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Starcrossed Starchitects

Controversies in architecture.

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Perfectly Packed

Troubadour’s Embark Duffle is the unintentional diaper bag of your dreams.

Home Grown

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Home Grown

A countertop composter that transforms everyday scraps into usable soil.

Design as Destiny

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Design as Destiny

Jean Servais Somian turned to art in times of hardship — and now he’s thriving.

The top echelons of architecture have never been contention-free. Filippo Brunelleschi’s plan for the great Renaissance Duomo in Florence was scorned as impossible to realize, and everyone scoffed at Gustave Eiffel’s Parisian monument—before it became an icon. And people are still debating whether Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum spiral in New York is a good place to show art more than 50 years after it was completed. Today the pioneers are called “starchitects,” but the controversies remain, as demonstrated by a host of current kerfuffles.

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