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modeling, old school

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I’ve been spending a lot of time recently up in the loft of our office where we have a somewhat messy and chaotic work table where we make models. I often find myself spending entirely too much time making physical models of the designs I am working on.  Not that this is time wasted, but […]

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shadow plans

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  These are shadow plans of buildings currently in design, construction or already built by M. Gerwing Architects and ACI design:build.  The shadow plan is an interesting tool for architects. We used to make these by drawing the roof plan and projecting the shadows for a selected day and time.  These images are made from […]

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Boulder’s Embattled Historic Bandshell

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Every ten years or so, our local city government, the City Council and some folks in the Planning Department, get the notion that the downtown civic area needs to be revitalized.  So Master Plans are created, consultants are hired, public meeting are held and more often than not, the public has clearly expressed the desire […]

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World’s Smallest Skyscraper, Wichita Falls, Texas

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  Just off a bit from the main downtown area of Wichita Falls, Texas is the world’s smallest skyscraper.  The Newby-McMahon Building was built in 1919 and its diminutive size is the outcome of a fraudulent investment scheme following a 1918 oil boom.   The building’s owner, Augustus Newby, solicited investors to get in quick […]

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Santa Fe Trail and Fort Bent

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On the heels of the last post, I thought I might say something about another great Western road, one that well pre-dates Route 66 – the Santa Fe Trail. For as challenging as it can be to find vestiges of Route 66, ferreting out the path of the old Santa Fe trail or the Oregon […]

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Route 66

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  I have written in the past about a journey down some portions of the old Route 66 that traverses the U.S. West from St. Louis to L.A.  And my last few posts have been about a trip to Texas that I took the opportunity on my return to travel a few more miles on […]

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