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Travel to southern California and you may see a pair of binoculars by the side of the road. No, really. Forty-five foot high field glasses. What's the story?
Travel to southern California and you may see a pair of binoculars by the side of the road. No, really. Forty-five foot high field glasses. What's the story?
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Tully Castle in County Fermanagh, Ireland-- This ruined plantation house stands much as it did on Christmas Day in 1641, when native Irish Catholics rebelled against invading Scottish and British Protestants.
In the 1600s, inhabitants of Tully Castle were imprisoned in its vaults, and the stronghouse was turned to ruins. Learn about castles around the world.
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When he painted the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo used many tricks to fool the eye. http://architecture.about.com/od/Blog/fl/The-Radical-Michelangelo.htm
Michelangelo is not known for his architecture, but one scholar thinks he's one radical architect. Learn more about the Rebel of the Renaissance.
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So, how relevant is Ruskin for modern-day architects? You'd be amazed. http://architecture.about.com/od/greatarchitects/ss/John-Ruskin-Todays-19th-Century-Critic.htm
The themes in the writings of critic John Ruskin resonate as much today as they did in the 1800s. Explore some of Ruskin's philosophies, in his own words.
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"... I believe no cause to have been more active in the degradation of our natural feeling for beauty, than the constant use of cast iron ornaments," John Ruskin said in The Seven Lamps of Architecture. But gosh, some of those old cast iron buildings sure are beautiful.
Cast iron as a building material was a global phenomenon during the 19th century Industrial Revolution. Learn more about cast iron and wrought iron.
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Imagine Super Bowls with the top down -- 8 stadia, 0 Roofs. http://architecture.about.com/od/stadiumsandarenas/ss/8-Super-Bowls-0-Roofs.htm
The Orange Bowl is one of the few Super Bowls that have been torn down. Yet when it lived, it lived for football. Learn more about these open-air, outdoor stadia.
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Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia was built in 2002 with "new understandings of surface geometries." Some call it Smart Geometry. Others say it's just plain ugly. What do you say? View image at http://architecture.about.com/od/Blog/fl/Smart-Geometry.htm
The Smart Geometry group tackles algorithms as if they were pens and sketchpads. Learn more about how computer programs are changing the way some do design.
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Remembering Michael Graves, 1934-2015. Tradition and whimsy combine in postmodernist design. http://architecture.about.com/od/greatarchitects/p/graves.htm
Learn about the life and works of postmodern architect Michael Graves, born in Indiana July 9, 1934, and today known for his product designs and whimsical buildings.
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Trailblazing architect-politician Harvey B. Gantt inspired generations of minority students, including the young Barack Obama. http://architecture.about.com/od/architectsaz/fl/Harvey-B-Gantt.htm
Born in South Carolina, January 14, 1943, Harvey Gantt will be forever associated with making the City of Charlotte, North Carolina, a modern city of the South.
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On his birthday, let's celebrate the amazing Bernard Maybeck, born February 7, 1862.
http://architecture.about.com/od/architectsaz/p/maybeck.htm
Discover the eclectic work of California architect Bernard Maybeck, who inspired Julia Morgan and other important architects.
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Let's celebrate #architect Alvar Aalto, born on February 3 in 1898.  http://abt.cm/19eYwEs via @aboutdotcom
Alvar Aalto's passion for painting led to the development of his unique architectural style. Explore the life and works of this modern designer, born February 3, 1898 in Kuortane, Finland.
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The stadium built for the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games has been redesigned once and is scheduled for another by 2018. The original design was widely ridiculed, but I'm not sure they've gotten it right yet. What do you think?
Architects faced tough challenges when they designed Stadium Australia, the Sydney Olympic Stadium
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I write about architecture and travel destinations, and also enjoy experimental fiction and poetry.
  • Architecture Writer for About.com since 1999
  • Freelance journalist for newspapers and magazines covering travel, arts, and home design
  • Fiction and poetry for literary journals, including The Berkeley Fiction Review, Existere, The Fourth River, Pearl, Yuan Yang, Zahir, and many others
  • Two interior design books for Rockport Publishers
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Schenectady, NY
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Cocoa Beach, FL - Arlington, VA
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