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Sustainable Refreshment

Given the feeling of helpless hopelessness as we watch what’s unraveling in Washington these days–with special dismay for what’s coming at the EPA– it is uplifting to read about innovative projects which mitigate pollution while also looking gorgeous. So, first we had green roofs and still they’re a long way from being “common”.  In Portland, … Continue reading

architectural models / Architecture / building design / scale models / united arab emirates / Urban Planning

UAE also delivers a wow in architectural modeling

I can remember occasions growing up when my architect uncle would allow us to see models of schools or houses he was designing.  All the carefully cut out and painted trees, walls, “gravel” driveways, windows, etc… Well, in with the new—these models by Abu Dhabi-based 3dr Models are big attention getters with interest well-beyond the … Continue reading

Architecture / British History / Cities / London / photography / Urban Planning

The London You Wouldn’t Recognize–Fab Photos & Narrative

photo courtesy: wired.London.UK This montage story was a link just waiting to be shared!  Thank you BBC.  Enjoy a well-done narrative recap of London across historical periods, describing how the burgeoning population, trends of commerce and business regulation, entertainment and architecture are driving the thriving growth and design of one of the world’s greatest cities. Continue reading

Architecture / design / Dubai / homes / Innovation

Dubai’s Next Shangri-La Project Realized

From the underwater restaurant at Burj Al Arab building, to underwater living, Dubai is ever topping itself for wow-power contemporary lodging/dining experiences. This one even includes a dose of marine conservation.  Of course, most of the units are already sold.  And, finally someone has built the bathtub view I’ve always dreamed of having–and it’s not … Continue reading

Architecture / art / Arts & Culture / Culture / Curiosities / Economic Development / Innovation / International / Middle East / Museums / urban design

Saadiyat–The Island of Happiness for Culture Vultures

 When I first launched Curated Eclectica, I chose as my background theme my favorite culture creation project in the world: the Saadiyat Island project–a museum mecca extraordinaire, which the New York Times called “A Cultural Xanadu.”   I first was delighted to discover this project upon visiting a scale model exhibit at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and … Continue reading