An Unnecessarily Deep Dive into the Online Comments of Mike_Smith

Architects were once regarded for their acumen to envision the future. The city of tomorrow! We are continually surrounded and immersed in architecture. From our houses, to the offices we work in, the strip-malls where we buy our discounted cotton socks, and the tiny shack in the middle of the lumber yard’s parking lot where … continue reading →

Honestly, Bricks Will Never Be an Honest Material Again

Donald Trump’s discarded campaign slogan to Make Bricks Honest Again will never happen. Bricks will forevermore be a durable veneer mimicking our fondness for the past. And slowly I am starting to succumb to this realization. Honestly, bricks will never be an honest material, again. Bricks are one of the oldest and cheapest building materials. … continue reading →

Scale Figures in Architectural Renderings

Google still says I’m in the millennial generation, but I sound like an old-fuddy-duddy1 when I reference my days in school. Nevertheless, back when I was in school: we had to tediously Photoshop our own scale figures. Humans in architectural renderings are essential to show scale, activity, and usability of spaces. Depending on the graphic … continue reading →

Eco Living Japan: Sustainable Ideas for Living Green

Eco Living Japan

When an American Baby Architect, such as myself, thinks of Japanese Architecture, I think of how the role traditional Japanese art and architecture influenced Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene.|1| I think of harmony. Nature. The exquisite Japanese Gardens in Portland, where an ancient samurai with tweezers delicately plucks microscopic weeds out of the … continue reading →

Dear Boy in the Plastic Bubble,

Googling “Advice for Future Architects” – there is one link featuring nuggets of wisdom from 6 Starchitects. It would be inconceivable for my advice to be heralded above the likes of Zaha, Frank, Norman, Wolf D., Peter, or Bjarke. Therefore, this is an open letter to one specific type of architect: The Boy in the … continue reading →

The Masochistic Serpent Disappeared from Modern Architecture

Today’s post is about the fold, and topological surfaces. Both were exemplified by Zaha Hadid better than any other architect. After the tragic news of Zaha Hadid’s unexpected passing yesterday, this post is in honor of her work. Topological Surfaces Technology has created a new rift in our human interactions. Accessibility to the internet has … continue reading →

2016 Prickster Prize Bracket

2016 Prickster Prize Laureate: One World Trade Center *The Championship Round Has Concluded!* It’s that time of year again. March Zaniness. In correlation to the zaniness, there will be an annual architectural bracket to award The Prickster Prize. Last year, Daniel Libeskind won the World’s Worst Architect Bracket. Instead of doing the same theme, and … continue reading →

Architecture and Ego

Architects and large egos are often synonymous. Name any starchitect. They are all extremely passionate. Supremely confident. And exceedingly narcissistic. Traditionally, every generation of architecture student is bred into this role of “master” and “intern.” While architecture, in practice, is a collaborative effort – our education emphasizes this individual pursuit of one figure-head. One infallible … continue reading →