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Basildon's "Failed" New Town: What Happened When We Built Utopia?

We are all familiar with the "utopian" towns of the 20th Century. Basildon, Essex, was one of the largest of those New Towns. It was founded in 1949, …

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How to Read Italian Wine Labels

<i>Learn to understand Italian wine labels enough to get what you want. Here is a great set of tips and advice to keep handy so you can find and enjoy</i> …

Italian Wine

A Flow Chart to Selecting Italian Red Wines

<i>A simple flow chart outlines nearly 50 different red wines by taste, plus has a list of the top 8 Italian red wines to know. Find what Italian red to</i> …

Wine & Spirits

400-square-foot apartment uses clever pivot wall to divide space in multiple ways

1/5<p>Yellowstone Oil Spill<p>We've been keeping close tabs on the clean-up of the Yellowstone oil spill that occurred on July 1 when an Exxon Mobil …

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9 European 'enclaves' – the continent's quirkiest corners

What’s an enclave? It is a part of one sovereign country that’s totally surrounded and landlocked by another sovereign country. Like a pocket of Germany in the middle of Switzerland, for example. The culture of these regions often combines the characteristics of two or more destinations – making …

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

Here's what not to do.<p>These kitchen designers have seen it all, from stainless-steel overload to poor-quality cabinetry. Here they share the dos and don'ts of kitchen design.

This British House is a Masterpiece!

Astoundingly modern and as eye-catching as can be, today’s home might only be a rendering but it still shows the vast potential and excitement that …

7 Airbnbs That Are Right Around the Corner from Major Museums Photos

There are many kinds of travelers—those who travel for food, those who travel for pure relaxation, those who travel for culture... If you’re in that last category, odds are your bucket list is full of cities known for their world-class art. Galleries and sculpture gardens are great, but you want to …

Luxury Lifestyle

Step into the amazing 6.5m wide house!

La Casa Desnuda, today’s feature property, is an impressive Mexican house that boasts a particularly surprising architectural feature. At only 6.5 …

Swimming Pools

Yale’s New Dean of Architecture on Plywood and Mood Lighting

Newly appointed Deborah Berke, the first female head of the Yale School of Architecture, defends the underdog building material, finds inspiration in artichokes and insists on lights you can control<p>When she scans the current architectural landscape for a structure to admire, Deborah Berke tends to …

Architecture

33 Entrances Halls That Make a Stylish First Impression Photos

Consider the entrance hall your opportunity to sweep guests off their feet. Whether visitors are welcomed into a soaring space crowned with a sparkling chandelier, or a cozy foyer with warm wood floors and a bouquet of blooms, the entryway sets the tone for the rest of your home. This transitory …

15 Interior Design Charts To Help You Feel Like A Professional Decorator

Because not everyone knows the difference between Windsor and Ladder Back.<p>You don't need to be an interior designer to know all the handy little secrets the pros know —just pin and reference these charts to sharpen your decorating skills. Guests won't have a clue that you didn't pay big bucks for …

Interior Design

The best US hotels under $150 a night

Hotel Eastlund in Portland, OR, is $149 a night.Hotels.com<p>Staying at a hotel is a luxury, but it's a luxury that doesn't need to cost you an arm and a leg.<p>Hotels.com looked to some of the most popular destinations in the US, and created a list of the cheapest — as well as highest rated — hotels in …

Tokyo Apartment / Yumiko Miki Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> An oak-edged window providesa framed view ofthe living room within this Tokyo apartment, intended by …

Appartamento CW | Burnazzi Feltrin Architetti

CW apartment is located in an area on the south part of Trento, a green and rural cameo nestled inside the urban pattern. The flat is set in a new …

The world's 50 greatest cities - according to you

10 secret places you need to go before everyone else

When travel finally opened to Cuba, everyone said, "You have to go now before it's ruined!" I have a different take. I think more Cuba tourism could — potentially — bolster its economy and provide more opportunities for preserving its unique heritage. That's a far cry from "ruined" to me.<p>But if …

Japan’s UltraSmall Houses Photos

In Japanese cities, the average house is 1,075 square feet. That makes sense when you consider that the country has a landmass smaller than Montana but a population that puts it at number 11 worldwide. Creativity abounds despite such constraints, notes Naomi Pollack in Jutaku: Japanese Houses …

7 Eye-Catching Tokyo Restaurants

Head to these eateries for delicious meals in a beautiful space<p>Dining may be most closely associated with the sense of taste, [for obvious reasons,] but other senses play a major role in the experience—particularly sight. In few other cities do you get to eat with your eyes more than in Tokyo, …

30 places in Europe you must see in your lifetime

Boathouse Home Office | Bean Buro

The apartment is located inside a high-rise residential building in Hong Kong’s Aberdeen, in close proximity to the Ap Lei Chau shipyard.<p>In response …

10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore June 2016

There are too many new restaurants opening up in Singapore. Just this month alone, we have KAMA British Indian Company Kitchen & Bar (North Canal …

7 Home Design Trends Our Ancestors Would Have Never Understood

We've come a long way, for better or for worse!<p>We've come a long way, for better or for worse! Here are seven modern design trends our long-ago …

37 Bathroom Design Ideas to Inspire Your Next Renovation Photos

Whether you’re making small upgrades or going for a full overhaul, a bathroom renovation can make a big difference in the feel of your home (and its future resale value). So it’s no wonder that along with the kitchen, this practical space often takes top priority when it comes time to remodel. But …

10 Nifty Home Office Ideas from Milan 2016

Many of us fail to notice the versatility of the modern home office, as well as the ways it can enhance the quality of your life. <b>Modern home offices</b> …

Canal House | Witteveen Architecten

Architecture is the intuition of organizing your home, the light, the air, and the space in harmony with yourself. This is the aim pursued by the …

Top 10: the best boutique hotels in Venice

An insider's guide to the best boutique hotels in Venice, featuring the top places to stay for period charm, attentive service, lovely gardens and canal views.<p>Ca’ Maria Adele<p>Tucked away behind the Salute in the pleasantly quiet, gallery-filled Dorsoduro sestiere, Ca Maria Adele has its own water …