Tropolism Hidden City Contest

After a week of very subtle buildup, Tropolism is pleased to announce the first open-sourced architectural contest, Your Hidden City. The contest is simple: post your photos (with a caption) to our public Flickr pool (or email them to us for posting), and our jury will select their favorites in five categories. The winners will be posted to Tropolism. The theme of the contest is …

Melt Modern

Matt Proctor and Aixé Djelal are Portland based cast aluminum artisans who create a range of one-of-a-kind decoratives and architectural elements. Aixé describes their work as "molten lava frozen in space," and that's pretty accurate. Their work exhibits an unusual blend of organic shapes, voluptuous lines and surface texture, and is made entirely of recycled aluminum. Melt Modern products and information about custom work is …

Design Hotels Yearbook 2006

For trip-planning or idle fantasizing, Design Hotels Yearbook, the paper counterpart to its online booking service, makes a great traveler's companion. Filled with lush, full-page photos that provide rare glimpses into the interiors of 136 stylish hotels around the globe, each edition includes basic info and features editorial detailing architectural and design elements. With new hotels added every year, it's a great way to keep …