Tag Archives: Architecture

That building is wearing a mask.

This is the kind of low road architecture that embraces the changing pace and needs of the people who live in a building. New purposes wrapping a building’s original intention. Walls made of materials a couple of people can carry and that you can cut with a saw.

A building doesn’t need to die with the purpose that built it. Let the bones and structure that hold it together show enough so that the next occupant can imagine how to work around them. Great neighborhoods grow  over time. Depth and purpose layered on the successes and failures of past attempts. The first shadow of a well built and scaled building will still show up many many many iterations in the future.


It looked like these buildings had grown new organs. Their eyes hidden behind a gas mask and snorkel, cyborg but still human because they smelled like cooking meat. This row of houses in a ward of Kyoto called Higashiyama had changed into new costumes. A kind of unconscious reference to the theatrical undercurrent of that neighborhood.

Ghost 10 – The 1000 Foot House

I was privileged to participate in the GHOST 10 session with Architects Brian Mackay Lyons and Deborah Berke.

A team from around North America worked for two weeks to design and build two small house/pavilions at the edge of the world. These are some of the conceptual drawings that proceeded the build. The project was called the 1000 Foot House and was built along an old hauling trail. One half was for night, the other for day. We explored how far two could be separated. Check out the GHOST 10 site for pictures of the final project.

Exploring the relationship between two houses. One for night, one for day.
Exploring the relationship between two houses. One for night, one for day.
Part was by the road, part by the hill.
Part was by the road, part by the hill.
The two pavilions, called the 1000Foot house, were imagined as one.
The two pavilions, called the 1000Foot house, were imagined as one.
We created this rendering before building. The house wraps in on itself, leading to a private garden/shower.
We created this rendering before building. The house wraps in on itself, leading to a private garden/shower.