Montgomery Council approves White Flint redevelopment plan – washingtonpost.com

The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an ambitious plan to transform a huge chunk of Rockville Pike near White Flint into a vibrant, grand boulevard lined with small villages where residents can live, shop, walk and play.The plan relies on a belief by public officials that at least half of the estimated 50,000 people who eventually would work and possibly live in the area are willing to give up on cars for most of their travels.

via Montgomery Council approves White Flint redevelopment plan – washingtonpost.com.

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Advertising Misinformation: How to Fake a Business District | Design + Ideas on WU

When a city’s economy begins to fail, those in charge have some choices to make. Should they pump money into local businesses? Should they let the public see just how bad it’s getting? One town in England is taking a novel approach to the scores of closed-up shops on its main street: they’re putting up fake business fronts to make the shopping areas seem less deserted.

via Advertising Misinformation: How to Fake a Business District | Design + Ideas on WU.

Why Apple Should Buy Adobe

The rumors of Adobe being bought by Apple come up every so often. Apple could easily afford such a purchase and the results would be interesting. I would love to see Adobe restructured by a company like Apple. Adobe has many applications that are the gold standard but it seems to lack focus. These are my thoughts on what Apple could do with Adobe’s biggest apps and make everyone’s life a lot easier.

via Why Apple Should Buy Adobe.

Dezeen » Blog Archive » 860-880 Lake Shore Drive refurbishment by Krueck & Sexton

860-880, which was built between 1949 and 1951, consists of two 26-story, exposed steel and glass apartment towers set at right angles on an irregular travertine plaza. Based on ideas and theories Mies had been perfecting since his earliest days as an independent architect in 1920s Berlin, the buildings redefined highrise living for the post-war generation.

via Dezeen » Blog Archive » 860-880 Lake Shore Drive refurbishment by Krueck & Sexton.

21 Amazing Pool Ideas For Contemporary Houses

21 Amazing Pool Ideas For Contemporary Houses.

The ones that are located near the sea are particularly spectacular. We also like the wooden decks and the gazebos. Hope you will enjoy this display of elegance and design eccentricity and if you have any pool ideas you would like to share with us, don’t hesitate!

1000 Duany Shelters to be Donated to Haiti | Inhabitat

During his research, Duany says that his team was able to identify four separate classes of Haitians that live in very different ways, and that each home is tailored to their specific needs. To exemplify the model that will be donated, Duany’s revamped design for the since named “Le Cabanon,” home was prototyped and painted a pleasant aqua color for its unveiling last week at a press conference in Miami.

via 1000 Duany Shelters to be Donated to Haiti | Inhabitat.

Megacities Today, Rubble Tomorrow: Haiti, Chile as Architectural Wake-Up Call [UPDATE] | Architecture & Design | Fast Company

This week in The New York Times, Andrew Revkin published a wake-up call for megacities: Learn from Haiti; you might be next. And the problem is architecture. Earthquakes don’t kill people, he says. Buildings do. “In recent earthquakes, buildings have acted as weapons of mass destruction,” Roger Bilham, a seismologist who Revkin interviews, wrote in Nature. Most of the buildings in the world’s fastest-growing cities are “rubble in waiting.”

via Megacities Today, Rubble Tomorrow: Haiti, Chile as Architectural Wake-Up Call [UPDATE] | Architecture & Design | Fast Company.