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“Soffit” is a word that we architects and builders use so frequently that we forget that many clients have no idea what we are talking about.  A bit more about that below. A soffit is a section of ceiling that is dropped well below the underside of the roof or floor above.  What it creates […]

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“I look at these photographs with a prurient interest, the way that I might look at the beds of notorious courtesans.”  John Updike, in the Introduction to Jill Kementz’s The Writer’s Desk  Joan Didion We have worked on a number of rooms that are creative work spaces.  Some of these have been as “home offices” […]

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Lebbeus Woods passed away last week.  It is almost impossible to overemphasize the impact that this “paper” architect has had on the world of architecture.  A long-time professor at Cooper Union, he directly influenced generations of students at one of the most important schools in the world, during its most profoundly influential period.  But it […]

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The shipping container house that we have been working on for quite a while has finally started to take shape.  The first box was delivered on Wednesday, lifted high above the neighborhood and swung into place on the second story. Another container will be set in a few months immediate to the north of this […]

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These are images from a roofless church in Las Mesitas, in southern Colorado on the western edge of the San Luis Valley.  I have been going there over a few years now and I am hopelessly fascinated by the stark simplicity of the place and its robust, stoic presence. Photos by Boulder architects M. Gerwing Architects

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We haven’t added new blog posts in quite a while as we have been more than ordinarily busy with a new joint venture – ACI design/build. Jim Walker and I have been friends since our Chicago-days, now almost 16 years ago.  Jim is also an architect and he has spent many years with New York […]

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While doing some research for a new project, I ran into a these photos of some of Boulder’s older houses in a weekly newspaper called the Daily Herald.  This article is from 1908 and is really more of an advertising/marketing piece for the local realtors than an actual act of journalism. “Boulder is not a […]

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Most writing about architecture, beyond the usual documentary descriptions in professional magazines, involves the kind of communication that is broadly encompassed by the term criticism.  It is the stuff of professional critics, some good, some not so much, and leans toward the academic.  Most of its best examples are engaged with writing about cities – […]

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