James Marston Fitch and the Nature of Habitation

Whether inside a humble igloo or the international space station, humanity cannot long survive without an appropriate means of shelter. How well a shelter performs its protective function is obviously a critical consideration in environmental extremes. Yet over longer durations of occupancy, the emotional well-being of a structure’s inhabitants come into play. After all, humanity is not simply one massive ant colony – aesthetics matter, even mark us as human. Architect James Marston Fitch (1909-2000) … Continue Reading ››
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The Incandescent Light Bulb

After an unbroken 125-year reign as illuminator of choice, the incandescent light bulb has finally abdicated the throne. Its days in our nights were glorious, though ― bathing the dark in a comforting glow, yet common as cane was this small proxy sun. How many more words were read, plans were laid, or labors extended because of the light bulb? Ordinary and extraordinary in equal measure, the incandescent light bulb leaves no shortage of sockets … Continue Reading ››
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Redevelopment of the Acuff-Rose Building, Nashville – Part 2

Perhaps the most striking feature of the Acuff-Rose building’s original façade was the near total concealment of its windows. At curbside, there would appear to be no clear means of entering the 23,500-square-foot building. Until recent renovations, decorative pre-cast concrete panels dominated the black granite walls of the façade, imparting an unmistakably mid-century modern aesthetic to the building. Known as decorative screening or tracery, this once very popular architectural treatment referenced the Gothic architecture … Continue Reading ››
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