The Peter Miller bookstore in downtown Seattle has one of the best collections of Architecture and Design books I've seen in one shop. The full collection isn't available on their site, so call or write if you're looking for something specific. 1930 First Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 +1.206.441.4114
Mithun Urban Farms
by Jacob Resneck
As myopic urban planners and developers pave over rich topsoil to create giant-box stores and auto malls in their pursuit of easy tax revenue and profits, a partnership of forward-looking architects have hatched a scheme to comingle agriculture with...
A fantastical mobile library with a conceptual twist
by Roman Espejo
No offense to bookmobiles, but Numabookface—part installation, part bookstore—ups the ante on mobile libraries. A collaboration between design collective Nam and specialty publisher Numabooks, the whimsical pop-up shop launched earlier...
by Jonah Samson
Justin Gibbens admits to having an "obsessive, unhealthy interest in all things that scamper and poke about in the thickets and undergrowth." Like most obsessive interests that are artfully managed with creativity, Gibbens has been able...
by Ami Kealoha
One-upping the generic prints that often hang inoffensively in hotel rooms and lobbies, more and more hotels add work by big name contemporary artists to their lists of amenities. These three destinations feature art by less flashy names, which makes...
Blackbird: Seattle Men's Shop
by Josh Rubin
In recent years, Ballard has become a destination Seattle neighborhood for those in the know, thanks to Scandinavian industrial charm, a few new bars, restaurants, a gallery, music stores and boutiques—including the standout men's clothing...
The Strong, Star-Bright Companions
Artist Ellen Lesperance weaves new meaning into knitwear with an exhibit honoring women activists
by Adrienne So
Fair Isle fans have long fetishized the winter staple, but Ellen Lesperance's upcoming exhibit at Seattle's Ambach & Rice Gallery explores the sweater as more than a cozy way to keep warm. Named "The Strong, Star-Bright Companions," after an elegiac...
Reversible Destiny Lofts
by Tim Yu
In 2005 architects Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins designed a building of nine apartments known as Reversible Destiny Lofts in Tokyo. Resembling a combination of Legos and fast food restaurant playgrounds (click image for detail), inside, each...
Chichu Art Museum
by Josh Spear
I haven't had the pleasure of traveling to Japan yet, but very soon I'll be going on a cool hunting adventure there-- and I don't know if I'll ever return! One place I must stop as I'm on tour around Japan is The Chichu Art Museum...
Carmody Groarke: Osnaburgh Street Pavilion
by Lost At E Minor
Carmody Groarke, a young British firm, just won an Architecture Foundation competition to design a new pavilion in Regent's Place, London. The firm is a finalist in BD's Young Architect Practice of the Year, and designed the pavilion to be...
The Poseidon Undersea Hotel
by Josh Spear
Poseidon. Rooms will be submerged 50 feet under the sea off Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. $1500 a night gets you a room at the bottom of the ocean, each room will be equipped with spotlights and control to release fish food to keep things entertaining...
Mill City Museum—Minneapolis
by Ari Bendersky
Mill City Museum, one of downtown Minneapolis's latest architectural achievements. Rather than completely erase the existence of the former flour-processing plant that was destroyed by fire in 1991, the new museum was constructed within the remaining...
Contemporary Art Museum: Niteroi, Rio, Brazil
by Josh Rubin
Oscar Niemeyer is undoubtedly Brazil's most influential modern architect. I was only able to see a small sampling of his work, but was blown away by the Contemporary Art Museum in Niteroi (outside of Rio). This Jetson's fabulous structure...