Monday, December 14, 2015

this weekend's adventure blog:
Looking up at a new residence in progress...
Steel windows make all the difference...
The beginnings of a floating stair...
Architectural oddity

Monday, September 21, 2015

Pecha Kucha Night Denver: Brew Ha! Ha!

PechaKucha Brew Ha! Ha!
September 30th | 7:00 - 9:30 PM

Central Denver Public Library | 10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
We are excited to be a part of Denver Public Library's Brew Ha! Ha! and Denver Startup Week. Brew Ha! Ha! is a celebration of maker-culture and Denver Startup Week is a celebration of all that is entrepreneurial.

Make your way to the Central Denver Public Library September 30th to drink in talks from an interesting blend of creators, leaders, and innovators who are helping to "Brew a Better Denver". Doors open at 7 and talks start 7:30. Speakers include:

Tom Hagerman | Devotcka
Toluwanimi Obiwole | 100 Colorado Creatives
Beverly Grant | Mo' Betta Greens
Delanie Holton-Fessler | The Craftsman & the Apprentice
Lydia Prado | Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being
Denon & Sean Moore | Cake Crumbs
Matthew L. Klein | All Beuys Club
Wendy McGill | Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch

We will be on the 7th Floor Gallery. This event is free and sustenance and refreshments are provided, but registration is requested and you must be at least 21 to attend. Register early, as space is limited to 100 people. If you register and are unable to attend, please notify us so we can open additional registrations.

A big thanks to the Denver Public Library and Denver Startup Week for helping to make this event happen!

Monday, August 17, 2015

2015 Sunset Idea House Tour

Our former colleague and good friend Megan Hudacky at cky design has done some marvelous Interiors work for this year's Sunset Magazine Idea House.  Tours will take place over the next few weeks starting on August 22nd.  

Advance tickets are on sale through Friday, Aug. 21 at 8:00 p.m. for $60 each. For more information and to purchase tickets go here.  Tickets purchased after that time must be purchased at any of the tour homes beginning at 11:00 am on Aug. 22 for $70 each. Children 12 and under are free.

See more at the Denver Post Article on the Sunset Idea House.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Engineering without Engines...

"The International Style of Modernism came with the advent of building services. In the end, the architecture became like a container space, essentially like a boring box with a basement full of machinery to make it inhabitable," he said. "As a result, buildings literally started to look identical all over the planet." 
"Today we have sophisticated building technology, we can calculate and simulate the environments and performance of the building, the thermal exposure of envelop, or the air flow through an urban space or structure." 
"Rather than 'Architecture without Architects', it actually allows us to do 'Engineering without Engines'," he explained. "We can engineer a building and design a building with least reliance on active machinery to make it inhabitable." 
--Bjarke Ingels, BIG (article)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Archi Detail

To say it is impossible to control the vast quantities of details that occur in the late modern building is understandable, but one can just as easily argue that poetry is impossible given the plethora of printed text in the modern world.  This type of non-detail is merely the bad detail, and we might thus add two categories to the list of detail types--the incompetent and the indifferent.  The architect cannot control all details of the building, but the architect must control the important ones.
-- Edward R. Ford; The Architectural Detail

Hand sketch framing detail for The Lightbox by BCJ 

Built condition of The Lightbox by BCJ

Hand sketch roof details for Castelvecchio Museum by Carlo Scarpa

Hand sketch detail of Chicken Point Cabin operable glass wall by Tom Kundig

Details of Chicken Point Cabin operable glass wall by Tom Kundig
Chicken Point Cabin by Tom Kundig

Window Details of Usonian House by Frank Lloyd Wright

Building Section Perspective by Paul Rudolph

Light slot detail at Therme Vals by Peter Zumthor (via nm)

Light slots at Therme Vals

Friday, May 08, 2015

On Common Sense...

"Our 'Common Sense' is not derived from what is true in Nature but from the limits on how our senses interact with Nature." -- Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Doors Open Denver

As some of you might already know, April is Architecture month in Denver.  This weekend (April 25th-26th) is the main event, and many of the city's architectural landmarks, design firm offices and downtown businesses are featuring guided public tours and open house events.  

Head on over to the website at to see more info, but the printable guide and map are available below.  Some the highlights that are worth mentioning here:

Clyfford Still Museum

Historic Union Station & Plaza

Denver Art Museum

TAXI development


Sugarcube building

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ideas and Vocabulary

"Your thoughts are constructed by the vocabulary available to you..."
-Neil DeGrasse Tyson

So, if you want to be a great thinker, learn all the words and languages you can...

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Remembering Ghost Lab 8

A fellow Ghostie alumnus, Steve, has recently posted some photos of our "immersion into the material culture" in Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia with Brian MacKay-Lyons Ghost Lab.

Check out the full post here:

Arch Record online also has a great article about Charles Moore and Sea Ranch, the grey haired predecessor [and inspiration] of Ghost Lab:

While we're at it, here are some more old photos of the same Ghost 8, taken from the Summer 2006 photo archive:

Monday, March 23, 2015

MoD: A Discussion on Housing

Modern In Denver | Colorado’s Magazine for Modern Living – Inside and Out


Join Modern In Denver and Architectural Record magazines for the presentation of “Design & Innovation in Multi-Unit Housing.” It’s part of the Architectural Record on the Road series and features a CEU session, panel discussion, and networking opportunities. Check out the details below, and we'll see you there! 

Design & Innovation in Multi-Unit Housing 

March 24
History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver
Vacancy rates for apartments were below 5 percent in the metro area in 2014. To alleviate the squeeze on rentals, the inventory of apartments—unlike single-family homes—is expected to surge as thousands of new units are being completed. But many of those target the higher end of the market, leaving a shrinking supply of homes and apartments affordable to low and middle-income families. In this symposium, Architectural Record takes a look at Denver’s particular housing needs, and the latest multi-unit buildings going up in the Mile-High City.
5-6 p.m.
Zip System Sheathing CEU session

Air, Water & Moisture Management in Light Commercial Building Envelopes
A study of how air leakage affects thermal performance and how moisture is managed in typical light commercial construction. Study focuses on roof and wall applications. Also includes discussion about some of the shortcomings of traditional methods and introduces alternative solutions of protecting the structure from air and moisture intrusion.
6-7:15 pm.
Multi-Unit Panel Discussion, Featuring Local Leaders

Moderated by Beth Broome, Managing Editor, Architectural Record
Jesse Adkins, AIA, Principal, Shears Adkins Rockmore
Joseph Poli, AIA, Founding Principal, Humphries Poli Architects
Brad Tomecek, AIA, Founding Principal, Tomecek Studio
7:15 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

Friday, February 20, 2015

Global PechaKucha Night

February 20th | 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Beauty Bar | 608 East 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
It's time for another PechaKucha Denver! We are excited to be celebrating global PechaKucha Night and the twelve year anniversary of PechaKucha at the Denver Beauty Bar.

Join us tonight to fill your brains with interesting talks from leaders in the design, art, and architecture industries. Speakers include:

Justin Martinez | Nueva Biblioteca
Ann-Marie Doerhoff | Water/Energy Nexus Engineer
Frank Philips | The Public Works / Supple Collection
Mike Sudolsky | Designer-Gensler
Alex Worden | Studio NYL Structural Engineers-Principal
Tammy Shine | Artist / Dressy Bessy
Mondo Guerra | Fashion Designer & Project Runway Winner

Come early to get a manicure and grab a martini before the speakers start. This event is free, but registration is requested and you must be at least 21 to attend. A big thanks to Justin Martinez for helping to make this event happen!