December 3, 2011 An artist with an idyllic childhood might be as rare as a house with walls made of air, but both play a part in the story of architect John Lautner. Aesthetically influenced by his Northern Michigan upbringing, Lautner's designs have been featured in several films, including The Big Lebowski.
November 23, 2011 KCURThe Missouri river town spent $300 million on a glass-encased sports arena that no big-league pro sports team calls home. Four years later, Sprint Center ranks as America's fifth-busiest arena, with visitors ranging from Lady Gaga to Elmo, from college hoops to Cirque du Soleil.
November 4, 2011 After eight years of renovations, the Islamic galleries at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art have finally reopened. Its 15 rooms consist of some 1,200 objects that cover everything from architecture and interior design to images of living things — which Islam discourages — and calligraphy.
October 3, 2011 Some of the most creative thinkers of the 20th century lived, worked and played at the Chelsea. Now, the building has been sold and just a handful of longtime residents remain. Still, it is a building with a "life force," says 20-year resident Scott Griffin.
September 15, 2011 WVXUPresident Obama will visit the Brent Spence Bridge, which runs between Ohio and Kentucky on one of the nation's busiest trucking routes, to push his jobs creation plan next week. Officials estimate it will cost $2.4 billion to reconfigure the bridge. The question remains: Who will pay?
August 3, 2011 Just 28 inches at its narrowest point (and four feet at the widest), Etgar Keret's home in Warsaw might be the skinniest home in the world.
July 14, 2011 From kitchenware to office parks, the Space Age left a sleekly modern mark on the country's landscape and imagination. As the space shuttle soars through the firmament for the very last time, we appreciate some landmarks of futuristic, outer space-inspired architecture.
July 1, 2011 After years of contentious litigation, Albert Barnes' art collection, which includes hundreds of paintings by Matisse, Picasso and others, is moving from its longtime home in Merion, Pa., to downtown Philadelphia. Whether separating the art from the building is a good idea depends on whom you ask.