April 9, 2020

Hi From My Architecture Blog,

I am posting for the first time in a while. I have not been supplying any new Blog goodies due to my disenchantment with virtual reality.  I believe the best way to meet people for business and for family and friends is in person.  I intend...

January 25, 2017

Some Sites are  just plain strange.  Take this example: a renovation of an existing 70 year old balloon frame house.  The zoning was such that nothing about the home's footprint  footprint could change. 

January 24, 2017

This little gem is the Walter Gropius house. Gropius may be one of the most underrated architects of the 20th century. His tenure as dean of Harvard's school of architecture was a continuation of his teaching career started at the Bauhause in Germany--a building comple...

December 29, 2016

THE 250th BIRTHDAY OF CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH!
I love that man---and his wife.

Mac was what I aspired to be an architect-- unique in all facets. (a friend called me Kenny Rennie Mackintosh in architecture school) He had his own style from the drawings, lettering, and...

December 17, 2016

I was there. Peter Eisenman designed an apartment building right in front of Checkpoint Charlie. The skewed grid is because the wall actually separated the city of Berlin where two street grids meet at different angles. The red line is, of course, the wall. No more wal...

November 22, 2016

Ever wonder what the future will be like?  Since that darnn apple was bitten by humans we have been stuck with memory and so the past and the future came into being. Once out of Eden folks have been trying to get back to the garden. Architects speculate on the future,...

November 16, 2016

This past March the architecture world lost Zaha Hadid.  Her passing left me sad.  Anyone passing at a young age (65) is tragic and Zaha was very talented. She was a giant and was building all over the world--a Starchitect.  Zaha, and Frank Gerhy--another Starchitect ,...

November 13, 2016

Architects are strange people. They go to weird places for weird reasons The Maison de Verre, or house of Glass by Pierre Chareau in Paris, France is one of these places. The glass block facade allows for massive amounts of light but still affords total privacy. Althou...

November 13, 2016

Many people love Falling Water, the house near Pittsburgh, PA, designed for the Kaufmann family by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935. Wright supposedly designed this in a few hours. The owner called saying he wanted to see how the design was progressing and drove out to see M...

November 13, 2016

What do these modern and Norman buildings have in common? More than you may think. The modern dormitory is by Louis I Kahn and is part of the same campus, Bryn Mawr College, as the Norman / Collegiate style buildings that preceded it. Kahn's use of slate veneers, light...

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