An online interior design service could vaporize the industry on the way to making shopping more efficient

I live in in a townhouse in Lafayette Park, Detroit, a neighborhood designed by Mies van der Rohe, and am also an architect with a background in technology. …


Once you see the #eaglepants you’ll never unsee them

This essay was written for Midwest Architectural Journeys, an excellent collection of essays about buildings and spaces across the center of the United States. Though the essay is about Detroit, the photos in this online version are from other cities. Use the text to find Detroit geo-eagles on your own. Buy the book and support small publishers!


“In the evolutionary urban order, Detroit today has always been your town tomorrow.” -Coleman A. Young, first Black Mayor of Detroit

Reading this quotation by Mayor Young for the first time, you will not know if it is an invitation or a warning until you visit. …


How do we keep and share memories in the design studio?

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Experimental memory device. Materials: paper, non carbon copy paper, pen

Typically studio is centered around two forms of interaction with the professor, desk critiques and pin ups. The latter are formal presentations in front of a group of invited guests, similar to how a professional would present work to a client. …


What happens to architects who graduate into uncertainty and recession?

This post is for my students and other designers and architects graduating in 2020. As part of my role as visiting professor of practice at the University of Michigan I’ve been listening to students ask questions about what COVID-19 means for their careers. The students I teach are working on their thesis projects right now, which means they’re facing an extremely high degree of uncertainty in the coming months. Seeking the wisdom of others who’ve been through similar experiences, I put a call out via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn and am collecting a summary version of those threads below.

What could this mean for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction as an industry?

The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008 originated in the financial sector and hit banks immediately, then cascaded through the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) sector—not to mention the families who were victims of predatory lending. …


Week two of Teaching Remote but not Distant

How do 14 people scream all at once, via separate internet connections, in separate rooms, together across four cities and two continents? By drawing. We began the week with a shared whiteboard and a five minute countdown:

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Remote Architecture Education, March 2020

From everything that we know right now, the coming weeks will not be easy ones as COVID19 cuts the bottom out from under us. Everyone is adjusting, and in multiple ways, as each of their roles reorient to the reality at hand. Lots of plans changing, discussions about plans changing, and then all of it changing again before you can even get used to the new new.


An experimental workshop on urban spaces, interactions, and institutions

Looking out at the skyline of Manhattan, my father (a Texan at heart who had not been to NYC before) remarked in reverence, “look at all those bricks… all that work!” Cities are a matter battle of bricks and concrete and glass and steel and asphalt and bikes and people and trees, and they are each an unceasing work of art.

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It’s not the bricks that make Copenhagen different than Detroit though, it’s the way those cities make decisions about their respective piles of bricks: who uses them, how to use them, who gets to be involved in deciding how they are used, and how often all of those decisions are revisited. …


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Olympus XA2 + Fujifilm Superia XTRA 400


Rendering digital images in a new way holds a lot of possibilities

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All photos: Bryan Boyer, unless noted

Walking around Brasília some years ago, I had the distinct feeling that I was doing it “wrong”—because, of course, I was. The center of the capital city of Brazil is organized along the Eixo Monumental, or Monumental Axis, and features an array of important buildings that form a long spine. It is a place designed to be “read” at the speed of a vehicle, so taking it in by foot is like watching a movie in slow motion.

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