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. 

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.

Archinature cont.

December 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

I was trying to find this when I posted previously, but could not for the life of me remember where it was and what it was called. I saw this on a post recently, and it completely embodies “archinature” to me.

photo by Kristof Vrancken / Z33

This church, designed by Gijs Van Vaereburgh, is in Belgium. It’s called “Reading between the lines”.

It’s so beautiful for so many reasons.

Check out more photos at Architecture Lab, and the story at the architect’s website.


December 22, 2012 § 2 Comments

I have a new favorite word.



November 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Love is one of those words that’s meaning cannot be expressed through words. It is an overwhelming emotion that takes a hold of all of us, intertwines it in every fiber, and changes us for the better.

That is how I feel about this photo and story.

“Most people have heard of Koko, the gorilla who could speak about 1000 words in Sign Language, and understand about 2000 in English. What most people don’t know, however, is that Koko was an avid Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan. When Fred Rogers took a trip out to meet Koko for his show, not only did she immediately wrap her arms around him and embrace him, she did what she’d always seen him do onscreen: she proceeded to take his shoes off.”

From Filmaker’s Facebook page.


here’s your sad.

November 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Follow that Bird showed up on Netflix tonight. I don’t know if I can watch it.

I just told Jeff, my husband, that blue Big Bird makes me so horribly sad. It was the first time I really recognized what “sad” was when I was tiny. That emotions were so much more than just happy, or angry that I wasn’t getting my way.

So, instead of the T-Lo version of “here’s your pretty”, here’s your sad.

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