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.

 

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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?

Your moment of zen.

June 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

Courtesy of Uncles Tom and Lorenzo.

“Shoes, unlike children, should be seen.”

Ada.

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. 

Goal.

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.

Clever.

March 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

I love simple. I love inspired. I love clever. I love science and art mixed together.

Hence, I love this. h/t my modern met.

Here’s a sample:

 

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.

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