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The Language of Houses:
How Buildings Speak to Us
By Dr. Peter Zec (editor) | $15.95
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alison Lurie’s latest book, The
Language of Houses: How Buildings Speak to Us, examines how
buildings and interior design can express the lives of the users.
Lurie explores the ways in which buildings isolate or include,
promote safety, encourage spending, and change the ways art is perceived by using social and
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Last month the Empire State Building was illuminated with a video projection of endangered species. The towering images—more than
350 feet tall and 186 feet wide, covering 33 stories—were used to draw
attention to the creatures’ plight against mass extinction. Animals featured
included a snow leopard, golden lion tamarin, manta rays, and Cecil the lion.
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On August 1, hundreds of socially conscious guests gathered on
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Channel in over 200 countries and territories on December 2, 2015.
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