MIT’s SENSEable City Lab

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After I pass my ARE’s, it is my intension to quit my job and start a collaborative studio with my partner specializing in interactive architecture.   The intention will be to create spaces that enhance and contribute to human experience and … Continue reading

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Not-So-Eco-Resort

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Is it me, or is everyone jumping on the “eco” bandwagon?  Are eco resorts really sustainable?  Would Blackadore Caye be better off undeveloped or developed? My answer…. Eco development or not, leaving the island undeveloped is obviously the more sustainable … Continue reading

Great Gatsby House Razed

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Being an architect trained in historic preservation, I was in shock and awe when I heard that the mansion some scholars believe inspired “The Great Gatsby” is being demolished for a subdivision.  How about that? Demolition of the mansion named “Land’s … Continue reading

The PhilaMOCA: A Gallery Review

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If I had my wits about me I would say the PhilaMOCA (the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art) at 12th and Spring Garden is one of the best, most progressive, up-and-coming galleries in the Philadelphia.  I know this is a … Continue reading

American: the Bill Hicks Story

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Last night, as a part of Philadelphia’s Cinefest 2011, we went to the Troc to see “American: the Bill Hicks Story”.  Ecstatic that we didn’t have to go to NYC to see a decent screening, we realized that Philadelphia may … Continue reading

Lessons from a Planner: Part 1

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I realized how important planning is as an architectural service when I and several others lost a job for a residential master plan for a fairly large university in the South to a firm who had no planning experience (and … Continue reading

Shanghai Expo 2010. Fin.

  This is a great example of interactive architecture.  What a magical experience this must have been for everyday people to happen upon.  In a recent post I spoke of the different expectations of architecture today.  People fail to realize how … Continue reading

Autonomy. Mastery. Purpose.

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I think Dan Pink is onto something with his Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose Theory. Let’s define these straight away so there is no confusion. Autonomy is the desire to direct our own lives and schedules (a.k.a utopia) Mastery is being … Continue reading

Q: “How are you Architecture?”

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  A: “I am ok.” Architecture, as a practice and as a profession, seems to be changing rapidly.  There is one school of thought that believes in advancing the profession through BIM, others who believe sustainability should guide the practice, and yet another … Continue reading