Old barn hidden in plain sight.

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Well-hidden behind a modern office building in a busy suburb just north of Austin, Texas sits this crumbling barn.

It was a Sunday when I stumbled across it while strolling through, so no one could tell me the history, secrets it held, or reasons it survived. Do photographs of old barns qualify as subjects of architectural photography?

Apple Park holding special ‘Neighborhood Open House’ with Toys for Tots drive in California — 9to5Mac

Apple is opening its doors to nearby residents with an open house scheduled for December 14 at Apple Park that includes a Toys for Tots holiday drive. more… The post Apple Park holding special ‘Neighborhood Open House’ with Toys for Tots drive in California appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Shangri-La

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Initially anxious to return to civilization, most of the newcomers grew to love Shangri-La once they learn their arrival was no accident.

The founder of Shangri-La, High Lama, is rumored to be over two hundred years old, kept forever young, like the other residents, by the magical properties of the paradise he created.  Now High Lama needs someone wise and knowledgeable in the ways of the modern world to keep Shangri-La a paradise.

Film director and La Quinta Resort guest Frank Capra wrote the screenplay for Lost Horizon poolside at the La Quinta Resort in 1937.

Indigenous Inhabitants

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Newport Center, Newport Beach. Intaglios incised carving by Tom Van Sant (1967).

One of my favorite places to spend the holidays is Newport Beach, where I love to study the “brutalist” architecture of Newport Center. In 1967, artist Tom Van Sant created a series he called “Indigenous Inhabitants” that captured the region’s wildlife (many of which are extinct now) in concrete using a technique called Intaglios – Italian for incised carving. His work was commissioned by Architects William Pereira and Welton Becket.

 

 

 

Langson Library, UC Irvine

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Architect William Pereira designed the University of California, Irvine campus buildings in the California “Brutalist” style, including the iconic Langson Library.

The campus opened in 1965 with just eight completed buildings.

 

Palm Springs Art Museum – Architecture and Design Center

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Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center (1961). Palm Springs, California. Designed by architect E. Stewart Williams.

Considered to be in the classic Desert Modern or mid-century International style, the 13,000 square foot building originally served as a branch of Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan.