Is Modesty the Best Policy?

October 3rd, 2013

“They brought a copy of One Morning in Maine to the first design meeting. Their goal for the country house was a more modest and simple experience. Although not a small house, it was important to the owners that the children share a bathroom, that guests share a bathroom, and that there were not large suites throughout the house.”

Rafe Churchill, principal, Rafe Churchill, LLC, on the design of a rural getaway in Connecticut

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Is It Time to Climb Back into the Box?

September 19th, 2013

“The lesson must be obvious by now. We must all get back in that comfortable box, re-learn the rules that we all once knew, and resume designing a beautiful world. Let the New American Renaissance begin!”

—Award-winning traditional architect Alvin Holm, principal, Alvin Holm A.I.A. Architects, writing in the September issue of Clem Labine’s Period Homes magazine about the rebirth of classical architectural principles

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Do You Know the Tales of Taliesin?

September 6th, 2013

taliesen“Is it possible for a masterwork of architecture to be best known for a grisly murder? In the case of Taliesin, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s longtime home, the answer may well be yes.”

—Daniel Terdiman, writing on CNET about the sensational goings-on at Frank Lloyd Wright’s home in Wisconsin, one of his great residential masterpieces

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What’s the Right Path for a Landscape Design?

August 22nd, 2013

“We always begin our designs with the architecture and draw people out into the landscape.”

—James Doyle, principal, Doyle Herman Design Associates, quoted in an article about his firm’s Palladio Award-winning landscape design

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When Does Architecture Become Art?

August 12th, 2013

“It is artisanship that takes our architecture to an entirely new level. It’s the craftsmen who take it to the level of art.”

—Michael G. Imber, FAIA, Michael G. Imber Architects, quoted in the article about his firm’s Palladio Award-winning design of a house in Austin, Texas

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When Is Modern Not Modern?

July 26th, 2013

“We consider ourselves contextualists. It is about place-making. We’ll respond as closely as we can to the client and setting, and then make it unique. We are certainly not purists, and we don’t believe that modern must equal Modernist. Traditional designs can certainly respond to contemporary needs.”

—Brian Connolly, vice president, Zivkovic Connolly Architects PC, quoted in a profile of his firm that appears in the latest issue of Clem Labine’s Period Homes

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Is Print Dying?

July 12th, 2013

“Are digital media killing print? This is a question many of you have asked me over the last few years. I answer the question by asking another: Has instant coffee killed fresh ground coffee?”

—Peter H. Miller, president, Restore Media, LLC, blogging about the continued vitality of print media covering the field of residential construction and design

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Is Maintenance a Crumbling Phenomenon?

June 28th, 2013

“When the full life cycle of a building is considered, there is no smarter money spent than on maintenance.”

—Restoration contractor and blogger Ward Hamilton, writing about the necessity of paying attention to detailed maintenance of old structures

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Can You Really Go Back to the Future?

June 14th, 2013

“We wanted to knit the fabric of the community back together, and I think we achieved this goal.”

—Margaret Connor, principal, Urban Design Associates, on her firm’s redesign, essentially a re-creation, of Faubourg Lafitte, a neighborhood in New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina

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Why Is Inside Always Outside the Conversation?

May 30th, 2013

“Overall, the contemporary preservation apparatus is woefully ill-equipped to address the challenge of protecting historic interiors.”

—Jess Phelps, team leader, Preservation Services, Historic New England, writing in the most recent issue of Clem Labine’s Period Homes magazine about the growing need to provide protection to the interiors of historic buildings

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