4 Apr 2016

Zaha Hadid and the Rubber Band Theory

Dwelling on... what is one reason that the work of Zaha Hadid is iconic and what makes great architecture.   Zaha Hadid in her London office, 1985. Photo Credit: Christopher Pillitz/Getty Images A Star is Lost Shock waves rolled through the architecture world with the news that Zaha Hadid had died on March 31. Likewise were the shock waves, that became sustaining forces of her influence sent through design communities, schools, and practices with each

28 Mar 2016

On Drawing – Foundations of Skill

Dwelling on… Cultivating the skill of drawing. I started a new project at the beginning of March. The career and vocational technology education (CATE) center building will be an opportunity for our design team to illustrate the process of computer aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) in making that CATE center come to exist. We met last week about BIM standards and the basics of how construction documents should look. A problem came

7 Mar 2016

Architecture and Gaming

Dwelling on the architecture in modern immersive gaming environments. Another post in the #ArchiTalks blogging series. #ArchiTalks is organized by Bob Borson at Life of an Architect. A group of architects writes blog posts around a single theme or subject and posts them all at the same time, ensuring a good range of various takes on the subject or theme. Last time we wrote a post on the theme of Tool. This time we write

8 Feb 2016

One Essential Tool

Dwelling on ... ONE essential tool that is the most important, among all of them, that architects use from one day to the next.   Another post in the #ArchiTalks blogging series.  #ArchiTalks is organized by Bob Borson at Life of an Architect. A group of architects writes blog posts around a single theme or subject and posts them all at the same time, ensuring a good range of various takes on the subject or

4 Jan 2016

Laterals – The Master Builder

Dwelling on... Starting 2016 with Big Time Small Firm and a theme architects can rally around.   Image is time traveler by beyzayildirim77 via deviant art Happy New Year! Best in 2106 to you and yours.   Disclaimer I aim to post content that is mostly client consumable, while being in one of many categories. If you are reading MODwelling, then you are interested in architecture, me personally, my company, or perhaps just arbitrary web traffic.

23 Nov 2015

Homework – Professional Builders

Dwelling on #DesignersBuilding - A DIY Blog Series This blog series is an account of what happens when an architect, me, pushes past design and single handedly tackles some renovation; from design through demolition and to construction. I look forward to sharing with you my discoveries, the challenges, and the solutions. Please share your stories of renovation and remodeling in the comments, DIY or not.   High Work We have had more weather delays since

26 Oct 2015

The Right Questions – Programming a Project

Dwelling on... The Importance of Programming as The First Step in a Project Intentions Confounded by Directions “What can I do for you?” the handyman said. “I want to push a button right here to open the garage door.” Tom answered, gesturing with one finger to the inside wall by the back door and pointing with the other toward the detached garage . Little did Tom know, these directions were going to cost more than he

8 Oct 2015

Homework – Rain Delay Rails

Dwelling on #DesignersBuilding - A DIY Blog Series This blog series is an account of what happens when an architect, me, pushes past design and single handedly tackles some renovation; from design through demolition and to construction. I look forward to sharing with you my discoveries, the challenges, and the solutions. Please share your stories of renovation and remodeling in the comments, DIY or not. Rain Delay If you have caught on to my every-other-week-post-schedule,

21 Sep 2015

Homework – Sealant, Stain, and Rails Up

Dwelling on #DesignersBuilding - A DIY Blog Series This blog series is an account of what happens when an architect, me, pushes past design and single handedly tackles some renovation; from design through demolition and to construction. I look forward to sharing with you my discoveries, the challenges, and the solutions. Please share your stories of renovation and remodeling in the comments, DIY or not. END Game The weather is starting to allow a little

8 Sep 2015

Turning Work Off

Dwelling on achieving a healthy work/life living recipe from day to day.   Another post in the #ArchiTalks blogging series.  #ArchiTalks is organized by Bob Borson at Life of an Architect. A group of architects writes blog posts around a single theme or subject and posts them all at the same time, ensuring a good range of various takes on the subject or theme. Last month we wrote a post on the theme WHY AM