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December 30, 2008 at 8:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Good news… the Alaska governor’s daughter had a baby today and they are all doing fine.

I wonder what Levi Johnston is thinking right now?  When my son was born it was the most significant, intense and transformative event in my life.  And it still us, though equaled by the death of my parents.

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12-28-08

December 29, 2008 at 5:33 am | Posted in architecture and design, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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New house in Fairview neighborhood, Anchorage.
New house in Fairview neighborhood, Anchorage.

Spotted this today under construction on Ingra Street, a busy arterial leading downtown.  Good example of smart infill redevelopment.  Relatively narrow house, captures daylight nicely, leaves a useable yard left over on the south side of a 50 x 140 ft lot, the long dimension of the lot on the east-west axis.  All the more remarkable is it is being built by Spinnell Homes, a builder not typically known for context sensitive designs.

12-27-08

December 28, 2008 at 1:21 am | Posted in photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Little pink house, downtown Anchorage.

Little pink house, downtown Anchorage.

It’s a new year and I’m glad to be here

December 27, 2008 at 6:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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video found at This Is What Comes Out.

12-25-08

December 26, 2008 at 12:00 am | Posted in photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Just outta the oven and cooling off.  Granny Smith apples.

Just outta the oven and cooling off. Granny Smith apples.

Three years old but hasn’t lost its zing!

December 25, 2008 at 7:51 pm | Posted in politics | Leave a comment
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Happy holidays.

12-24-08

December 25, 2008 at 12:16 am | Posted in photo du jour | Leave a comment
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East 20th Ave., Anchorage.

East 20th Ave., Anchorage.

Clinical detachment

December 24, 2008 at 9:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Maron v Seder

Entering an era of new public architecture?

December 24, 2008 at 7:28 am | Posted in architecture and design, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Superstar architects become the latest group formerly blessed with an embarrassment of riches now starting to hit the skids, as high end residential projects in New York are cancelled.  Talk is turning to engaging these renown designers in infrastructure projects the next few years.

Every major architect in the world, it seemed, was designing an exclusive residential building here. With its elaborate faux-graffiti barrier, Herzog & de Meuron’s 40 Bond Street was among the most indulgent, but it had plenty of rivals, including projects by Daniel Libeskind, UNStudio, Mr. Koolhaas and Norman Foster.

Together these projects threatened to transform the city’s skyline into a tapestry of individual greed.

This is a positive development.  As an architect you should be happy when your work positively affects the greatest number and variety of people as possible.  Many of the people who would love a park, bridge, library or music hall would never get near one of the condo buildings, unless they worked there as a servant.

The giant snowman is dead

December 23, 2008 at 8:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Long live the giant snowman!

The giant snowman of Columbine Street, version one.

The giant snowman of Columbine Street, version one.

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