Neuroscience, Creativity, and Architecture

The Architect’s Brain, by Harry Francis Mallgrave, is primarily concerned with explaining the process by which we humans categorize our spatial environment, and how neurological wiring leads us to interpret our surroundings mostly through metaphor (rather than literal).

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Defending LACMA

Perhaps the word “controversial” is an understatement to describe LACMA’s reconstruction plans over the next decade. The museum Director, Michael Govan, has planned to demolish most of the museum to make way for a new building designed by renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.Read More

The Architecture Of Our Self-Driving Future

This is a preliminary study of how, in the future, self-driving electric cars, aka Autonomous Vehicles (AVs), will affect the existing architecture and urban infrastructure of American cities. While much current media attention is focused on the technology and manufacturing of AVs, there is less news about how cities can encourage and benefit from their mass adoption.Read More

Utilizing Architectural Diagrams to Create Geometric Forms That Anticipate User Responses

The following Paper was accepted to be presented as a “Poster Presentation” at this year’s ANFA Conference (Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture) September 22-24, 2016. It was summarized as below for the Poster.

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Diagramming the Big Idea: Methods for Architectural Composition

In my search for precedent publications that discuss how to utilize diagramming in architecture, a professor friend of mine suggested I read Diagramming the Big Idea: Methods for Architectural Composition (2013), by Jeffrey Balmer and Michael T. Swisher, professors at UNC Charlotte. I was cautioned that the book was written primarily for first-year architecture students: less theoretical and more about basic implementation. The book presents a clear pedagogy for what architecture students should learn about a certain type of diagramming and how to implement the techniques.

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The New Petersen Museum – A Mistaken Metaphor

The newly reinvented Petersen Automotive Museum is an eyesore on many levels, and Christopher Hawthorne does an excellent job in his LA Times article listing the multiple ways in which to sourly interpret the building. Even more though, I believe that this misanthropic contribution to the Los Angeles landscape is emblematic of two larger issues with Architectural design: the limitations of designing as a purely aesthetic proposition and the ignored interplay between how culture and technology intersect with built form.

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The Broad: Synergy of Architectural Diagram and Art

I highly anticipated my visit to The Broad on September 30, and the experience did not disappoint.  The strategies employed by the Architects – Diller Scofidio and Renfro – to create the form of the building parallels my own research into architectural form making.  Their literal interpretation of the programmatic requirements into a clear diagram pairs beautifully with an exceptional attention to detail.  I may not agree with all of the final results, but the building communicates effectively to a visitor and provides an exceptional space for contemporary art.Read More

Top 10 Architectural Memes in Home Design

Meme (/ˈmm/ meem) noun – An idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture. (Wikipedia)

Designing a home is often a proposition of multiple choice among iconic expressions. Architects will not typically divulge this fact, but most have a penchant for stylistic fetishes.  Professional photography tends to amplify these beautiful iconic moments. 

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Why LA Should Embrace On-Demand Autonomous Electric Vehicles as a Transit Solution

The history of Los Angeles as a metropolis is based on the development of two concurrent phenomena: mobility systems and real estate speculation. These two forces have conspired to create a regional metropolis that has more in common with network science than with traditional urban planning.  More traditional cities, for example, revolved their centuries of development around commercial trade, such as a port. The genealogy of Los Angeles urban planning is important to understand so that we can forecast the best solutions for its future.

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Frank Gehry at LACMA – The Possibilities and Limitations of Assemblage

Frank Gehry’s impact on the general public is perhaps more evident than that of other Architects.  The general public is fascinated by his work, and his buildings attract awe and respect from our culture as a whole.  His relationship with design professionals, however, is much more contentious. Read More

Google’s “Plex” vs. Apple’s “Ring”; What Corporate Architecture Conveys about Digital Platforms

The two biggest names in technology, Apple and Google (rechristened Alphabet), each introduced compelling designs for their future corporate headquarters in the past few years.  Nearly opposite in their design approach, what these companies – respectively, the 1st and 4th largest companies in the United States by market capitalization – envision for their new offices is an extension of how they each conduct research and generate the design for their own products.Read More

Defining a More Purposeful Architecture: A Guide to Current Architectural Trends

Published on ArchDaily January 9, 2015

The current state of architectural design incorporates many contemporary ideas of what defines unique geometry.  With the advent of strong computer software at the early 21st century, an expected level of experimentation has overtaken our profession and our academic realms to explore purposeful architecture through various techniques, delivering meaningful buildings that each exhibit a message of cultural relevancy.Read More