Category: Architecture

Housing photo of the day 02: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian house

20 April, 2017 (09:00) | Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, Housing, HPoD, Usonian | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith   Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change. – Frank Lloyd Wright   Frank Lloyd Wright was a genius, as he was the first to tell everyone, and because he was a genius, he […]

Month in review, February 2015: Part 2, From Yes to No to Maybe

24 March, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Golf, Greece, Grexit, Month in review, Paul Rudolph, Rent control, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Theory |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] Though committees, as we saw yesterday, have grave difficulty approving and acting upon anything, the same groups can swiftly reach a consensus to oppose anything, or even better, endorsing its regulatory variation, Pay me not to oppose you, as Everett casino developer no doubt expected, as […]

Month in review, February 2015: Part 1, Global to personal

23 March, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Golf, Greece, Grexit, Month in review, Paul Rudolph, Rent control, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Theory |

By: David A. Smith Among housing’s many fascinations for me is that it connects the most global issues (like money and currency) with the most local ones (such as where to buy a condo or co-op), and in February these two were linked more than usual.  Global forces can land anywhere In February, the ornery […]

Form forces function: Part 8, Who will bet real money on its future?

26 February, 2015 (09:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Goshen, Government, Maintenance, Orange County (NY), Paul Rudolph, Rehab, Renovation, US News, Utilities | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] By: David A. Smith After seven previous parts readers may no doubt wonder not only why architectural fans are so eager to see the Paul-Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center preserved by any means necessary, […]

Form forces function: Part 7, Who can be a hero?

25 February, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Goshen, Government, Maintenance, Orange County (NY), Paul Rudolph, Rehab, Renovation, US News, Utilities |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By: David A. Smith With all the practical negatives facing Orange County Government Center, a reader might be forgiven for concluding that no one would want to preserve or renovate; yet there are some who want […]