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August 31, 2009

The contrast of the old buildings and the new designs an old city like Paris experiences always amazes me. The city stays current while keeping its architectural heritage. The center was supposed to open this spring of 2009, I am unsure if it is actually opened yet due to delays in construction. Hopefully I will see it next time I will go and maybe observe another architectural transformation in progress…

August 28, 2009

integrate: to form into one whole; to make entire; to complete; to renew; to restore; to perfect.

August 27, 2009

The Architecture profession has experienced a major shift in the last 12 months. We have witnessed the end of an era and are balancing on the edge of a new beginning. Exactly what that beginning is remains to be seen; are we coming out of a periodic downturn that is the natural economic rhythm of expansion and contraction or are we involved in something more profound and of a greater more lasting significance. I happen to think it is much of the latter but some of the former. We have experienced an unprecedented explosion in building activity throughout the world and clearly that kind of growth could not be sustained…..a slowdown had to happen even if you don’t factor in the housing and financial institution implosion. But, on the other hand the world population is growing and a new wave of enfranchised middle class in countries like India, Brazil and China will push demand for many of the same building types that have been developed through other parts of the world in the last 15 years. Also, as the U.S. and world population ages, demand for healthcare and leisure activities will continue to be strong.

August 25, 2009

It’s pretty self-explanatory we think… architecture folks use trace paper on a daily basis. It covers our desks, fills up our recycle bins, is stuffed in our drawing sets, and rolls around on our tables, etc. It’s everywhere really, and it’s usually where our ideas begin. You know the drill, just roll out some trace, steal a pen from your coworker’s desk and boom you’re in business! Ideas start flowing. When we use trace paper it’s almost like a dance… we sketch, we tear a piece off, sketch more, tear again, layer, sketch, crinkle, toss, roll out and keep going. Trace paper is our go-to medium for ideas. And that’s basically what blogs are too; a commodity for idea generation.