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What Movie Directors’ Homes Should Look Like

It seems only appropriate that movie directors’ homes should reflect their cinematic style and artistic preferences. Thanks to the mad geniuses at Bored Panda for sharing how illustrator Federico Babina combines his passions for illustration, cinema, and architecture.

“Wondering what the iconic movie houses would look like if they were based on her films, Babina created an illustrative series called Archidirector. The series follows the same pattern of another series, Archicine, in which Babina illustrates famous houses and constructions of certain films.

In this work, the Italian showed his admiration for names like Federico Fellini, George Lucas, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, Charlie Chaplin, David Lynch, Tim Burton, Lars von Trier, Ingmar Bergman, Coen Brothers, Fritz Lang and more.”

#1 Tim Burton

Tim Burton

#2 George Lucas

George Lucas

#3 David Lynch

David Lynch

#4 Hitchcock


#5 Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

#6 Fellini


#7 Emir Kusturica

Emir Kusturica

#8 Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick

#9 Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky

#10 Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott

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Stunning Building Designs That Integrate Trees

From the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

We can either work with nature, or work against it. On this spectrum, these architects have decided to find a middle ground: instead of chopping down trees and building their houses, the trees are incorporated as a part of the new structures.

Deforestation has a significant environmental impact. Many studies suggest that is a contributor to global warming; it impacts the water cycle by reducing the amount of water in the soil and air; it contributes to soil loss; and it results in a decline in biodiversity.

Urbanization makes up only a small part of global deforestation, but it is important for its psychological impact. Will we cut down the forests to build our homes, or will be try and incorporate our buildings into the surrounding environment? How can we change our living habits to be more mindful of nature?

These designs showcase tree-human cohabitation. Do you have any pictures of nature an architecture combined? Post them or vote on your favorite below!

#1 Kindergarten Around The Tree

Kindergarten Around The Tree

#2 The Tree Was There First

The Tree Was There First

#3 The Tea House

The Tea House

#4 Casa Vogue

Casa Vogue

#5 Niavaran Residential Complex

Niavaran Residential Complex

#6 Lakeview Residence

Lakeview Residence

#7 Hole


#8 Kook Osteria & Pizzeria

Kook Osteria & Pizzeria

#9 Tree Hugger

Tree Hugger

#10 Cylindrical Glass House Built Around A Tree

Cylindrical Glass House Built Around A Tree

#11 Tree Apartments

Tree Apartments

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LEGO Architecture Studio Event in Oceanside, CA

Calling All Architecture & Adult LEGO® Fans! Barnes & Noble Oceanside to host first-ever, exclusive LEGO Architecture Studio event on July 26, 2013. The free celebration features David Parker, Architecture Professor, MiraCosta College as guest speaker.

Barnes & Noble, Inc., the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that the Barnes & Noble store in Oceanside will host its first-ever LEGO Architecture event in celebration of LEGO’s new launch, LEGO Architecture Studio, on Friday, July 26, 2013, at 6 p.m at 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92054.

The LEGO Architecture Studio event features local Architecture Professor, David Parker from MiraCosta College discussing, facilitating and demonstrating key aspects of the design process in architecture using LEGO bricks to educate and inspire. Participants will have the opportunity to reference the LEGO 250 guide book, experiment and create original architectural designs with more than 1,200 monochromatic building pieces, and learn a few architectural concepts such as scale, mass and density, symmetry, modules and repetition, space and section and surface.

During the event the participants will have an opportunity to build with LEGO Architecture Studio and demonstrate how one can explore the design process in architecture through a hands-on exercise building exercise. The event will focus on what the main stages of the architectural process are, from defining your project, gathering inspiration, and exploration of the context, to researching and developing your concept. Participants will build as a team and as individuals.

Additionally, the store will offer architecture fans the first look at a new LEGO Architecture product that can only be found for sale in Barnes & Noble and LEGO brand outlets from July 25-28.

“This event is perfect for anyone interested in visual design and the important and profound role design plays in our communities. Aspiring architects, design enthusiasts and LEGO fans will have a hands-on opportunity to explore concepts and discover new insights by constructing 3D models,” said Kathleen Campisano, Vice President, Toys & Games, Barnes & Noble, Inc. “Barnes & Noble is excited to partner with LEGO to continue the world-wide conversation and collaborative nature of architectural design through these engaging and fun events.”

The LEGO Architecture Studio event is free and open to the public. Space is limited for each event.

*Architect availability subject to change without notice.