Australian Modernism – Robin Boyd and My Grandparents’ ‘Peninsula I’ Home

by Doug Crisp

Recently I had the pleasure of participating in some architectural detective work, located on the other side of the globe in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia.The Robin Boyd Foundation, which represents one of Australia’s greatest architects, was compiling an exhibition and map database of his work for display at t... Read More

01/18/18

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

La Sagrada Família

by Bailey Mcgrath

This past summer, I took a mini-grand tour of Europe with some friends, our last stop was Barcelona. After having sat through two semesters of Historical Styles in college, I was eager to see all the architecture that I had learned about. My friends were International Business and Sports Management majors, so I excitedl... Read More

12/21/17

Hassan II Mosque

by Dora Dmitriev

Before visiting Morocco last month, I had a very hard time deciding which cities to visit in just a week. Everything I read hinted that Casablanca was one of the more disappointing cities to see in Morocco as its name (associated with the award-winning 1942 movie) carried a lot of weight and romanticized the city. Funn... Read More

12/14/17

Manitoga

by Margie Lavender

Another day, another scintillating exploration of the Hudson Valley, this time to Manitoga, Russel Wright’s home and studio built on the rock ledge of an old quarry. View of the Hudson from nearby Cold Spring. Reminds me of a Japanese wood block print.Russel Wright was one of the best known designers of the 19... Read More

12/07/17

Jardin Majorelle

by Dora Dmitriev

As you turn onto the Rue Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, Morocco, you hear many different languages coming from the line of tourists waiting to enter the Jardin Majorelle. The famous garden was started in 1923 when artist Jacques Majorelle bought a four-acre plot of land on the border of a palm grove. Eventually Majore... Read More

11/30/17

Practice, Practice, Practice!

by Molly Denver

This past weekend marked an exciting event in my family.  My sister-in-law, Stacy, sang at Carnegie Hall with the Monmouth Civic Chorus. They performed Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony. Sitting in the great hall, I could not help closing my eyes and wishing I could be transported into the past.  Amazing... Read More

11/22/17

The Azores

by Yi Huang

Recently, I had the chance to travel to the Azores, a volcanic island chain located roughly 1,600 miles west of Lisbon, Portugal.  Far away from the streets of continental Portugal, the Azores felt like a snapshot of a time long past - a simpler life.  Although known more for its lush greenery and yearlong mi... Read More

11/16/17

Modern Memphis Movement

by Dora Dmitriev

In 1981 Memphis Milano or The Modern Memphis Movement began in Milan. A group of designers led by Ettore Sottsass gathered to start a revolution against serious and functional modernist design. The group was named after Bob Dylan’s song "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues" as it was believed that they list... Read More

11/02/17

Serafina Agriturismo

by Joe Carline

800 feet above the Gulf of Salerno in the town of Furore, Italy, sits Serafina Agriturismo, a stunning family run farm and Inn. Farmhouse Serafina began as a working farm with a side business of catering to hungry trekkers looking for lunch. It is now a full B&B and agricultural tourism destination.Once you find the... Read More

10/26/17

Cure Cottages of Saranac Lake

by Carl Baker

When Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau cured his Tuberculosis by spending as much time as possible outdoors in the environs of Saranac Lake NY, his prescription for a cure (complete bed-rest while simultaneously breathing fresh mountain air) led to a new building type. The architectural fashions of the day were modified to... Read More

10/19/17