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What is Design?

What is Design?

What is design?  Design is about finding a balance. There’s a Japanese word for the place inbetween – “ma”. It’s the interval of time between two things. It’s the point in the swing of a pendulum when the object switches from an upswing to a downswing….

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Southern Architects

Southern Architects

Since I’m going to write about the south, I need to search my ipod for some Neil Young… Crap?, Neil Young’s not on my ipod? Give me a minute & I’ll fix that. Talk amongst yourselves for a bit….<loads itunes> Ahh.. better – “Southern Man” starts…

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Frozen Architecture

Frozen Architecture

I really think Architects should be influenced by something beside other Architects. It’s probably a good idea to swim outside the pool to look for new ideas, right? A cold, frozen, icy pool. I mean, we can’t all be Jean Nouvel. Besides, he’s French (or Swiss, or,…

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Architects and films

Architects and films

Films for Architects I need to re-up my Netflix subscription. What am I supposed to watch now that American Idol is over? So, I think I’ll start renting some movies again. I don’t usually have the attention span required to sit through a 2-hour film….

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Architects may have OCD, I mean CDO

Architects may have OCD, I mean CDO

There’s a really good chance that a few architects have a tiny little bit of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Maybe just a tiny bit – just a smidge. Ok, a REALLY big smidge. And, make that most of us. Ok, fine 92% of us. No, make…

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Architects don’t read

Architects don’t read

I’m an Architect and my wife is a librarian. So, you’d think we have a lot of books, and, you’d be right. But, don’t get me wrong. I haven’t read most of them. Mostly, I just buy them, put them on a shelf for years,…

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Why I want to be an Architect

Why I want to be an Architect

When I was young (and very arrogant) I got the chance to work on a dream project. My firm at the time (GLPM now Treanor Architects) was designing a new Arts Center right downtown – The Lawrence Art’s Center.  It was a joint venture with a…

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Architectural Competitions are a glorious waste of time

Architectural Competitions are a glorious waste of time

  Competitions are a glorious waste of time… Do a lot of them I try to enter a few Architectural competitions each year. Apparently, my ego must be pretty resilient. I never win (never even get close) and yet, I just keep entering again and…

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Architecture and light

Architecture and light

I was thinking about the qualities of Architecture that inspire. What is it that makes you feel uplifted when you walk into a space? What causes that sense of Awe? That feeling of being close to something greater than yourself? That unbearable lightness of being (to steal one of…

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Mies van der Rohe was a big jerk.

Mies van der Rohe was a big jerk.

. Last summer I drove out to Plano, IL. to drool over the Farnsworth House, designed by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe  between 1945-1951. I have family in Chicago, and go up to visit a few times a year. Since Plano is just out of town,…

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