The transportation network is often referred to as the "bones" of a city. It is easy to understand why; the streets form the underlying structure of a city, much like the bones form the underlying structure of the human body. The term has another side to it though; referring to the permanence of the network, and the difficulty in changing those bones of the city. When a route is laid on the earth, it is likely to remain through time and development. You can see this process occurring throughout the world; from the many roads and city plans of the ancient Roman empire still in use today to the famous Broadway that cuts through Manhattan's grid, originally a Native American trade path through the island.Read More
The front door. It's kind of a big deal.
At its most basic, the front door is the way inside. But it also sets the tone for an entire building. It is the face, the gateway, the threshold, the announcement, the beginning of a building. Some are subtle, some are bombastic, but they are all the first page in the book of a building. In celebration of possibly the most important element of architecture, here are a few doorways that say a lot about the varied personalities and functions of their buildings...Read More
Automobile license plates are a design viewed by almost every American countless times a day. Given such visual prominence, you would think they would warrant a higher level of design. Graphic designer Jonathan Lawrence set out to fix that with the State Plates Project.Read More
This time of year, it seems you can't read a magazine or go online without tripping over lists of the best "blank" of the year. As a general rule, I try to avoid absolutes. There is no best anything, especially designs. Instead, I thought I would highlight five designs from the year now past that made me stop and think. This is not necessarily a commentary on whether they are good or bad designs. What each of these five designs offered me was a lesson about design, one way or another.
The five designs after the jump...Read More