Cloud Nine

Here we are with this week’s newsletter back at our regular time slot. Many thanks to everyone who sent links over - Christian, Meredith, Heinrich, Rashida, Mia, Toby & Casey. Now let’s get right to it.

The American Institute of Architects New York revealed this year’s winners of their 2021 Design Awards

Tadao Ando has transformed a 250-year-old former commodities exchange in Paris into a new contemporary museum

Also in France, a man must destroy his $69 million illegally constructed château

An op-ed on how New York City developments that impinge on important institutions or iconic views should be rejected

Architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune ends his 28-year run

What Chicago loses when it loses an architecture critic

What makes Mies van der Rohe’s open plans

Publisher launches Kickstarter campaign to reissue 'The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn

A Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home in Australia

The vintage furniture sellers of Instagram are burned out

Modernist-inspired home décor by Danish brand

The combination of design influences from Japan and Scandinavia has become known as "Japandi" and this house is a perfect example

In Tokyo, a levitating concrete public restroom

Concrete homes in Portugal, Mexico City, India, Costa Rica and Brazil

Roman & Williams’ new Brutalist-lite Ace Hotel in Brooklyn

Brutalist landmark Paul Rudolph-designed Burroughs Wellcome building in North Carolina gets demolished

Artist creates art using elements from a demolished Ford factory in Belgium

Massive chunk of California's Highway 1 has dropped into the ocean

This California home has glass walls designed to disappear into the hillside

A serene hilltop home in California

This white cube in the Californian dessert is rentable for $900 a night

Tonight at 7pm EST, take a live virtual tour of a dome in Portland, Oregon

A triangular country cottage in Upstate New York

A cozy clapboard bungalow hidden in NYC’s Rockaway Beach

A lakeside cabin in Finland's pine woods

Blackened timber covers this cottage in the Czech Republic woods

An open-air inside-out country villa in Australia

A French country home in harmony with its environment

Two Parisian apartments become one beautiful duplex

The New York Times documents the recent efforts to clean and restore works and spaces in the Louvre

1915 film footage of Monet, Renoir, Rodin and Degas

A new documentary spotlights the detective work behind an infamous art theft

In an unusual crime, someone recently threw a stolen painting into a museum

Inside the $500 million art heist from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum that’s still unsolved 30 years later

Gardner Museum heist podcast, Last Seen

The US Department of Homeland Security seizes 5,000 illegally-acquired artifacts from The Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC and returns them to the Egyptian government

The family of a late art dealer is repatriating his $50 million collection of Khmer antiquities to the nation of Cambodia

The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution

Over 4,000 rare surrealist books and periodicals donated to Rotterdam museum

Surrealist art trove belonging to Man Ray’s assistant heads to auction

Artist accused of trying to sell a partially forged Raymond Pettibon work

Industrial designer creates design plagiarism awards to fight design piracy

Soon-to-open museum dedicated to showing how significant artists lived and worked

Daniel Arsham talks about his latest exhibition in NYC, Time Dilation

The Burke Museum and its collection of 16 million artifacts, ranging from totem poles and gemstones to dinosaur fossils just got a new home

Fascinating Viking finds from a slew of recent discoveries made in melting ice

Ghost towns buried under sand

Exploring Oxford’s rich architectural tapestry through photography

This brightly-colored home in London

Populate your spring calendar with these virtual lecture series and talks

Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education announces 140-plus online courses this spring

An inspiring video about a group of Thai kids who build a pitch in their floating village so they can to play football (aka soccer)

Lastly, an amusing interview with legendary NYC photographer Ricky Powell who sadly passed away on Monday

That’ll bring this week’s newsletter to an end. Thank you for being here with me. Send an email to if you’d like to talk to me directly. Until next time, have a great week.