Projects

January 14, 2018
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NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK

Design studies for this triangular 27-story office building and bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia was started around 1978.  It was developed during a period in which […]
November 28, 2017
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The WILLIAM VALE hotel

This 21 story project is an expression of Diagonality in the form of structural decoration: that is the message of this bold design completed in 2017. […]
November 18, 2017
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BROKEN OBELISK

Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk, also known as Black Needle, was one of the best pieces of sculpture of it time.  The dates associated with its creation […]
November 18, 2017
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URANIBORG

 The great Danish naked-eye astronomer, nobleman and writer was an adherent of the Copernican system of cosmic organization.  He was known for his accurate astronomical and […]
October 29, 2017
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THE SUMMIT AT UNIVERSITY CITY

  THE SUMMIT AT UNIVERSITY CITY was built in 2015 on the campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the USA. The project consists of […]
October 20, 2017
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BANK OF CHINA

The Bank of China is an exemplary manifestation of Diagonality executed in the second half of the Twentieth century.  It was designed by the United States […]
September 29, 2017
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VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall designed by American architect Maya Lin was built on the National Mall in Washington, DC in 1982. It is a deeply […]
August 22, 2017
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HOUSE OF TOMORROW and the FAGAN/McMAHON HOUSE

The glass and steel HOUSE OF TOMORROW was designed by Chicago architect George Fred Keck (1895-1980) for the Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago in […]
August 13, 2017
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The Triangular Lodge at Rushton

Sir Thomas Tresham (1545-1605) was a gentleman architect and builder, well-educated and a prominent recusant Catholic landowner in Northamptonshire, England during the Elizabethan era.  However, he […]
July 18, 2017
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RETREAT HOUSE

 Reportedly, this 1978 design for a Retreat House was produced by the Philadelphia architectural firm, Mitchell/Giurgola, for a mistress of a “(far) northern European automobile manufacturer […]
July 17, 2017
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Oscar Niemeyer’s Caracas Museum of Modern Art

The probable inspiration for the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 67 was the 1945/55 Caracas Museum of Modern Art by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012).  The […]
July 13, 2017
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July 13, 2017
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Freeman House

The Freeman House (1965 – 1966), designed by Gunnar Birkerts (1925 -), is a prime example of the use of diagonal elements in residential architecture. Situated […]
July 8, 2017
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University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

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July 3, 2017
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Tower of the Winds

The Tower of the Winds was built in 48 BCE in the Roman Agora in Athens, Greece but was largely out of view for many centuries […]
July 1, 2017
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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

    The COCOON TOWER is a fifty-story educational facility built in 2008 in the high-rise district of Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan.  The building is home […]
June 30, 2017
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Canadian Pavilion Expo 67

The design of the inverted pyramid designed by architects Rod Robbie and Colin Vaughan came about by chance.  The architects, all smokers, were working with cardboard […]
June 29, 2017
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Hearst Tower, New York, NY

  William Randolph Hearst had demanded that his six-story corporate headquarters in New York City be engineered to support a future skyscraper. Sir Norman Foster, an […]
June 28, 2017
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BETH SHALOM SYNAGOGUE

Figure 1. Beth Shalom Synagogue, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1954-1959 In 1876, Frank Lloyd Wright’s mother attended the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and visited […]
June 23, 2017
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TOKYO BUDŌKAN

The Tokyo Budokan sports facility was built in 1989 in the Higashi Ayase Metropolitan Park in the Adachi-ku area of  northern Tokyo. Its purpose was to […]
June 22, 2017
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Daniel Libeskind’s Museums

Daniel Libeskind originally rose to prominence because of his striking and highly honored, Jewish (History) Museum in Berlin. I‘ve been told that visitors find the building […]