In the past, civic buildings (court houses, libraries, schools) were beautiful. Now, museums look like a piece of crumpled aluminum foil cast aside on an untidy street. Courthouses are, except for the concrete bomb barriers, indistinguishable from office buildings. Schools are … Continue reading
Well, I was thinking that for “Roof Rants” I’d layout all the reasons that you should use anything but asphalt shingles. Then after going on for several pages I was getting confused myself. It’s really not that complicated- nothing you … Continue reading
Different styles of architecture become popular and are quickly copied by home designers who water the essence of the style down so that it can be applied to standard “builder plans” with a minimum of fuss. These bastardized abominations are … Continue reading
Architecture 101: Don’t design a house that looks like a face. No matter how good your design is, if it looks like a face, change it. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Off hand, I can’t think of a single building product that doesn’t advertise it’s environmental benefits. To a consumer, it’s confusing. To the professional designer, it’s confusing too so it’s no wonder that many decide to follow a program like … Continue reading
Columns, So Simple, So Easy To Mis-Use When you think of traditional buildings, you think of columns. Not all traditional buildings have columns, but most traditional buildings have the proportions of different types of columns and their associated pieces (called … Continue reading