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some of the many years of sketchbooks with images of coffee shops and cafes from M. Gerwing Architects

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A number of years ago, we won a little competition to design a winter-time cover for a large basin-type fountain in a small park in Chicago.  The fountain is named after Nelson Algren, the novelist and occasional screenwriter who wrote vivid, sentimental-free stories of the bartenders, prostitutes and gamblers of  Chicago.  When I lived in […]

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I was at a jobsite earlier today and was watching one of the tradesman prepare some raw, exposed steel for final finishing. steel almost always makes me think of Chicago tough, uncompromising city of steel, city of the blues For some reason I have been thinking alot of Chicago as well. In the Loop, the […]

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Below is a series of photos of some of the places I have lived.  (Thanks to Google streetview for most of these).  Not everyplace is there – a house in Louisville when we first moved there, an apartment in Venice, a couple of places in Lexington, Kentucky – are missing. A question came up regarding masonry […]

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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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In the past few years I have had the opportunity to work on a number of projects that fully incorporated a live-work dynamic as a fundamental part of the house.  More than simply a home office, a fully-utilized live-work program creates a kind of tension of use and privacy that most homes in the last […]

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“Great architecture has only two natural enemies: water and stupid men.”   –      Richard Nickel The archive of photographer Richard Nickel was recently donated to the Art Institute of Chicago.  Nickel is a hero in the Chicago preservation and architecture communities for his early and dedicated work to preserve and document so much […]

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another post on coffee shop sketches

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