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In all of our projects we go through an extensive process of trying to choose materials for interior finishes.  there are an almost infinite number of choices available for tile, wall and ceiling colors, flooring, etc.   The final selection should reinforce the ideas of the design as well as meet the technical and practical […]

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In case you were wondering if its true that your building materials go a long way to determining a building’s shape, I give you the following: The 1980′s historical pastiche of Po-Mo as rendered in the very appropriate foam blocks (not so far from the EIFS of the time) the large, rambling suburban “Western” McMansion […]

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In the previous posts I have remarked on the drama of stairs.  That drama is certainly reinforced by the actual design of the stair – its details and materials, certainly its shape and how sharp or relaxed the descent or ascent.  Unfortunately, as architects love stairs, we can get a bit carried away with this […]

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Stairs are inherently dramatic.  As the transition from one level to the next, they break the plane of the ceiling or floor and immediately engage the psychological territory that Gaston Bachelard so elegantly describes in The Poetics of Space.  Going up is to climb toward the sky, going down is to delve into the earth. […]

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A number of months ago, immediately on the heels of the Fourmile Fire, I was hired by a couple who just lost their house to design another.  It has been a great process even in the face of that tragedy, with clients who reaffirm why I do residential design.  Their thoughtfulness and commitment to the […]

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I have been thinking  a lot lately about vernacular architecture and indigenous responses to local climate.  By that I mean how a building and design practice, over time, has found architectural solutions to solve some of the problems posed by heat and cold, sunlight and shadow, aridity and humidity.  Reading through some older posts on […]

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Our workload has started off with a bang compared to the last couple of  years.  We are working on a number of really great projects – a couple of new houses, a couple of renovation/additions, a couple of master plans and a few other things. As I mentioned in a previous post, a number of […]

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Maybe it is just a coincidence, but I are finding that I am working on a number of projects that deploy universal access principles as a major part of the design process.  If you are not familiar with this term, universal access is an outgrowth of the barrier-free design guidelines that we were all using […]

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