Documenting America’s Architectural Legacy

First created during the New Deal of the 1930s, the heritage documentation programs of the National Park Service have been recording and archiving our national architectural history for over 85 years.  The three programs are the Historic American Building Survey (HABS), the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), and the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS).  Their …

Series: Architectural Working Conditions

Have you ever seen an architect in action? Have you ever wondered what an Architect’s desk/house/car/process looks like? I’m excited to begin this monthly series of “Architectural Working Conditions” featuring all the wonderful South Dakota architects, designers and the like! This month features the attendees of the 2018 Design in the Hills, a small convention …

Latin-American Architecture: Brazil

The third and last post in the series on Latin-American Architecture focuses on Brazil.  The architecture of Brazil can generally be characterized as embracing a monumentality of scale, a play between solid and void, and transparency and opaqueness.  Brazilian architecture also emphasizes the use of concrete as a primary construction material.  These attributes have been …

Latin-American Architecture: Chile

The second post in the ongoing series on Latin-American Architecture focuses on Chile.  The decision to focus on Chilean architecture comes not only from the country’s compelling group of contemporary designers, but also from its rich cultural background and diverse climate.  For the better part of two decades, Chileans lived under the rule of authoritarian …