Australian Modernism – Robin Boyd and My Grandparents’ ‘Peninsula I’ Home
by Doug Crisp
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...
I’ve long had a fascination with social insects, species that live in
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...
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...
La Sagrada Família
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...
Hassan II Mosque
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.
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...
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...
Practice, Practice, Practice!
by Molly Denver
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...
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...
Modern Memphis Movement
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...
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...
Cure Cottages of Saranac Lake
by Carl Baker
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...