Holding Up a Stack of Books: A Look at La Jolla’s Brutalist Library

The Geisel Library is the main library building at the University of California San Diego in La Jolla, California and opened in 1970. The distinctive original building was designed in the late 1960s by William Pereira to sit at the head of a canyon. The building's arches, in combination with the design of the individual floors, are intended to look like hands holding up a stack of books. Pereira originally conceived a steel-framed building, but this was changed ...

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Houtouwan - China’s Beautiful Ghost Village

Houtouwan is an abandoned fishing village on the northern side of Shengshan Island, one of the Shengsi Islands, a chain of 400 islands located 40 miles east of Shanghai, China. The village was once home to more than 2,000 fishermen among other residents, but was ...

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Mixing Hand-Weaving with Modern Art: Anni Albers

A long overdue recognition of Anni Albers' pivotal contribution to modern art and design, the first major exhibition of her work in the UK is now on display at London’s Tate Modern. As a female student at the radical Bauhaus art school, Albers was discouraged from ...

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Lusive Building

Light Source

From the Pacific, travel Interstate 10 east — the old Route 66 — until you've almost reached the dim sum palaces of San Gabriel. Get off the freeway just before, wind your way past taco stands and warehouses into East L.A., and you'll soon arrive at Lusive — 85,000 square feet of inspiration & imagination, design & development, labor & light.