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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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“New” urbanism has been criticized enough for its slightly ridiculous and myopic name.  It seems that New Urbanism has now transitioned  from an innovative design process to make walkable, more sustainable cities, to a buzz word bandied about by developers to pack more units and more density into even smaller acreage.  I live in a […]

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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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I have written in the past about the efforts to save the Loveland Feed and Grain building.  Novo Restoration, the group trying to save the building, sponsored some tours inside the building this last weekend and I took the opportunity to climb through this hulk, dragging my kids along for the ride. The building was […]

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Of the many things that stand between architects and clients, none is so fraught as the architect’s quest for architectural integrity which often masquerades as Truth.  Please don’t get me wrong, I am not asserting that all architects are questing for Truth while our clients really were only looking for a building.  I have rarely […]

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What is the fascination with abandoned buildings?  There is certainly some attraction to the mystery and faint danger of these places, but I think there are darker forces at work as well. In abandoned industrial sites, much of mystery of the place has to do with the fearful contrast of the quiet stillness of the […]

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I recently attending some sessions of the Colorado Preservation Inc.’s Saving Places 2012 Conference.  As usual with these things there are plenty of educational sessions that you can geek-out on various preservation topics, from process-heavy advice for preservation commissions to very technical analysis of window retrofitting techniques. For me the most interesting event was the […]

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I have finally gotten around to processing some more film from a very rewarding trip to the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado last year.   I will certainly be going back there again this year, later in the Spring when the heavy snows have past but before the major snowmelt swells all the local […]

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