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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Eye Candy of the Week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
A cupola allows a house to reach skyward, filling it with light and air. A relatively rare feature seen in contemporary residential design, the cupola was all the rage during the mid- to late-19th century when Italianate architecture was at the height of fashion.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Last week, we visited this northwest Lansing neighborhood to feature a tax-foreclosed eyesore that's slated for demolition. Here now is its next-door neighbor: Architecture, particularly residential infill, is a subtle craft.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

Eye Candy of the Week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
You just know something high-tech is going on inside this building. This week's feature — home to ACD.net, mid-Michigan's largest independent phone and Internet provider — is a cool cube of a building with vertical cladding, ribbon windows and an ever eye-pleasing blue-hued exterior complimented by orange accents.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
It's highly unlikely that a late-Victorian era house is the first image that comes to mind when you think about sustainability. However, that may change.
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Wednesday, November 28,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Imagine designing a public library for a college town in the early 1960s. Fifty-two years later, the building is still in full use and the library staff cites a handheld piece of technology as an essential tool in maintaining the library's — and the building's — relevance: the iPad.
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Wednesday, November 14,2012

Eye Candy of the Week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
One of the most easily recognizable architectural styles is the A-frame, ubiquitous in the construction of lake and mountain homes. This style of architecture, which has been utilized throughout history, was incredibly popular in the U.S. during the 1950s.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Few buildings have enjoyed celebrity like the skyscrapers of the 20th century. Skyscrapers define a city's skyline and identity. On both accounts, Lansing's tallest building doesn’t disappoint.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Do the buildings in which you spend your days and nights elevate and enrich the spirit? Think about it — Michigan modernist architect Alden B. Dow certainly did.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Rumor has it that there are Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Okemos. It's a mid-century suburban legend you may have been privy to at some time or another, often uttered when the subject turns to architecture at any formal or informal gathering in the Lansing area.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Good buildings are not only attractive — they also have good DNA. What is building DNA? It's the original construction essentials like superior craftsmanship and quality materials that hold up through standing neglect.
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