The Scalelessness of Contemporary Chinese Architecture [Arch Daily] What does it mean that the most oppressive countries – China, the former USSR and East Germany, to name a few – often have the coolest architecture?
Here’s What Metro Center Looked Like In 1935 [Ghosts of DC] Look at all those awnings. Were curtains really that much of a technological advance? It’s mind-blowing that we somehow invented the car before getting around to coming up with a solution for too much sun coming into your room.
The 10 Best Homes In DC Under $200K [Curbed DC] If you were set to buy a $2 million home, you should absolutely consider buying all ten of these $200,000 homes instead. Of course, this kind of thinking is probably the reason I can’t afford a $2 million home.
A Trail Linking NoMa to National Arboretum Is In the Works [Greater Greater Washington] These commenters make a good point that will presumably be addressed before this trail is completed – the National Arboretum, at present, has all the charm of a state penitentiary. Which is a shame, because it’s pretty cool once you get past all the locked iron gates and sternly-worded signs.
A Brief History of Duck Boat Tours [Citylab] What’s the more embarrassing tour vehicle to be seen in/on – the duck boat, or the Segway? A debate for the ages.
Microsoft to Build $500M “Smart City” In Ashburn [Washington Business Journal] Hmm, this could be a factor if the R******s NFL team decides to stay in Ashburn, instead of seeking a new stadium in DC. Whew, if Ashburn had Microsoft and the NFL, it really would be the squarest city in the US.