Category Archives: Architecture

Streetcar Suburb Summer

Fenster writes: Is it possible for planners to create a community with as much charm and character as one that evolved organically over time?  Heck, I suppose it might be possible.  Given enough bandwidth, time and creativity, and with possibly great … Continue reading

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Edges, Pointiness, Minimalism and Public Seating

Paleo Retiree writes: On a beautiful recent day, my wife and I treated ourselves to a long, leisurely walk — first through the West Village, then down along Hudson River Park, and finally through and beyond Battery Park Marina. The red line shows our … Continue reading

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The Gezornenplatz House

Fenster writes: German architect Reinhold Weichlbauer practices freestyle planning, which is based on the idea that, in the words of an HGTV segment profiling one of his houses, “windows and doors are only placed at certain places in the house … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: A courtyard I stumbled across at Barnard College, on Broadway across the street from Columbia University. Click on the images to enlarge.

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Architects That Don’t Suck: David M. Schwarz

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In this first installment of Architects That Don’t Suck, I’d like to highlight the work of Washington D.C.-based architect David M. Schwarz. Hey, whaddya know — not all contempo architects specialize in gleaming modernist geegaws. Some builders out … Continue reading

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9/11 Memorial Visit: Calatrava’s Transportation Hub & the Memorial Pools

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In part one of our 9/11 Memorial Visit, Paleo Retiree did an excellent job analyzing the disaster that is the park. In my tour I’d like to focus on the two main set pieces of the area: Santiago … Continue reading

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9/11 Memorial Visit: The Crap Space Angle

Paleo Retiree writes: Blowhard, Esq. and I recently spent a few sunny hours exploring the 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan. We weren’t interested in touring the museum, so (aside from rolling our eyes at its fashionably toppled-over exterior form) we skipped it. What we intended to … Continue reading

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