design theory: SYMMETRY VS. ASYMMETRY

design theory: SYMMETRY VS. ASYMMETRY

I overheard someone the other day getting upset about the overuse of symmetry.  "Not everything needs to be symmetrical!" this person cried.  This is certainly true.  Not everything needs to be symmetrical.  But it doesn't need to be asymmetrical either, does it?  When faced with tough, potentially life-altering, theoretical questions such as these I usually turn to one source for answers...

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great spaces: A PORCH IN MAINE

great spaces:  A PORCH IN MAINE

The coast of Maine is roughly 230 miles as the black-capped chickadee flies.  However, coastline paradox aside, you'd have to travel about 3,500 miles if you wanted to see every nook and cranny of the Pine Tree State's craggy coast.  This glacier-formed coastline is full of beautiful bays, peninsulas, inlets, points, and islands.  This jagged coastline creates a very intimate coastline with plenty of hidden gems.  One such hidden gem is a quaint porch situated on a point overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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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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