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    I love to discover architecture, from big to small, where ever I am. Of all the spaces I have personally experienced, these are my favorites. When I started this blog, I lived in Amsterdam where I was really enjoying the Dutch’s wealth of built history, especially their love of cantilevers. Now I’m back in sunny California- searching for inspiration.

    Books I love:
    – The Boxman, by Kobo Abe
    – Steppenwolf, by Herman Hesse
    – The Tao of Physics, by Fritjof Capra

    My references for architecture while traveling:
    http://www.galinsky.com/
    MIMOA
    – any of the domus mobile iPhone apps

    A special thanks to Henning, whose photos are sometimes contributed here.

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San Simeon: Hearst Castle

William Randolph Hearst is immensely relevant to the trends we see in the journalism today. Sensationalism in its nascent form. He was incredibly rich and built what can only be considered a castle, nestled along the beautiful coast of mid California. He imported everything from Europe and his taste reflected the values of the times- … Continue reading

Valletta: City Hall & Gate

Wow. Totally blown away by this building. The context again plays a huge part in why I really respected the thought put into the design. Malta is a beautiful country, one where limited resources and perhaps for cultural reasons, buildings are all constructed from the same sandstone material. The uniformity gives the cities a cohesive … Continue reading

Miami: 1111 Lincoln Road

My third and last architectural visit in Miami, I was happy to see 1111 Lincoln Road- another Herzog & de Meuron piece. This particular building I have known about for some time and would make a trip to Miami just for it alone. I have been fascinated by the concept of an open air garage- … Continue reading

Miami: PĂ©rez Art Museum (PAMM)

No doubt in my mind that Herzog & de Meuron are my top 3 favorite list of contemporary architecture firms. So, so consistently interesting and thoughtful. My second stop of the day, after visiting Vizcaya– a building from a completely different era. What makes this building extraordinary I feel is the urban planning that is … Continue reading

Miami: Vizcaya

On my journey to Miami, I did a lot of research- A LOT. From planning for Miami Music Week to where to eat, it was a bucket list trip. I already knew that I wanted to see the infamous garage by Herzog and de Meuron- little did I know Miami would be a wealth of … Continue reading