Tag Archives: Modern Architecture

“Building with biophilia”

Philosopher/mountaineer Damien Fran├žois interviewed mathematician/ theorist Nikos Salingaros for The Clarion Review. Salingaros’s thinking has inspired much of the writing in this blog. His work has, among many other things, identified some of the neurobiological factors that predispose humans to … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Crashing into looking glass

I’m always on the lookout for evidence of the flaws of modern architecture. So I was pleased to learn through an article in Fortune magazine that employees at Apple’s new round glass spaceship-like headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., keep walking into … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Olympic venues, 2018: wow

To judge by my online Google search under “2018 olympic architecture,” the athletic venues and other structures built for this year’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, failed to capture the interest of the major architectural media. Maybe this professional … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Modern architecture is crazy

Among the most recent revelations of science in the service of architecture is that three of the most eminent founders of modern architecture suffered from mental illness. Le Corbusier was on the autism spectrum while Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Two attacks on the East Side

These two really ugly new buildings on Providence’s storied East Side reveal a thoughtlessness and lack of consideration on the part of two highly respected private schools. People walking or driving by Moses Brown or the Lincoln School must wonder … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Architecture’s deadly lingo

The model above illustrates an invitation to a lecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design called “Architecture Before Speech: A Conversation.” I thought it must be a discussion of how humans built early habitation prior to the development of spoken … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

Each state’s “ne plus ugly”

Architecture is a form of art. When a city constructs a new building, it should add beauty to its streetscape. The above quote, unattributed, introduces an article in MSN.com’s Business Insider entitled “The Ugliest Building in Every US State, According … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Even Soviets hated mods!

Ann Sussman, the architect/scientist whose neurobiological research has pinned down mental illness as a factor in modern architecture, sent me a video by a Russian cartoonist in 1976. It shows that even amid the official dominance of modernism under Stalin, … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Video | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Try this Brutalist wallpaper!

“Brutalist wallpaper brings the concrete dream to any room“! Ah, that concrete dream! I must really hand it to Kristen Richards, founder and editor of the indispensable ArchNewsNow.com. She sent me the link. “You’ll love this – not!” she writes, … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Interior Design | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

More worst buildings of 2017

Metropolis, the magazine dedicated to zany urbanism, has its “Top Buildings of 2017” issue out. The open-mindedness that can occasionally be seen at Metropolis – for example, it publishes essays inimical to modern architecture by Nikos Salingaros and Michael Mehaffy … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Humor | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment