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With ACI, we have been working on a very interesting project in South Boulder.  The scope of work is an interior-only renovation of a stereotypical single-story ranch house. With a limited budget, we have focused the attention of the project into a few critical areas of daily living – creating a single large room to […]

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A few days ago a friend and I happened along this beautiful stone church in Hygiene, Colorado. This is about as simple as a building can be – a single, simple gabled building, about twice as long as it is wide.  And, about as tall as it is wide. It is the Church of the […]

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As Chair of Boulder’s Landmarks Board, I have been heading up an effort to engender greater appreciation and recognition of some of Boulder’s remarkable 1960′s architecture. Boulder really flowered in this decade as a number of new, high tech industries moved to town and the overall prosperity lead to a explosive building boom.  On the […]

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I am giving a public talk on February 19th on a brief history of Modern Architecture in Boulder at the public library Canyon Theater.  I have given a version of this talk in the past, with emphasis on preservation of the recent past.  This time around I have rewritten the focus of the talk to […]

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I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and attended suburban Mayme S.  Waggener High School.  I have written previous posts about Hyper-Attenuated Building Syndrome, and it only recently occurred to me that this building is in fact a prime example.  Its plan proportions are something like 12:1 – a long, lean, learning machine. What I remember […]

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San Francisco is built on hills – very steep hills.  And, its street layout is basically a traditional grid overlaid on this topography.  This makes for a lot of very crazy inclines for both streets and buildings.  For residential properties, this most often means steps up to the front door.  Many, many steps.   So […]

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a brief look at the roof and its use a design element in architecture, its disappearance with modernism and then reappearance over the last few years

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