Category Archives: Architecture

How Airports Work

When I was a young child my Grandfather had a job that took him all over the world for work. I always begged to go along to the airport to drop him off or pick him up for flights. The … Continue reading

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European Heritage Journeys

In conjunction with European Heritage Days 2018, UNESCO has launched a new web platform solely dedicated to sustainable travel to European heritage sites. World Heritage Journeys is co-funded by the European Union and promotes sustainable travel to some of the … Continue reading

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Bookstore Tourism: New Orleans

Only true bibliophiles like us would visit the French Quarter in New Orleans and make a beeline for an old bookstore instead of a bar. Beckham’s Bookshop has been a venerable institution in the Crescent City for more than fifty … Continue reading

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Books you don’t need in a place you can’t find

If you ever find yourself in western Massachusetts or southern Vermont, make some time for a detour to the Book Mill in the village of Montague, Massachusetts. It’s well worth the time to track down this beautiful little bookshop with the self-effacing … Continue reading

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The Great New York Subway Map

Italian illustrator and author Emilliano Ponzi has released a marvelous book in collaboration with the MoMA in New York City introducing young readers to the work of iconic graphic designer Massimo Vignelli. Using illustrations of trains, subway stations, advertisements and … Continue reading

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Bookshelves and Veggie Meatballs

Say what you like about the Swedish megastore chain Ikea, I’ve been a fan for decades. Just looking up from my desk I can count eight Ikea bookshelves, two file cabinets, and the actual desk that I’m sitting at. And … Continue reading

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Save Walt Whitman’s House

Walt Whitman, America’s most beloved poet, lived at 99 Ryerson Street in Brooklyn, New York when his world famous book Leaves of Grass was first published in 1855. Although the poet lived in more than 30 buildings in New York City … Continue reading

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Word on the Street

This week, Philadelphia had another visit by the LA-based street artist known as WRDSMTH. His wheatpaste artwork is as always heartwarming and a welcome surprise.

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Philly: Come for the history, stay for the food

For decades, many of us in the Philadelphia area have been baffled by the inability of anyone to make good use of the old Bourse building in the heart of the historic district. The beautiful 19th century Beaux Arts landmark … Continue reading

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Philly’s Own High Line

This week, Philadelphia inaugurated the initial section of the long awaited Rail Park. The first phase of the urban greenspace runs along a formerly derelict Reading Railroad 19th century viaduct. When it is completed, the Rail Park will run for … Continue reading

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