Category Archive: Travels and books

Ancient passive house construction

About one thousand years ago, the Taos Pueblo established a town using massive adobe masonry walls. Nowadays, one-hundred fifty people still live here, twenty of them year-round. Cooling comes from keeping the heat… Continue reading

Liberty bathed in light

Happy Fourth of Ju ly

Twelve Days in NYC

Early this month Juana Gómez of Lawrence and Gómez Architects traveled to New York City for a certification training in passive building design. The course took place at Parsons New School’s 5th Avenue… Continue reading

Concrete dancing with light

The new Clyfford Still Museum in Denver by Allied Works… …uses concrete as structure, finish, and screen. Natural concrete in mid-tone gray is the perfect background to display art. The delicate corduroy texture… Continue reading

Labor Day Postcard from Grand County

Labor Day 2012 in Grand County, Colorado It is not uncommon to find a sun bleached bovine hip bone in this open grazing range. An aspen grove surrounds a red cabin. The lodgepole… Continue reading

Loud and quiet in NYC

A metal apple, incongruously suspended in a glass box, perches quietly over translucent steps and cylindrical elevator that lure crowds to the burrow of early adopters. Beyond the street noise uptown at the… Continue reading

Masonry at the edge of town

A green belt surrounds the City of Boulder, Colorado. Planners have acquired natural and rural property including in 1978 the Viele-VanVleet Farm, an original homestead. The Viele family crossed the prairie in covered… Continue reading

Sepia in color

Window in newly recreated Fort Lupton Winters can be long and cold along the banks of the Platte River on the Colorado prairie. In the early 19th century, non-native traders built several solid… Continue reading

Black and white in color

Early winter paints eastern Colorado in grays and browns Grain elevator and water tower of La Salle, Colorado Tracks and train cars The faint November sun enters this pioneer window.

Golden Leaves Falling

Golden leaves falling on freshly finished concrete patio Pouring a slab isn’t as easy as pouring a slab. For best results, a concrete slab should be planned, designed, and engineered. “It can be… Continue reading