Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Top pics:  Boston City Hall.  Brutalism.  I likey.  The locals seem to hate it, though.

Bottom pics:  Stata Center, MIT.  Across the street from where we stayed.  Muy dirty windows--sorry about that.  I've never been a huge Frank Gehry fan, so when they told me they can't keep the roof from leaking, I took it as a sign that you shouldn't build buildings that look like a Dr. Seuss cartoon.  But maybe I'm just a grouch.

Monday, March 23, 2009


I've been doing some minor landscaping work around my house. I noticed these very nice sculpted shrubs (cedars?) around a house on the way to work a few days ago. Something to strive for...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Decks and Patios

Since I'm working with the guys at StudioBuild on a new deck, I was inspired to check out a few decks and porches on my walk tonight. Not much to choose from, but I suspect this is a consequence of most mid-century homes having more deck or patio space positioned away from the street, presumably for privacy.

But since my house will have a deck out front for all to see, I thought it would be nice to see some other homes with similarly un-private space in front. Benjamin Hills homes here for the most part. The stately black and white image is the deck on a Drummond Home in Kansas City, courtesy of KCModern.com.