Architects Dress as Famous New York City Buildings in Vintage 1931 Photo

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On January 13, 1931, the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects held a ball at the Hotel Astor in New York City.


The Library: A World History Presents a Stunning Visual Survey of The World’s Great Libraries

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Voluminously well-read author and amateur librarian Alberto Manguel opens The Library at Night, a compendious treatise on the role of the library in human culture, with a startlingly bleak question.


Be His Guest: David Sedaris at Home in Rural West Sussex, England

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Note:  Watch the entire 25-minute interview here. There’s a brief introduction in Dutch, after which the conversation switches to English.


Interact with The New York Times Four-Part Documentary, “A Short History of the Highrise”

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“A Short History of the Highrise,” a four-part interactive New York Times “Op-Doc” reminds me of a pop-up book.


Watch Antoni Gaudí’s Unfinished Masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, Get Finally Completed in 60 Seconds

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In 1883, Antoni Gaudí, the great Catalan architect, began working on his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família, the church that has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona. Before his death in 1925, Gaudí managed to complete the crypt, apse and part of the Nativity facade.


10th Graders Draw Pictures Imagining Philosophers at Work

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The Tumblr called Philosophers at Work has gathered together a fun series of drawings by 10th graders from Madison WI, who were asked by their teacher to  – you guessed it — “draw a philosopher at work.” I will leave it to you to peruse the gallery of drawings.


Building The Eiffel Tower: Three Google Exhibitions Revisit the Birth of the Great Parisian Monument

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One of the most stunning views a traveler can have in Paris is to round a corner and see the massive four-legged base of the Eiffel Tower. One of the beautiful things about Eiffel’s tower is that it is so colossal and yet so airy and delicate.


Bauhaus, Modernism & Other Design Movements Explained by New Animated Video Series

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UK’s Open University has developed a fun way to market their design courses: a series of six short animations called “Design in a Nutshell” that briefly survey important movements in the arts and architecture—from the late-nineteenth century Gothic Revival to late-twentieth century Postmodermism.


Take a 3D Virtual Tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and Other Art-Adorned Vatican Spaces

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Forget the airports, the ticket lines, and the crowds. Now you can step right into the Vatican’s most sacred spaces and inspect the wonders of Renaissance art and architecture with just a click of a mouse.


Ten Buildings That Changed America: Watch the Debut Episode from the New PBS Series

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Everyone on the internet knows the bitter disappointment of clicking on lists that sound more interesting than they turn out to be, just as enthusiasts of American history have grown weary of hearing claims about what has or hasn’t “changed America.


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