11 Design Instagram Accounts to Follow Right Now

Feast your eyes.

It’s a fact of life for the visually inclined: You can never follow enough cool accounts on Instagram, especially those unexpected gems that show you the designed world in fresh ways.

Without further ado, follow…

1. @chrisprecht for boundary-pushing architecture and candid discussions about the industry

2. @studioplants for a plantiful life

3. @thearchitectureprofessor for bite-size architecture lessons

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Cincinnati Union Terminal Alfred Fellheimer (1875-1959) & Stewart Wagner (1886-1958) Cincinnati, OH 1928-1933 #unionterminal, #fellheimerandwagner, #historyofarchitecture, #cincinnati, #railroad, #railroadstation, #architecture, #artdeco, #maxfieldkeck, #architecturalsculpture, #lowreliefsculpture, Mark Twain has been attributed as having said “When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Cincinnati because it’s always 20 years behind the times.” Fortunately and unfortunately, this was the case with the city’s attempt, like every other major American city’s, to clean up its original railroad tracks and stations into a more efficient and less cumbersome network by merging, in this case its 7 trunk lines served by 5 distinct stations, in to one, central, Union Terminal. I say fortunately, because it took sixteen years, from 1912-1928, to get all of the railroads and city departments “on board” with the plan, before the architects, Fellheimer & Wagner of New York City, the country’s leading station designer, was commissioned. By 1928, the Art Deco style was at its high point and what resulted was a true masterpiece (image 2) of the late “Roaring 20s.” If the plan had been approved even five years earlier, the design would not have been as strikingly modern as it turned out to be. I also say unfortunately, because by the time it was opened to the public in 1933, it had a very short lifespan before the car and commercial air travel ended its useful career. Its ultimate location was in the Mill Creek valley that divided the city in half between the West side and the East side. In some locations, over 16’ of fill was required to level the ground where the main railyards were to be constructed. Even then, this only just brought the elevation of the tracks level with the surrounding streets. This gave the architects the opportunity to provide a train concourse (image 3) with a floor elevation that spanned over the tracks that allowed the passengers to pass over the trains and then descend to the appropriate track. One of the many facets of this design that I admire is what some historians credit as having been the first, truly “functionally”...

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4. @jpegfantasy for the ultimate ’80s-’90s throwback

5. @allthequeenshouses to sample the diverse housing stock of New York City’s largest borough

6. @officesandm for an architecture firm’s colorful projects from start to finish

7. @zeanmacfarlane for very satisfying architectural illustrations

8. @toilets_a_go_go for discovering Japanese public toilet design

9. @concretelibraries for admiring libraries from all angles

10. @twin_pix for design “twins”

11. @geometryclub for buildings from one angle and one angle alone