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Love him or hate him, Donald Trump had grand ideas for rebuilding the New York World Trade Center after 9/11. Here's the scheme he proposed. http://architecture.about.com/od/worldtradecenter/ss/Donald-Trumps-2005-Solution-to-the-WTC.htm
What if Donald Trump was the World Trade Center's real estate developer? Back in 2005, Trump had a plan for Ground Zero, and he let everyone know about it.
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If you live in an old house, you know the frustration of small closets and tiny bathrooms. What to do? Here are some helpful suggestions.
How can you update a charming Victorian house without spoiling its charm? Follow this short step-by-step guide for some ideas.
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Today's the birthday of Michael Graves, postmodernist architect famous for product designs... but so much more. Grave was born July 9, 1934 and died March 12, 2015. http://architecture.about.com/od/greatarchitects/p/graves.htm

The architecture and design world lost Michael Graves this year. Although famous for his postmodernist buildings and for the houseware products he designed for Target and JCPenney, his most important legacy may be his work on accessible housing. Graves…
The architecture and design world lost Michael Graves this year. Although famous for his postmodernist buildings and for the houseware products he designed for Target and JCPenney, his most importa...
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July 1 is Canada Day, when in 1867 the British Parliament created "One Dominion under the Name of Canada." It's also Moving Day in Canada, a traditional time when people's leases expire and they move to new digs. I wonder if Moshe Safdie had this day in mind when he designed his first project for the Montreal World's Fair. Habitat '67 is box-like and modular, like ready-to-go architecture. http://architecture.about.com/od/greatbuildings/ss/Urban-Residential-Housing.htm
Explore a gallery of multifamily housing projects, starting with the award-winning Habitat '67, which launched the architecture career of Moshe Safdie.
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Today's the birthday of Dominikus Zimmerman, who helped design the amazing Wies Church in Bavaria. Zimmerman was born on June 30, 1685. http://architecture.about.com/od/greatbuildings/ig/Sacred-Buildings/Wieskirche.htm

Even in the 1700s, when Rococo was the height of fashion, some people considered the style excessive and absurd. Today, it’s hard to know what to think of a building like the exuberant Wies Pilgrimage church in Bavaria. The church was designed by…
Even in the 1700s, when Rococo was the height of fashion, some people considered the style excessive and absurd. Today, it's hard to know what to think of a building like the exuberant Wies Pilgrim...
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Let's celebrate Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, born on June 25, 1852. > http://architecture.about.com/od/greatbuildings/ig/Antoni-Gaud-/Sagrada-Familia-.htm

Born on June 25, 1852, Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí defied established traditions and pushed at the boundaries of reality. To visit Barcelona is to discover Gaudí’s otherworldly designs, like Casa Batlló shown here. Join us for a photo tour of…
Born on June 25, 1852, Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí defied established traditions and pushed at the boundaries of reality. To visit Barcelona is to discover Gaudí's otherworldly designs, like Cas...
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Happy Birthday, Richard Rogers, born on July 23, 1933. His early years didn't seem promising - the future Pritzker Laureate suffered from dyslexia and didn't excel in school. But, after a scrape with the law and a stint in the military, Rogers decided to follow in the footsteps of an architect cousin. The rest is history.

During a career that spans more than fifty years, British architect Richard Rogers has helped shape the modern era. Rogers is known for his fascination for technology, designing transparent, machine-like buildings that are both beautiful and highly…
During a career that spans more than fifty years, British architect Richard Rogers has helped shape the modern era. Rogers is known for his fascination for technology, designing transparent, machin...
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Today's the birthday of architect-inventor-philosopher Buckminster Fuller, born July 12, 1895 in Milton, Massachusetts. Learn about Fuller and his famous geodesic dome: http://architecture.about.com/od/greatarchitects/p/fuller.htm

Buckminster Fuller’s 1949 geodesic dome design influenced a generation of visionaries.Efficient and economical, “Bucky’s” dome was widely hailed as a possible solution to world housing shortages. Fuller reached an international audience when he  designed…
Buckminster Fuller's 1949 geodesic dome design influenced a generation of visionaries.Efficient and economical, "Bucky's" dome was widely hailed as a possible solution to world housing shortages. F...
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Born in Scotland on July 3, 1728, Robert Adam teamed with his brothers to build many fine English country homes. Ironically, the British houses the Adams built became wildly popular in the rebel American colonies. The Adam Style became a model for the distinctly American Federalist style.
Do you live in a Federalist house? Learn how to identify Federal and Adam house styles and explore the history of American Federalist architecture.
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I was saddened to learn that modernist pioneer Donald Wexler died on Friday. Wexler became famous for his California Steel House designs like the one shown here. His work also included commercial buildings, schools, an airport, and many custom homes. Read about his legacy here: http://architecture.about.com/od/architectsaz/p/wexler.htm
Between 1961 and 1962, the Alexander Construction Company set a new tone for prefab housing with several steel houses in Palm Springs, California. Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison, architects.
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Many urban planners say we should model our neighborhoods after historic European villages with shops and businesses nestled next to homes. But, where should we put the WalMart? The Canadian town of Port Coquitlam had an idea. They decided that if they couldn't do anything about the architecture, at least they could legislate the construction. Oh, Canada!
In an effort to quiet critics, Wal-Mart Corp. hired a green architecture firm to design an eco-friendly store near Vancouver. It's not what you think.
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I was saddened to learn that modernist pioneer Donald Wexler died on Friday. Wexler became famous for his California Steel House designs like the one shown here. His work also included commercial buildings, schools, an airport, and many custom homes. Read about his legacy here: http://architecture.about.com/od/architectsaz/p/wexler.htm
Between 1961 and 1962, the Alexander Construction Company set a new tone for prefab housing with several steel houses in Palm Springs, California. Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison, architects.
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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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