Lots to Love in Lille

English: Centre Commercial Euralille, Lille, F...

Centre Commercial Euralille, Lille, France. (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

Before winning the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2000, architect Rem Koolhaas and his OMA architecture firm gave a blighted section of Lille new life with a dazzling plan for urban development around the Euralille railway.

Lille, France sits at the hub of three great cities: London (80 minutes away), Paris (60 minutes away), and Brussels (35 minutes). The master plan created a dazzling entertainment and residential complex centered around the Koolhaas-designed Grand Palais, also known as Congrexpo.

Discover Lille > http://architecture.about.com/od/communitydesign/tp/Euralille-Master-Plan-and-Grand-Palais-by-Koolhaas.htm


Experience the EXPERIENCE Music Project

Seattle Music Project by architect Frank O. Ge...

Experience Music Project by architect Frank O. Gehry, Seattle, Washington (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

Architect Frank Gehry uses computers to help design and build his famous wavy, shiny, psycho-structures. The EMP in Seattle is a museum of rock-and-roll, but even if you don’t like rock music, you’ll want to see Gehry’s rebellious design for the building.

Learn about the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle, Washington > http://architecture.about.com/od/greatbuildings/ig/Buildings-by-Frank-Gehry/EMP.htm


Gustav Stickley Builds Utopia

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Photo © Jackie Craven

In the early part of the 20th century, Arts & Crafts furniture-maker Gustav Stickley had a radical vision for a boy’s school on a farm in northern New Jersey. He bought land in Morris Plains, NJ, about 35 miles from New York City to build a home for his family and to establish his Utopian school.

In 1908, Stickley told readers of The Craftsman magazine “…for the first time I am applying to my own house, and working out in practical detail, all the theories which so far I have applied only to the houses of other people.”

Stickley’s home is now a museum open for tours. Plan to stay a couple hours so you can stroll the grounds.

Learn about Craftsman Farms and Stickley Museum > http://architecture.about.com/od/housestyleworkshop/ss/Craftsman-Farms.htm