Architecture and Animals: A trip to South Africa
I recently took an incredible trip to visit the amazing
country of South Africa. We started our adventure with 4 days in Cape Town,
followed by 4 days in the Winelands, and ended with a 5-day safari in and
around Kruger National Park. Cape Town – A view from the trek up to the Cape of Good Hope
Parma's Teatro Farnese
My recent trip to
Italy led me to the city of Parma, as I retraced portions of Sir
John Soane’s Grand Tour (1778-80)... He had two years to do it- I barely had two months! While I was in Parma, I came upon a massive and looming building at the edge of the Parma River. Nothing on its exterior prepared me for what la...
A Parisian Hidden Gem: The Sainte-Chapelle
In the heart of Paris, France stands a small Gothic chapel
with a humble exterior but a truly breathtaking interior. The Sainte-Chapelle (“Holy Chapel”) was built in the 13th
century by Pierre de Montreuil for Louis IX to use as his royal chapel and to
house relics of the Passion. The Lower Chapel served pa...
Sheila Hicks: dedicated to experimentation
If you attended The Salon at the Park Avenue Armory this
past November, it was hard to miss the works of Sheila Hicks brought to you by
Demisch Danant Gallery. The Salon at the Park Avenue Armory, Sheila Hicks.Textile Fresco, c. 1969Five panels formed from twisted skeins of linen, silk, cotton118.11 H x 133.86 i...
Le Corbusier Pilgrimage
by Doug Crisp
late summer of 2016 I took an architectural pilgrimage of sorts, tracing some
of the pivotal works of Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. 15th century chateau in Trélissac.Noted as one of the founding fathers of Modernist architecture, Corbusier’s works were in startling opposition to the popular ...
The Chapel at Sea Ranch
Part of my job is help source inspiration for potential and upcoming projects. For most of our projects in California, my search leads me back to the Chapel at Sea Ranch.The full exterior of the Chapel at Sea Ranch.Built by Architect and Artist James Hubbel, the chapel took 9 months to construct, with the help of loca...
American Academy in Rome
So I am heading to Rome. Looking up at the Pantheon to the 27 ft diameter oculus. The American Academy will be my home for the next six weeks where I will be a Visiting Scholar. The sabbatical will afford me the time to pursue a number of things besides time to reflect. Coffers in the dome of the Pantheon. T...
If you know someone currently trying to make art in New York
City, you’ve likely heard of Marfa, Texas. Marfa is a small town in the
Chihuahua desert that has been gradually claimed by artist imports—New Yorkers
flocking to the community for inspiration and a chance to be part of a modern
art movement.On a recent tr...
A Tale of Two Houses; London and Paris
Humans invent things--it's just the way we are. We use new technologies all they time and they open up new possibilities and things we haven't considered before. Soane's house on Lincoln's Inn Fields. But sometimes our ideas outstrip available technology, and solutions to new ideas are found with previous ge...
by Ross Padluck
October usually finds me on a visit to family in the quaint
and picturesque Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – affectionately known as Amish
Country. The beautiful countryside is dotted with farm stands bursting with
colorful and unique gourds, pumpkins and Amish specialties. What a way to
embrace the autumn season! Lan...
Life in Color: Discovering SF Architecture
Born and bred on the East Coast, I have long been enamored of the brownstones of Boston and Brooklyn Heights. Their historical character and neighborhood charm have been, to me, unrivaled by even the most regal estates and sleek modern towers. But on a recent trip to San Francisco, the technicolor city streets tempted me aw...
Boston Public Library
View of the Boston Public Library from across Copley Square. My back is to H.H. Richardson's Trinity Church... but that's another story. The other week I had the opportunity to spend a day in the Boston Public Library. I hadn't been there since I was an architecture student longer ago than I care to remember.The ...