Miami Art and Architecture
Having studied architecture at the University of
Miami, I tend to find myself coming back to the area every so often...any chance
I get, really! This spring, I took a few days to escape down to explore a
little bit of Miami Beach and Wynwood.Miami Beach- Ocean
DriveWe started off the trip with a bike ride through
by Doug Crisp
a recent trip to Paris I decided I would attempt to see some of the lesser
known (and perhaps less respected) architectural landmarks. Most of these
buildings were social housing complexes located on the outskirts of the city in areas that weren't exactly on the 'must-see' Paris list.I
had read about these complexes ...
Exploring Manhattan’s Village
Six months ago, on a cold February day, I relocated from
Detroit to Manhattan. I rented an apartment with a friend from college in the
Upper East Side for a few months. Between searching for jobs, interviewing, and
seeing old faces, I took the time to explore this great city.I dedicated every afternoon to exploring diffe...
Putting the Cart Behind the Horse
by Molly Denver
A few years ago, we got a book for Christmas, "Journeys of a
Lifetime" put out by National Geographic.
Whenever we leaf through, we find ourselves feeling an acute
wanderlust. We decided to experience one
of those journeys firsthand by renting a horse and caravan in Wicklow County,
Ireland.The idea of ridin...
Grassmayr Bell Foundry
Since 1599 the Grassmayr Bell Foundry in Innsbruck, Austria
has been casting bronze bells ranging from small concert bells to iconic church
bells weighing several tons. The Grassmayr family has carried on the bell
making craft for 14 generations. This year the foundry set another record with
the 25-ton bell nicknamed "B...
More than a Reading Room
by Rachel C.
With the Industrial Revolution (literally) gaining speed throughout the US and Europe, the mid-1800s ushered in a new era of architectural expectation, design, and construction. French architect Henri Labrouste embraced the technical and architectural questions of this era and essentially redefined modern architecture ...
by Mia Jung
On a recent visit to a Seattle job site, I found
a few spare hours to explore the city. Per numerous suggestions, I went
downtown, to the Pike Place Market. Historic photo, North on
Pike Place Historic photo The Pike Place Market is one of the oldest continuously
operating farmers’ markets in the countr...
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 ...