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Paleo Retiree writes: Explore Angkor Wat. Racism or not? Are you a positive person or a negative person? Given how dull many jobs are, I’m surprised this kind of thing doesn’t happen a lot more often. Felix Baumgartner — the … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour: The Ventura Inn

Paleo Retiree writes: In the middle of Ventura, CA’s funky and not at all mall-like Historic Downtown Cultural District is this hardboiled-novel-worthy beauty. Fun tilework, dreamy colors, an excellent job of bringing the building right up to the sidewalk, as well … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour: Berlin Details

Paleo Retiree writes: A grab-bag of beautiful details from no-name buildings in Berlin: When was the last time you ooh’d and aah’d over the details on a modernist building? Would modernists have us think that details and ornaments are unimportant? … Continue reading

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Porches of Carpinteria

Paleo Retiree writes: Kicking around the town of Carpinteria, CA for a few days recently left me marveling at an architectural wonder too often taken for granted: the American porch. Carpinteria (or, as everyone calls it, “Carp”) is an idyllic … Continue reading

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Shocking Architectural Development

Paleo Retiree writes: In a daring editorial move that will unquestionably rock the world of architecture to its very core and cause all its fans and practitioners to re-evaluate their standards, tastes and practices, Architectural Digest has chosen to feature … Continue reading

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Then And Now: Parliament

Eddie Pensier writes: Old Parliament House, Canberra, 1927. Current Parliament House.

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A Playpen for Adults?

Paleo Retiree writes: During a cross-country trip the other day I found myself killing time at the Dallas airport. I looked up from my book and found that I was sitting by the side of a kind of central courtyard … Continue reading

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More Black Buildings

Paleo Retiree writes: Back here I pointed out how colorless most trendy contemporary buildings are. The percentage of chic buildings that are white, gray or black is amazingly huge once you 1) start noticing it and 2) start noticing how … Continue reading

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The Kind of Thing They’re Doing to Downtown

Paleo Retiree writes: Walking around the hipster downtown neighborhood of the Lower East Side the other evening, I ran across a construction site. Here’s a pic of what’s going up: For context’s sake — and, where architecture and urbanism go, … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Fate of the Ancient Library of Alexandria

epiminondas writes: There are a lot of theories about what happened to the great Library and Museum of Alexandria.  In fact there are three main theories.  But what is even more speculative are the fanciful ideas about what this library … Continue reading

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