Designing a Museum for the Mind

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The world has seen the Brain Museum in Bangalore and IBM’s Think exhibit in NYC but are they ready for architect Ed Calma’s Mind Museum? My first question was… Who is Ed Calma? Apparently he is the latest and greatest … Continue reading

Mathematics of Mod: Part 2

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The other day, as I was surveying a building in the lower north section of Philadelphia, I stumbled upon a treasure that had been hidden in the basement of a former Jesuit convent for over 50 years: An original George Nelson … Continue reading

Design first, then films.

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I love the fall in Philadelphia for three reasons: frolicking in the many colors of Fairmount’s parks with my dog Collucci Design Philadelphia’s free events on design always manage to inspire me, and The Philadelphia Film Festival gets us ready … Continue reading

Mathematics of Mod: Part 1

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There is something so beautiful, fascinating, and simplistic about the mathematics of “mod”.  Where better to start a fascination than with American Design in the 1940’s and 50’s?   As a young American architect, I have defined my tastes through a time tested … Continue reading

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

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

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