The Philosophy of Architecture

The Philosophy of Architecture

Architecture has a vocabulary and grammar. Architecture is a craft. Architecture is a profession. Architecture is an art. But at its very foundation, architecture must be based on a core philosophy upon which options must be reviewed and decisions selected. Vitruvius...
The Value of Design

The Value of Design

Many people mistakenly think that design is simply the decoration that is added on top of a project to help make it beautiful.  Design is, in reality, the planning that makes a building or space function well, last longer and cost less to operate.  While the average...
Newport North End Design Guidelines

Newport North End Design Guidelines

Newport is currently undergoing a design process for one of the most significant planning initiatives to occur since the construction of the Pell Bridge and the insertion of the America’s Cup Avenue through the city’s historic waterfront in the late 1960’s and early...
The House of the Future

The House of the Future

Few things in our culture have changed as little or as slowly as the construction of houses. As was the case fifty years ago, a set of paper plans is made into a real building by a set of contractors with tape measures using wood 2×4 studs. The workmen of 1920...
Adaptive Reuse and Redevelopment in Newport

Adaptive Reuse and Redevelopment in Newport

Sometimes old buildings outlive the reason for their original construction and yet they are beloved structures that are an important part of the local history and architectural fabric. What is to be done with these buildings? Newport, because of its long history and...