July 15, 2016

Why can’t we have nice things?

Because we tear the nice things down. We are building huggers. We discuss here and in real life, the importance of Historic Preservation and adaptive reuse […]
July 13, 2016

Have you ever wondered what a Foley Artist does?

The fine folks at F-Stoppers posted this video by Feast Films about Foley Artists. So, yo begin, a Foley Artist is someone who works in film […]
July 11, 2016

A Toast to the Stagehands

A Toast to the Stagehands is a brilliant video we recently stumbled upon courtesy of our friend Steven Jordan. It’s well worth the few minutes to watch, […]
July 7, 2016

Brick or Glass? A design choice.

and a cool design choice at that. I wonder how I would render these using Vectorworks and Renderworks? Seems easy enough, and straight forward enough. Apparently […]
July 5, 2016

Adaptive Reuse; a solution for the big box stores

We like Adaptive Reuse, but it is a pity these big empty relics are out on the highway, unless some can also become homes… There is […]
July 1, 2016

Lorem Ipsum What?

Or Lorem Ipsum Who? Not quite real Latin but not quite total gibberish either, Lorem ipsum is the dummy text you seen in almost any sample […]
June 29, 2016

Bars and Tone

Occasionally, we get to catch a glimpse of the hidden tests that ensure our technology-infused world runs smoothly: color bars (Bars and Tone- it ain’t just […]
June 27, 2016

What’s with the teapot?

Many computer rendering and graphics applications use teapot iconography. You may have thought that the teapot represented going to make some tea while the computer worked. […]
June 24, 2016

Required Weekend Reading

This will be short and sweet. This is required weekend reading. Read this blog post. Then get this book. I suggest really buying the book from […]
June 10, 2016

Everybody needs an almost personal Lagoon

Although we can’t endorse building in Miami, a city that sits on limestone, lagoons are legendary. Miami is going to be particularly hard hit by the […]
June 8, 2016

Swoopy Architecture is Sexy

Especially in Paris, cause everything about Paris is sexy, architecture is no exception. This planned residential building in Paris evokes the work of Oscar Niemeyer. Regular […]
May 13, 2016

Glamour Shots Before Photoshop

Photo retouching in the early part of the 20th century happened, but it wasn’t easy. From Petapixel, here is a great example of photographer Greg Hurrell‘s […]
January 14, 2010

White Chocolate – 2 Stereotypes Smashed

When one typically thinks of a confectioner in Basel, Switzerland, the image that comes to mind is usually and old, possibly Victorian space and dark earth […]
January 19, 2010

I think I am offended

I generally like the sensibility of Ouno Design, but I take exception to her comments in this post about the design of the Canadian Pavilion at […]
January 20, 2010

2 responses to 1 offense

Lorraine of Ouno Design responded to my post yesterday on her blog in the comments. I followed suit. Chime in here or there.
January 27, 2010

15 reasons to love or hate Dwell Magazine

We’ve loved and/or hated Dwell since it first began publishing. This Tumblr makes fun of some of the things we hate. Like any publication, Dwell has […]
January 27, 2010

Design Within Reach: Mad Neon Sign Love

From Design Within Reach Design Notes: Neon is a noble gas, and that’s not a reference to Prince Charles and baked beans. Rather, the term refers […]
January 29, 2010

Modernist Design Master: Catalano

Eduardo Fernando Catalano (1917-2010) a brilliant modernist architect from Buenos Aries passed away yesterday. I’ve been a fan of his work since I was introduced to […]
February 15, 2010

Preserving the Design Future

Fans of Mid-Century modern architecture got a shot in the arm last week as the Los Angeles City Council designated a tract of homes in Granada […]
February 16, 2010

3 Great Metal Fabrics

Forget Texas, they do things bigger in Dubai! I saw what they call ‘The Creek’ in Dubai when I was there consulting with Al Arabiya, it reminded […]
March 26, 2010

Gehry and Ike?!?

I wonder if they used Vectorworks? I know that Frank Gehry’s firm has a proprietary CAD application that they use to develope his trademark sail like […]
April 7, 2010

Maybe too much is, well, too much

Wilt Chamberlin’s 1970’s modernist home, “Ursa Major,”  has been blogged about quite a bit lately. I’ll just link to this Midcentury Architecture post for all the […]
May 1, 2010

Living Modern

We live and work in a mid-century modern home. One of our first guests, a colleague who is a lighting designer remarked that we had bought […]
May 10, 2010

Metaphor and Architecture

Sometimes a perfection illustration has to be obvious. In this case, I think obvious and subtle simultaneously. Most artists use metaphor in developing their work. We […]