How About A Little Solidarity?!

by Drew Davis

Louis Kahn is a great architect. See past blog post. What’s more, there is a recently completed project by the late Louis Kahn right here in NYC. On the southern tip of Roosevelt Island stands the FDR Four Freedoms Park commemorating a speech given by FDR to Congress and the American people in 1941.  T... Read More

11/15/18

In the Land of the Bungalow

by Ashley Walton

On a recent trip to California, I had the chance to sneak in a quick trip to one of America’s most influential houses- Charles and Henry Greene’s iconic "Ultimate Bungalow", the Gamble House. By the mid-nineteenth century, architects were beginning to turn away from the monumental, historic styles of the p... Read More

11/08/18

Free Space: The Venice Biennale of Architecture

by Anthony Zampolin

Entrance to ArsenalCurated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, the focus of the 2018 Venice Architectural Biennale is "Free Space". The exhibition addresses "the question of space, the quality of space, and open/free space" lending the theme and title "Free Space" to this year’s displays.Collection of +100 ... Read More

11/01/18

Pacific Northwest

by Yi Huang

For those seeking an escape to the outdoors, the pacific northwest is an ideal destination - well known for its beautiful coastline and vast forests of Douglas-fir, cedar, and spruce trees.  Within an expanse of land stretching from Washington to northern California, plentiful precipitation makes this region the o... Read More

10/25/18

The Barnes Foundation

by Dora Dmitriev

This month I took a quick weekend trip to Philadelphia. Having been to most of the museums in Philly before, I finally got a chance to visit the Barnes Foundation - that came highly recommended.Reflecting pool at The Barnes Foundation entranceThe Art Museum relocated from Merion, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia in 2012 and... Read More

10/18/18

Savannah, Georgia

by Andrew Dolan

I recently traveled down to Savannah, Georgia to help a friend relocate and, to be honest, I didn’t expect to love Savannah as much as I did. It’s a quaint, quintessentially southern town that hosts a vast range of architectural styles and a rich history. Of this vast range of architectural styles, you can find home... Read More

10/11/18

Museum of Civilization, Quebec City

by Zephyr Fang

Last month I spent a weekend in Old Quebec City. The town was built by French settlers in the 17th century.  They started from a strip of land under the cliff along the St. Lawrence River, then moved to the top of the hill. Today, this hill separates the towns into a lower town and upper town. Map of CanadaI found ... Read More

10/04/18

Raymond Hood

by Robert Rohena

Walking by the lobby entrance to IKB’s office, you would be hard pressed to find a single soul looking up from their cell phone to take a second look at the building. The McGraw- Hill building is located right next to Port Authority and is covered in scaffolding that often serves as a hovel for the less fortunate duri... Read More

09/27/18

Down the Rabbit Hole

by Molly Denver

Social Media has some amazing vehicles that allow us to communicate and learn, from connecting to someone you went to high school with on Facebook to sharing photos on Instagram with your boss (Shout-out to Tom Kligerman who keeps Instagram hopping with amazing photos!)Enter, Pinterest.  I don’t recall how I bec... Read More

09/20/18

Unusual Encounters

by Ilana Simhon

The most memorable part of a trip isn’t always the architectural monuments themselves, but sometimes the inconsequential moments while in transit, or the seemingly mundane details that a local might never rethink.In Laos, it was the rest stop somewhere between Luang Brabang and Vang Vieng with toilets, but mostly squ... Read More

09/13/18

Using the Right Tool for the Job

by Eric Manahan

“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” - Abraham MaslowWorking at IKB I have been fortunate enough to have been given a wonderful arsenal of tools at my disposal.  AutoCAD for fine details, Revit for comprehensive projects, Rhino for organic forms, and Photoshop for last minute image ... Read More

09/06/18

Invisible Cities

by Kaycee Park

A friend who understood my fondness for beautiful and strange descriptions once recommended this book to me. It is popular with many artists and designers, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has not read it. Invisible Cities, by Italian writer Italo Calvino, was written in 1972, but it reads in a timeless manner. ... Read More

08/30/18