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

Spiritual Pilgrimage to India

by Kabir Karnani

This 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... Read More

08/02/18

Lviv, Ukraine

by Dora Dmitriev

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, ... Read More

07/19/18

The Integratron

by Margie Lavender

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 ... Read More

07/12/18

Multifaceted Manhattan

by Bailey Mcgrath

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... Read More

07/05/18

Mimar Houses

by Ross Padluck

In hand is a copy of MIMAR HOUSES, printed in 1987, a beautifully illustrated journal of residential architecture from the developing world. MIMAR was co-founded by one of my former professors, the late Brian Brace Taylor, with whom I studied 19th century sublime and 18th century classical European landscape arc... Read More

06/14/18

China

by Yi Huang

One of my earliest memories as a toddler was being whisked away on an airplane and reunited with my parents in a foreign country.  All that I understood of my future home was there would be a yard and lots of orange juice - that was enough to convince my 5-year-old self.  I was too young to remember much o... Read More

04/26/18