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This Must Be the Place

This Must Be the Place is a podcast that explores the physical, cultural, and emotional layers of spaces and places. Recently, Christine was honored to be a guest on the podcast and that podcast is now live. I hope you enjoy!   http://www.thismustbetheplace.io/architecture-and-transit-with-christine-scharrer/

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Modernist Architect Natalie de Blois, 1921-2013

  I was saddened to learn today of the death of natalie de Blois, an architect who spent her career designing some of the best modernist buildings of the era for SOM. She was also the founding organizer of the Chicago Women in Architecture group, and an architectural educator. Her legacy is amazing, yet often not acknowledged. [...]

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Oscar Niemeyer, RIP

Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum. Image from thecreatorsproject.com   The world lost a legend this week, with the passing of Oscar Neimeyer. He had an incredibly long career and life, he was 104 years old. He has left a legacy of amazing, sculptural and beautiful building in Brazil, and his work at the UN in New York [...]

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Facade Friday! – Democracy Edition

Here are some buildings that are very governmental. Apparently, Governmental, up until very recently, meant “neo-colonial” or “Greek revival”. So what makes a building civic, or “democratic” in a more modern vernacular? Here are some newer examples:             What do these newer examples have in common? A “civic” scale, a [...]

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Lebbeus Woods, RIP

Lebbeus Woods – his work and his writings – were an early inspiration for me. I think my whole class at K-State was a little Lebbeus-crazy, in part due to his visit to K-State in conjunction with his inclusion in our Architectural Journal Oz. He passed away this week at the age of 72, early [...]

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Facade Friday!

Life can be brutal. Architecture can be brutal, and then we call it “Brutalism”. The most famous example of Brutalism is the Boston City Hall by Paul Rudolph: Some examples are quite fantastic – brutal, but also playful: Say what you will about Brutalism, but one thing is clear – a brutal facade is a [...]

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Facade Friday!

 Image from Treehugger A theme to many of these Facade Friday! posts that I see emerging is that I am drawn to facades that are screen-like in nature. I also am very intrigued by facades that are active and use non-traditional materials and/or traditional materials in a new manner. The facade of the Carabanchel [...]

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Forest Fire Friday

A love of buildings and making them has shaped my life and my career, but in the end they are only as good as the people who use them and love them. A place is no good if it contains no love from it’s inhabitants. The Flying W Ranch is a place from my youth. Since [...]

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Facade Friday!

Rocks!   I’ve always loved this facade. Such a basic idea, stolen from our friends the engineers over at hill-side management, inc. who use gabions to hold back and stabilize hills. The neighborhood I grew up in was accessed by a winding road called Crystal Hills Boulevard that was protected by a tall gabion wall [...]

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