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The Vision of a Blind Architect

A San Francisco architect who developed sudden blindness has carved out a successful career as a consultant to architectural firms. Shortly before he was laid off, Downey had found a blind computer scientist who had devised a way to print online maps through a tactile printer; it worked for architectural drawings too… then I realized that [...]

Gundam Building

The Gundam Building in Tokyo is deliberately designed to look like a Gundam. It houses the Aoyama Technical College. Makoto Sei Watanabe built it in 1990 as a vision of what he saw as the future of urban architecture. Link via DVICE | Photo by the architect

Kid’s Bedroom Has Giant Slide to the Kitchen

Here’s every kid’s dream: A house in Jakarta, designed by Indonesian architect Aboday, features a spiral concrete slide so the family kid can get down to the kitchen from his bedroom in a jiffy! Don’t you wish your parents were this hip? Link | More at Dezeen

End-Cut Log Cabin

Architect Piet Hein Eek built this log cabin as a study for musician Hans Liberg in the Dutch town of Hilversum. Rather than build log walls perpendicular to each other, two sides consist of exterior end cuts. You can view an extensive photo gallery (inside and out) at the link. Link via Make

Drive-In Auto Museum

Last year, the Jiangsu Head Investment Group and the government of Nanjing, China held a competition for designing a museum for the automobile’s history and achievements. Italian architect Francesco Gatti and his team won with this entry featuring an interactive element: you drive into the museum. The architect describes the museum as a “movie sequence in [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Facts About the U.S. Capitol Building

I admit it – I’m reading the new Dan Brown book. I feel like I should be a little bit embarrassed, but it’s the fastest-selling adult novel of all time, so obviously I’m in good company. In case you’re not familiar, The Lost Symbol involves the typical Robert Langdon-style hunt for clues and symbols through [...]