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
by Doug Crisp
a recent trip to Paris I decided I would attempt to see some of the lesser
known (and perhaps less respected) architectural landmarks. Most of these
buildings were social housing complexes located on the outskirts of the city in areas that weren't exactly on the 'must-see' Paris list.I
had read about these comple...
More than a Reading Room
by Rachel C.
With the Industrial Revolution (literally) gaining speed throughout the US and Europe, the mid-1800s ushered in a new era of architectural expectation, design, and construction. French architect Henri Labrouste embraced the technical and architectural questions of this era and essentially redefined modern architecture ...
A Parisian Hidden Gem: The Sainte-Chapelle
In the heart of Paris, France stands a small Gothic chapel
with a humble exterior but a truly breathtaking interior. The Sainte-Chapelle (“Holy Chapel”) was built in the 13th
century by Pierre de Montreuil for Louis IX to use as his royal chapel and to
house relics of the Passion. The Lower Chapel served...
Le Corbusier Pilgrimage
by Doug Crisp
late summer of 2016 I took an architectural pilgrimage of sorts, tracing some
of the pivotal works of Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. 15th century chateau in Trélissac.Noted as one of the founding fathers of Modernist architecture, Corbusier’s works were in startling opposition to the popula...
A Tale of Two Houses; London and Paris
Humans invent things--it's just the way we are. We use new technologies all they time and they open up new possibilities and things we haven't considered before. Soane's house on Lincoln's Inn Fields. But sometimes our ideas outstrip available technology, and solutions to new ideas are found with previous ge...
Vive La France!
In honor of Bastille Day, we celebrate two important French architects that continue to inspire us today: Claude-Nicolas Ledoux and Auguste Perret. Claude-Nicolas LedouxA fashionable architect in the 18th century, Ledoux began his career designing private houses in the Neoclassical style for the upper echelon of ...
Une maison est une machine-à-habiter. Le Corbusier famously said that houses were machines made for living. He wondered, why should houses look so traditional when we live in the Machine Age? His Villa Savoye is a stunning example of this philosophy.The villa was built in 1929, during an age ripe with innovation. Loc...
Another from the Shoe Box
by John Ike
In the spirit of Joel’s shoe box archive, we blew the dust off a project from twenty years ago, the interior decoration of a grand old house in New Jersey.A ceramic display by Mongiardino.At the time I was enamored with Henri Samuel and Renzo Mongiardino, two icons of the past century. They both were experts at mixing gen...
A Quick Break for Le Corbusier
Looks like Corbusier could have used a break from the office as well. There are a lot of things I like about this blog. I’ll admit - one of them is its ability to get me out of the office. “Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes,” the recently opened retrospective at MoMA of the Swiss modernist, then, was an...