THE BEST ABANDONED BUILDINGS IN (OR NEAR) DC

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Weirdly enough, I’ve dated several women who were into “urban exploration,” i.e. breaking into abandoned buildings.  I don’t know what this says about me, or them for that matter, except possibly that we both shared an enthusiasm for dark crevices.  But after I was dragged along on several of these nocturnal expeditions (breaking into an abandoned insane asylum is no fun in the daylight, after all), I warmed to it.  Urban exploration combines the transgressive appeal of the criminal act, with the childlike wonder of exploration, though I suppose you could say the same thing about some sex acts. THE BEST ABANDONED BUILDINGS IN (OR NEAR) DC

THE YOUNG AND THE TASTELESS: INSIDE THE HOMES OF DC PRO ATHLETES

You know how when you go to an architect’s home, it’s always beautifully designed and meticulously decorated?  The athlete’s house is the opposite of that.  Pro athletes make millions of dollars but their homes invariably look like they were created by a Windows XP program called “House Generator.”  You can’t even really hate these houses, because they don’t have any qualities to object to.  THE YOUNG AND THE TASTELESS: INSIDE THE HOMES OF DC PRO ATHLETES

CHARMING AND USEFUL CARDBOARD BUILDINGS: WIKKELHOUSE AND MORE

One wonderful innovation that is picking up steam and worldwide recognition is known as the Wikkelhouse.

Fiction Factory’s Wikkelhouse

It’s a compact but attractive and sturdy house that is made of cardboard, or to be more precise, virgin fiber paperboard sourced from Scandinavian trees. The company that creates them, Fiction Factory, believes in sustainable building practices and plants trees to offset their wood use. Wikkelhouses are straightforward, durable, charming, and versatile. CHARMING AND USEFUL CARDBOARD BUILDINGS: WIKKELHOUSE AND MORE