True Adventures in Better Homes
- Here is a collision of two worlds: men’s adventure magazines or “sweats” meets Better Homes and Gardens. These photocollages are set against the backdrop of the McCarthy era, advertising, sexual repression, WWII and the Korean War. The cool, insular world of mid-century modern living glossed over all danger and darkness, which the heroic male fought off in every corner.
posted by Artw
on Apr 16, 2012 -
Have your Chipotle burrito at John Dos Passos
' house. Read Silent Spring
in Silver Spring
. You can now take a real or virtual walking tour of literary DC, from Roald Dahl
to Philip K. Dick
to Zora Neale Hurston
. Two DC-area poets have put together a compendium of 123 (and growing) residences in the DC area where novelists, poets, and playwrights plied their trade. The buildings may not all have plaques, but they are still standing: Dan Vera and Kim Roberts focused on
not "documenting what used to be here, but what people could actually go and take a look at."
posted by HonoriaGlossop
on Dec 18, 2011 -
With the economic downturn and a steady downward trend in family sizes
, the end of the McMansion
could be at hand. Some people are living in
and building tiny houses
) to decrease their impact on the environment, while others can't afford more (or wish to own something small instead of paying off something big). Sergio Santos
saw his small budget and limited space as a challenge
), maximizing his 77 square foot space as a bedroom, office, and mini-kitchen. Claire Wolf lists the four pieces of living small
: building, gadgeting, decorating, and coping. If these spaces are too small for you, Dan Maginn
suggest 900 square feet for a 2 bed, 2 bath house, and outlines how to design your own small home
(his tips: think "events" more than "rooms," and don't forget the cupboards and water heater closet).
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 1, 2009 -
"Future House Now
is dedicated to exploring ideas about better living in family homes that are affordable, modern, efficient, healthy, environmentally responsible and available today."
posted by dobbs
on Jun 4, 2007 -
Giant Concrete Caterpillar.
Driving on I35 south out of Dallas to Austin, you pass through Italy, Texas, and on the side of the road is Bruco
, the Texas Italian Caterpillar, and the home of the Monolithic Dome Institute
, makers of fine homes
, and churches
. These domes
and disaster resistant
. (See previous thread
). They also can be visually interesting
. These domes are concrete as opposed
to R. Buckminster Fuller
's Geodesic domes
, such as Epcot Center
or the incredibly interesting Eden Project
posted by dios
on Oct 10, 2006 -
The colour scheme throughout this bright, airy chalet is a light jade green. In outside rooms, like the sun-parlour, chairs and tables are of white plated cane. Here Hitler will read the home and foreign papers which his own air-pilot, Hansel Baur, brings him every day from Berlin before lunch.
Homes & Gardens magazine gushes
over the Führer's Bavarian pad, circa 1938. (via boingboing)
posted by gottabefunky
on Sep 12, 2003 -
"e-filing" your land transactions - could it streamline
a process that is quite cumbersome? 11 of the 21 counties in New Jersey are working to convert their current paper-based system of filings to an electronic format. Some say it would lower mortgage costs and time constraints because of the movement of paper. Some say it's a disaster waiting to happen. I think it would be an excellent move and would give NJ some first mover status (I think?) to be proud of.
posted by djspicerack
on Dec 23, 2002 -
Rich Man's Castle
- A Guardian
piece which suggests the introduction of land-zoning to ensure that all the prime pieces of land aren't snapped up for luxury, new build
homes and are instead designated for affordable housing. With UK house prices on an ever-upward
trajectory, it's unlikely that developers would embrace such a move. At least, not when there are masterpieces
posted by jonathanbell
on May 9, 2002 -
Palestinians Evicted From Homes in Dispute With Israeli Rightists
UN Security Council Resolution 446 "Determines that all measures taken by Israel to change the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure or status of the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, or any part thereof, have no legal validity and that Israel's policy and practices of settling parts of its population and new immigrants in those territories constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War and also constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;"
posted by aLienated
on Apr 25, 2002 -
Coca-Cola on tap at home?
New recipies that include "2 cups of Coca-Cola"? Taking this a step further makes it interesting, with all manner of juices being available on-call.
posted by pnevares
on Mar 19, 2001 -