When I mentioned to some friends that I would be vacationing in Washington, D.C., most of them told me about the Smithsonian museums which offer free admissions. While I did end up visiting a few of these amazing museums, I also went to one that nobody suggested: the National Building Museum. This museum is dedicated to the interpretation of the history and impact of the built environment, and is perfect for architects, planners, landscape architects, and designers. (I knew about the museum because it helped to organize a symposium on Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. that I attended a few years ago). Here are some highlights of the museum: [Read more…] about A Museum for Architects and Planners
Over the weekend I was glad to do my monthly architecture tour through Los Angeles and Orange County. On my tour I was in search of grey flames, hot emerging materials and textures that exist within a grayscale spectrum but are much more vibrant than mundane. I analyzed and criticized aluminum, zinc, metal, grey paint, grey concrete, etc, and found these images (below) as a result, enjoy! [Read more…] about Grey Flames: Aluminum Photo Blog
“ What do Shaq’s party shoes and the Dodger’s Stadium have in common?… they both have similar square feet.”
As a fan of square foot ‘dress’ shoes, I believe the historic link between shoe fashion and multifamily architecture to be quite interesting. On the accompanying image there is an implicit link between the hidden keystone and selling the image of ‘great arch support’ that transforms a solid column into a horizontal billboard. [Read more…] about Of Cents and Ratios
The Campanile at the University of California, Berkeley, will be turning 100 years old next year -for those that do not already know. To celebrate this special centennial occasion the school is planning several events around summertime culminating in the 2015 Homecoming celebration (LaDawn Duvall, Campus Executive Director of Visitor and Parent Services). [Read more…] about Happy Birthday, Campanile!!
What images come to mind when you think of Oakland, California? It seems that many people tend to only associate this Bay Area city with crime, police misconduct (like what happened with the Occupy Oakland demonstrations), a struggling economy, and out of control Raiders fans. [Read more…] about The Image of Oakland
On a recent visit to Cal-Earth’s open house and interactive tour (at a colleague’s request) I realized three major benefits of such a trip: the personal benefit of often irrational actions or events, like exploring huts 60 miles away in a desert in California; the social benefit of desert living; and the potential architectural benefit of [Read more…] about Juxta-Prose: Mass Hesperia!!
Do you like to travel and explore different cities? I definitely do! While I travel mostly for pleasure (rather than business), the planner in me cannot help but observe, study, and evaluate the places I visit. [Read more…] about Exploring and Observing: Fun City Tours
Do you love L.A. architecture? This is a follow-up to my previous article which highlighted three must-see exhibitions for planners, architects, and just about anyone interested in Los Angeles, architecture, and/or urban design. [Read more…] about Who Loves L.A. Architecture: Part II
Do you love Los Angeles and its architecture? Are you crazy about hand-made drawings, three-dimensional models, ambitious plans, and visually stunning graphics? [Read more…] about Who Loves L.A. Architecture?