Seattle Space Needle & EMPThe old future and the new: Seattle’s Space Needle and Experience Music Project Museum

Seattle is its own invention, marching to its own beat, doing things its own way, and over time becoming one of the nation’s most successful cities. Its traditional symbol, the Space Needle, has a certain retro feel, having been created during the 1962 Seattle’s World Fair, which asserted the region’s aerospace dominance (soon to be lost) and looked to an optimistic future, which was decades coming. (more…)

On Tuesday, PBS will launch the new series “10 That Changed America” looking in particular at the parks, homes and towns that have influenced the way Americans have lived, worked, and played from an architecture, urban planning and design perspective. In 10 Homes that Changed the America, host Geoffrey Baer will bring viewers from iconic homes like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, to groundbreaking types of dwellings like the the pueblos of Taos, New Mexico, and the tenements of 19th century New York. 


M.R. Sreenivasulu-Pen Refill Landmarks-India-Sydney Harbor Bridge-10Photo via M.R. Sreenivasulu

This may not be the way Bangalore software professional M.R. Sreenivasulu intended to become famous, but his miniature architectural models, constructed from thousands of plastic pen refills, have become so famous, his version of the Taj Mahal made it to the India Book of Records for “A Structure by Most Used Pen Refills” in 2012. In fact, he’s been building model landmarks since 2007, collecting pen refills as part of a “Say No to Plastic” campaign he launched. In total, he’s used eight kilograms of pen refills to build the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Space Needle from Seattle, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Charminar in India, and the Gateway of India.


Holdout Bungalow House-Seattle-Edith MacefieldImage by Ian C. Bates for The New York Times 

This week, the famous holdout bungalow in Seattle, likened to the home in the film Up, returned to the news, with The New York Times reporting that the 600 square foot house, now surrounded by commercial buildings, was in default. Holdout houses are nothing new, but they form an emphatic visual reminder of this age-old development battle. Here, we’ve rounded up five of what we believe are some of the most impressive holdouts around the world.