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.
Another day, another scintillating exploration of the Hudson Valley, this time to Manitoga, Russel Wright’s home and studio
built on the rock ledge of an old quarry. View of the Hudson from nearby Cold Spring. Reminds me of a Japanese
wood block print.Russel Wright was one of the best known designers of the 19...
you turn onto the Rue Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, Morocco, you hear many
different languages coming from the line of tourists waiting to enter the Jardin Majorelle. The famous garden
was started in 1923 when artist Jacques Majorelle bought
a four-acre plot of land on the border of a palm grove. Eventually Majore...
by Yi Huang
Recently, I had the chance to
travel to the Azores,
a volcanic island chain located roughly 1,600 miles west of Lisbon, Portugal. Far away from the streets of continental
Portugal, the Azores felt like a snapshot of a time long past - a simpler
life. Although known more for its lush
greenery and yearlong mi...
by Joe Carline
800 feet above the Gulf of Salerno in the town
of Furore, Italy, sits Serafina
Agriturismo, a stunning family run farm and Inn. Farmhouse Serafina began
as a working farm with a side business of catering to hungry trekkers looking for
lunch. It is now a full B&B and agricultural tourism destination.Once you find the...