Exposing the Invisible Women of Architecture

Exposing the Invisible Women of Architecture

Women architects have been sidelined from history  for too long.  Take Ida Annah Ryan, for instance. Does this name ring a bell? I didn’t think it would. She was the first woman to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the first American...

Urban Renewal, we’re still hearing voices

Lessons learned from the tragedy of urban renewal has become my unofficial theme lately. Last month I wrote a post about Tallahassee’s Cascades Park and the commemoration of the award-winning “Spirit Houses” of Smokey Hollow.  This post is an update...

St. Pete Pier: Redesigned or Recycled?

In Tampa Bay, all eyes are focused on St. Petersburg’s Pier asking will it stay or will it go? The big reveal is Wednesday and Thursday. Full disclosure,  I live in St. Petersburg and I’ve studied the Pier. For the second time in 5 years, the city is about...

“Spirit Houses” recall racial injustice

It’s nothing more than a simple metal frame with a gable roof and a stone hearth. The structure is just an outline —  nothing but a ghost image. Not what you would expect to win first place in Florida’s 2014 People’s Choice architectural competition held by the...