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Inspiration comes in many forms — images, words, music, and more. As part of staying #FluentInDesign, the team at Hunter Douglas keeps our eyes out for things that open our imaginations. Here are some items that piqued our interest this week, because they are fun, or intriguing, or even inspirational. We hope they “pique” you, too! Please tweet us (@FluentInDesign) or email us with any feedback or ideas… our address is

Artistic exploration. In his series ARCHIPLAN, artist Federico Babina explores the design styles of some of history’s most well-known architects. The illustrations turn several famous plans into simple geometric backgrounds, resulting in what Babina refers to as “Planimetric graphologies.” ArchDaily shares the entire set of illustrations.

Get low. In an effort to transform old, unused space into beautiful public spaces, New York’s City Hall has given the green light for the Lowline underground park. According to Dezeen, the space is “Billed as the world’s first underground park, [and] the scheme proposes transforming a section of a former trolley terminal in Manhattan’s Lower East Side into a public space.”

Sky villas. Located in Sin el Fil, part of eastern Beirut, The Cube takes a relatively simple design concept and turns it into something extraordinary. Designed by Orange Architects for the Lebanese development corporation Masharii, “The concept of the 50m high tower is simple but extraordinarily effective: making optimal use of the client’s wishes, the site’s potential, the local building code and the fantastic views on Beirut and the Mediterranean.” World Architecture News shares more about this unique project.

Tech tours.  Carnegie Mellon developed a free mobile app, Jaunt,  that allows users to navigate a curated collection of Pittsburgh’s historic and modern architecture. More than 105 entries are featured, including the Emerald Art Glass House, David McCullough Bridge, Carrie Furnaces and Fallingwater. Next Pittsburgh shares more on this innovative app.


Image credit: © Frederico Babina via ArchDaily

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