‘Ornament Is Crime,’ Say Modernist Architects [Hyperallergic] ‘Minimalism is bullhockey,’ say grandmothers in bedazzled sweatshirts.
Complete Plans Revealed for the Former Fannie Mae Campus [Urban Turf DC] If this new neighborhood doesn’t incorporate “Fannie” into its name (Fannietown?), then the universe is not fair or just.
No One Has Yards Anymore [Trulia] I am in no way against yards, but I will say that when I had a tiny 5×5 front yard, its upkeep (meaning the neighbors’ nagging) caused me no end of anxiety. Maybe yards are overrated?
IKEA’s Flat-Packed Shelter Hut Wins Acclaim [Arch Daily] I know it’s technically for refugees, but I have friends in Baltimore who live in places way worse than one of these huts.
Wacky Photos of Soviet-Era Sanatoriums [The Guardian] What does it mean that harsh Soviet-era design has started to look hip and appealing? Probably just the natural cycle of nostalgia. (That, or a yearning to escape capitalism.)