Finding my way home: Buffalo

Finding my way home: Buffalo

I grew up in Buffalo and I didn’t know until I read this post from architectural writer Alexandra Lange that I grew up in an architectural mecca. Lange’s article drove me to rediscover my home town. As a native Buffalonian and garden lover, I was surprised...
Octagon Houses And Utopian Dreams

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

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. Stumbling away from me, hands outstretched...
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...