Model Homes through History

Model Homes through History

Homeownership has long been a key part of the American Dream and, as such, is integral to our identity as Americans.  With this consideration, what do our homes say about us as individuals and as a society?  Similar to how a historian can study the design of a home...
Impact of Technology

Impact of Technology

The typical life of an American today is drastically different than it was just a generation ago.  The primary source of this difference has been the growing access to high-speed internet and the explosion of new technologies built around it.  Laptops, tablets, and...
McMansionization of America

McMansionization of America

Over the last few decades, few homes have garnered more attention than the McMansion.  First appearing in the 1980s, the term “McMansion” has evolved over the years to generally refer to a new home which feels too large for its property and out of scale with the homes...
Slivers of Rome

Slivers of Rome

Every couple of years, Gabriela and I attempt to journey a bit further afield.  These adventures help to recharge our creative reservoir, and give us the opportunity to experience the world in a new way.  This past year we found ourselves lost within the crooked...
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 expanse that...
Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

There is something about the remnants of a decaying structure struggling to hang onto the thread of modern life that attracts my avid interest.  In this, I am not alone.  Tourists the world over travel thousands of miles to wander amongst the ruins of past...