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Top 5 Books on Modern Architecture To Read this Summer

Looking for some modern reads this summer? Check out our top five picks on modern design, great for the architecture enthusiast and photo-lover alike.

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5: Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture

Foreword by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson. Text by Claude Bruderlein, Naomi Pollock, Eyal Weizman, Michael Kimmelman, Koh Kitayama, Brad Pitt.

“In 1994, after seeing photographs of the plastic sheets given to Rwandan refugees to live under, Shigeru Ban went to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to propose ideas for better shelters.”

Why You’ll Love it: This book showcases beautiful, modern architecture with a cause. Oh, and did we mention that Brad Pitt co-authored this treasure? Fun fact, the famous hollywood star also dabbles in modern architecture and design. 

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4: West Coast Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design

by Zahid Sardar. Photos by Matthew Millman

“Architects and designers are breaking new ground on the West Coast, incorporating tested ideas with modern technologies, materials, and concepts in thrilling and sustainable designs. This collection of more than 25 inspiring residences by such renowned western architects and interior designers as Ricardo and Victor Legorreta, Tom Kundig, Jim Jennings, Steven Ehrlich, Marmol Radziner, Aidlin Darling, Paul Wiseman, Terry Hunziker, and Gary Hutton showcases large and small homes that respond to the deserts, mountains, plains, and coastlines of the West. The sculptural forms and elegant interiors are at once both urban and rural, open to the outdoors, and always contemporary, comfortable, and stylish.”

Why You’ll Love it: This book leads new-comers to modern architecture gently by the hand, unpacking the more complex components of style and design without a bead of sweat.

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3: Houses: Modern Natural Natural Modern

by Ron Broadhurst

An authoritative volume on the most innovative and environmentally sensitive new residential design. This carefully curated presentation of new and recent houses represents the vanguard of architects creating innovative structures that maintain a sensitive relationship to their natural contexts. Ron Broadhurst has selected projects on five continents demonstrating the inexhaustible potential of the modern house to enter into a dialogue with nature, either as an extraordinary object within the landscape or as an essay in environmental sustainability, or both. Featured here is work by such design luminaries as Kengo Kuma in China, Sean Godsell in Australia, and Allied Works Architecture in the United States. With exceptional color photography, the book presents houses created with sustainability and carbon footprint in mind, as well as houses constructed on spectacular sites.”

Why You’ll Love it: Gorgeous photography makes this beauty an easy read. Plus, when you’re done, it’s a great addition to any (modern) coffee table.

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2: MVRDV: Book Mountain Spijkenisse
By Nicoline baartman & Winy Maas. Photographs by Marcel Veldman.

“MVRDV’s Book Mountain is a building with a mission: to encourage a town populated by the least enthusiastic readers in the Netherlands–Spijkenisse, in South Holland–to switch off their televisions and start reading books again.”

Why You’ll Love it: This direct, catchy narrative grabs the heart of those working on the ‘Book Mountain’ and the Dutch community in which it rests.

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1: Superlight: Re-thinking How Our Homes Impact the Earth 
Text by Phyllis Richardson.

One of the most powerful design philosophies of recent years has been architect Glenn Murcutt’s dictum that buildings should “touch the earth lightly.”” 

Why You’ll Love it: From arid vistas to inner-city concrete jungles, this book offers practical eco-friendly answers to architects throughout the world.

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The American Dream: Owning a Home {Video}

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If owning a home is the American Dream, then North Texas is such stuff dreams as are made. While we’re still all thinking of backyard cookouts and fireworks, we take a moment celebrate the wonderful neighborhoods and architecture you can find across the region.
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Your Gateway to Calm – Discover Kessler Reserve {Video}

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Discover one of the most spectacular new developments Dallas has to offer – Kessler Reserve – a gorgeous, gated and private community set amongst gently rolling hills and majestic trees in the heart of North Oak Cliff, just minutes from both Downtown and Uptown Dallas.
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Modern Monday: Modern Design for Small Budgets- Modern Interior Designer Ryan Korban

Trying to grab the modern look of sleek pads like 3601 Euclid or 3520 Mockingbird Lane without busting the bank? Here are some great money-saving tips from modern interior design Ryan Korban, known for his extraordinary work for fashion designer Alexander Wang, actor James Franco, and the model Jessica Stam. (Korban’s Q&A appeared in Town & Country magazine; see the link below for the full article.)
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Beautiful Kessler Park Modern… at the End of Rainbow

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Escape to nature in Kessler Park in this mid-century modern home that is set on the most private .67-acre lot minutes from Downtown Dallas.

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Best Advice for Sellers in Oak Cliff

This home at 310 N. Waverly Drive, a serene, tree-lined block, offers the privacy of a cul-de-sac, plus easy access to all the amenities that North Oak Cliff has to offer. Listed for $294,900. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

With the local real estate market moving at such a brisk pace, it’s important for sellers to set their home apart from the pack. That means making the home “show ready” before listing it. Clean lines with light and bright rooms make the biggest impression. Waiting to put a house on the market while spruce-ups are completed could add thousands to the selling price.

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The Organized Home: Tips and Trends for 2014

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Most of us can relate to a cluttered and chaotic home, particularly in those hotspots that just can’t seem to be tamed – children’s bedrooms, home offices, and garages. How can you get your home into shape? Here are some top tips and trends of 2014 from top organizers.

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Save the Date: Bastille on Bishop Is July 14!

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Plan to head to the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff from 6-10 p.m. Monday, July 14, for wine tastings, music, dancing and outdoor markets. The annual Bastille on Bishop festival returns! (The video above, from You + Dallas, will give you a taste of fun.)

Why make such a big deal out of a French holiday … in Texas? Glad you asked. Here’s how the organizers of Bastille on Bishop explain it:

“Ever wonder where the Reunion Tower got its name? You’ll have to head back to 1855, when Dallas was in existence for only 14 years, to find a group of 200 mostly French settlers led by Victor Considerant who made their way from Houston by ox cart to setup a “Utopian Community” based on the ideas of Charles Fourier in what is now North Oak Cliff. … The community brought Dallas its first piano and beer brewery, and though it would collapse within a few years, many of the settlers who disbanded would later move to the city of Dallas and formed much of the cultural endeavors that made the young city stand out from other landlocked communities.

“One of the La Reunion inhabitants, François Jean Cantagrel, would later return to France and become the Vice Mayor of Paris. Other notables included former Conductor of the Paris Odeon, Allyre Bureau.

“The Bastille on Bishop Festival honors our city’s rich French history by promoting the art, culture, history, and spirit of a nation who helped form our early identity.”

Love what you see in Oak Cliff? Click here to tour homes listed here.

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: Clean Lines, Open Spaces

Clean lines and open spaces are key at 1744 Timbergrove Circle in Oak Cliff. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Here’s something to consider: While your home is your personal space, when it comes time to put it on the market, sellers should think beyond their own preferences and consider future buyers. After all, new owners want to envision themselves in their new home, not yours.

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From the real estate point of view, we always try to give advice on how to balance elements like style and architecture with the reality of how people want to live in their home. There are some basics to consider when personalizing your space, particularly if your intent is to sell. In the event your plan is to stay three to five years, it’s prudent to design with that in mind.  1744 Timbergrove Circle, Dallas, 75208, Kessler Park, Oak Cliff - Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury home for sale in Dallas Fort Worth-entry

These days it seems like design trends are transitioning toward simple and uncluttered; modern, sleek and contemporary. Think clean lines, open spaces, neutral colors – it’s almost a mantra. Whether it’s a family home, a luxurious high rise looking out on the city skyline, or a sprawling ranch property, clients want large, open spaces for entertaining. Plus, there is a preference for uncomplicated design that allows rooms to be used a multitude of ways.

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So what’s driving this simplification movement? It could be the increasing desire to live uncluttered lives while the world’s ever-expanding rush of technology causes information and activity overload. Simplicity means less stress, and that fundamental can easily be communicated in how a home is designed.

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Balancing elements, such as style and architecture, with the reality of how people want to live in their homes makes good sense. It’s just that simple.

For more luxury homes, see briggsfreeman.com. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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A Quick Peek at What’s Hot in Interior Design for 2014 with Ryan White

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Recently, Lonny Design magazine published a great Q&A with famed interior designer Ryan White, getting an inside peek at what’s hot this year in home design. You’ll love what we discovered:

Colors:

“Gray, light gray and lighter gray.”

4532 Belclaire Avenue | Dallas, TX

4532 Belclaire Avenue | Dallas, TX

4532 Belclaire Avenue | Dallas, TX

4532 Belclaire Avenue | Dallas, TX

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8626 Lakemont Drive | Dallas, TX, 75209

Style:

I think people are moving away from the rustic and more toward the luxe.

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3601 Euclid Avenue | Dallas, TX, 75205

3601 Euclid Avenue | Dallas, TX, 75205

3601 Euclid Avenue | Dallas, TX, 75205

Kitchen Must-haves for 2014:

A Kitchen Aid 5-Quart Artisan Stand Mixer ”

Want to read the rest of Ryan White’s Q&A? Click here.

For more luxury homes, see briggsfreeman.com. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake