ugly is ugly

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Today one might be expecting an architect to post a series of obnoxious photos – an easy target so to speak. Not today, as I’ve thought more about this topic to distill the issue in my mind about what it is that causes us to react with such acrimony over poor design and construction in this country. Let’s rise above that and dig deeper into what is ugly. Continue reading “ugly is ugly”

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ugly is ugly

architects’ architect?

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***warning*** If you ask me to respond again to this question tomorrow, my answer will be different.

I read an interesting article recently, that was shared by a good friend of mine, where the author posits that there are architects, that are largely appreciated only by architects, whose architecture is primarily “about architecture.” Continue reading “architects’ architect?”

architects’ architect?

craft and craftsmanship

I’ve been thinking lately about craft, craftsmanship and the craftsmen/craftswomen of days-gone-bye. It seems that we have all but lost this virtue in much of what we have in America today. Everybody wants everything instantly without caring how well it is made, nor do we want to spend for it. When we see great craft we are often amazed and assume how “expensive” that well crafted thing must be. So before I digress into a rant or tirade, let me say “thank you” to those few crafts-people that still exist. I appreciate your attitude in addition to you taking the appropriate time and care to make the things you make. You are a dying breed.

“There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman.”  ~Emile Zola

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craft and craftsmanship