Posted on November 25, 2014


I discovered Mapbox Sudio recently, at which I was very excited. I’ve been looking a mapping program since I came across OpenStreetMaps a while back. But I couldn’t find anything that didn’t require a big learning curve. I needed something quick and intuitive for my purposes. And this is exactly what Mapbox Studio provides. It’s quite amazing for a free program.

I’m attempting to use it for site drawings and city locations for a series we’re doing on some of the roasters in our area. I’m hoping to create a comprehensive profile for the roasters. We’ll see what we end up producing.

Postmodern Architecture

Posted on January 29, 2010

this post is just too brilliant not to recognize. wow.

Postmodern Architecture

wexFrom an address by Ravi Zacharias:

I remember lecturing at Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in this country. I was minutes away from beginning my lecture, and my host was driving me past a new building called the Wexner Center for the Performing Arts.

He said, “This is America’s first postmodern building.”

I was startled for a moment and I said, “What is a postmodern building?”

He said, “Well, the architect said that he designed this building with no design in mind. When the architect was asked, ‘Why?’ he said, ‘If life itself is capricious, why should our buildings have any design and any meaning?’ So he has pillars that have no purpose. He has stairways that go nowhere. He has a senseless building built and somebody has paid for it.”

I said, “So his argument was that if life has no purpose and design, why should the building have any design?”

He said, “That is correct.”

I said, “Did he do the same with the foundation?”

All of a sudden there was silence.

You see, you and I can fool with the infrastructure as much as we would like, but we dare not fool with the foundation because it will call our bluff in a hurry.

(Via Justin Taylor.)


Posted on August 25, 2009

This is where I hope to be heading:

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See more of TYIN tegnestue’s work at Below The Clouds

a tough field.

Posted on December 13, 2008

The design field is a tough one right now. It’s been a few months since I began searching, and have seen very few job postings for junior/intern/beginer architects.

It leaves you in a tough position. I want to be somewhat choosy as to where I apply, so as to not just accept or work where the job is, but to work somewhere that I’m interested in [although, my once standing requirement that the office has to work on the Mac platform, I’ve eased up on some].


Do design fields translate within one another? I’ve been doing some graphics work and web design. Should these fields not be considered when looking at my portfolio work as an architect? Seems like they should.

more questioning.

Posted on August 25, 2008

Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules.” -Lebbeus Woods from An Architect Unshackled by Limits of the Real World

I enjoy that I am continuing to see pieces of journalism and architects that are questioning the current state of architecture. How then else shall we continue to grow? Continue to learn?

It’s just hard to sit back and accept the fact that most architecture today is marketing. It’s really sad too.

Architecture: I’m the Designer. My Client’s the Autocrat.

Posted on June 21, 2008

An oh-so-good article that questions the very basis of the profession of architecture and it’s role in our world. What a great debate to be involved in. What great questions that we need to be asking ourselves.

By designing high-profile buildings that bolster the profile of a powerful client, do architects implicitly sanction the client’s actions or collaborate in symbolic mythmaking?

Or in the long run does architecture transcend politics and ideology? If the architect’s own vision is progressive, can architecture be a vehicle for positive change?

And then this quote from a prominent high-profile architect.

“I’ve always been interested in an architecture of resistance — architecture that has some power over the way we live,” added Mr. Mayne

Living in one of these countries and thinking about designing here makes these questions all the more real. Even if you don’t, I think they are important questions to consider. I can’t help but wonder, when looking at these buildings, if these actually are the right questions. The design almost seems to be disconnected from the root of the debate.

I would encourage you to read the article in it’s completeness.

Architecture: I’m the Designer. My Client’s the Autocrat. A recent speech by Daniel Libeskind has reanimated a debate among architects over the ethics of working in countries with repressive leaders or shaky records on human rights.

Galleries at Turney

Posted on March 3, 2008

A very nice 8 unit housing development by Green Modus in Arizona. Notably the first project in Arizona to achieve the LEED-H rating. See more text and pictures at Inhabitat

Second Life

Posted on March 2, 2008

Stylish Blight

The tale of a couple of architects turning an old automotive garage into an office/residence. While not changing much of the existing

Healing Inside and Out

Posted on January 28, 2008

The Crossroads, may be the only “green” homeless shelter built from the ground up. Opening soon in Oakland. I loved this quote from the article:

“This is the intersection of environmental and social justice issues,”

Marion Mahony

Posted on December 31, 2007

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