GREEN ARCHITECTURE ENVY: TIMBER TOWER TORONTO

Screenshot 2017-08-30 10.30.21

Architects love sharp lines and modern design. They like crisp edges and clean slates. However, their admiration for geometric –esque buildings doesn’t mean that they don’t appreciate the softer, more lively things. In other words, just because architects are the masterminds behind skyscrapers doesn’t mean they can’t also value a balance – they, for instance, might be tree-huggers who just happen to have a special place in their heart for wood stacked neatly with a purpose. In fact, more often than ever before, nature is a factor in the world of architecture. There are gardens to consider, public spaces to plan, and,not to mention, environmental crisis to curb. GREEN ARCHITECTURE ENVY: TIMBER TOWER TORONTO

“This roof deck is seriously huge though, coming in at 1250 square feet.  That figure made me curious how much square footage I have in my apartment, and if it’s larger or smaller than this roof deck, but I stopped halfway through my calculations because quite frankly if I discovered that my entire apartment is less spacious than this house’s roof deck, then I would have to acknowledge, finally and conclusively, that something in my life went terribly wrong, at which point there would be only one thing for me to do – sue my parents for having me.”

“This roof deck is seriously huge though, coming in at 1250 square feet.  That figure made me curious how much square footage I have in my apartment, and if it’s larger or smaller than this roof deck, but I stopped halfway through my calculations because quite frankly if I discovered that my entire apartment is less spacious than this house’s roof deck, then I would have to acknowledge, finally and conclusively, that something in my life went terribly wrong, at which point there would be only one thing for me to do – sue my parents for having me.”

STOP AT THE OCTAGON MUSEUM FOR A TASTE OF LOCAL HISTORY

You may have walked right by the Octagon Museum without even noticing it on your way to sexier D.C. historic spots, like the White House or DAR Constitution Hall. Once you get those out of your system though, stop at this small but important structure — one of the first homes built in Washington, D.C. STOP AT THE OCTAGON MUSEUM FOR A TASTE OF LOCAL HISTORY

¡LATIN FIESTA 2017 MUY DIVERTIDA!

D.C. may be known as the city where everyone works 24/7, more devoted to their Blackberrys than their significant others, sleeping with them every night without fail. But we know how to have fun here too — you just have to pay attention to find out where the party is. And because this is such a cosmopolitan city that so many ethnic groups call home, we’re not stuck eating the same kind of food at every festival. ¡LATIN FIESTA 2017 MUY DIVERTIDA!

THE UGLIEST BUILDINGS IN THE WORLD

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but ugly is universal.  Is that a saying?  That should be a saying.  It’s true when it comes to buildings, anyway.  While there are certain architectural novelties that the culture may have soured on – Brutalism, for example – we can all imagine a time and circumstance in which big concrete cubes and slabs probably looked pretty cool.  Truly ugly buildings, though, you just slap yourself on the forehead and say, why?!  Put on your snickerin’ pants, and let’s look at some of the most ill-conceived and derided buildings in the world.

THE UGLIEST BUILDINGS IN THE WORLD