Posts Tagged ‘architecture’


Where am I staying?

August 23, 2020

“Dust off those membership cards for a sleepover inside the world’s last BLOCKBUSTER,” the Airbnb listing reads. “When you call dibs on this stay, you’re booking a night back in the 90s, but this time you won’t have to beg your parents to rent the latest horror flick—we’ll give you the keys to the entire store!”

The Airbnb host and manager of the last Blockbuster store in Bend, Oregon is letting three groups of Blockbuster customers spend a night in the last remaining movie rental location in Bend, Oregon. These ‘90s-themed sleepovers will take place over three days, from Sept. 18 through 20, and those who partake will be given the keys to the store and have free rein to watch any classic flick of their choosing.

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Made me giggle

July 7, 2020

And speaking of statues . . .

These Guardians of Transportation attend the Hope Memorial Bridge connecting Cleveland’s east and west sides.  The scale of these monumental pylons make them difficult to photograph, but I remember being captivated by the detail and art deco loveliness when I was still a kid and we drove across the bridge.  The carved figures are on both sides of the four pylons.  The guardians each hold a symbol of transportation in their hands.

The Casual Observer - One of the sculpted towers of the ...

THE GUARDIANS OF TRAFFIC The Lorain-Carnegie Bridge ...

I would hate to see what these guys could do if they decided to strike back at the statue topplers.



Musical physics

May 6, 2020


How do you build happy?

April 13, 2020

“In Tianshui, China, a clear dome casts sunlight onto 483 polychromatic glass panels lining a kindergarten’s windows, railings, and doorways. It gives the spacious building a kaleidoscopic effect, refracting varying hues onto the white walls and minimalist wood furnishings. “Color shades can grow and shrink as colors overlap and become different colors, or move from a vertical plane to a horizontal plane and back again,” architect Keiichiro Sako wrote on Instagram. “I hope that spending childhood in this beautiful light will foster the creativity of the children.””

To me it looks like the perfect kindergarten.

from Colossal


How cool is this?

March 4, 2020

“An imaginative new approach to bridge-building was demonstrated for the first time in Austria last week, where engineers have connected the opposing sides of two rivers with a novel construction method likened to opening an umbrella. These unfolding bridges promise a number of benefits over traditional techniques, saving considerable time, money and impact on the local landscape.”

Engineers at TU Wien have demonstrated a new bridge construction technique likened to unfolding an umbrella

Tu Wien's unfolding bridges offer a number of benefits over traditional techniques, saving considerable time, money and impact on the local landscape

New Atlas


Happy Monday

November 25, 2019


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Where am I sleeping?

October 23, 2019

A Touchdown Stay in the Goodyear Blimp

For a limited time, you can reserve a night on the Goodyear blimp, Wingfoot One through Airbnb.

Accommodations include a comfy living room and sleeping space.  The listing notes that it also includes hangers, wifi and free parking.

What the reservation does not include, however is a ride on blimp . . . or a bathroom, apparently.

But, if you act fast, it does include a ticket to the Michigan State – Notre Dame football game.

A Touchdown Stay in the Goodyear Blimp

A Touchdown Stay in the Goodyear Blimp

A Touchdown Stay in the Goodyear Blimp

A Touchdown Stay in the Goodyear Blimp


Whose birthday am I noting today?

June 8, 2019

Today is Frank Lloyd Wright’s 152nd birthday.  Every year on his birthday, the folks at Taliesin and Taliesin West bake this cake, his favorite, in his memory. Now you can, too.

Birthday Cake-June 8th-Frank Lloyd Wright

Serving size: Makes 16 servings

Butter and flour 2 bread loaf pans and line the bottoms with waxed paper.

9 eggs (separated)
1 1/3 C sugar
1 1/3 C cake flour (sift four times)
1/4 t cream of tartar
Pinch salt

Have eggs at room temperature. Separate eggs. Beat the egg yolks well. Add sugar gradually and beat until light and foamy. Add cake flour. Set aside.

Beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt until stiff, but do not over beat. Fold egg whites into the batter by hand. Pour the batter into pans and bake at 300 degrees for 40-60 minutes. When cakes are done, remove from pans and cool completely on racks.


20 oz. strawberry jam
8 oz. walnuts (finely ground)
8 walnut halves for garnish


1 qt. whipping cream 
1/4 C confectioner’s sugar

Beat whipping cream until thick , add sugar and continue to beat until stiff.

Chocolate sauce:

1 t butter
2 oz. baker’s chocolate
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water

Frank Lloyd Wright 150th birthday celebration at Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin, Saturday June 3, 2017. / (c) Mark Hertzberg

Mix ingredients and cook until well blended and slightly thickened. Cool.

To assemble cake: Cut the cooled loaves in half lengthwise. On lower layers spread generously with filling: layer of strawberry jam, layer of ground walnuts, and a layer of whipping cream. Cover with the remaining loaf halves. Frost the top and sides of the cakes with whipping cream.

Pour the cooled chocolate sauce over the cake in an open, lacelike pattern, not solidly covering whipped cream. More chocolate than white should be showing, with some dribbling over the sides of the cake. Garnish with edible flowers if desired.


Where am I living now?

January 7, 2019


I found this little gem of a photo series on my weekly fish through the LIFE archives, accompanied by just a few clues to the full story behind it. Filed under “Underground House in Denver, photographed in 1964 by Robert W Kelley”, I did a quick Google search of underground homes built or exhibited in 1964. The most relevant result I found was the Wikipedia page of an American businessman and philanthropist called Girard B. Henderson, who pioneered underground living and sponsored the Underground Home exhibit at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. But he also built homes in Colorado and Las Vegas, the latter of which you might remember we visited when it re-surfaced on the real estate market in 2013 for $1.7 million.

checking conditions outside

reblogged from messynessychic

Where am I living archives



Why am I saying, “wow?”

December 27, 2018

As someone who has trouble getting her eye makeup on straight, I am in awe of the level of detail in these miniature sculptures by Matthew Simmonds.

His sculptures take a minimum of three weeks to complete, however they can span several months depending on the complexity and size. “The longest I’ve ever worked on a single piece of stone was when I made Windows in 2017,” explains Simmonds. “There was around 180 days, or nine months, of carving time with more time spent on research and design.”  from Colossal