This sounds fascinating.

September 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

I kind of wish I were in London to check it out.

It’s a “play” about a fictional elderly architect couple in a museum, where visitors read the script while walking through a set. Pretty fascinating idea; one which allows your perceptions to interpret each aspect.

And as a far-away viewer, my first response is thus:
The architects I know would be seriously annoyed with how those frames are lined up in the photo for the exhibit.

More info on the exhibit here.



Architecture and ethics.

July 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Wow. This is a fascinating piece, from both a design perspective, as well as a social wellness perspective. I completely recommend 99 percent invisible, but also this podcast in particular.

Prison architecture. Who knew?


April 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ada Louise Huxtable. Look her up. She is brilliant.

I was a bit disappointed to pick up her book on Frank Lloyd Wright (prairie style holds a special place in my heart, growing up down the street from a Purcell/Elmslie house, and living in the Midwest.)  It turns out that she researched it, but did not write a chunk of it; instead preferring to reprint some of what others have written about his life. Nonetheless, her perspective on him is comprehensive and I appreciate how she integrates his life with his work.

But honestly, how can you go wrong with a woman who fiercely defends the recognition of how the built environment impacts our lives? Not just from the architect’s perspective, but the community as well.  This is the epitome of sustainability.

I recommend reading her, if you haven’t already. She put a voice to an inanimate perspective. 


March 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

If I am ever in a position to do this, a main goal in my life is to rid the world of overhead flourescent lights.

tears of laughter.

February 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

So, I just happened around these architecture valentines. I’ve seen a lot of people making specific valentines, and some are pretty good, others are a little lame.

But there is one that I saw and laughed until tears came down my face. You have to be someone who has worked with architects or is an architect (specifically in the modern sector) to get this, but damn is it funny if you do get it.

Others are here.

Also, Love isn’t just for couples…everyone experiences some form of love. Whether you love your parrot, cat, husband, wife, friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, shoes or whatever else…Happy Valentine’s Day.

So, it’s been a while.

February 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

Sorry about the delay in writing folks. In all honesty, it’s not that I haven’t had the time, it’s that I haven’t been inspired. I’ve spent a lot of the last month trying not to be sick, and feeling the winter blues.

This week, though, marked a really interesting article that is a bit personal to me. I used to work at Mahlum Architects in Seattle. I adored it. My entire perspective changed while working there, and it was because of the way my colleagues thought. I started to pay attention to what was around me, and how it was designed, and how it affected not just me, but others as well.

This week, on ArchDaily, the editor’s choice is an article by my friend and old colleague, Corrie Rosen. She is an educational architect by job, but also did some pro bono work with Mahlum on women’s shelters. This article compares how schools can be healing and safe places for students, and how it relates to shelters.

She doesn’t like the publicity for herself, but honestly, I can’t think of a better person to engage this conversation. She brought back my inspiration.

So, enjoy.

This Eight Things Domestic Violence Shelters Can Teach Us About School Design.

Oh, and I’ll add a photo from one of the school’s Mahlum has designed. They are gorgeous, and I would love for my future kids to attend any of these schools.

Photo of Rosa Parks Elementary School, by Benjamin Benschneider.

Good things.

December 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today has been a good day, for many reasons. First off, I slept last night for the first time in a while. It was glorious waking up refreshed rather than exhausted.

Breakfast at a local coffee joint, then this:

Purcell-Cutts House Living Room

That is the Purcell Cutts house (photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts). Living in Minneapolis, Prairie-School Architecture has a great meaning. Elmslie and Purcell were both here, and there is a rich history of buildings they provided the city – and state.

The Purcell Cutts house was designed by Purcell and Elmslie for Purcell. However, the Purcell’s only lived in it for a few years before selling it to the Cutts, who lived in it from 1919 to 1985, when it was gifted to the MIA. They kept everything original. Which is so rare.

The entire house is gorgeous. I felt instantly at home there, and could live there quite happily. Being in the city, and so close to your neighbors, but feeling nothing but privacy and a connection to nature is something the Prairie-School does best. I wish we could all live in a house like this.

The house is delightful, and if you’re ever in the Twin Cities, I recommend touring it. More photos here.

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