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I've always been fascinated by cool buildings. If I'd read The Fountainhead in high school I would probably have studied architecture; by the time I read it in college it was too late to change majors :-).

My interest has recently been re-ignited by exciting trends in modern architecture, including prefab modular, container architecture, and green buildings. I'm hoping to join a company involved in such an exciting, creative, and important endeavor.

Recent Articles

Synesthetic Architecture

As he walks around New York looking for inspiration, Photographer Marc Yankus says he often sees things with a type of synesthetic experience, not with color, but with shapes. “I have an experience when I look at a building. I feel I could wrap my hand around the edge and I wanted to capture the sensation I have when I look at it.” Read more …

Architectural Modeling

Model of Comcast Headquarters A recent New York Times article has brought well-deserved attention to the world's foremost builder of architectural models, Robert Tenguerian. Mr. Tenguerian has created models for many of the most important modern architects, including Philip Johnson, Louis Kahn, and Richard Meier. For their one-hour special "The Killing of Bin-Laden" 60 Minutes chose him to build models of the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound, which were used extensively on the show to describe how the attack unfolded.

Future Architects?

Construction Kids The Brooklyn-based Construction Kids program offers building classes throughout the year for kids as young as two years old. It's one a new and immensely popular wave of programs trying to shift kids away from computers toward actual, hands-on activities – like building things from scratch.

Maya Lin

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Founder Jan Scruggs visits the memorial that almost didn't get built.
The wonderful site Artsy includes a very nice Maya Lin page.

Vietnam War Memorial

Vietnam War Memorial Like many I was captivated by the creation story of Washington, DC's Vietnam War Memorial in 1981. An open design competition was held and over 1,400 proposals submitted; the winning entry was submitted by Maya Lin, then 21 years old and an undergraduate student of architecture at Yale.

Vietnam War Memorial Her design's radical departure from the white marble classicism of other DC monuments, along with her ethnic heritage ("designed by a gook," declared one veteran's group, apparently failing to grasp the subtle distinction that Lin is not in fact Vietnamese, but born in America to Chinese parents) caused a storm of controversy, and the monument's construction was a difficult, protracted process.

From the Archives

Penn Station Clock Here is an excellent New York Times article I'd saved from 1994 (!) discussing Lin's history, other works, and the then-new Eclipsed Time clock in New York's Penn Station. Lin was also the subject of the 1995 Academy Award-winning documentary Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision. You can view many of her projects in the beautiful book Boundaries, and on the Maya Lin Studio site.

Modern Modular

Resolution: 4

Fishers Island House, Front Elevation New York's Resolution:4 Architecture has revolutionized prefab housing with their Modern Modular design system. Home designs based on Modules of Use intended for communal or private spaces are mixed and matched to achieve an infinite number of designs suited to each buyer's site, budget, and lifestyle.

INTERVIEW:  Resolution:4 Architecture’s Joseph Tanney Talks Prefab Homes and Designing NYC Apartments.

INTERVIEW:  Dwell Chats with Resolution: 4 Architecture.

Excellent pages about Resolution:4 on Ballista Magazine's site.

To see more visit Resolution:4 Architecture's Projects page, or check out the inspiring book Modern Modular.

Container Architecture

Recycling and Repurposing 2,300 KG of Steel

Beautiful home made from 40-foot shipping containers. Container architecture, sometimes referred to as "cargotecture," is the re-purposing of standard 20- and 40-foot ISO shipping containers for use as structural elements in buildings.

Container port. Container ship. The physical characteristcs of containers were standardized in the 1970s, leading to explosive growth in their use worldwide. Huge container ships haul thousands of the steel boxes at once; ports equipped with huge cranes quickly unload the containers on to trucks and railroad cars.

Container for sale Sadly, some containers are used only once; others spend little of their useful life carrying cargo. Many more pile up empty behind warehouses and alongside rail lines; by some estimates there are as many as 17 million unused shipping containers worldwide. However, these used containers are often available for purchase, and new containers cost only around $3,000.

Containers' light weight, strength, low cost, and ubiquity make them ideal as structural elements for both residential and commercial structures, as well as temporary structures for use in retail, public events, and recovery after natural disasters.

Some of these projects, along with many others, are detailed in Container Atlas, a book which is both beautiful and informative.

Student Housing

Two Homes by Adam Kalkin

Retail and Exhibit Spaces

Fallingwater

The Most Famous Home in the World Comes Alive

No great risk in claiming Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece as a favorite, but … Here is a fantastic 3D fly-through animation from artist Cristóbal Vila. There are also some more great videos on Vila's home page and his YouTube page.

Sydney Opera House Made Luminous

A Building Becomes a Sculpture in Light

Sydney Opera House Again, hardly original to claim the Sydney Opera House, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon in 1957, as a favorite, but … Beautiful enough on its own, the building also hosted (literally) an amazing art installation during the Spring of 2009.

Brian Eno, best known as a musician and producer of bands such as U2, also creates visual installations using projected light. His 77 Million Paintings uses computer algorithms to generate geometric images in light. Usually the images are displayed on wall-mounted computer screens, but for the Luminous concert the images were projected onto the spectacular "sails" that adorn the Sydney Opera House's roof, to stunning visual effect.