Monthly Archives: May 2013

TOSHIO SHIBATA: CONSTRUCTED LANDSCAPES: 25 Reasons to Visit the Peabody Essex Museum

  The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem is like a smaller, more idiosyncratic version of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts: its ethnographic collections are less comprehensive than the MFA’s but, largely because of that, are far more manageable to navigate over the course of a long afternoon. Of particular interest to me, they recently had […]

CHACHING! Get your grant on.

It’s that time of the year again…when you say to yourself, “phew! I survived another year of architecture school and damned if I don’t learn from last year and get started on my fall work earlier this summer!”   Yeah, right. Our ambitions for summer change as the years go by: First its about getting […]

TWO THUMBS UP FOR BALTIMORE -or- How to judge a City by its Forever 21

So, my expectations weren’t high when I tagged along on a trip to Baltimore for the weekend. No offense to all you Maryland-ers out there, but I just hadn’t heard great things about the city- so I was planning on spending my weekend holed up in a hotel room with my e-reader and a hoard […]

JAMES TURREL AT THE GUGGENHEIM: I couldn’t make up something this good

I haven’t been this excited since the Olafur Eliasson show at MoMA! James Turrell is taking over the expansive atrium of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum from June 21 to September 25. If you’re underwhelmed by the renderings of the exhibit or by the images that you find when you Google James Turrell, trust me, […]

LISTINGS: What does a list tell you?

Whether on Spotify or David Letterman, the list is curated picture window into the interests and idiosyncrecies of its author. Generated from scratch, the list can have a theme, remind you of what you have to do, and inspire you to think another way. For this week’s anonymous post, we asked MIT Architecture Head Nader […]

BIOPHILIA: Architecture + Nature

Besides being the title of an excellent Bjork LP (p.s., I heart Bjork), biophilia is  defined as the inherent attraction between humans and nature (be it landscapes, plants, animals,  etc).  Scientists explain it as a biological development- for example, our appreciation of flowers is related to their potential to become edible fruit. When the term […]

SHUT EYE: strategies for maximizing your time in Rhino

Sleep is one of those things that the less you have it, the more you think about it, talk about it, and fantasize over it. This is becoming especially apparent as we grow nearer to the end of the semester. When I was an undergraduate architecture student at U. Michigan, my studio friends and I […]