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It Wouldn’t Hurt To Know What You’re Looking At (part 1)

 Safdie Rabines Architects – Tree House, 1999 San Diego California In case you were wondering, the most beautiful house in San Diego is in Mission Hills. It was designed by Safdie Rabines Architects and completed in late 2000. It’s a tiny contemporary home built on the footprint of the original house which was destroyed by […]

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Art, Surfing & Design

Surf Craft – Mingei International Museum, San Diego In the summer of 2014, the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park mounted an exhibit dedicated to San Diego’s surfing history. The museum, recently designed by CO Architects is everything a traditional museum should be: clean, surprisingly sincere and well organized. I wrote a review of the Surf Craft […]

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Mid-Century Modern, Energy Innovation & San Diego

The architectural style we all know as Mid-Century Modern has its roots in pre-war Berlin and if you want to follow the logic backwards to the absolute beginning you’ll find Walter Gropius at the headwaters of this design idea as far back as 1919. By the 1930s the cutting edge in architecture and design was […]

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A Few Words About Large Projects – November, 2014

  It can take a crack architectural team six months to design a fourteen story glass-skinned tower. And it will take an experienced contractor eighteen months to build the shell. In another six months the interiors and tenant improvements will be complete – so think of it as a three or four year process from […]