The Well Tempered City - Jonathan F.P. Rose

Well tempered communities must include the three basic tenants essential for the development of healthy cities: 

1. Protect their citizens

2. Balance humans and nature

3. Create a landscape of opportunity that is equal for all that live there. 

-Jonathan Rose  

METROPOLIS - THE SINISTER TRUTH BEHIND CABIN PORN

AN INTERESTING THINK-PIECE ON THE IMPACT OF THE CABIN DREAM. SPECIFICALLY CALLING OUT PROGRESSIVE ELITES SOLVING THE WORLDS PROBLEMS FROM SPACIAL NIRVANAS THAT CLAIM TO BE IN HARMONY WITH NATURE. BUT ARE THEY JUST COUNTRY CLUBS WITH DIFFERENT STRIPES? (SUMMIT POWDER MOUNTAIN THEY ARE TALKING TO YOU)

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HITS CLOSE TO HOME FOR ME BECAUSE I DREAM OFTEN ABOUT A CABIN ON A REMOTE PIECE OF LAND FOR MY FAMILY, FRIENDS AND OUR DOGS. I THINK OF IT BEING A RESPONSIBLE DESIGN-BUILD OPPORTUNITY FOR MYSELF AND OTHERS TO WORK ON OVER TIME. BUT WHAT IMPACT DOES IT REALLY HAVE ON A TOWN OR PLOT OF LAND WE WOULD HELICOPTER INTO? PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS ALL OVER AGAIN. "HI, WE ARE THE NEW FOLKS IN TOWN. THAT IS OUR SOLAR-POWERED-SUSTAINABLE-PRIVATE-MODERN-BOX UP ON THE PICTURESQUE HILL. YOU AND YOUR TOWN-FOLK ARE SO ADORABLE. JUST WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR..." 

INTERESTING SCENARIOS AND QUESTIONS TO PONDER ALONG WITH MY LIFE GOALS

METROPOLIS

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Shou sugi ban

"Shou Sugi Ban is a Japanese ­technique for preserving and finishing wood by charring it with fire. The treatment — which leaves behind a dense, carbonized layer of blackness. It’s a counterintuitive but ingenious idea: heating wood to render it fireproof. If you’ve ever tried to rekindle a campfire using burnt logs, you get the idea. The combustion also neutralizes the cellulose in the wood — the carbohydrates that termites, fungus and bacteria love — making it undesirable to pests and resistant to rot. The resulting charcoal layer repels water and prevents sun damage as well. By some estimates, boards that have undergone this process can last 80 years or more."

-Amanda Fortini, T Magazine - Sept 19, 2017

Horyuji Temple Japan 

Horyuji Temple Japan 

Anthony Esteves' private Residence, Maine 

Anthony Esteves' private Residence, Maine 

Washington School House

For my birthday, we went to the Washington School House Hotel - Thanks Leigh! It was such a special weekend. The structure was built in 1889 as a school and was renovated down to the studs into a beautifully simple space. Here are a few photos of a space that is warm and makes sense. 

More Photos Here

GEORGIA O'KEEFE RESIDENCE + STUDIO - ABIQUIU, NEW MEXICO

Abiquiu - is a Spanish combination of the Tewa words pay sha boo-oo,“timber-end town,” and abechin, “hoot of an owl.”

Tony Vaccaro, 1960   

Tony Vaccaro, 1960

 

Herb Lotz, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Herb Lotz, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Todd Webb (1905 - 2000)

Todd Webb (1905 - 2000)

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

MATERIALS

SOME OF THE FINISH MATERIALS ARE BEING FABRICATED AT 1515 EAST FEDERAL POINTE. IT IS EXCITING TO SEE DECISIONS MADE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PROCESS MANIFEST THEMSELVES. 

ZAHA HADID (1950 - 2016)

I AM NOT A BIG FAN OF 'STARCHITECTS' - OR THAT TERM FOR THAT MATTER. IT REALLY COMES DOWN TO WHETHER OR NOT THE WORK SPOKE TO YOU, INFLUENCED OTHERS AND MADE THE WORLD A BETTER BUILT PLACE. SHE DID ALL OF THOSE. SHE WAS BORN IN BAGHDAD IN 1950, RECEIVED A MATHEMATICS DEGREE FROM AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN BEIRUT, AND AN ARCHITECTURAL DEGREE FROM THE ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION IN LONDON. SHE WON THE PRITZKER PRIZE LAUREATE IN 2004. HERE ARE A COUPLE OF HER DESIGNS.   

HEYDAR ALIYEV CENTER, AZERBAIJAN (2007 - 2012)

HEYDAR ALIYEV CENTER, AZERBAIJAN (2007 - 2012)

VITRA FIRE STATION, GERMANY (1993)

VITRA FIRE STATION, GERMANY (1993)

MIDDLE EAST CENTER - OXFORD, ENGLAND (2014)

MIDDLE EAST CENTER - OXFORD, ENGLAND (2014)

MIDDLE EAST CENTER - OXFORD, ENGLAND (2014)

MIDDLE EAST CENTER - OXFORD, ENGLAND (2014)

MESSNER MOUNTAIN MUSEUM - MT KRONPLATZ, ITALY (2015)

MESSNER MOUNTAIN MUSEUM - MT KRONPLATZ, ITALY (2015)

MESSNER MOUNTAIN MUSEUM - MT KRONPLATZ, ITALY (2015)

MESSNER MOUNTAIN MUSEUM - MT KRONPLATZ, ITALY (2015)

RECLAIMED WOOD

YESTERDAY WE FOUND A SOURCE FOR RECLAIMED BARN WOOD FOR THE BEAMS AT 1515 EAST FEDERAL POINTE DRIVE. EACH ONE HAS ITS OWN CHARACTER. IT SEEMS LIKE THERE IS A STORY IN EACH PIECE OF WOOD. THEY ARE GOING TO BE ATTACHED TO WOOD TRUSSES IN THE CEILING OF THE HOUSE.