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MASP: A Brazilian Masterpiece

MASP: A Brazilian Masterpiece

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Mark English on Lina Bo Bardi:

“Her building is one of a kind… heroically sized in every way: the biggest span, the most prominent location. It’s a brave building, amazing and gutsy.… I don’t like overly designed, overly gestured work. In MASP, the building has a sweeping sense of movement, but also a neutral feel. The art is the star, not the building.”

(Image: Mark English Architects)

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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Inclination and Evolution: A Stair Design

Inclination and Evolution: A Stair Design

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This central staircase rail went from glass, to steel, and back to glass again, in a design transformation aided by hand sketches, computer renders, and actual as-built appearance at the job site. Image: Mark English Architects

Thursday, January 05, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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Desert Modern Walking Tour: Palm Springs

Desert Modern Walking Tour: Palm Springs

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The simplicity of Desert Modern architecture finds a natural home in Palm Springs, California. Image: Mark English Architects

Friday, December 16, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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Skylight Case Study

Skylight Case Study

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Late-breaking waterproofing concerns arise on a job site, after construction is already underway. The power of hand drawing aids in a quick exploration of a crucial building detail, avoiding potentially costly change orders down the road. Image: Mark English Architects

Friday, December 09, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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Sao Paulo, Brazil: Modern Buildings and Climate

Sao Paulo, Brazil: Modern Buildings and Climate

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In countries where energy costs are high, buildings rely less on high-tech conditioning and more on simple features such as brise soleil to create natural shade. The Modernist gems of Sao Paulo show how climate response can be both inspirational and livable. Image: Ciccillo Matarazzo pavilion, Mark English Architects

Monday, November 28, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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Understanding Complexity at a Glance: Hand Drawing as Tool for Technical Communication

Understanding Complexity at a Glance: Hand Drawing as Tool for Technical Communication

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Hand drawing is not just a holdover from architecture’s pre-digital past. Even today, hand-drawn sketches are an indispensable tool for communication, problem-solving, and rapid exploration of new ideas. Greg Corbett, Architect at Mark English Architects, shares hand drawing techniques for creating 3D illustrations during project development.

Monday, November 07, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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Craig Hamburg: Developer, Citizen, Urbanist

Craig Hamburg: Developer, Citizen, Urbanist

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“I’m disappointed that housing is so often treated strictly as a commodity… Designs should be impactful, not relying on cheap materials or bloated buildings. Developers aren’t the same as speculators. Developers are in it for the long-term…

“Context matters, too. My vision for San Francisco is to have great public transportation with higher density around the transit hubs, and get more cars off the road.”

(Photo: 400 Grove St., San Francisco by DDG, design by Fougeron Architecture)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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David Baker Architects: Affordable Housing, Slower Streets

David Baker Architects: Affordable Housing, Slower Streets

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Architects David Baker and Amit Price Patel discuss ways to make city housing and city living more effective, livable, and inclusive. For example, Lakeside Senior Apartments integrates low-income, formerly homeless, and special-needs seniors in a new 92-unit building in Oakland, California. (Photo: Bruce Damonte)

Monday, September 19, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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