Kyle Pierson

Architecture, Art, Travel, & Florida

Developing a knack for kayaking

Last month, my husband Dave and I finally found the most important feature we were looking for in a kayak – lite weight. Our local dealer introduced us to the Crescent Ultra Lite, and three years after we had installed roof rails on our car, when we saw the orange...

Touring the Space Age in Sanford, Florida

One of my favorite parts of the 1960s TV show The Jetsons was George Jetson's chair and all the push button appliances in Jane's kitchen. Of course, as a kid, I didn't appreciate that George's chair was based on Arne Jacobsen's 1958 Egg chair design. The Atomic Age...

Tired Ol’ Bricks & Mortar Made New,

I’m welcoming 2019 with my newly published article in the Journal Wild Culture.  Artist Pitor Janowski’s works to reveal our physical world before gentrification makes it disappear.  He wraps large, familiar objects, such as trains and whole buildings, in foil to give...

Octagon Houses And Utopian Dreams

The winding staircase pictured above suggests it leads to the heavens, but it wasn’t designed to reach the stars; actually, it is a stairway to Utopia. It’s a beautiful example of why I like architecture. Architects have inventive ideas about how to rearrange space....

Zaha, flowers, and sleepwalkers on the High Line 2

I expected to make the 30-foot climb to reach  New York City’s High Line elevated railroad-turned-garden. It wasn't the altitude that took my breath away; it was encountering the white backside of a sleepwalker. [metaslider id=1235] Stumbling away from me, hands...

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Portlandia, the icon that isn’t

Portlandia, the icon that isn’t

What would Wall Street be without its massive charging bull? Probably just another New York City street among the concrete canyon of gray skyscrapers. Michael Graves's postmodernist Portland building stands out as a strong recognizable symbol in that city because it...

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