Dear Architects

May 6, 2010

I am sick of your shit – An Open Letter from Annie Choi

Dear Architects

I am living with an architect next year.  I plan to print this out, frame it, and hang it on her bedroom door.

– Willa


Favorite. Architect. Ever.

March 3, 2010

Suddenly, I want to revert to eight years old.  And not just because I don’t know how to be in grad school.  Mostly because I finally found the family that I was threatening to run away to all those times my mom made me eat spinach.

These people, and this architect, are unequivocally, undoubtedly awesome.  Dear future self: please find an architect who will build a mystery house for your adorable children and ‘soulful lab-mix’ rescue dog?

– Willa

A Fine Taste Advent: Day 16

December 16, 2009

Gingerbread is tasty.  Gingerbread houses are fun.  Architecture is awesome.  Architects tend to be pretty cool.  Which means that these gingerbread houses made by Chicago-based architects are fun, cool, awesome, and tasty!

– The Taste Testers


December 16, 2009

I try not to post too often about art on this blog since that’s what my other blog is for.  But this proposed inflatable bubble for the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden is really just to cool to not tell everyone about.  The Hirshhorn’s building has always been a bit “blah” (I avoided it for most of my undergrad years in DC because I had a really ugly example of 1970s architecture that I was forced to see every day – I didn’t need to see more of it on my days off), so the bubble idea would totally spruce it up.  Also, it’s an absolutely brilliant plan since it’s not a permanent addition, and therefore doesn’t need the approval of everyone and their mother at the Smithsonian, but rather just the approval of the Hirshhorn’s board.  Genius.


The Best of Living History: Part III

August 15, 2008

What?  You thought Willa was the only one here nerdy enough to blog about Living History?  Oh dear friend, how wrong you were.

I managed to secure a copy of the Times on my Wednesday morning flight back to London (mostly because the flight was less than half-empty, meaning there weren’t enough business class people to snap up all the copies) and discovered this little gem in the Dining Out section.

That’s right, you can go watch men in breeches make whiskey the way they used to make it.  121 proof whiskey.  In Virginia.  Four miles from Mount Vernon.  Whiskey and Washington.  Does this sound like heaven to anyone else?  Or is it just me?

History Nerds Unite

August 5, 2008

OMG! I’m so excited I’m about to piss my pants. No, really. I’ve missed this museum so much! I wonder if the turn of the century ice cream parlor is still going to be there…god, I am such a nerd.

When computer games go live

July 30, 2008

Anyone who is into architecture has likely already heard of MInsuk Cho, the unspeakably bizarre and wonderful architect behind Mass Studies, the Korean-based firm behind such awesomeness as the ring dome in New York, Hong Kong and Milan, and my personal favorite, Seoul’s Ann Demeulemeester shop.  

But cooler than checking out what Minsuk Cho has achieved is to take a long hard look at what he dreams of.  Because when you can build a shop that is walled inside and out with grass, what is it that even you believe can’t happen for another 18 years? 

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