Home for the Holidays
by Ross Padluck
While scrolling through Instagram this December, I’ve come across some
inspiring photos of homes all decked out for the Christmas season. Here are
some of my favorites, in no particular order:Natural
evergreens, wreaths and pinecones dress up the classic entryway of this Portsmouth, New Hampshire home.Simple
Living Across the Hudson
family-owned pharmacy in HobokenA few years ago,
I read The Image of the City by Kevin
Lynch after I had just moved from Scranton, Pennsylvania (my hometown) to
Jersey City, New Jersey. I bought the book quite impulsively; at the time I had
a vague sort of interest in the topic of urbanism and I remembered being...
Introduction to the Wildland Urban Interface
by Tyler Velten
Landsat 8 satellite caught this image of the Camp Fire on Nov. 8. The town of
Chico can be seen in the lower left corner of the image. (Photo Credit
NASA/Joshua Stevens with Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey)California’s
fire season has finally come to a close leaving many communities reeling from
Growing up in a suburb of Washington D.C., my family and I would
always head into the city to visit museums. Little did I know, barely a 10
minute drive from my childhood home stands The
Glenstone. The name "Glenstone" is derived from Glen Road, where the
property line begins and after the stone native to the area. ...
How About A Little Solidarity?!
by Drew Davis
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
The Barnes Foundation
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...
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 (Mas...
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 ...
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. Duri...
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, ...
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 ...
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 pe...