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Monday, June 7th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: The High Line

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Ah, The High Line. After years of following this project, from the fight to save it to the competition to the completion of part one, I FINALLY got to set foot on it! I’m so happy. This design is so genius, it might just be my favorite landscape architecture project of all time. In fact, at the moment, I can’t even remember what my old favorite was, isn’t that terrible?
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What’s so great about The High Line? Where to begin? I loved looking down on it from the 16th floor of The Standard. I loved seeing it from the street and thinking “I have GOT to get up there pronto!” I loved experiencing the city from that level, at eye-level with billboards, elevated cars, seeing building facades from a different height. I loved that at first glance one might be fooled into thinking the plantings were wild, but then upon seeing them seeing that they were carefully curated and that unseen maintenance was occurring. I loved all the different options for seating – some amphitheater style, some bistro tables, some lovely benches, some in the middle of a small grove.
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I loved the mix of materials and the overall railroad industrial aesthetic, and I especially loved the metal tracks that remained and reminded visitors what the history of this place was all about – better yet, I loved where the tracks veered off on little side exits into brick walls, which reminded me of the entire industrial system that used to exist – the rail cargo having a direct entrance into the factory buildings. When we all try to be greener, we should think of this true door-to-door delivery where a product could go from the source to the destination in one trip.
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Another thing that’s so interesting is that at one point in urban planning, skywalks were installed everywhere. This move was later blamed for the demise of street life in these areas. Conversely, the elevated public space of The High Line has made the neighborhood even more desirable and drawn even more business down at the street level on up. I’m nuts for this project. If you are too, you should become a friend of The High Line.

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

The Real Good Chair Experiment

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Blu Dot always catches my attention by doing something creative. Starting on Wednesday, they will begin The Real Good Chair Experiment, tracking Real Good Chairs on a journey through N.Y.C. You will be able to follow the chairs in real time here.

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Jeana of Dwell Studio in Martha Stewart Living

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I’m so glad I started following Dwell Studio on Twitter. Otherwise, I might have missed the blog post about Dwell Studio partner Jenna Chused’s feature in Martha Stewart Living! Her apartment is impeccable without being intimidating; for example, I love the way she used this school chart as art:

And I have some serious kitchen envy over this one. Wow, the power of a rug! This kitchen is strong like bull (as my father would say):

Check out the rest of the slideshow over at Martha’s place – I promise it will be worth your while! Also, you can get your own Dwell Studio style by browsing over here.

Photographs via marthastewartliving.com. Photographer name was not listed; if you know it, please comment so that I can add it to this post.

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

House Tours Online: New York Social Diary

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Where do you go for online house tours the most? I tend to browse The Selby for artistic inspiration, Apartment Therapy for the people who are just like you and me, POINTclickHOME for some American magazine style, Living etc. for that Euro flair and W for total fantasy. While it’s really hard to pick a favorite, the one I find myself anticipating new features from the most is New York Social Diary. I am currently dying over Izhar Patkin’s living space, and the interview that goes along with it is superb. Here’s a teaser; I highly recommend you check it out here A.S.A.P.! Here’s a teaser:

These NYSD features always seem to have the greatest outdoor areas as well:

all photos by Jeffrey Hirsch for New York Social Diary

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

STACKED!

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This month’s issue of Wallpaper* gets an A+. It has a nudie cover with a hidden message on it, some fashion, some Siza, some Danish design, Antoni Burakowski’s home, and it showed me this hotel for the first time:

It’s a hotel by VHM in Viana do Castelo, Portugal.

Wow, I am really drawn to this and I’m not sure why. Is it a fascination with this:

? Stacking seems to be a trend in architecture lately, including white gift boxes:

The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. And this glass box madness:

Have you seen any others around? Share with the class in the comments section!

You know what’s funny? As I linked over to my old posts after writing this post, I realize I am saying the same things over and over again without wavering in my opinions whatsoever, or even having a deja-vu that I’ve said it before! That really cannot be a good thing. I’d better start eating more brain food and doing crosswords.

  • Stacked Hotel photo by Dan Holdsworth for Wallpaper*
  • Jenga photo linked to source
  • New Museum photo from here.
  • 56 Leonard renderings via Curbed (head over there for a huge range of comments and opinions on this design), copyright Herzog and de Meuron, Basel 2008
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