Counter-revolutionary design

What If New York City 3 by Studio Lindfors

This is pretty awesome, but it would make it much harder to use the political & economic disruption of a precipitous rise in sea levels to stage a world revolution.

[vis BLDGBLOG, so so long ago]


Emerging Engineering Markets

Cat Ladders has a pretty great collection of vernacular pet architecture that has got me daydreamig about the spatial possibilties for a client that weighs <20lbs.

My neighborhood in Los Angeles is too near Griffith Park for any of the outdoor options to be feasible (we regularly see coyotes ambling down our street and the […]

‘Progress’ and Obsolescence

This was in 1999 and it was cutting edge to give a presentation with my partner contributing her half through IRC projected on a screen. (It’s the future now, so people project Twitter #hashtags.)

Hilarious, since IRC is still clearly the better choice for classroom projection. It’s hella confusing to watch stray tweets come in […]

Column Drop Caps Done Right

A beautiful way to limiting punching shear problems. Radial control joints along the bottom of the drop are a nice accent.

National Technical Library Prague photo by vtr do

You can’t change gridlines in midspan

While I agree with Archidose that this video is a wonderful way of presenting the design concept and understand that this house is just a study in the use of wood structural panels and not intended for construction, the engineer in me groaned at the way in which the walls were completely discontinuous across […]


Light posting of late, as I’m working on a different online project that I’m quite excited about. When it’s of at least beta quality you’ll hear me chattering about it endlessly, but until then…your moment of zen phallacy:

La Live by Gensler

It’s not often you see a building get larger as it goes […]

To Dream in Revit…

Reminiscent of a Norman Foster building broken and twisted by a kinetic event and then frozen in place, Phare Tower:

I’ve had my share of vitriol for Thom Mayne in the past over the hostility and anxiety that his buildings exude, so I was excited to see that he had taken my criticism to […]

Hesitate to Burn the Buildings

Detroit’s beautiful/desolate architecture makes me want to buy an old Kahn building and turn it into an urban commune. In honor of the coming Detroit resurrection, Sufjan Stevens playing Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!):


The impressive facade stylings of Thom Faulders:

Airspace Tokyo

I like looking at architecture models, but check out the designers’ website above for the as-built version. This skin was developed for a new building, but what’s most exciting is its potential uses on existing structures. In LA, we love us some low-rise stucco […]

Architectural Bling

Even though I was told recently that real engineers design buildings not bridges (the view a side effect of the long standing structures vs. civil schism) — and I have a strong disdain for Dubai’s nouveau riche gaudiness — it would be a fun to work on one of these super-bridges. Long-span structures make it […]

Everyone Else is Stupid

This sums up how the various building trades feel about each other:

But in my experience, the drafters get thrown under the bus the most, since they never find out that you were disparaging.

Jobs You Can Be Proud Of

Life w/out Buildings:

…the idea of Nissan building an enormous underground chamber for the explicit purpose of holding two giant robot arms completely amazes me and fills me with hope. I’ve had enough of commercial storefronts and residential remodels; its time to design some Nissan testing facilities or Gundam prototype bunkers, dammit.

If and when […]

High Design KFCs

I’m not convinced that boxy is the winner. I’m more of a fan of “Pomo KFC,” though I feel it’s more mo than po. But the greatest KFC has to be LA’s version (ugly building contest not withstanding):

The Ultimate KFC by Jeffrey Daniels

It’s even in this Elliott Smith video (1:12 mark) and […]

Presidential Palace of the Future?


What if the White House, the ultimate architectural symbol of political power, were to be designed today? On occasion of the election of the 44th President of the United States of America, Storefront for Art and Architecture, in association with Control Group, challenge you to design a new residence for the world’s most powerful […]

Next: a Corbu Westsuit (!!!)

This post at n+1 appears to about Le Corbusier and the Fibonacci sequence, so I’m totally there; reading it; fascinated, except: I’m useless in languages other than English. So I had to treat the post as abstract art and invent my own meaning:

It’s a measuring tape for artists, celebrity endorsed (Corbu), and uses a […]


Vani at Shape of Now makes a convincing argument for rehabilitation of existing structures rather than constant new construction, an excerpt:

Modern construction methods are incredibly wasteful of resources. Up to 25 percent of the total waste generated in the United States, India, and other countries is directly attributed to building, construction, and demolition activities. […]