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I like beautiful things. Buildings are really big beautiful things. When I travel I always take note of architecture, which involves sensitivity to what you encounter as much as it does hunting for landmarks. Most of the buildings and environments are those I've witnessed first hand.
A marvelous museum of modern/contemporary art, The Tate Gallery/Liverpool, built within the structure of the old Albert Docks in Liverpool, here creating a kind of cloisters. Excellent re-purposing of existing architectural space.

A marvelous museum of modern/contemporary art, The Tate Gallery/Liverpool, built within the structure of the old Albert Docks in Liverpool, here creating a kind of cloisters. Excellent re-purposing of existing architectural space Liverpool

8th & Locust in Kansas City, circa 1915

& Locust in Kansas City, circa 1915

An interior shot of the Chapel at Powell Gardens, east of Kansas City. Designed by E. Fay Jones and his associate Maurice Jennings. Jones extended Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Prairie School' style in harmonious, beautiful ways.

Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel Non-denominational chapel overlooks the lake at Powell Gardens, Kingsville, Missouri, near Kansas City. A popular wedding spot.

The Italianate style in 19th century residential architecture has always been pleasantly striking to me. And this house at 1015 Tennessee St. in Lawrence, Kansas has sentimental value to me. It was the home of my good friend Mark Aronszajn; and when he and his father were in Paris for a summer it was my home. Awww. Oh yeah ... built in 1867 for some dude named Colonel Blood.

The Italianate style in 19th century residential architecture has always been pleasantly striking to me. And this house at 1015 Tennessee St. in Lawrence, Kansas has sentimental value to me. It was the home of my good friend Mark Aronszajn; and when he and his father were in Paris for a summer it was my home. Awww. Oh yeah ... built in 1867 for some dude named Colonel Blood.

Stephen Holl's approach to the Nelson-Atkins addition frankly juxtaposes the classic elements of the original building with his own very contemporary design. But they flow beautifully, the new building undulating with the landscape, where the old building defined its setting. Somehow they complement remarkably.

Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri / Night view over reflecting pool to the Shield Wing and main building. Great architectual combo of old & new - traditional & contemporary

I've always loved the (not so) modestly gilded, art deco facade of Chicago's Union Carbide and Carbon building. It's brazen and refined at the same time. Today, I understand it's a Hard Rock Hotel - bit strange, but not entirely inappropriate. 230 N. Michigan.

Carbon Carbide Building in Chicago. It is like a giant shiny gem amongst all the stone and glass Michigan Avenue. Completed in this building is made of light polished black granite, with the tower covered in a green terra cotta. Just breathtaking

Multi-level living. Taos Pueblo, just outside of Taos, New Mexico. Something to behold.

Family Vacations in New Mexico: Taos Pueblo - At Taos Pueblo, kids will explore an actual ancient Native American village -- still occupied. Find out more about family vacations to Taos Pueblo.

Another Kansas City beauty ... New York Life Building (1888-1890) designed by McKim, Mead and White in downtown Kansas City. - Urban architectural inventories change, sometimes swiftly, from decade to decade, but the New York Life building has been easy on my eyes from the days I first started exploring my second home in the early Seventies.

New York Life Building designed by McKim, Mead and White in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

My friend Judy lived in Frigiliana. Nestled in the mountains in southern Andalucia, just a few miles north of the sea. Cobbled walkways lead to whitewashed houses, shops, cafes, flowers decorating the way. Beautiful place.

My friend Judy lived in Frigiliana. Nestled in the mountains in southern Andalucia, just a few miles north of the sea. Cobbled walkways lead to whitewashed houses, shops, cafes, flowers decorating the way.

Testament to Frank Lloyd Wright's imperious, short man's vision of the world, but also of course his aesthetic and genius. A pleasant enough drive from Pittsburgh. Or Morgantown. And a remarkable visit.

Fallingwater - designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.no one does it like Frank Lloyd Wright, Love it!

Kansas City's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Opened in 2011. Moshe Safdie's design gives KC something of its' own Sydney Opera House. This is the view from the Northwest. The south facing entry and facade is entirely glass, and makes a striking and very different impression.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts - Kansas City, Missouri - Safdie Architects with BNIM Architects

The Caixa (it's a bank, sponsor) Forum in Madrid is a lively, contemporary art space. There was a great Alphonse Mucha show when we were there. The building is interesting, but especially striking is the vertical garden on the building's, shall we say ... right flank. First, it's beautiful. Second, it's part of a developing trend in urban areas, taking advantage of essential urban verticality to create new and beautiful biosphere prospects.

Sunny apartment near Atocha. It is a fourth floor facing south, very sunny and bright all year. The apartment has been recently refurbished, creating an ope.

The Medina in Tangier. A unique cultural balance between order and chaos. Colorful, labyrinthine. Another urban vision than we are accustomed to in the West.

The Medina in Tangier. A unique cultural balance between order and chaos. Another urban vision than we are accustomed to in the West.