Caesarea, Israel

by Dora Dmitriev

Caesarea Harbor viewSituated on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, Caesarea is a town known for Caesarea National Park. About an hour drive north from Tel Aviv, you can experience the archaeological park complete with a Roman amphitheater, hippodrome, pillars, and frescoes.Columns and Upper palace floorHallway mosaic t... Read More

03/07/19

Gertrude Jekyll Gardens

by Molly Denver

It’s that time of year - the cold, bitter mid-winter doldrums take over.  You trudge through snowbanks to check your mailbox and behold!  Your mailbox is stuffed with seed and plant catalogs banking on your excitement to see spring break through with a riot of color!  If you’ve ever gone online ... Read More

02/28/19

The International Style & Its Counterfeit

by Michael Stonikinis

Recently I’ve noticed that the topic of Rome has come up in casual conversation with friends and coworkers on more than a few occasions. Needing only to reflect briefly on these circumstances, I soon came to the embarrassing realization that in almost all instances I was the one responsible for raising the subject... Read More

02/14/19

Towards a Colorful and Colonial Architecture

by Luis Jasso

On my recent visit to my home country, Mexico for the holidays, my family decided to go on a road trip. We departed from Matamoros, the Northeastern tip of the country where I grew up to Guanajuato, a city in central Mexico known for its silver mining and colonial architecture. The trip should have taken 10.5 hours ... Read More

02/07/19

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 ... Read More

12/20/18

Living Across the Hudson

by Michael Stonikinis

A 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... Read More

12/13/18

Introduction to the Wildland Urban Interface

by Tyler Velten

The 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 ... Read More

12/06/18

Glenstone Museum

by Dora Dmitriev

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. ... Read More

11/29/18

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.&nb... Read More

11/15/18

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... Read More

10/18/18

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, James Taylor, Clark Art Institute, Norman Rockwell and Jacob’s Pillow to name a few. One of my absolute favorite art gems is Mass MOCA (Mas... Read More

08/23/18

The Birth of Seismic Design : Ferrara Italy 1570

by Anthony Zampolin

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 ... Read More

08/09/18