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 and... 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 (Massachuse... 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 unsu... 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. During ... 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, I fe... 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 hig... 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 person... 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 architect... 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 of my... Read More

04/26/18

Sublime Acts of Poetic Imagination – Two Projects of Luis Barragán

by Alex Colucci

In his 1980 Pritzker Architecture Prize acceptance speech, Luis Barragán said: “It is alarming that publications devoted to architecture have banished from their pages the words Beauty, Inspiration, Magic, Spellbound, Enchantment, as well as the concepts of Serenity, Silence, Intimacy and Amazement.” He went o... Read More

04/19/18

Beekeeping

by Margie Lavender

I’ve long had a fascination with social insects, species that live in colonies, manifest group integration, division of labor, and overlap of generations. It all started with the book The Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration, an intriguing read about the cooperation and communication of th... Read More

01/11/18

Randyland

by Dora Dmitriev

Over the holiday break I took a trip to Pittsburgh, PA to visit my friend. The freezing temperatures made exploring Pittsburgh unpleasant, so we tried to stay indoors as much as possible. However, one outdoor attraction made bearing the cold worthwhile. Hug Robot at Randyland entranceWithin an average looking neig... Read More

01/04/18