9 Cool Houses with Movable Timber Facades [Architizer] Is this a “thing” now? I didn’t even know architecture had fads, much less what they were. This must be what old people feel like when they see facial piercings.
DC’s Future Monuments Will Blow Your Mind [Washington Post] Now that we’ve entered the super-polarized era of politics and we can’t build any monuments to people (can you imagine the uproar if they tried to put up a Clinton or a Reagan monument?), everything in the future will commemorate abstract things like “justice” and “otherness.” As I was typing that, I realized this is definitely going to be in an episode of “South Park.”
A Look at Obama’s Future Kalorama Home [Urban Turf DC] If the Obamas are going to be living in Kalorama, the daughters are definitely going to be hanging out in Adams Morgan. I already feel bad for the Secret Service minders and their vomit-splattered shoes.
China’s Futuristic Road-Straddling Bus Might Soon Be a Reality [Citylab] This is one of the most ingenious things I’ve seen in a long long time, but on the other hand, I can’t help but think that a super-bus that enables cars to continue dominating the roadways is sort of missing the point.
The “Airbnb for Castles” Lets You Rent Out Historic Landmarks [Fast Co.Design] Yes, these incredible castles are in the middle of nowhere, but still – think of the social media photo opportunities.
Why Subways In the Northeast US Are So Troubled [New York Times] I was going to criticize the governments of DC, NYC, and Boston for shortsightedly underinvesting in maintenance and repairs, but then I remembered that I never pay my bills until I get those yellow envelopes that say “FINAL NOTICE” on the front, so I guess I should just pipe down.