Sunday, June 12, 2016

Montreal

The typology of Montreal housing - two to three story brick buildings, wrought iron balconies for small outside space, exterior entry at the first and second floor, Mansard roof, and a very, very steep staircase.  Small front yards and low fence buffer the first floor from the sidewalk.  There are blocks beyond blocks of these buildings, and I see resemblance to the infamous Habitat 67 by Architect Moshe Safdie. The form is different but the ideas overlap - capturing "home" in comfortable private space, separation from the street, connection to neighbors, small outdoor space. The early architecture of Montreal was in response to large groups of people moving to the cities. In the 1960's people left, and the typology was re-imagined. Today's multi-family: How have we kept people in the city and still made our private space our own? Have we found the answer? 



Saturday, June 11, 2016

Surprising Light

Light and the built environment can create some very striking patterns. I love this! Blogged for future use :) 


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Saranac Lake Islands

A beautiful spot in the Adirondack Mountains. We canoed out to our own island and camped for two nights, all food and shelter items in tow. Our friend Matt came from Seattle, fishing gear included, and caught us a small mouth bass for dinner! We cooked it over the fire, good food good company. At night we heard the call of the Loon, and saw the birds moving across the smooth water at an incredible pace.