March 14, 2020
Book Release

The Style of Substance: Architecture for a Post-Material Culture explores the possibilities of an architecture of substance in a world where the furnishings, controls, and tools of living and work spaces are on a trajectory to become unspecialized, to shrink, and even to dematerialize. Consider how buildings have evolved their language and grammar almost biologically, […]

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June 18, 2019

  Handwashing sink in entry hall: Villa Savoye, Poissy, France, Le Corbusier, 1929  Photo: Author ( Excerpt from my book The Style of Substance :  Architecture for a Post-Material Culture )   Those who desire or appreciate architecture sometimes forget that the building does not do all the work. Many people (certainly, those in the critical press) […]

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June 18, 2019
Toward a Style of Substance

Garden houses of wood, grass, paper, and mud:  Katsura Palace, Kyoto, Japan.  Photo: Author   ( Excerpt from my book The Style of Substance : Architecture for a Post-Material Culture )   The following is a proposal of possibility and not a truth for all, or against other possibilities.  Buildings of timeless beauty are compelling […]

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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 "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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April 1, 2011
Dwight Research Center

  At the Pepperwood Preserve Mayacamas Mountains, Sonoma County California Completed June 2010 All photographs by Mark Darley

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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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