July 6, 2011
Processing Ghost 13: An International Architecture Conference

Nova Scotia, June 14-17 2011 Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Hosts Ghost 13 Event Web Page I'm still processing this rural retreat conference for architects. I have had alternate sensations of comfort, seeking, challenging ambition, and relative ennui ever since. I went because I work in a walled garden, in an idealized small town within prosperous rural […]

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May 27, 2011
everything should be the same unless it must be different

Brunelleschi: Pazzi Chapel at San Lorenzo Florence 1- The First Modern Architect Many have credited the origin of Renaissance architecture with the career of Filippo Brunelleschi. His professional response to overwhelming technological and social complexity may have new relevance. Until Brunelleschi, the use of a technology of standardization was nearly unknown. Medieval building had been […]

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April 2, 2011
DOMUS: Forms of Energy

Dwight Center at Pepperwood Preserve DOMUS Web article September 20 2010 authors: Alessandro Scogna Miglio and Maria Luisa Palumbo http://www.domusweb.it/en/architecture/forms-of-energy-1/ "The recently completed Dwight Research Center designed by Ned Forrest Architects is a free-standing building in a large nature reserve in the mountainous coastal area north of San Francisco. It is a campus with classrooms […]

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March 31, 2011
Green Meaning

he Dwight Research and Education Center Building at Pepperwood was completed in June 2010, and designed to be certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. To further the conservation education mission of the 3000 acre Pepperwood Preserve, the Center is intended to express, promote, and inspire green building. An inspiring building is more […]

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March 30, 2011
Interview by an 8th Grade Architecture Student

Margaux on Site   I tried to answer questions from this very detirmined young architecture student about Green Architecture. I didn't want to be cynical. I didn't want to talk about products. I didn't want to be Howard Rourke either.  -What inspired you to become an architect? A bulldozer was stuck in my backyard for […]

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March 17, 2011
The Handsomest Turkey Barns in Carneros

Gallery Buildings for the diRosa Carneros Apellation, Napa County California A presentation to the Design Forum of the SFMoMA, March 18, 2011 All photographs by Mark Darley Rene diRosa didn't like to talk much about art. He liked living with art. He liked the company of artists. He liked the company of farmers. The collection […]

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November 17, 2010
Now What Do We Build?

Examines the motivations of original agricultural settlers in the Western US as they rediscover architecture.

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