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Architect Spotlight

Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 5.38.31 AMGiuseppe Terragni {1904-1943} While researching for various talks on Modernism at Black Mountain College we became familiar with this Italian architect Giuseppe Terragni. He was an Italian architect who worked primarily under the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini and pioneered the Italian modern movement under the rubric of Rationalism. His most famous work is the Casa del Fascio built in Como, northern Italy, which was begun in 1932 and completed in 1936; it was built in accordance with the International Style of architecture and frescoed by abstract artist Mario Radice. Some of his European counterparts were Le Corbusier and Marcel Breuer. We love his clean lines and compositions of shadow and light. Please find more samples of his work on our Pinterest page here. Cheers!

Modern Monday

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“For architect Ole Scheeren, the people who live and work inside a building are as much a part of that building as concrete, steel and glass. He asks: Can architecture be about collaboration and storytelling instead of the isolation and hierarchy of a typical skyscraper? Visit five of Scheeren’s buildings — from a twisted tower in China to a floating cinema in the ocean in Thailand — and learn the stories behind them.”

Given a professional past in both design and storytelling this talk caught my attention. While I’m not sure the speaker truly got his point across I did enjoy the opportunity to view these projects and understand the thought behind them regardless. Go here to watch this TED presentation. Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 3.39.17 PM


Modern Monday

Our Video Archives X3 | Good morning folks! This monday I thought I would select a few videos from our YouTube channel that cover various aspects of modern building and design to kick off the week. Cheers!Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 7.54.08 AM

Effortlessly Modern: The Simple Home | Here is some Eichler inspiration that speaks for itself. To watch the video go here.Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 7.58.37 AM

Marvin’s Newest Contemporary Windows and Doors | Here is a good little overview of some products on the market for those thinking of building or remodeling a contemporary home. To watch the video go here.Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 8.42.43 AM

Mark Kushner: Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by…you | Can architects be entertaining? Here is proof. This is one of the most enjoyable and relatable talks by an architect I’ve watched. Yeah! This video, also, relates to our discussions on design, both private and public, in our city of Asheville and how we can get more involved in building a city we want to live in. Go and watch here!

UNCA Architecture Tour | The Mid-Century Carmichael Hall

Built in 1966 | Designed by Six AssociatesIMG_0569

Carmichael Hall was named after Dr. Oliver Cromwell Carmichael, former chairman of North Carolina’s Board of Higher Education. Regarded as one of the leading educators in America, Carmichael was a Rhodes Scholar and British Army volunteer. He later served as president of the University of Alabama.IMG_0544

The semicircular, 330 seat, mid-century lecture hall is sited next to Carmichael Hall and was also designed by Six Associates and constructed in 1966. For more on UNCA buildings simply type in UNCA Tour in the search area on the right. Cheers!

Designing Our Future

f8268275eb31b2f256a8e2363772c394Building a Legacy for the Future

In continuing this series I was thinking about my childhood hometown of Columbus, Indiana. One man inspired a legacy of quality design in Columbus which has amassed to over 60 notable buildings for a town of 44,000. In searching for an overview to share with you I found this 12 minute NPR podcast from the “Destination Art” series on Weekend Edition. If you have some time it is worth a listen. There are some nice points made on both architecture and community. Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 8.14.37 PM

J. I. Miller, the visionary behind Columbus, Indiana’s architectural legacy states “mediocrity is expensive”.  Today, my hometown continues his legacy without him and this small, conservative town in the mid-west continues to reap the cultural and economic benefits whether they are all aware or not. What they build — matters. Unlike Columbus, Asheville doesn’t need to take the path of hiring international architects to create a legacy. We have the resources, inspiration and talent to literally design our own future based on the cultural values of Asheville and it’s citizens today. Cheers! Troy