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Vinella & Krupa Give New Life to Dated Furniture With Paintings and Pyrography

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Shimmering 12-Foot-Tall LEGO Replica of One World Trade Center Unveiled in New York

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One World Trade Center isn’t expected to be complete until 2014, but here’s some news that should tide us over for a bit while we wait. Last week, Westchester’s LEGOLAND Discovery Center unveiled a nearly 12-foot-tall replica of the famous building made completely of LEGO. The super-detailed model looks almost exactly like the real thing from its glossy glass surface to its towering spire. Click here to see more photos of this amazing feat of LEGO engineering.

Beautiful Blue Tell a Story Book Van Takes Literature to the Streets of Lisbon

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For the folks at Tell a Story, books are living, breathing entities that need to be shared with as many people as possible. But instead of tucking themselves away in a dusty store on a lonely Lisbon corner, the team decided to let their collection of Portuguese literature live out loud in a beautiful blue van converted into a roving bookstore that drives around the capital spreading major word love.

Book Review: A Fresh Look at Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret). (French, born Switzerland. 1887-1965). Urban plan for Rio de Janeiro. 1929. Aerial perspective with Guanabara Bay, the center and the beaches. Charcoal and pastel on paper. 29 15/16 x 31 11/16” (76 x 80.5 cm). Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/FLCBy Michael Webb

Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes. Jean-Louis Cohen. MoMA, $75.

Spatial Delirium: An Interview with Michael Light

Michael Light, Gated “Monaco” Lake Las Vegas Homesites Looking West on Grand Corniche Drive, Bankrupt MonteLago Village and Ponte Vecchio Bridge Beyond, Henderson, Nevada (2010) Photographer Michael Light divides his time between San Francisco and a remote house hear Mono Lake, in the Sierra Nevada. An artist widely known for his aerial work, Light flies the trip himself in a small airplane, usually departing very early in the morning, near dawn, before the turbulence builds up. Michael Light preps his airplane for flight; photo by Venue. Venue, BLDGBLOG's collaborative project with Nicola Twilley of Edible Geography and the Nevada Museum of Art's Center for Art + Environment, not only had the pleasure of flying with Light around Mono Lake, but of staying in his home for a few nights and learning more, over the course of many long conversations, about his work. Flying with Michael Light over Mono Lake; photos by Venue. We took a nighttime hike and hunted for scorpions in the underbrush; we looked at aerial maps of the surrounding area—in fact, most of the U.S. Southwest—to discuss the invisible marbling of military & civilian airspace in the region; and we asked Light about his many projects, their different landscape emphases, the future of photography as a pursuit and profession, and what he might work on next. From SCUBA diving amidst the nuked ruins of WWII battleships in the most remote waters of the Pacific Ocean to spending years touching up and republishing photos of U.S. nuclear weapons tests for a spectacular and deeply unsettling book called 100 Suns, to his look at the Apollo program of the 1960s as an endeavor very much focused around the spatial experience of another landscape—the lunar surface—to his ongoing visual investigation of housing, urbanization, and rabid over-development in regions like Phoenix and Las Vegas, Light was never less than compelling.

Screen/Print: SOILED's "Windowscrapers"

Screen/Print is an experimentation in translation across media, featuring a close-up digital look at printed architectural writing. Divorcing content from the physical page, the series lends a new perspective to nuanced architectural thought. For this issue, we’re featuring SOILED magazine’s fourth issue, Windowscrapers. Do you run an architectural publication? Are you particularly excited about an upcoming periodical? If you’d like to submit a piece of writing to Screen/Print, please send us a message.

My Proust (Book) Questionnaire

Designers & Books has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time with a book version of the Proust Questionnaire. Like the original, the book version aims to reveal one's personality through pointed questions, in this case about one's favorites, collection, and habits. I've liked reading the responses that D&B has been posting throughout November, so I thought it would be fun to tackle all of the 25 questions (respondents at D&B have answered between 10 and 25). It ended up being more challenging than fun, but enjoyable nevertheless.1. Of these, your reading preference: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama:Nonfiction. I can't remember the last time I read anything else.2. Your favorite childhood book (or favorite childhood author):The books that come to mind from my childhood are those by Dr. Seuss and P.D. Eastman, like And To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street and Are You My Mother? As an adult, my favorite childhood books (for my daughter) are those by Mick Inkpen and Crockett Johnson, such as The Blue Balloon and Harold and the Purple Crayon.3. Your favorite book character:Enjil, the fictional master of numbers who believes that math need not be difficult, in Cecil Balmond's Number 9. 4. Your favorite book title (because you like the sound of it):All That Is Solid Melts into Air by Marshall Berman.5. A book you could never finish:Proust's multi-volume In Search of Lost Time (I've only finished volume one, Swann's Way).6. A book you will never start:William T. Vollmann's Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means, be it the 750-page or 3,300-page versions.7.

DVD + Book Review: Xmas Meier

Xmas Meier by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine
BêkaPartners, 2013
Book: Hardcover, 140 pages
DVD: All-Region PAL, 51 minutes



This is the fifth and last film in Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine's "Living Architectures" series that I've reviewed, following ones on Rem Koolhaas's Bordeaux Villa, a winery in Pomerol, France, designed by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, Frank Gehry's Guggenheim in Bilbao, and a trio of buildings designed by Renzo Piano. Xmas Meier is technically number three in what could be called the filmmaker's "trilogy in five parts," but given that Christmas comes in three days I held off on a review of it until now. That said, the holiday plays a small part in the film, occupying perhaps 5 of its 51 minutes, but it does give us a chance to see Richard Meier's Jubilee Church full of worshipers. The rest of the time we see the church from the point of view of the neighbors in Rome's Tor Tre Test neighborhood (one woman fell in love with it as she watched and documented it being built from her window, but one man hates it for the incessant bells that blare over any sound in his apartment proximate to the bell tower); we hear the priest go into a surprising level of detail on the building and its materials; and we hear from others who have devoted parts of their life to the church's existence.

Office with a sawtooth roof
 pays homage to a Dutch mill by Gerrit Rietveld

The jagged roof of this warehouse and office space in the Netherlands is designed to reference a 1950s weaving mill by Dutch architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld (+ slideshow). (more…)