Double Takes: World’s Most Creative Buildings

I love lists, I don’t know how many times I’ve said that here. It doesn’t matter the type, from best-of to the to-do list, I love them all. Some of my favorite blogs lately have been of that format. Oddee has compiled a list of the World’s Most Creative Buildings and I couldn’t get enough. Visit their site to see all 9.

As for the spoiler pictures above: the first is the Longaberger Basket Building in Ohio, it serves as the headquarters and home offices of Longaberger Baskets (as if you couldn’t have guessed). The second is the Dancing House in the Czech Republic, which I’m quite excited to see in person while living in Prague this summer.

For more amazing architecture check out a few of my previous posts:

  • 9 Strange and Unique Structure
  • Propeller Island Hotel
  • The Church of Santa Monica

Double Takes: The Paradox of Our Time

I received, in email this afternoon, the following from my Mom. Eloquently written and worth a read in my opinion. But then again, that’s just my opinion.

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much , and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

And Always Remember:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

– Dr. Bob Moorehead

Double Takes

Double Takes explores the intersection of geography and design through topics like art, photography and architecture. It launched in September 2007. Since then, it’s been featured by National Geographic Traveler and the Travel Channel, among others. and Fathom recently named Double Takes one of the top 25 travel blogs.


Marketing professional who moonlights as a freelance writer and travel blogger residing in Chicago. She writes regularly for Conde Nast Traveler and Paste Magazine, and her articles have appeared in Bloomberg Business, Huffington Post, Yahoo Travel, and Glamour Magazine, among others.

After graduating from college, she spent two years living and working in South Korea. Before repatriating to Chicago. She took the scenic route home via a six-month backpacking trip from Indonesia to Bahrain. In short, she’s a collector of maps, passport stamps and freckles.

United States. Czech Republic. Hungary. Austria. Croatia. Slovenia. Italy. Ireland. South Korea. Philippines. Singapore. Malaysia. Hong Kong. Macau. China. Japan. Indonesia. Vietnam. Laos. Cambodia. Myanmar. Thailand. India. Bahrain. Haiti.

I N T E R V I E W S + A C C O L A D E S

Conde Nast Traveler. Brit+Co. The Travel Channel. National Geographic Traveller.

World Venture Project. Many Many Adventures. The Vivant. Viator. The Loud and Clear.

Design Feast. Chincha!? Magazine. The Glove Box. Jetsettlers Magazine. Prêt à Voyager.


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