27 May 2010
“Music and the creative process”
“Architecture and Music”
These are phrases within questions that I have been getting asked since I was 18 years old but I should probably provide you with some of my musical background first.
25 May 2010
I really used to love getting Dwell magazine but now …ehh. When I hear the beeping of the magazine truck backing up to our office to unload the 5 metric tons of magazines that we get, I still look forward to getting my hands on Dwell, but not for the same reasons as before. The projects have become so silly that it is bordering on irrelevant. Sorry folks, but Dwell has jumped the shark.
24 May 2010
So last week I conducted an interview with my daughter where we discussed many different aspects of being an architect and all that entails. I received a great number of really amusing emails where other architects had conducted the same interview with their children and I thought it would be fun to post two of(…)
20 May 2010
I like interior designers. I think that they make my projects, and by extension me, look good. Sure I have my issues but they aren’t systemtic to interior designers as a group of professionals. Just like with all things, there are some good ones and some not so good ones.
17 May 2010
Like Popeye, “I’ve had all I can stand, I can’t stands no more”. This entire fascination with raising and/ or owning urban chickens seems completely absurd to me. Since I don’t really know anything about raising chickens (because I live in a city with grocery stores and I don’t need to raise my own chickens), I decided after seeing the tragillionth post on the latest modern chicken coop to do some quick research and see how someone could come to the conclusion that raising chickens in their backyard was not only a good idea, but necessary.
14 May 2010
Recently, members of Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) have teamed up with the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to coordinate an architectural design competition for the annual Parade of Playhouses charity event.
12 May 2010
There are some rules I try and follow, they aren’t too complicated and most will probably keep you from being a jerk.
Do what you say you are going to do, when you said you were going to do it
Don’t volunteer to take on a task if you can’t dedicate the time to do it right
Think outside your own 3′ personal bubble and consider how your actions AND inactions will impact others
Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me
Better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you are stupid than to open it and remove all doubt
Don’t get mad at people who don’t understand what you are trying to say; that might be your fault
10 May 2010
Most architects tend to collect books, at least all the ones I know I do. Some are fanatical about their books, me – not so much. Since I moved into a smaller house, I don’t have the space to dedicate to book display and I don’t have the need to scream out to people “I read books!”.
7 May 2010
I sent some preliminary still shots off to Dallas CASA right after my Arkansas trip which is where I found some of my inspiration in revisiting some of the work of Fay Jones. ORIX wanted their entry to reflect that it is a Japanese company. It’s pretty challenging to do anything that can express Japanese architecture, at least what comes to most people’s mind, without breaking the bank to get the materials and the craftsmanship right. Oh yeah, and it all has to fit within the size parameters of an 8′x8′ cube. The size constraints were set so these playhouses could fit through the doors where they will be on display.