The Brooklyn Eagle gets its hands on new renderings of Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, a new riverfront recreation area designed by none other than Denmark-born sustainable hedonist and architectural it-boy, Bjarke Ingels. The tourist-magnetizing centerpiece of the daring Dane's new park will be a "triangular wood-covered platform that lifts off from a corner of the pier at the water's edge like a barely tethered magic carpet."
Architizer has the 411 on passive solar design in an article that's light on technical info, heavy on pretty architectural photos.
The Los Angeles Times chats with Los Angeles Conservancy' Adrian Scott Fine regarding a monumental occasion for Southern California conservationists and architecture buffs: a total of 10 modernist homes built around L.A. county and beyond by a slew of now-iconic architects (Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koeing, just to name a few) as part of Art & Architecture magazine's Case Study program (1945-1966) have just been added to the National Register of Historic Places. However, as Fine explains, a listing does not necessarily render these influential homes immune from the wrecking ball: "Any building on the National Register could, in theory, be demolished. There are different types of designation for historic buildings from the national level down to the local level. It’s most often the local designation that provides real protection. However, we hope that knowing these houses have achieved this level of distinction, homeowners wouldn’t do something that would be detrimental to the home."
The Billfold reviews a pile of receipts for an examination of the true cost of a home canning operation (in Ball jar-deprived New York City, anyway).
Curbed announces the return (kind of) of beloved, DIY-heavy shelter mag, Domino, after it folded three years ago, making a bunch of people super-duper sad. Actually, this would be second reincarnation of the title after a non-subscription seasonal exercise in regurgitation dubbed Domino Quick Fixes launched last year. This time around, Domino would be a quarterly with an e-commerce component.
Dezeen digs Dune House, an energy-efficient and rather intriguingly designed (seaweed carpeting, tree trunk columns, clay tile exterior facades, etc.) abode situated in the sand dunes of rural North Holland. "An important design topic was to connect the form and the materialisation of the house with the place where it is situated. The high tall form had to fit in the dune landscape. During the design process this form became one of a dune or of a windswept group of trees sloping along with the worn landscape near the sea," explains Min2 Architects.
Gawker reports that the average size of newly built American home is up to a record-breaking of 2,642-square feet —"plenty of room for you to trade in that Prius for a new Range Rover," folks.