February 11, 2009, 12:29 pm
Filed under: architecture

I got news of the TVCC fire through Daily Dose of Architecture, but this came through from my school friend Elyse, who lives in Beijing. Thought it was worth sharing. Her full post is here.


Zaha + Melissa
August 15, 2008, 9:01 am
Filed under: architecture, shopping

Zaha does injection molded plastic.

Zaha does injection molded plastic.

This just in, passed to me by a friend: Zaha Hadid teams with Melissa to create her own footwear. Full blurb at the AIA website.

Not sure I’m digging that coral/salmon, nor how they look without feet in them, but I’ll wait for more images before making a judgment call. (Who am I kidding – they cost $350 – my judgment is irrelevant!)

Also on Inhabitat, where the color is slightly less garish, but still no images of it being worn.

On Youtube, a video of a ‘making of’ a mockup.

(To their credit, several readers on other websites have pointed out the glaring non-sustainablity of making shoes in Brasil to be sold only in London.)

A Tough Way To Be In The World
April 3, 2008, 1:24 pm
Filed under: architecture


“If you were a son of mine, I wouldn’t want you to be an architect, because it’s a tough way to be in the world. Look, my son who graduated from law school three years ago makes more than I do after 40 years of working.”

– Peter Eisenman

Ooh, ouch.

Plan B Arquitectos + JPRCR Arquitectos | Orquideorama
March 25, 2008, 9:36 am
Filed under: architecture


Oh, gorgeous. Can you see this at the entry to some crowded public space, like the zoo, where people have to wait around outside for entrance?

Vernacular Studio | Raleigh Bungalow Renovation
February 28, 2008, 8:47 am
Filed under: architecture


I love seeing these kinds of projects come out of an area I consider an old stomping ground. Yay for contemporary design getting a foothold in Southern cities.

This is Vernacular Studio’s renovation of a 1000 SF bungalow in Raleigh’s Five Points area – it respects the historic frontal street presence but brings the family’s living space definitively into the present century in the back. More photos are in this slideshow, and the article is here.

Add VS to the list of firms I will apply to when I go back east!

Image by Mark Herboth

IKEA Flat Pack Houses
February 18, 2008, 10:30 am
Filed under: architecture


So I was browsing my weekly Residential Tuesday Digest and saw an article about IKEA Flat Pack houses that are currently in first phase construction in Britain. I must have missed the memo on the flat packs, so I did a Google search and turned up various images…to which I had some pretty strong reactions. I gather these are different versions in different locations (as they’ve been tested in Denmark and other countries already).

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Modern Atlanta Re-do | G+G Architects
February 13, 2008, 2:43 pm
Filed under: architecture


I’m always interested when modern residential design is featured in the south. Here’s an article about a renovation in Atlanta that took a 50’s brick ranch and converted it into a relatively contemporary home. I’m not crazy about the white and gray marble everywhere, but I do appreciate the sentiment and I think the exterior massing looks great. There’s a generous slideshow under “Related Links” on the lower left hand side of the page.





Almost can’t recognize it, can you?

Images by Allen Sullivan / Staff (AJC)