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The Week in Social: Happy Birthday America, David Adjaye Crushing on Eileen Gray's E.1027, and the Flintstones

Welcome to Curbed's new weekly round-up of architecture and design on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and (god forbid) even LinkedIn. Collected from retweets, intra-office chats, and, well, anything that sent us into a 140-character tizzy, this is what Curbed editors actually read last week. Please be in touch if you have a recommendation for next week.


View toward the west face of the house from the sunbathing pit.E1027 Eileen Gray. Built 1926.Breathtaking.❤️❤️❤️

A photo posted by David Adjaye (@adjaye_visual_sketchbook) on

What's a roundup of the happs across the social media scape without a missive from David Adjaye? We don't want to find out, especially if the British architect—and this editor's personal style icon—keeps churning out such lovely tweets and 'grams. We loved this snap, of the architect's recent visit to modernist masterwork E.1027, a gorgeous French villa by Irish architect Eileen Gray. If you're not familiar with it, there's a Curbed primer for that!


In her ongoing (and valorous!) quest to get us to pay attention to capital D design in the world of animation, writer Chappell Ellison points out that the Flintstones (yes, those Flintstones) actually lived quite the high-design life, considering:


This looks like fun: Snarkitecture, the experimental architecture firm perhaps best known for their design work on a plaster pillow for a pair of limited-edition Beats headphones, has a new exhibition in D.C. Entitled "the BEACH" and on view now through the end of the summer, the exhibition is essentially a giant ball pit, which clocks in at 10,000 square feet.


A$AP Rocky, rapper and ... aesthetician? Perhaps—at least on social media. Hear us out: The 26-year-old rapper has a quite-nice Instagram feed that's one part selfies, one part manic photo montage and collage genius, and one part negative space. That's right, negative space. On social. See what we mean this way.


Everyone loves talking about Marfa, Texas, the unlikely design mecca whose call once drew the likes of trailblazing minimalist artist Donald Judd. "Everyone" includes Dallas Morning News architecture scribe Mark Lamster, who this time turns his gimlet eye on fissures developing in the small town about its future.


And last but not least: Happy (belated) birthday America! Our fair country is another year older and another year wiser. To celebrate, Smithsonian Magazine tweeted this gem, a photo of fireworks lighting up the sky above the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in Missouri, near the famed, Eero Saarinen-designed Gateway Arch. According to its website, the well-known architectural landmark is a memorial to both Dred Scott, the enslaved African who sued for his freedom and Manifest Destiny and westward expansion, because America.

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