BRICK BY BRICK: ARCHITECTURE WITH LEGOS

Most of us have been privy to the raw power of the best building block in the world: the Lego. They come in almost any size and color imaginable and can help you create just about anything: a castle, a spaceship, a jungle, a bridge…the possibilities are virtually endless. As we grow up, though, we (sadly) don’t get enough time to sit cross-legged on the floor and dream up our next masterpiece. The Museum of Science and Industry out of Chicago, however, understands the world’s affinity for Legos and the creativity they cultivate. Hence their project and exhibit, “Brick by Brick.” BRICK BY BRICK: ARCHITECTURE WITH LEGOS

HOW TO JAZZ UP YOUR MUNDANE INTERIOR

Many of us dream of living in a spacious home or apartment with big windows, an open floor plan and interesting architectural features like exposed brick or interior columns.

Alas, we are stuck instead in boxy, dark spaces with cheap wallboard and Corian. But the neighborhood is great, it’s close to work and it comes with a parking space, so we don’t want to move.

What to do?

Fake it! HOW TO JAZZ UP YOUR MUNDANE INTERIOR

McDUFFIE BILL PUSHES FOR MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR DC FAMILIES

“Despite our focus on affordable housing, people have felt left out, specifically families that already live in the District.” Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, 2017

Kenyan McDuffie, photo by Carolyn Kaster

Whether you take the bus, hop in an Uber, or walk as your primary mode of transportation throughout the nation’s capital, it is hard to NOT notice the monstrous construction cranes piercing the skyline. Almost every week, it seems as though there is yet again another crane, popping up like weeds, commissioned by the big developer names in DC. It is evident that the DC housing market is booming and developers are making the right moves to leverage this profitable trend. McDUFFIE BILL PUSHES FOR MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR DC FAMILIES

DON’T GO TO THIS INCREDIBLE RENAISSANCE FAIR AN HOUR FROM DC

IMG_5833No seriously, don’t go.  I mean, yeah, it’s surreal and incredible and one-of-a-kind, but it’s also private property, with “No Trespassing” signs posted everywhere, and actively being used by a “hunting club,” which is a term used for packs of men tromping through the woods and firing high-powered rifles at the slightest movement.  The cops also check in on the place regularly.  So yeah, don’t go.  However, if you did manage to sneak in, you’d see one of the best abandoned sites on the east coast.  (Don’t do it, though.) DON’T GO TO THIS INCREDIBLE RENAISSANCE FAIR AN HOUR FROM DC

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS FOR MOUNT VERNON TRIANGLE PARKING DECK AND COBB PARK

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High-rise residential units, community retail, and lots of interactive green space are the highlights of several developers who have proposed ideas for the redevelopment of the parking deck at 2nd and K Streets NW in the Mount Vernon Triangle of Ward 6.

This site lies, “directly above the I-395 freeway, bounded by 2nd Street NW to the east, H Street NW to the south, 3rd Street NW to the west, and K Street NW to the north”. DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS FOR MOUNT VERNON TRIANGLE PARKING DECK AND COBB PARK

HOTEL HIVE: A NEW COZY NEST IN FOGGY BOTTOM

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The new Hotel Hive is creating quite a buzz in Foggy Bottom.

The 83-room hotel offers tourists and business travelers to D.C. an affordable, chic option with its selection of mico-rooms ranging from 125 to 250 square feet.

“It’s a great value for the working-class person,” said Gordon P. Buist, chief operating officer at Abdo Development, the firm that built the hotel. Room rates start at $100. HOTEL HIVE: A NEW COZY NEST IN FOGGY BOTTOM