For Sale: Live-work lofts perfect for hobbit sex parties

Hollywood gets into a rut when it comes to architecture.

For example, moviemakers tend to love traditional architecture and deplore modernism.

The Lord of the Rings movie series is the most blatant example of what type of architecture Hollywood believes symbolizes good, morality and courage and that which typifies evil, bad and the dark side of nature.

Communities where the elves, the dwarves and the hobbits live are soft and colorful with traditional designs.

Contrast that to the Evil Kingdom of Mordor, which is an ugly polluted city of big block-like high rises.

Hollywood fixes on other architectural stereotypes.

The suburbs are usually the place for depicting the neurosis of family life, and urban lofts are often the sets for infidelity and wild sex with new partners.

Let your chi run free

Leave it to a San Francisco assemblyman to propose a resolution that would urge the California Building Standards Commission to adopt policies to aid feng shui. The ancient Chinese practice of promoting health, harmony and prosperity through design has caught on with homeowners everywhere. The resolution could make it easier for home builders to use feng shui techniques that may conflict with certain building codes. The idea may at first seem odd and frankly “Californian,” but it is considered to be an issue of cultural sensitivity. –Jessica Swesey

Have you heard the one about the open house in Queens?

On Feb. 3, catch real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran at Caroline’s Comedy Club in Times Square, where she performs a skit on David Moore’s Funny Business comedy show. It is a “business-themed” comedy with Barbara, Jason Flom, president of Atlantic/Lava Records, and a few other CEO types. Wow, this woman will try anything. We love the courage.

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