Architecture

Architecture and engineering feats discovered through travel, ranging from the ancient ruins of Buddhist temples, to contemporary city skylines.

Architecture Latin America Nature
Colours of Cuba
March 30, 2017
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Colours of Cuba
The colours of Cuba are a palette of vibrant pastels faded under the Caribbean sun, maybe a metaphor for the country itself. Sorbet hues of tropical sea inspired green-blues and blue-greens shine alongside blushing pinks, terracotta oranges and mellow yellows. While admiring this seemingly idyllic, multi-hued haven – it pays to keep in mind the […]
Architecture Travel
Creative Corners – Things to do in Singapore
March 9, 2017
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Creative Corners – Things to do in Singapore
Singapore, affectionately known as the Red Dot, is unique to the world as the only island city-state. The island nation known for Hianese Chicken Rice and Tiger Beer is worth a brief visit, but you need to know what you’re looking for – that’s where I’m here to help.
Architecture Nature
Duende on the Darling Downs: An Adventure at Home
February 2, 2017
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Duende on the Darling Downs: An Adventure at Home
Living in a country different from the one you grew up in gives you a whole new perspective on your homeland. It’s easy to get lazy when you’re at home and put off exploring new places to another day, because they will always be there right? Then a time comes when you might move away […]
Architecture North America
The Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County
November 24, 2016
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The Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County
I have a confession to make – I’ve never seen the film “Bridges of Madison County.” I was made to read the book in year 12 English class, and I could not fathom what was so romantic about an extra-marital affair. In fact, I don’t think I even finished reading the book – sorry Mrs […]
Architecture Latin America
Cuban Architecture: Doors of Delight
November 10, 2016
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Cuban Architecture: Doors of Delight
One of the wondrous and most magical things about Cuba is its architecture. Few buildings are fortunate enough to be maintained or restored, but even in their dilapidated and decaying state, the beauty of the remaining structure shines through. Colonial Spanish and French, Moorish, Gothic, Romanesque, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mid-century Modernism are all represented […]
Architecture
Saving Mim’s House
September 21, 2016
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Saving Mim’s House
Somewhere along the chocolate painted wooden fence is a gate, barely noticeable unless you’re looking for it. With a click of the old iron latch you find yourself inside. A short wooden walkway will lead you to the back door and there you sound the bell waiting to be let into the kitchen with the […]
Architecture Latin America Nature The Arts
Style Profile: Roberto Burle Marx
August 18, 2016
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Style Profile: Roberto Burle Marx
I first discovered Roberto Burle Marx on a quest to learn about Rio’s mosaic sidewalks. What a superstar I found! He’s not only responsible for those gorgeous decorative mosaics, but over two-thousand garden designs across twenty countries. Not to mention the inspired jewellery collections, theatre sets and costumes, art and tapestries he designed or created […]
Architecture North America
Exploring the Diversity of Philadelphia’s Architecture
June 9, 2016
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Exploring the Diversity of Philadelphia’s Architecture
Whether you’re the French Imperialist or Greek Revival type, an Art Deco modernist or Federation fanatic, Philadelphia’s architecture has something for you. Not only does Philadelphia showcase a variety of styles, it pays close attention to detail. I like detail, especially in the visual sense. Some would call me meticulous, others persnickety, either way I […]
Architecture Design
Kawara: Decoding Roof Tiles of Japan
May 12, 2016
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Kawara: Decoding Roof Tiles of Japan
Kawara, traditional roof tiles of Japan, not only keep the rain out, they have personality, meaning and spiritual symbolism. You cannot travel to Japan without noticing the tidiness, attention to detail and deliberate use of design to improve the look of dull and everyday objects to create a beautiful living environment. Whether it is a carefully […]
Architecture North America
How I Found The Perfect Souvenir in NYC
April 14, 2016
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How I Found The Perfect Souvenir in NYC
What kind of souvenir brings joy to an arts loving, interiors geek and design nerd with a serious environmentalist streak? One with a history, a story, is recycled, has a practical application and yet fulfills my love of shiny pretty things. No this isn’t a figment of my imagination, this perfect souvenir (or at least perfect […]
Architecture North America
Eerily Photogenic – Eastern State Penitentiary
April 7, 2016
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Eerily Photogenic – Eastern State Penitentiary
Look for things to do in Philadelphia and Eastern State Penitentiary will be in the top 10 recommendations for the city of brotherly love. Surprisingly the former jailhouse is one #dirtyprettyplace.
Architecture North America
Sorbet SoBe – South Beach Art Deco
March 31, 2016
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Sorbet SoBe – South Beach Art Deco
Financially and let’s face it, probably emotionally, cut-off by a clearly homophobic father, Leonard Horowitz arrived in Miami from New York in 1976 to live with his mum. This wasn’t his first trip to Miami, but it was the first time he intended to stay. Horowitz and his partner in pastel-painted crime, Barbara Capitman, bonded over mutual […]