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 […]
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 […]
Sea Ranch California Style
Architect and planner Al Boeke envisioned a community that would preserve the area’s natural beauty. Boeke first surveyed the land in 1962. In 1963, Oceanic California Inc., a division of Castle and Cooke Inc., purchased the land from the Ohlsons and assembled a design team. Principal designers who were recruited by Boeke included American architects […]
The Original Tiny House
In the United States the average size of new single family homes grew from 1,780 square feet (165 m2) in 1978 to 2,479 square feet (230.3 m2) in 2007, despite a decrease in the size of the average family. Reasons for this include increased material wealth and prestige.
The small house movement is a return to […]
The Updated Chicago 3 Flat
What is a Chicago Three Flat? It is a very common housing type in Chicago neighborhoods–A residential building with three units typically two units directly above the first floor unit. Each unit will have the basic needs for a home including but not limited to bedrooms, at least one bathroom, a kitchen, heat and electric. […]
Charles Moore Architect from the Univ of Texas Archive
There are photos of drawings created by the amazing Charles Moore, he lived and built a house in Ausitn, TX while teaching at UT in the 1980s. These are some actual drawings of his earlier work. I made an appointment to look at these drawings in the archive, most people don’t know that his actual work exists […]