Archinect - News 2017-10-20T11:59:15-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150033123/too-risqu-for-the-louvre-the-domestikator-will-be-shown-at-pompidou Too risqué for the Louvre, the Domestikator will be shown at Pompidou Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-13T13:36:00-04:00 >2017-10-16T10:31:19-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5m/5mf49vfv7lsg224j.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5m/5mf49vfv7lsg224j.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5m/5mf49vfv7lsg224j.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5m/5mf49vfv7lsg224j.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After the Louvre demurred, an art installation many consider to be sexually explicit will instead be displayed outside the Pompidou Center in Paris.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Louvre might not want it, but the Pompidou will take it!&nbsp;</p> <p>The 40-foot-tall, semi-building, semi-sculpture, "Domestikator," by the Dutch art and design collective Atelier Van Lieshout, was intended to be shown in the Tuileries Gardens, next to the Louvre. But the Museum cancelled the project; the Louvre's president and director, Jean-Luc Martinez explained:&nbsp;&ldquo;Online commentaries point out this work has a brutal aspect.&nbsp;It risks being misunderstood by visitors to the gardens.&rdquo;</p> <p>Joep van Lieshout,&nbsp;Atelier Van Lieshout&rsquo;s founder, replied,&nbsp;&ldquo;The piece itself is not really very explicit. It&rsquo;s a very abstracted shape. There are no genitals; it&rsquo;s pretty innocent.&rdquo; </p> <p>While <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150031374/louvre-pulls-sexually-explicit-architectural-sculpture-faces-censorship-accusations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louvre faced censorship accusations</a>, the "Domestikator" will find asylum at the Centre Pompidou. Parisians and tourists will be able to see the work from October 18 to 22; we hope they don't misunderstand it.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150031374/louvre-pulls-sexually-explicit-architectural-sculpture-faces-censorship-accusations Louvre pulls "sexually explicit" architectural sculpture; faces censorship accusations Alexander Walter 2017-10-03T18:15:00-04:00 >2017-10-13T16:11:36-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b4/b44d1075fa79b872fbc61b1356aaac89?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b4/b44d1075fa79b872fbc61b1356aaac89?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b4/b44d1075fa79b872fbc61b1356aaac89?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b4/b44d1075fa79b872fbc61b1356aaac89?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Officials at the Louvre have been accused of censorship after withdrawing a work from its Tuileries Gardens in Paris for being sexually explicit. The work by the Dutch art and design collective Atelier Van Lieshout, entitled the Domestikator, was due to go on show later this month as part of the Hors les Murs public art programme organised by representatives of the Fiac contemporary art fair (19-22 October).</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Art Newspaper </em>explains: "[...] the erotic nature of the large-scale architectural structure, the outline of which depicts a couple having sex, prompted the Louvre&rsquo;s decision to bar the work from the gardens which are overseen by the museum."</p> <p>Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez tried to defend the decision by pointing to online feedback the installation had received.<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150030627/uk-s-second-tallest-tower-s-resemblance-to-a-sex-toy-raises-controversy UK's second tallest tower's resemblance to a sex toy raises controversy Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-28T13:56:00-04:00 >2017-09-30T17:40:38-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2a/2arjzwfzr57enioa.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2a/2arjzwfzr57enioa.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2a/2arjzwfzr57enioa.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2a/2arjzwfzr57enioa.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Peaking at 236 metres high, One Lansdowne will be taller than any Canary Wharf tower block and only eclipsed by The Shard, which is 95 floors and 310 metres.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The British are notorious for giving funny nicknames to their buildings. The construction of the One Lansdowne has not yet started, but <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4561245/uk-second-tallest-skyscraper-croydon-rampant-rabbit-sex-toy/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Londoners have already noticed</a> the tower's resemblance to a Rampant Rabbit sex toy.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y7/y7apj51rehq2vgy8.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/y7/y7apj51rehq2vgy8.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Platinum Rampant Rabbit Vibrator</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e025njmtcqmsr34j.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e025njmtcqmsr34j.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image CZWG Architects</figcaption></figure><p>The asymmetrical horse-shoe shaped complex is composed of two towers of 68 and 41 stories, linked by an 11-story podium. The towers will host affordable housing units, apartments, a hotel, a gym, commerces and office spaces. At 775 feet high, it would be the second tallest building in the UK.</p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7o/7ojxl23ztwnn5iod.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7o/7ojxl23ztwnn5iod.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image CZWG Architects</figcaption></figure><p>Croydon approved the design but the plans need to be approved by the mayor of London before construction starts.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/38/38a8s2a3d5s0uy25.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/38/38a8s2a3d5s0uy25.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image CZWG Architects</figcaption></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150016031/cuba-to-bring-back-hourly-rental-love-hotels Cuba to bring back hourly rental "love hotels" Nicholas Korody 2017-07-05T14:05:00-04:00 >2017-07-05T14:06:09-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nj/nj6lon89frndm3ml.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nj/nj6lon89frndm3ml.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nj/nj6lon89frndm3ml.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/nj/nj6lon89frndm3ml.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The authorities in the Cuban capital, Havana, say they are restoring a network of hotels where rooms are rented by the hour to lovers. State-run "posadas", or love motels, disappeared during Cuba's economic crisis in the 1990s, when they became hurricane shelters. Private householders filled the gap in the market, but at exorbitant prices. Officials say the posadas will be cheaper and will help end the practice of love-making in Havana's open spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/149942775/banal-sex-mansion-talking-about-sex-and-architecture-with-aaron-betsky-on-archinect-sessions-62 Banal Sex Mansion: talking about sex and architecture with Aaron Betsky, on Archinect Sessions #62 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-28T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-05-01T00:38:14-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sv/svpu9kfxkvd8n190.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sv/svpu9kfxkvd8n190.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sv/svpu9kfxkvd8n190.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sv/svpu9kfxkvd8n190.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>This week we&rsquo;re joined by special guest co-host <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/8399/aaron-betsky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Betsky</a>, author of <em>Queer Space: Architecture and Same-Sex Desire&nbsp;</em>and <em>Building Sex: Men, Women, Architecture &amp; the Construction of Sexuality</em>.&nbsp;As a strong presence in the architectural discourse of gender and sexuality since the 1990s, Betsky discusses with us a few of our recent Features published under April's special editorial theme, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/736637/april-sex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sex</a>, including:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940809/the-enduring-influence-of-playboy-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The enduring influence of "Playboy Architecture"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149941821/screen-print-41-family-planning-from-harvard-design-magazine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print #41: "Family Planning" from Harvard Design Magazine</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940944/the-gimp-room-the-padded-cell-the-medical-office-inside-the-world-of-kink-com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The gimp room, the padded cell, the medical office: inside the world of Kink.com</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/148988000/transparent-motives-the-ins-and-outs-of-sex-specific-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transparent Motives: the ins and outs of sex-specific architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941212/the-difference-between-porn-and-erotica-is-the-lighting-one-to-one-19-with-jake-jaxson-ceo-and-creative-director-at-cockyboys" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The difference between porn and erotica is the lighting." &ndash; One-to-One #19 with Jake Jaxson, CEO and Creative Director at CockyBoys</a></li></ul><p>Betsky was last on the podcast in his current professional capacity as the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119213308/aaron-betsky-to-lead-taliesin-west" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dean</a> at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at <a href="http://archinect.com/taliesin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taliesin</a>,&nbsp;to talk about the school's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116035941/wright-architecture-school-sets-fund-raising-goal-for-independence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">then-uncertain future</a>. You can li...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149940809/the-enduring-influence-of-playboy-architecture The enduring influence of "Playboy Architecture" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-14T20:25:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T00:24:56-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wz/wzo6hgidkh8ipfiv.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wz/wzo6hgidkh8ipfiv.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wz/wzo6hgidkh8ipfiv.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wz/wzo6hgidkh8ipfiv.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Elmhurst Art Museum presents the U.S. debut of Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979, featuring an extensive collection of photographs, films, architectural models and more from Playboy magazine&rsquo;s inception in 1953 through the 1970s. Curated by Professor Beatriz Colomina and Pep Aviles ... the exhibition showcases how architecture and design played a role in creating the Playboy fantasy as well as how Playboy magazine came to influence the world of architecture and design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We no doubt have Hugh Hefner and the Playboy empire to thank, in no minor part, for today's standards of architectural photography, and the preeminent role many midcentury designers, featured in their present day in Playboy, enjoy in today's culture.</p><p>Got your own take on how sex and sexuality intermingle with architecture? Submit to our open call for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940489/open-call-for-submissions-sex-aware-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our current editorial theme, Sex Aware Design</a>. Click <a href="http://arcnct.co/sex-submit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to submit.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Do these buildings turn you on? The psychology of curvy architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87448147/do-these-buildings-turn-you-on-the-psychology-of-curvy-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Do these buildings turn you on? The psychology of curvy architecture</a></li><li><a title="Building for a better Sex Life" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76192886/building-for-a-better-sex-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building for a better Sex Life</a></li><li><a title="Design Crime: An Office Shaped Like Lady Parts" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/22026824/design-crime-an-office-shaped-like-lady-parts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Crime: An Office Shaped Like Lady Parts</a></li><li><a title="US student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102553042/us-student-is-rescued-from-giant-vagina-sculpture-in-germany" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany</a></li><li><a title="Penis church, vagina stadium: Can genital-shaped architecture really be accidental?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87214571/penis-church-vagina-stadium-can-genital-shaped-architecture-really-be-accidental" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Penis church, vagina stadium: Can genital-shaped architecture really be accidental?</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149940489/open-call-for-submissions-sex-aware-design Open Call for Submissions: Sex Aware Design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-13T15:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:33:04-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/02/02c9hf5t34y32fj4.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/02/02c9hf5t34y32fj4.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/02/02c9hf5t34y32fj4.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/02/02c9hf5t34y32fj4.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>With April comes springtime, and a proliferation of reproduction symbols laden with the sticky pollen of the universal allergen &ndash; sex. We're devoting our next editorial issue on Archinect to themes of sex and sexuality in architecture, and we want you to submit (to our open call).</p><p>Effective immediately, we're accepting written and design work under the following guidelines:</p><p><strong>&#12299;EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS: <em>Architecture "Penthouse" Letters</em></strong><br>A skyscraper is never just a skyscraper &ndash; architecture, in its lines and curves, interiors and textures, is a sensual object. Its space and substance are all around us, and we spend our lives in a passionate, long-lasting relationship with it. Now, we want to hear how that admiration, devotion, fantasy, fetish, straight-up procreation &ndash; or whatever gets you going &ndash; intertwines with architecture. However architecture and sex become one in the same, send us your tales of architecture erotica.</p><p><strong>&#12299;PROJECT SUBMISSIONS: <em>Sex Aware Design</em></strong><br>We're looking for projects that w...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/87448147/do-these-buildings-turn-you-on-the-psychology-of-curvy-architecture Do these buildings turn you on? The psychology of curvy architecture Archinect 2013-11-26T12:34:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T10:12:16-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/12/12ji1teqvop3vmoc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/12/12ji1teqvop3vmoc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/12/12ji1teqvop3vmoc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/12/12ji1teqvop3vmoc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Oshin Vartanian and his colleagues slipped a group of people inside a brain-scanning machine and flashed hundreds of interior designs -- some curvy, some angular -- in front of them. They then had the choice of describing each room as either "beautiful" or "not beautiful." The study found that participants overwhelmingly preferred interior spaces with curving coffee tables, meandering sofas and winding floor patterns to rooms filled with angular furniture and rectilinear design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/76192886/building-for-a-better-sex-life Building for a better Sex Life Nam Henderson 2013-07-01T01:13:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T19:44:15-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4u/4uohyjvaf5v5oxkb.tiff?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4u/4uohyjvaf5v5oxkb.tiff?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4u/4uohyjvaf5v5oxkb.tiff?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4u/4uohyjvaf5v5oxkb.tiff?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s odd how little architects have had to say on the subject of sex. If they&rsquo;re routinely designing the buildings in which sex happens, then you might expect them to spend more time thinking about it. Buildings frame and house our sexual lives</p></em><br /><br /><p> Richard J Williams (Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at the University of Edinburgh) is the author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Buildings-Modern-Architecture-Revolution/dp/1780231040" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sex and Buildings: Modern Architecture and the Sexual Revolution (2013)</a>. In a recent piece he explores the&nbsp;relationship between sex, communal living and architecture. Mr. Williams,&nbsp;believes that architecture can improve our sex lives.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/22026824/design-crime-an-office-shaped-like-lady-parts Design Crime: An Office Shaped Like Lady Parts Archinect 2011-09-28T12:05:23-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z1/z1q5v9wg4m4y6gu9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z1/z1q5v9wg4m4y6gu9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z1/z1q5v9wg4m4y6gu9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z1/z1q5v9wg4m4y6gu9.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The showpiece is a staircase smack dab in the middle of the first-floor work room that leads to a second floor with a gaping white void painted red inside. Taranta says it's &ldquo;reminiscent of a large droplet of water ready to fall from the ceiling.&rdquo; Uh, yeah. If a &ldquo;large droplet of water&rdquo; looks exactly like a vagina.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/99931/karim-rashid-rates-dildo-designs Karim Rashid Rates Dildo Designs Orhan Ayyüce 2010-07-17T18:50:00-04:00 >2017-01-16T17:47:57-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3u/3urboqwe3zg2auz3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3u/3urboqwe3zg2auz3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3u/3urboqwe3zg2auz3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/3u/3urboqwe3zg2auz3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>German newspaper die Welt asked superstar global design machine and <a href="http://funfactory-store.net/home_en.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fun Factory</a> sextoy shop designer Karim Rashid to comment on dildos. For the one called <a href="http://www.welt.de/multimedia/archive/01149/Vib_Dinky_Digger_B_1149263p.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dinky Digger</a> he said, "this is a small animal, huh?" <a href="http://www.welt.de/lifestyle/article8427787/Star-Designer-beurteilt-hemmungslos-Vibratoren.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welt Online</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/50672/tmn-on-love-hotels TMN on Love Hotels Paul Petrunia 2007-01-17T11:21:00-05:00 >2017-07-05T14:10:38-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uh/uh7p5nsm0od3qaaq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uh/uh7p5nsm0od3qaaq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uh/uh7p5nsm0od3qaaq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uh/uh7p5nsm0od3qaaq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Morning News has a great photo gallery of <a href="http://themorningnews.org/archives/galleries/love_hotels/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese Love Hotels</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nf/nf4ek8lj68t2ovbd.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nf/nf4ek8lj68t2ovbd.jpg"></a></p><figcaption></figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/b6/b6mqh0b4h4arlh5p.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/b6/b6mqh0b4h4arlh5p.jpg"></a></p><figcaption></figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/52/52mdo94g6tvmod0m.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/52/52mdo94g6tvmod0m.jpg"></a></p><figcaption></figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/t8/t8mcclkn87ottife.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/t8/t8mcclkn87ottife.jpg"></a></p><figcaption></figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/c1/c17ya4zc3jn63j5k.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/c1/c17ya4zc3jn63j5k.jpg"></a></figure></figure><p><br><em>Unlike the dank motels where Americans allegedly seek anonymous sex, Japan&rsquo;s love hotels are playful and unapologetically sexual. Photographer Misty Keasler shows the humor, desire, and even the loneliness of these empty rooms.</em><br></p>