by Ross Padluck
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...
Habitat 67 – A Case for City Living
by Doug Crisp
On Memorial Day weekend, I found myself on the beautiful
island of Montreal.
A major reason for my visit was to see Moshe Safdie’s 'Habitat
67', an iconic and experimental housing complex created for the World
Exposition of 1967.Amazingly,
the project was originally conceived by Safdie as his thesis project at Montre...
Louis Kahn: The Quintessential Architect
has always been a monumental statement. Architecture consumes energy and
resources on a global scale and continually pushes the boundaries of what is
physically possible. The product of all architectural endeavors leaves behind
traces of when they were made. This is most evident in the different
Boston’s Timeless Architecture
grown up right outside of Boston, I’ve always understood that all of the
buildings around me are part of history, and some are the oldest architecture
in the country. A fair amount of the homes in my hometown have small
plaques next to their house number that read the years that they were built.
The entirety o...
by Molly Denver
Sometimes when you work in this business, you come across a
product or an idea that you really want an opportunity to use in a
project. You can't force it- you just have to bide your time until the
right client and project come along. A few years ago, I discovered Verre
Eglomisé.Verre Eglomisé is the proce...
my search for Asian design inspiration for a project, I stumbled upon the word Dansaekhwa. Dansaekhwa or "monochrome painting" is debatably the most important Korean art movement of the 20th
century.Burnt Umber & Ultramarine Blue, by Yun Hyongkeun, 1978,
Oil on linenUntitled 72-C, 1972, Tina Kim GalleryThe Da...
If So, What?
by Louis Lin
Although IKB is mostly known for its work on private residences, we sometimes venture on projects of a much different nature. Last year, our Interiors department was corralled into partnership with a group of art enthusiasts with a mission to redefine the contemporary art scene in the digital age. IF SO, WHAT? is a hybrid o...
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...
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...
Clarity in Design
Martial arts have and continues to be a great influence in
many aspects of my life. Throughout my childhood to now, I have been a student
of various systems. My interest is in
both the physicality of self-defense, as well as the mental and spiritual
discipline. For myself as a martial
artist and an architec...
The Noguchi Museum
Located in Long Island City, Queens, the Noguchi Museum displays the
sculptures, furniture, and lighting designs of Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Over
his lifetime, he created a wide variety of pieces experimenting with steel,
marble, iron, stone, wood, paper, and water. One of the most influential
sculptors and designers ...
Mid Century Modern in Los Angeles
by Andrew Dolan
the end of January, I had the pleasure of going to visit one of my favorite
cities, which in my opinion, gets a bad reputation. I love Los Angeles for
several reasons, one of which is its diverse topography. Los Angeles consists
of a massive desert sprawl of often bizarre and random architecture, fertile