Paris Lifts 30-Year Ban on High Rises –> First Up? 590 ft Glass Herzog & de Meuron's "Le Projet Triangle"

In July, officials in Paris voted to lift a ban on high rise buildings in the French capital in a bid to combat the city's housing shortage and invigorate the city's economic status. Amid outcry from two-thirds of Parisians who remain opposed to the construction of new tall buildings, officials pressed on and lifted the ban in order to compete with the big boys – London, Berlin, and Barcelona. Designed by Swiss team Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron who brought us the famed bird nest stadium in Beijing, the gorgeous pyramid block structure will look like an ultra-thin triangle on one side. At 590 feet it will be the third tallest building in Paris after the Eiffel Tower and the Montparnasse Tower.

Due for completion in 2014 the tower will contain offices, a conference center, a 400 bedroom hotel as well as restaurants, cafes and gardens. Craziest facts? Architects are claiming that it won’t cast shadows and nearby buildings and that it will be powered by solar and wind energy. More at Dezeen





December 7, 2016

15 Must-Have Art Books for the Creative Mind

There’s nothing like flipping through the pages of a beautiful coffee table book to get inspired, and the holiday season is the perfect time to gift the creative person in your life with a book. Fresh from the printing press, this list highlights a wide range of interests—meaning you’re sure to find the perfect gift.

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December 7, 2016

Men in London Are Festively Decorating Their Beards With Twinkling Holiday Lights

Over the years, beards have become an unlikely source for amusing hair trends. We’ve seen guys decorating their whiskers with bouquets of spring flowers as well as silly, bizarre objects. But with the holidays around the corner, it’s the perfect time for men to show their spirit through facial hair. In London, guys can now sport beard lights that illuminate their face with an exquisite fairy glow.

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