The Agrarian Pantheon

Why am I an architect? I already told the story of how I became an architect in the last #Architalks post. Therefore, here is the story of how my twin brother also became a (baby) architect.  I was born. Jeffery, always following in my footsteps, was born 20 minutes later. I made friends my age. … continue reading →

The 5 Best Fonts

I’ve been a little busy lately. I have an upcoming wedding in 5 days, and while I assumed I could regularly write blog posts, I am ultimately bad at time management. There are stresses in one’s life, and then there is wedding stresses. So when I failed to deliver a blog post last Friday, one … continue reading →

BRADY REACTS to Teens Overreacting

There is an amazingly addictive YouTube Series entitled: Teens React. Basically, people perusing the internet, watch people on the internet, react to other people on the internet.  One episode of Teens React, produced by the dynamic Fine Brothers,|1| features 32 year-old Jeremiah McDonald interviewing his, former, 12 year-old self. The teens watch, and react, to … continue reading →

The Education of an Architect

Summer Break. Two words synonymous with school.  Summer is the best time of the year. But Summer Break? The original intent of summer break was for children to have a reprieve from school – only to go work on the farm. Today, parents of school age children frantically plan lengthy vacations during the summer months. … continue reading →

Historical Schmorical Star Snatchers versus the Urban Dark Skies Ordinance

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The flock of migratory birds circled, dazed, drunken within the haze of the urban lights. One-by-one they each plummeted to their demise, as they became an unknowing Icarus flying into the sun; however, this sun is an urban city filled with light pollution. Bright city lights in urban environments disrupt the breeding and feeding habits … continue reading →

Presidential Shrines

  ** editors note: this blog post was written under duress and perhaps became too political. ** ** note to editor: stop writing political opinion pieces, and don’t write when you are angry! ** Pharaoh Khufu built the first pyramid at Giza, circa 2550 B.C., and still today, powerful men|1| impart their power and influence … continue reading →

How to Name a Subdivision

Subdivisions are the epitome of urban sprawl. The first subdivision (which has come to represent the ills of suburbia) was Levittown. 17,000 identical homes compactly erected upon Long Island potato farms. A Levittown house was more affordable than a city apartment, and thus set the post World War II trend – to invade open spaces … continue reading →

Indecisive Yellow & The Insufferable Installation of the Ugliest Colour

Architects spend the majority of their time analyzing form, space, and details; however, color permeates society, yet is often overlooked.|1| Odd color palettes can become fashionable during different eras or for various functions, yet natural colored materials can never be outdated – unless the material itself becomes unfashionable. This post is a follow-up to City … continue reading →

Architects Have Their Heads in the Clouds #ilookup

The American Institute of Architects recently hired The Purpose Institute to create the #ilookup campaign. The #ilookup campaign is a multi-media campaign that is supposed to reveal the importance of architecture. The Purpose Institute! Yep, amazing name. Perhaps if architecture had a name like The Purpose Institute we wouldn’t have an identity crisis, and we … continue reading →