quote: FASHION

"I'VE NEVER WANTED TO BE IN FASHION.  BECAUSE IF YOU'RE IN FASHION, YOU'RE GOING TO BE OUT OF FASHION."

- RALPH LAUREN

Regardless of your thoughts on rugby polos and pastel shorts, this is a well-stated outlook on the challenges of design.  It is very difficult to design something that is both fresh and forward-looking, but also timeless.  I strive to design architecture that is informed by the past, but always striving to sensitively apply new ideas and innovations...to never look old or new...to seamlessly blend with the historic architecture that surrounds it, but never pretend to be historic.  In short, I hope my designs age gracefully.

link: OASIS?

link: OASIS?

The New York Times has a new article titled California Drought Tests History of Growth.  It includes several striking photos of the built environment in the very unbuildable environment of the California desert.  As I looked at these photos, all I could think was, "How does this make any sense!?  How are educated, adult human beings making the decisions to build like this!?"

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inspiration: THE DOOR

inspiration: THE DOOR

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...

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link: BLURRED LINES OF INSPIRATION

link:  BLURRED LINES OF INSPIRATION

In an interesting article on Ratter.com, Parker Higgins dissects the lawsuit by the Marvin Gaye family against artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams claiming their song Blurred Lines unlawfully copies Gaye's Got To Give It Up.  The title Blurred Lines is dubiously appropriate, as that is exactly the conundrum here.  At what point does inspiration become theft?  The line certainly is blurry.

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