Berkshire County, Massachusetts
by Sara Frantz
Rolling Berkshire hills
as seen from Lee, Massachusetts (my hometown) Primarily known for its
rolling hills, the Berkshires are also known for the arts: Tanglewood,
Taylor, Clark Art
Rockwell and Jacob’s Pillow
to name a few. One of my absolute favorite art gems is Mass MOCA (Massachuse...
The Birth of Seismic Design : Ferrara Italy 1570
Sunday November 16th
15709:30am – The first strong earthquake strikes outside of the
city, 600 pieces of stone masonry are documented to have fallen from the
perimeter battlements. The day is hampered with light tremors and small aftershocks8:00pm – The second strong quake hits the whole of Ferrara,
most of the unsu...
Spiritual Pilgrimage to India
past December I visited India on a spiritual pilgrimage through some of the
holiest sites in Hinduism and Sikhism, the two religions practiced in my
family. Throughout my life as a teenager and into my twenties I always felt a
deeper connection to India and developed curiosities into my family’s history. During
When planning to visit relatives in Ukraine, I was
constantly reminded to make sure I fit in a visit to Lviv during my trip. After
several days in Kiev, I took an 8 hour train to Lviv which ended up being one
of the most uniquely beautiful places I had ever seen in Europe. Although just
a train ride away from Kiev, I fe...
This past April on a visit to Los Angeles to celebrate my brother-in-law
Alexis’ birthday, we took a side trip to Joshua Tree, the national park in the Mojave
Desert with one particularly remarkable architectural and
experiential surprise attraction… The Integratron!The Integratron – 38 foot hig...
Manhattan seems both like a very small and very large
place to me. The density in terms of buildings and people in Manhattan makes
the time to travel one mile much greater than it would to go the same distance
in a suburban town. This allows this small island to have neighborhoods and
places with vastly different person...
by Ross Padluck
hand is a copy of MIMAR HOUSES,
printed in 1987, a beautifully illustrated journal of residential architecture
from the developing world. MIMAR was
co-founded by one of my former professors, the late Brian Brace Taylor, with
whom I studied 19th century sublime and 18th century
classical European landscape architect...
by Yi Huang
One of my earliest memories as a toddler was being whisked
away on an airplane and reunited with my parents in a foreign country. All that I understood of my future home was
there would be a yard and lots of orange juice - that was enough to convince my
5-year-old self. I was too young to
remember much of my...
Sublime Acts of Poetic Imagination – Two Projects of Luis Barragán
by Alex Colucci
In his 1980 Pritzker
Architecture Prize acceptance speech, Luis Barragán said: “It is alarming that
publications devoted to architecture have banished from their pages the words
Beauty, Inspiration, Magic, Spellbound, Enchantment, as well as the concepts of
Serenity, Silence, Intimacy and Amazement.” He went o...
I’ve long had a fascination with social insects, species that live in
group integration, division of
labor, and overlap of generations. It all started with the book The
Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration, an intriguing read
about the cooperation and communication of th...
the holiday break I took a trip to Pittsburgh, PA to visit my friend. The
freezing temperatures made exploring Pittsburgh unpleasant, so we tried to stay
indoors as much as possible. However, one outdoor attraction made bearing the
cold worthwhile. Hug Robot at Randyland entranceWithin
an average looking neig...
Hassan II Mosque
visiting Morocco last month, I had a very hard time deciding which cities to
visit in just a week. Everything I read hinted that Casablanca was one of the
more disappointing cities to see in Morocco as its name (associated with the
award-winning 1942 movie) carried a lot of weight and romanticized the city.