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Critique This 2013-07-14 15:32:41
It should be no surprise to my readers that I have been preoccupied with starting my own practice and working on multiple books, and have been unable to update Critique This! on a regular basis.  This will be the last update to Critique This!, but rest assured a new project is in the works, which embodies all of the lessons that …


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Critique This 2012-06-27 23:50:47
The thought of constructing buildings out of gold may seem like a ridiculous conjecture, but history reveals that this absurd notion is not only a reality of a time past, but that constructing structures of gold in modern times is more tangible than ever. Although many religious structures throughout history contain decorative elements and even domes which have been leafed in …


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Critique This 2012-01-08 22:36:59
The nearly nineteen million residents of Florida are currently in a battle to protect their neighborhoods from a number of exotic predators. Burmese Pythons, Gambian Pouch Rats and other exotic species have been released into the wild by their irresponsible owners, and are wreaking havoc on the natural equilibrium of Florida?s ecosystem.  While the population of the Burmese Python in the …


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Critique This 2011-11-29 14:19:27
Having designed a handful of skyscrapers in my career, I was excited to review this book in hopes that it would meet the need within the skyscraper design community for a authoratative reference on the typology similar to The Architect’s Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design or Heino Engel?s Structure Systems, both of which are books that sit …


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Critique This 2010-11-19 14:07:32
In the autumn of Charles Gwathmey?s life controversy beleaguered the architect and his design for the addition to Paul Rudolph?s New Haven masterpiece, the Art & Architecture Building at Yale. Negative reviews of the addition by architectural critics overshadowed the concurrent design and completion of several projects by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects. One project lost in the shadows of this …


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Critique This 2010-09-06 02:34:14
Review: Louis I. Kahn: Beyond Time and Style: A Life in Architecture is not merely a collection of Kahn’s architectural works….it gives…a richness and layering not usually associated with architecture books. (Urban Land, Howard Kozloff) Louis I. Kahn is lavishly illustrated…and contributes the most comprehensive analysis of the architect’s life and works to date. (DocoMomo, Olivia Klose) Product Description: The first in-depth biographical study of …


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Critique This 2010-08-19 18:00:11
I asked one student of the new S.C.P.A. (School for Creative and Performing Arts) what she would look forward to in the new building that open its doors this August and she said, ?clean drinking water.? Another middle school student mentioned ?stairs that won?t hurt?, in reference to the picturesque grand stair covered in a soft, speckled-blue linoleum. She is also …


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Critique This 2010-07-21 15:22:44
In the spirit of one of my favorite Cincinnati radio personalities Earl Pitts: “Ya’ know what makes me sick? You know what makes me so angry?” Mostly the lack of integrity of every corporation in the United States. I am not talking about BP, which is equally disgusting, but today is NCARB’s day to shine. I, like many of my fellow …


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Critique This 2010-06-28 22:30:38
The LEED Accredited Professional 3.0 vector logo collection contains every official LEED AP logo created by the USGBC in vector format. The logos can be downloaded in Adobe Illustrator file format, which allows for complete control over the size and style of the logo without loss of clarity. The LEED Accredited Professional 3.0 vector logo collection is available for download absolutely …


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Critique This 2010-06-24 17:13:23
Have you seen the results of the Temporary/Permanent Relief Housing Competition? It is an ‘ideas competition’ sponsored by the AIA and Young Architect’s Forum. This competition serves as a reminder that the architecture competition system, or lack thereof, in the United States is flawed, and that it is in desperate need of regulation. Before you accuse me of having a vested …


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Critique This 2010-06-23 14:02:44
During a recent trip to New York City I visited the infamous Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was my first time at the museum, and unfortunately the glass atop the atrium was covered. The large volume of space that is normally full of light was a dark void, perhaps for the first time in the building’s …


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Critique This 2010-06-23 14:02:44
During a recent trip to New York City I visited the infamous Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was my first time at the museum, and unfortunately the glass atop the atrium was covered. The large volume of space that is normally full of light was a dark void, perhaps for the first time in the building’s …


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Critique This 2010-06-21 17:15:05
1111 Lincoln Road is part of an addition and upgrade to the existing SunTrust office building, which is a Brutalist concrete relic designed by Adolfo Albaisa that was constructed in the 1960s. At first glance, 1111 Lincoln Road looks like a new museum or a swanky new condo building just beginning construction, but in reality the structure is nearly complete.  1111 Lincoln …


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Critique This 2010-05-17 16:48:28
The Ascent at Roebling?s Bridge shows us the possibility of living in the clouds. The newest prestigious address in the Cincinnati area features distinguished high-rise living, a rarity in this area of hills, valleys and single-family homes. The Ascent presides on its small site in Covington, soaring above its dour postmodern neighbors, the Corporex towers, and takes its design cues (both …


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Critique This 2010-03-26 19:55:02
Florida Southern College is the only campus designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and it is the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings located on a single site, anywhere in the world. However, despite the project’s unprecedented scale and the fact that the campus supports a collection of twelve Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings, this work remains relatively unknown to …


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Critique This 2010-01-19 17:13:16
A few months ago I began to contemplate the effect of the Great Recession on our profession and to define for myself the current, past and future status of architecture in the United States. There have been many movements and styles to evolve in architecture since the implosion of Pruitt-Igoe. It seems that since the death of Modernism that stylistic periods …


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Critique This 2009-12-18 22:25:13
Have you ever considered what function the background on your computer’s desktop serves? I doubt it. Many people treat their desktop’s background as an expensive picture frame that displays imagery of their family or maybe a sports car that they will never ever be able to afford, but why not ask the desktop what it wants to be? It seems that …


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Critique This 2009-12-17 17:33:12
The de Young Museum designed by Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron is both underwhelming and overwhelming. The structure’s interiors are underwhelming at best, and there are few spaces on the interior that capture the same spirit that is embodied by the structure’s unique exterior appearance. The exterior form and treatment of the structure’s skin is overwhelming. The materiality, texture and …


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Critique This 2009-12-02 13:52:21
So, you want to be an Architect? The process of becoming an architect has become overly complicated since the days of Peter Keating and Howard Roark, but it is not impossible, yet. I have focused the last year of my life on obtaining my professional license, and may be deemed a licensed architect sometime this month, but instead of keeping my …


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Critique This 2009-11-17 19:57:58
It has been awhile since I have attacked my favorite moving target, NCARB, partly because I have been very busy trying to beat NCARB at their own game, and also in part because I have been very busy at work. I have taken what will hopefully be my last ARE, and during this whole process I have run into many obstacles, …


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