This year lots of beautiful, designey structures by starchitects made the news. You can find those on other blogs. We're much more interested in the weird and unusual homes, buildings and neighborhoods we came across this year.
A different billionaire donated $200 million to U.C. Santa Barbara so he could live out his dream of designing a dorm. Only problem: He's got no training, and designed a building with mostly windowless rooms. A practicing architect on the committee resigned in protest.