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Lyon’s La Confluence District: Walking Tour

Lyon’s La Confluence District: Walking Tour

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The French city of Lyon’s “La Confluence” is a bold island of modernity exists on a sliver of land between two rivers. “Part of the logic of making the architecture more bold is to make it interesting from all angles.” How does this compare with similar redevelopment efforts in San Francisco?

Image: Mark English Architects

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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Casa Gilardi by Luis Barragán

Casa Gilardi by Luis Barragán

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“Color isn’t just a surface decoration for Barragán. It’s not an afterthought. It’s foundational to his architecture. His spaces can’t stand alone without the color.” Image courtesy Mark English Architects

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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From Hand to Computer: Drawings for Communication

From Hand to Computer: Drawings for Communication

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Earlier, we showed the power of hand drawings as communication tools. Now, we do the same with CAD – taking it to the next level.

Friday, June 09, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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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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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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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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New Orleans Rebuilding: Could Topography Make It Right?

New Orleans Rebuilding: Could Topography Make It Right?

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A Tulane University geographer reframes the debate about the fate of below-sea-level New Orleans. “The city still has over 2,000 open lots all above sea level – a precious natural resource whose use we should prioritize for human occupancy. Filling in these pockets would also help mend the urban fabric that was torn by the population exodus ongoing since the 1960s. And we can do this without marginalizing low-lying neighborhoods.”

(Map courtesy Prof. Richard Campanella)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | | Add a Comment

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New Orleans Post-Katrina: Making It Right?

New Orleans Post-Katrina: Making It Right?

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“When I visited New Orleans last fall, there was no way to prepare myself for the despair I felt when walking through the Lower 9th Ward, even 6 years after the storm. What was most dismaying was seeing ‘celebrity architecture’ masquerading as sustainable housing. A vacuum of leadership at every level has left the task of ‘salvation’ to celebrities … with projects that are an exercise of vanity over practicality.

What place does LEED certification have in a disaster recovery if it makes construction so costly that only a handful of homes get built? Whose intentions are really more important?”

– Mark English, AIA

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 | | Add a Comment

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