Category Archives: cool stuff

Steel Stair retrofit

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Here is a lovely little project I’m working on. The existing steel spiral stair shown here is tight and impractical as well as in a poor location for the floor plan of the house. I designed a fairly minimalistic steel stair which will be installed in a different location and will be much easier to negotiate. The design process included…

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Suburban Sustainable Design Competition in Keene, NH

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I love competitions like this and I’m spreading the word as I know many architects and students read this blog. I’m doing some cut and paste here – hope they don’t mind. Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the Suburban Sustainable Design Competition. This competition is a project of a team of sustainability-minded organizers and designers in partnership with…

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“Rock the Shack” – Gestalten

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The Architecture of Cabin, Cocoons and Hide-Outs A new book from Gestalten in Germany contains a full page spread of my barn and one page on the fern house. The page after my barn is a lovely cabin by Kundig, a big name architect who will probably win the Pritzker some day. (just sayin) The book is available from Gestalten…

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Brooks House

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I recently got to tour the Brooks House in Brattleboro which burned a few years ago. A group of local investors is working to re-build and restore the Brooks House and I tagged along on a tour given to some potential contractors. Mostly insulation and roofing folks. Here are a few shots that most local folks wouldn’t otherwise get to…

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Bicycles! form and function

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When I was in high school I spent more time ogling bike catalogs than studying. I was drawn to the art and science of bicycles. I liked riding too and did a fair amount of racing. I subscribed to bike magazines and learned about the Tour de France and the Alps and Pyrenees, form and function, I learned about strengths…

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Humble Beginnings

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Here is where I can really embarrass myself! I grew up in rural Maine in a rambling house and barn that my father built in the 70’s We moved there from coastal Maine when I was 8 years old. The new place had 40 acres of land which was fairly flat and included several fields where the topsoil had been…

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