Surveying Salk

Surveying Salk

Great buildings are hard to read at first.  They have an order and rhythm distinctly their own.  The Salk Institute of Biological Studies, designed by Louis Kahn, is such a building.  Sitting atop the long grassy bluffs of Torey Pines, and overlooking the...

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Fitting In

Fitting In

How should a modernist live in a traditional town? In an area abundant with beautiful older homes, a more modern residence can often look out of place. Even though they may wish to express their inner modernist, many homeowners are…

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Modern-V-Traditional

Modern-V-Traditional

I have come to believe that everyone has their own personal style. For me, I realized long ago that I was a modernist at heart. There is something about the volumetric treatment of a building’s form and its clean, simple detailing that makes me feel content. When I...

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Small Towns / Hidden Gems

Small Towns / Hidden Gems

I grew up in a small town in southern Illinois.  With a population of only 1,800 residents, everyone seemed to know everyone else.  There existed a local pride and few people journeyed beyond the constellation of neighboring small towns and villages scattered...

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Variation on a Theme

Variation on a Theme

Each year, Gabriela and I try to escape for a long weekend in Cape May, a beach town at the southern tip of New Jersey.  For a change, one year we thought we would see what an autumn visit would be like . . . desolate. Like many towns along the eastern shore, Cape May...

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