activity lately, more apartments are coming closer to Woodward. <i>Crain’s</i> reports that a Birmingham developer, Neal Check, has purchased the 39,000-square-foot building at 40 Hague Street for $1.27 million.<p>The plan is to convert the …

Real Estate

Vintage NYC Photos: A 17-Year Old Stanley Kubrick Takes on New York City

When Stanley Kubrick was just 17 years old, he began working at LOOK Magazine in New York City. Long before he was the celebrated cinema auteur, he …

Remarkable Photos of Boring Things

If you visit the Instagram page for Polina Washington’s new project <i>Solution</i>, you’ll see only three words: “trash and nature.” And that’s exactly what …

The buildings that make us think

These museums are more than archives of important work. Their architectural forms help tell their stories, writes Devon Van Houten Maldonado.<p>Museums do more than allow us to engage with history and art. They are forms in and of themselves, which, to varying degrees, enable and propagate missions …

Museums

A Couple Buy a Collapsing Cabin For $7K in Joshua Tree and Revamp it Into a Desert Oasis

Thanks to an extensive DIY renovation, a 480-square-foot homestead in Joshua Tree, California, receives a stunning new look.<p>When Kathrin and Brian Smirke purchased a 1957 abandoned property at the tax auction in San Bernardino County for $7,000 in June 2015, they had no doubt they had their work …

San Bernardino County

Run, Don't Walk to This Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Bar in Chicago

East meets Midwest at Prairie School, a cocktail haven for architecture buffs that touts a noteworthy beverage program by mixologist Jim Meehan.<p>At the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, Frank Lloyd Wright first crossed paths with the art of Japanese woodblock printing, a little-known interest that …

Architecture