Published in Log 44 (2018)
Masterpiece Cakeshop, in suburban Denver, is no masterpiece of a cake shop; yet it’s architecture expresses something. Written in response to the US Supreme Court Case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (2018), which debated First Amendment speech protection for creative professions, this short observation on the bakery and its namesake court case questions the argument that buildings are merely functional.
Published in Log 39 (2017)
Written in response to the 2016 presidential election and first events of the Trump presidency, "Redefining Wall," coauthored with Mark Talbot, examines the campaign's border wall proposal through a lens of retreat and exclusion, and speculates on the role of federalism in defending universal ideals, and urbanism in fostering sites of inclusion.
Published in Project, Issue 5 (2016)
Through a critique of historical critical regionalism on one hand and parametricism on the other, this research into an alternative cultural agency for parametric design, coauthored with Mark Talbot, builds a conceptual bridge between current digital design technology and cultural design practices, illustrating that universal technology and traditional building share unexamined affinities. To support our arguments we turn to case studies of architectural projects in developing regions of the Global South that combine both high-and low-technologies. Regionalist parametrics suggests a digital orientation toward the site specific, shifting architecture’s discursive arena from the representational, stylistic, and virtual to the sensory, tectonic, and performative.
An in-depth analysis of the animal motifs of the Sixties-era group Ant Farm, and in particular their project the Dolphin Embassy. Conceived in 1973, the embassy is a speculative project that challenges architecture's geographic limitations through seafaring mobility, and transgresses traditional biological thresholds by creating an "aquaterrestrial" habitat for both human and dolphin. Intentionally humorous and subtly polemical, Ant Farm's aim was nothing less the transcendence of human political constraints. The essay includes previously unpublished sketches by Ant Farm member Curtis Schreier.