Affordable Housing Crisis in America
The issue of affordable housing is complex and multifaceted, with numerous cost and regulatory barriers preventing the construction of new, affordable housing units. Two articles, “Why Does American Multifamily Architecture Look So Banal?” by The Architect’s Newspaper, and a Reddit post by a Los Angeles-based architect specializing in multifamily housing, shed light on some of […]
Daisy Jones and the Six and Fleetwood Mac connections
In the novel “Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Billy Dunne is a fictional character who is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the band. He is portrayed as a brooding and complicated individual who struggles with addiction and personal demons.
Lindsey Buckingham, on the other hand, is a real-life […]
Fake La Tourettes and Copy Cat Architecture
There has been some media attention in china to copycat architecture. Well I assure you, it has been around a long, long time.
From Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s book called Learning from Las Vegas, in the chapter called Ugly and Ordinary Architecture the section “From La Tourette to Newman-Marcus” they point out Modern […]
The Star Trek Economy: Beyond Poverty, Politics, and War
America is a great country, but with rising medical bills, the existence of poor, starving and homeless people, disease, and other horrible things in this world, my point is that there is always room for improvement. In his book Critical Path (p199) he says that we are capable of “producing and sustaining a higher standard of […]
Aspen on the Cheap
Well there is no such thing, cheap and Aspen don’t go in the same sentence – Aspen and expensive go in the same sentence together. This place oozes chichi cool. Ritzy playground for the rich. And so what if I like it. I like to pretend to be rich, and maybe I’ll see Mariah […]
Marfa, Texas – Minimalism Mecca
Today, Marfa is a tourist destination and a major center for Minimalist art. Attractions include Building 98, the Chinati Foundation, artisan shops, historical architecture, a classic Texas town square, modern art installments, art galleries, and the Marfa lights.
The area around Marfa […]
Robie House Revisited – Chicago 2016
This building is always a blast from the past, last time I visited this place, was 17 years ago! It is a strong piece of architecture. A residence located across the street from University of Chicago (U of C, not UIC, just so you don’t say the wrong acronymn). It sits on a corner […]
Founded in 1997, the Chicago-based firm Studio Gang Architects—led by Jeanne Gang and Mark Schendel—has become known for deftly bridging architectural theory and practice. The thirteen projects presented in this exhibition illustrate the diversity of SGA’s practice and demonstrate how its tailored approach of privileging research as a way to build a strategic and informed […]