Façadism: Proof That Compromise Does (Or Doesn’t) Work

Facadism Valparaiso Chile

Fusing together modern and classical styles, this building in Valparaiso, Chile serves as an apt example of “façadism,” or the practice where a building’s façade is designed or constructed separately from the rest of the building.

Pending your tastes, façadism exemplifies the rewards of compromise (an existing space can be developed without sacrificing its historical elements) or proof that compromise doesn’t work (façadism tries to bring together two distinctive styles into one building and thus produces little more than visual confusion). In any case, the CSAV headquarters–featured above–in Valparaiso’s Sotomayor Plaza is sure to generate strong opinions.

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You’re Not On Drugs: China’s Super-Saturated And Striped Mountains Are Real

It’s hard to believe that this collection of colorfully striped mountains is real. Sure, some amount of photo manipulation may have awoken the rich hues, but even the un-retouched images paint a pretty picture. Located in China’s Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, these “rainbow mountains” are yet another wondrous example of what Mother Nature can create. The formations’ stripes are most vivid after a rainstorm or as the sun enters or leaves the sky.


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Call Her Christine: The Original American Trans Celebrity

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At the press conference after arrival. Bill Meurer/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images Source: Mashable

Caitlyn Jenner has captured the world’s attention–and apparently Twitter’s, too–with her debut appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair. Over the past several months, we have learned much about her transformation, and ourselves. As much as Jenner is doing to raise awareness for the trans community, she is aided substantially by the steps of Christine Jorgensen, the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery.

One day before Valentine’s Day, 1953, Christine Jorgensen returned to New York after what was quite literally a transformative trip abroad. Prior to her travels, Christine went by George. But when her plane landed in the United States, not only was Christine no longer George–she was no longer “average”, either. Almost overnight the American media catapulted Christine, who had begun the process of gender reassignment, to national fame. While not the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery, Jorgensen was the first American to become somewhat of a celebrity as a result of it.

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