DC is the memorial city. The name’s not inscribed on our coins or written anywhere of importance, but ask almost anyone; it’s common knowledge. Our lawns are overcome with odes to fallen soldiers, nods to great generals, and lasting pieces of art depicting heroes of times gone past. If you’ve been on the DC scene for a while, you might even take a stroll past the Lincoln Memorial or the Vietnam Wall for granted. But, if you take the time peer up into the eyes of America’s roots or run your hands along the Wall and take in the atrocities of where we have been and what we have lost, we might come to the agreement that the statue-esque aspects of this city are in the end, quite inspiring. And DC’s memorial game is far from over. In fact, some might say our city is just getting started. … DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER MEMORIAL
If you’ve ever felt bad about your student loan balance, or the pesky disconnection notices Pepco keeps sending you (I’ll pay when I feel like it!), or that credit card bill you stopped paying off that’s the reason you never answer a call from an unknown number, well, keep in mind that some deadbeat in New York City recently lost a $51 million condo to foreclosure. Next to that, your debt troubles are a drop in the ocean. … THE SECOND LARGEST FORECLOSURE IN HISTORY JUST GOT AUCTIONED OFF FOR (MILLIONS OF) PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR
We might all have different taste in design – some like the modern, sharp, and edgy lines while others like the homey, traditional, and historic. The debate for colorful vs. traditional will never be settled. But, the variety in design is what makes it so intriguing and necessary – it’s personal and unpredictable, all at once. Architecture is especially interesting because it’s where we do. I use the word “do” intentionally, of course, because it is all encompassing. It’s where we do the living, the working, the eating, the talking, the idea generating…we shape buildings and then they, it seems, shape us.
Despite how many beautiful architectural creations exist, however, they can be hard to document. Buildings can come off as cold or uninviting. Sharp lines can get lost when they meet gray skies. Something so inspiring in person can come off as drab once seen through the lens. Fear not, though. As with anything, there are people who are the exception. The bold few that can capture a building and do it justice. Architect photographers.… ARCAID’S ARCHITECTURAL PHOTO AWARDS: FINDING THE BEST SNAPSHOTS OF BUILDINGS WORLDWIDE
Have you ever fantasized about the future? What do you envision? Is it flying cars or vacation destinations in space? Cupcakes without calories or dustless Cheetos? Whatever it is, it’s nothing like we’re used to, that’s for sure. While it might seem like the earth (and humanity as we know it), is gallivanting, seemingly unaware, toward certain disaster and possible extinction, there are small clues, and glimmers of hope here and there, subtly pointing out that all is not lost. One could argue that MIT is the source of 90% of those clues, but hey, we can’t all be geniuses ensuring a better tomorrow. One of their latest inventions that screams “FUTURE” and assures that if we are to keep going, it’s going to at least be cool, is a Robotic Apartment-in-a-Box. … MIT’S LATEST: AN APARTMENT-IN-A-BOX
If you’ve ever sold your house, you know how hard it is to stage the photos just right. No pets, no people, no sign of human habitation – oh, but make it look warm and inviting! It’s tough. But I’m sure you did a great job. Unless one of the houses below is yours, in which case you did an absolutely terrible job and should feel absolutely terrible. Note: As you chuckle at these photos, keep in mind that in this market, the people who used these photos probably still sold the place in a matter of days and walked away with a literal briefcase full of cash. … THESE ARE DEFINITELY THE WORST REAL ESTATE PHOTOS ON THE INTERNET
If you’re the type of person who fantasizes about building their own home, perhaps of the domed variety, you may want to consider using AirCrete. DomeGaia, a company which specializes in DIY domes, aims to make AirCrete, AKA aerated, foam or cellular concrete, accessible and manageable for anyone. … AIRCRETE DOMES ARE LOVELY DIY HOMES