Link: The 2013 Pritzker Prize winner is...

A great pick this time if you ask me. The highest award in architecture goes to Toyo Ito.

“Although Mr. Ito has built a great number of buildings in his career, in my view, he has been working on one project all along, — to push the boundaries of architecture. And to achieve that goal, he is not afraid of letting go what he has accomplished before.” — Yung Ho Chang, Member of the Pritzker Jury for 2013

Check out the coverage on ArchDaily for more.

Architectural Plans of New Apple Cupertino Campus 2


Obama Pacman has the latest info on the new Apple Campus design led by Foster + Partners including ARUP, OLIN, and Kier & Wright. It was great to have some more insight into the design of the campus which will unfortunately not be open to the public when it's completed like portions of the existing campus are now. It really looks beautiful and thoughtful to me. In the landscaping alone, they will be adding over 6,000 trees for a total of 7,000 trees throughout the site. The new campus will be located in Cupertino, California on the old Hewlett Packard campus site. 

There are links where you can download the plans and latest renderings (how cool is that?!) from the Obama Pacman site.

✱ Four Ways to Get Inside Your 3d Model

Learn something? Please consider supporting us by making a donation. [Learn more…]


Sometimes when you’re modeling a project the size of a building, you need to be able to get inside and focus on objects obscured by the outer geometry. In this video tutorial, I show you four ways to get in there so you can do just that, and of course there are a few other tips and tricks along the way.

This is something Bonzai3d and FormZ are really good at, and you can apply these techniques to other 3d modelers like SketchUp and Revit as well. After watching this Methodcast, you’ll be able to use one or more of the following methods:

  • Clipping planes
  • The copy/paste & replace trick
  • Isolate
  • Edit the cone of vision

Download a 30 trial of Bonzai3d here.

Download the beta of FormZ here.

✱ The Architecture of John Lautner

One of the benefits of living in Los Angeles is that there is great architecture to experience if you are willing to go out and visit it. I had the opportunity in late July to visit four homes by the late John Lautner who would be turning 100 years old this year. In celebration of that event, the MAK Center and the John Lautner Foundation cooperatively put on a home tour. I was happy to support these two entities and visit the homes of an architect whom I greatly admire. Lautner is by far one of my highest regarded icons of the profession. He was an undisputed master of linking spaces through form and structure.

The four homes on the tour, in the order I visited them, were the Sheats/Goldstein House (1963, remodeled in 1980), the Schwimmer House (1982), the Harpel House (1956), and the Jacobsen House (1947). They span a majority of his work, representing many stages in his career. Lautner had an immense vision for what architecture could be, and how it could be used to shape people's lives. Just as important to Lautner's vision were the clients that were willing to go along for the ride. Lucky for us, he had both.

Read More

Inspiration - The Third and the Seventh

'Architecture as Art' is the underlying theme of this wonderful, mesmerizing and awe-inspiring short film by artist Alex Roman that shows off some truly amazing spaces as seen through the lens of an architectural photographer. Selected works by Khan, Calatrava, Ghery and others grace the screen. The entire film is CG, and Alex did everything including the modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, scoring of the soundtrack, post production and editing. Ridiculous, right?

I love how he used already-built pieces and was even inspired by other artist's scores like Michael Nyman'sThe Departure to influence his work as well. This kind of personal project is exactly the kind of thing I need to see when I want to be inspired. The camera angles, lighting, and sometimes surreal compositions are what I look for when photographing and experiencing architecture myself, so this really hits home for me. Of particular interest to me is the kind of architecture that sits you down and makes you say 'whoa'. When it can affect you emotionally, it truly is a work of art.

Sometimes you'll find yourself thinking that there is no way the film isn't showing a real space - so here's a couple of links to a few scene breakdowns so you can see the craft that goes into making the final product.

✱ Los Angeles Area Architectural Events Calendar


In an effort to get more architecture and design exposure, I've put together a Method calendar for architectural events in Southern California (mostly Los Angeles area). I'm going to try to go to as many of these events as I can, and I'd love to meet you if you're going too. It's called Undercurrent, and you can subscribe today.

It's a shared calendar and you can add it to your iCal/gCal/Outlook by clicking on the link below. It will get updated as much as possible and include events like lectures, home tours, art walks, etc. If you have an event you'd like to see added to it, please let me know by sending me an email. Be sure to include a link or as much information about the event as you can. Thanks!

2013-05-25 Update: I've pulled this calendar down since there are better calendars out there for this kind of thing.