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
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 live and work in the city – or live in the city and work on the outskirts – or vice versa, you have commuter stories. Or, put in other words, if the city is part of your commute, then your commute is more of an event than routine. You know that nothing is truly as predictable as it seems and that anything (but most likely some presidential shenanigans) could throw your whole morning into a tizzy. So, sometimes commuting can feel like more of an obstacle than anything else. And spilling your coffee one morning might seem like a total bummer, or missing your train could make you spew a few choice curse words…but could there be beauty in the commute, too? … COMMUTERS CAUGHT ON CAMERA: ARTWORK BY PETER FUNCH
If you’re not doing stuff for free in DC, you’re doing it wrong. Seriously, though…while DC can have you pinching pennies, it’s also pretty phenomenal in terms of free entertainment and resources. Whether it’s a park, museum, art gallery, monument…you can find something to do without swiping your credit card. Case in point: The National Gallery of Art.… ART IN THE DISTRICT: RINEKE DIJKSTRA
Instagram is a constant reminder that I could, in fact, be cooler. Maybe if I just eat enough scrumptious looking brunches…
When Instagram isn’t taunting me with the fact that I’m not having a grand, far-flung adventure on a random Tuesday afternoon, or making me second guess my belief that yeah, leggings are pants, while simultaneously confirming that the amount of stretch clothing items have isn’t equal to their fashion credence, then it can actually be a wonderful thing. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it’s one of the best ways to get connected to the city and discover new things you want to explore, hidden gems you want to peruse, and things you want to consume. … WHICH DC INSTAGRAMMERS DESERVE YOUR DOUBLE TAPS