6° OF SEPARATION, ARCHITECTURE STYLE: BIG LEBOWSKI → ROB REINER

In honor of our world being blessed on this day with 20 years of The Big Lebowski and 71 years of Rob Reiner six steps to show how they're connected, architecturally-speaking: 

1. The Dude gets mickied by Jackie Treehorn in a John Lautner house

2. That same house is visited by David Duchovny in Playing God

3. Playing God is also host to the Bonaventure Hotel by John Portman

4. The Bonaventure Hotel was where Arnold Schwarzenegger rode the glass elevator in True Lies

5. In the same movie, Arnold conducted an undercover operation in the Ochre Court designed by Richard Morris Hunt

6. Hunt designed parts of the Met where Harry and Sally flirted in Rob Reiner's classic rom-com

Another Project Nearing the Finish Line

Still needs final clean and inspection but our Edina Twinhomes will be ready for occupancy in a couple weeks!

Designing Homes for Bugs: At the Crossroads of Architecture and Entomology

The more the merrier when it comes to bugs in the home according to this recent study. A rich ecosystem of critters exposes us to a greater variety of ailments, helping our immune systems build stronger defenses. HMM currently incorporating insect-oriented amenities into residential projects: cricket toilets, box elder walk-in closets, etc . We're taking Universal Design to new dimensions.

6° OF SEPARATION, ARCHITECTURE STYLE: MARTY MCFLY → CHRISTOPHER WREN

In celebration of Back to the Future Day—October 21, 2015—and the 378th birthday of the great English architect Christopher Wren—October 20th, 1632—a six-step link between the two:

1. In Back to the Future, Doc lives in the famous Gamble house by architects Greene & Greene

2. Henry Greene apprenticed at Shepley, Rutan + Coolidge

3. Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge all worked for Henry Hobson Richardson, the first of America's so-called "trinity" of great architects, who bequeathed his firm to the three while on his deathbed.

4. Richardson designed the famous Trinity Church in Boston

5. The windows in Richardson's Trinity Church were done by renowned designer William Morris

6. William Morris also decorated the state apartments at St. James Place, which were designed by Christopher Wren.  

If Wren were alive today, he'd be 383 years young.  His most famous work, St. Paul's Cathedral in London,  is only slightly less old at 342.  Here's to hoping that big dome graces London's skyline for another 342....at which point it may look something like this

Kant Is a Moron, According to Genius with Spraypaint: At the Crossroads of Architecture and Philosophy

Some possibly out-of-work philosophy major spraypainted 'Kant is a moron' on the walls of his crumbling home.  We're not sure if the vandals were treating Kant as a means or an end here,  but what we do know is that his old house is pretty cool, even aside from the historical value.  They should obviously restore that poor thing. What's up Kaliningrad?

6° OF SEPARATION, ARCHITECTURE STYLE: GEORGE WASHINGTON → FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

In celebration of our first president's birthday, connecting G.W. to F.L.W. in six easy steps:

1. George Washington was played by John Lithgow in Drunk History, Season 2, Episode 8.

2. John Lithgow was the reverend in Footloose with Chris Penn

3. Chris Penn was a gangster in Reservoir Dogs with Harvey Keitel

4. Harvey Keitel was the pimp gunned down by Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver

5. Robert De Niro was the intimidating dad I aspire to be to my daughter's first boyfriend in Meet the Parents with Owen Wilson

6. Owen Wilson's hijinks led to the robbery of Frank Lloyd Wright's John Gillin House in Bottle Rocket

ARCHISPEAK, ENTRY 1

Architects, like most professionals, use their own specialized language.  Jargon in any field can be arcane, opaque and pretentious.  But archispeak, unlike most other jargon, isn't usually necessary.  Other, more understandable and coherent words can often be used in their place. So for instance:

FENESTRATIONnoun

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? The arrangement, proportioning, and design of windows and doors in a building.  

USAGE? "The fenestration is designed to maximize daylight while providing balance to the composition of the facade"

ALTERNATIVE WORD: Windows

ALTERNATIVE USAGE? "The windows are designed to let a lot of light in and also make the front of the building really beautiful".  

....more entries to follow....