Title: The Amber Chronicles Author: Roger Zelazny Locations of note: Amber & an innumerable array of shadow worlds Urbanist Review: I actually had to stop reading this, so fair warning–this review is based on incomplete information. However, I got so… Continue Reading
These sketches were studies about possible material approaches for a new project. I was focused on trying to simplify the expression for a very complex program, plan & site.
Title: the Farseer Trilogy Author: Robin Hobb Locations of note: the Six Duchies Urbanist Review: This series falls into the category of most fantasy novels, in regards to place: generically medieval, and reliant on conventional expectations to establish the world.… Continue Reading
For those that aren’t architects, the redlines are the corrective markups on our drawings. Recently, I’ve been doing more redlines than sketches. These can be handed off for someone else to correct–they are marked with a highlighter when complete.
Title: Dragons of Pern series Author: Ann McCaffrey Locations of note: Pern, various locations Urbanist Review: Dragonriders of Pern was the first “grown up” science fiction I read, and it still holds a special place in my mind, even if… Continue Reading
Title: the Princess Bride Author: William Goldman Locations of note: various locales around Florin, including the Cliffs of Insanity, the Fire Swamp, and Florin City Urbanist Review: First of all, if you were not aware that the Princess Bride was… Continue Reading
Title: Magicians Trilogy Author: Lev Grossman Locations of note: Brakebills, Earth (various locales), Fillory, unnamed world Urbanist Review: Initial impressions suggest that this trilogy should be a world-builder’s fantasy. The story is propelled forward by the successive discoveries of new… Continue Reading
It feels very Victorian to sketch in a cemetery, but Oakland’s Mountain View Cemetery seems to demand such an activity. Planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, and boasting a Julia Morgan designed chapel (and Julia Morgan’s own grave), it is both… Continue Reading
I am still trying to figure out why this was the architectural solution for (what I assume) is the need for multiple exit stairs. Seems like overkill…on the other hand, I suppose it makes for a more interesting facade than a… Continue Reading