Bezos bought his new home (one of several he has purchased across the country in recent years) from producer David Geffen, who bought the estate for $47.5 million in 1990. The home, which was built as a Spanish Colonial Revival, was converted into a Georgian mansion during the Great Depression by movie mogul Jack Warner. Here are a few of the most ridiculous things about the Spanish-Georgian architectural mashup. … [Read more...] about The 3 most ridiculous things about Jeff Bezos’s new $165 million mansion
You stand in front of a large digital screen that cycles through life-sized silhouettes of human bodies in different positions. Strike a pose in front of the motion sensors, and Gesture Match will cycle through its catalog of gestures to connect your posture to a piece of design. Raise up both arms, and a magazine cover from the collection featuring a doll in a similar position will appear. Pretend to drink something, and it will bring up a set of cups. Raise one hand up to the ceiling, and a lightbulb–the kind you might twist out of a fixture above your head–shows up. A dancing position reveals a historic drawing of a mansion room–“this bathroom is big enough for a dance party,” the description reads. … [Read more...] about The 5 Coolest Things About The Revamped Smithsonian Design Museum
And it sounded like they were very close to wrapping up an investigation and punishing the bank. And then Trump gets sworn into office and the investigation goes silent. And initially people at Deutsche Bank, who had braced themselves for the punishment and for it to be quite large and quite damaging publicly. And at first they figured that this is just the product of one administration transitioning to another. And that it’s a matter of time—and the weeks pass and the months pass and a year passed and still nothing. Just complete radio silence. And at this point, a lot of people within the bank have breathed a sigh of relief that this has essentially gone away in the Trump administration. And I think the view from some people I’ve spoken to is that it is not a coincidence, that there is a belief in some quarters, I know there’s a belief in some parts of the bank, that Trump viewed Deutsche Bank and Russia as completely off limits. … [Read more...] about The journalist who revealed the secrets of Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank
Because aesthetics and symbolism are so central to classical architecture, the buildings – almost by definition – are more costly and less energy efficient than so-called “high-performance buildings,” which focus on cost-effectiveness, safety, sustainability and accessibility, in addition to aesthetics. Through organizations such as the National Institute of Building Sciences and their Whole Building Design Guide, the federal government has, in recent years, been working to produce advanced buildings that set standards for the industry and the world. … [Read more...] about Was Trump’s draft order on classical buildings really about Obama?
The Sims 4 became available in 2014 and is the fourth iteration of The Sims, the popular video game that encourages players to imitate life through art and design. Users create simulated characters that look like real-life people, and are able to vicariously—and virtually—live life through them. While much of the game revolves around coexisting with other Sims and handling day-to-day tasks, players also have the opportunity to become novice architects. After all, people need shelter—and it’s best if it’s well-designed. … [Read more...] about An architect built the ‘Parasite’ house from scratch in ‘Sims 4,’ and it’s amazing