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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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In northeast Oklahoma, just west of the Osage Indian Reservation, lies Bartlesville, home of Phillips Petroleum and Frank Lloyd Wright’s only completed “skyscraper” building, the Price Tower. The history of the Price Tower is long and complex and Frank Lloyd Wright’s recycling of an earlier unbuilt tower design is well documented.  It is all worth […]

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on the dominant role of functionalism and an alternative approach to design that neither favors formalism nor eschews function

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In the last few days, I have received, along with the usual breathless announcements from the architectural press, images of a number of new, modern houses that share a disturbing characteristic.  What so many of these houses have in common is their disdain or outright contempt for their more mundane neighbors. I am a strong […]

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a look at Woody Allen’s film Sleeper and the place establishing shots of building from around Denver and Boulder, especially NCAR by I.M. Pei, the Brenton House by Charles Haertling and the Sleeper House by Charles Deaton

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a quick look at Arapahoe Acres, a mid-century modern residential development in Englewood, Colorado, just south of Denver

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a brief look at the life and work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect, painter and visionary on the anniversary of his birth.

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a look at some of the connections between architects of the later half of the twentieth century

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