“What started out as a dream by Dave Longaberger, Founder of The Longaberger Company…… One of Dave's most admirable attributes was that when he had a dream and believed in it, he always found a way to accomplish it, and he did. Dave's dream was achieved on December 17, 1997 when the Home Office that is designed to resemble a basket finally opened for business.” From: http://www.longaberger.com/homeOfficeHistory.aspx
Kansas City Library:
Local residents were asked to nominate influential books that represent Kansas City.
Humungous versions of the winning nominations were then used as the exterior of the library car-park.
The Dancing House is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in downtown Prague, Czech Republic
Habitat 67 is a housing complex and landmark located on the Marc-Drouin Quay on the Saint Lawrence River at 2600, Pierre Dupuy Avenue in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
There are lots of them out there. Architects the world over, have fun with designs.
The most famous: http://villageofjoy.com/50-strange-buildings-of-the-world/
There are so many fabulous ones in: http://www.instantshift.com/2009/02/26/50-more-unusual-buildings-architecture/
My grandfather and uncle were architects, so I find them interesting.
Most of us take toilets for granted, but it wasn't that long ago when "indoor plumbing" was a new thing.
"While the United States, Great Britain and most of Europe were made up of warring barbarian tribes (much like today) the Ephesians were enjoying fountains, fresh water and a sewer system.
When you needed to relieve yourself you went into an open air public restroom that had around 40 toilet seats surrounding a fountain. You pulled up your toga and sat down on the polished marble (hopefully you found one the sun had already warmed). Sitting next to and across from you were your fellow citizens. You exchanged news, shared gossip and socialized because there were no privacy dividers in these restrooms.
The amazing thing about these toilet facilities was the fact that running water carried the waste out to the harbor through a system of terracotta sewer pipes. There was also clean running water in this facility for washing." ( I bet the EPA liked that!!)
BUT, I prefer Nature’s Architecture, that can’t be beat.
Mindi picked up her dogs at 1.30 AM. As a flight attendant, she arrives back at Houston Hobby Airport at funny hours. No, she couldn’t wait until the morning, as she wanted to be with ‘her babies’, and she flies out again today. But her husband will be there to take care of them this time until she gets back. He is an OTR truck driver, so I, and their babysitter, fill in.
She does not trust little old Sheba with anyone but me. And Sheba likes to be with her son, Jakey. Precious, the dachshund, doesn’t like the babysitter, and tries to bite her, but she likes me.
I am glad she didn't bring the little young Yorkie this time, I have to puppy-proof the place, as she is still at the chewing stage. Also she doesn't always come in when she is told, and I have to go fetch her.
So, today is a red-letter-day!