Torrey Pines Gliderport Design Process Thoughts

Referenced Readings: “Post Carbon Reader” Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch “The Death of Sprawl: Designing Urban Resilience for the Twenty-First-Century Resource and Climate Crises” Warren Karlenzig “Smart Decline in Post-Carbon Cities: The Buffalo Commons Meets Buffalo, New York” Deborah E Popper and Frank J. Popper “Toward Zero-Carbon Buildings” Hillary Brown “Ecology and the Architectural Imagination” [...]

Design and Representation

Something that I've been thinking a lot about lately is the nature of designing in a three dimensional environment vs traditionally.  I've heard from many that technology doesn't change the design process, that regardless of the tools good designers posses a certain skillset.  I think this is true to a certain extent, but that the [...]

Sustainable Design in the Wild

We recently went to Liberty Station in Point Loma and took a tour around the area.  Predictably, I took issue with the amount of water being used for landscaping, the large manicured park areas in a city plagued by sprawl, and the amount of theatricality (in the form of show breweries and building new structures [...]

The Reintroduction of Complexity

The question of how we choose to engage in landscaping is ultimately the question of how we choose to relate to the natural world. In some cases, as in turn of the century English gardens, the designers chose to replicate natural elements in an idealized arrangement through the imposition of order. In Japanese gardens, natural [...]

Neuroscience of Architecture

The topics contained in the Architecture and Neurscience reader bring many questions to mind about the application of ethical principles to architectural experimentation, the responsibility to preserve a continuous built expression of a culture, the difficult task of shifting the science of architecture onto firmer ground while acknowledging and incorporating the experiential and emotional aspects of the practice. Each [...]