Archive for the 'On Building' Category

Dec. 2007–Dec. 2008: The Outsider Series

Monday, August 31st, 2009

These columns ran in Builder/Architect magazine. They feature the work of Malcolm Wells, Kirk Peterson, Charles Durrett, Kathryn McCamant, Kelly Lerner, and Nader Khalili. Dec. 2007: “Rebels with a Cause,” featuring the work of Malcolm Wells, Kirk Peterson, Charles Durrett, and Kathryn McCamant Feb. 2008: “Fringe Benefits,” featuring the cohousing of Charles Durrett and Kathryn [...]

Turning Point

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

This article appears in the December 2008 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner This past summer, I slid into a crisis of meaning. At the empty core of it all was architecture. An editor at a flashy European magazine kept asking me to write about the world’s most [...]

Spreading the Fire:
Last Part in the Outsiders Series

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

This article appears in the November 2008 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner Two months ago, we saw how deeply the late architect Nader Khalili (1936 – 2008) revered clay. He aimed to rebuild parts of the world out of clay, firing it like pottery for greater stability. [...]

Burning with a Visionary Fire:
Part 9 in the Outsiders Series

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

This article appeared in the October 2008 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner Visions came with astounding forcefulness to Nader Khalili (1936–2008), the Iranian architect I introduced last month. After leaving a successful conventional practice at 38, he devoted his life to a core vision—building clay houses for [...]

Nader Khalili:
The Quintessential Outsider Architect:
Part 8 in the Outsiders Series

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

This article appeared in the September 2008 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner In recent columns, I’ve explored what it’s like to ditch a mainstream architectural practice for an idiosyncratic, heartfelt vision. Turns out, the late architect Nader Khalili scooped me 18 years ago! Nader Khalili, Hesperia, California. [...]

Kelly Lerner: Happily on the Fringes:
Part 7 in the Outsiders Series

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

This article appeared in the August 2008 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner Worldwide, the race is on for architects to design flashy structures that have everything to do with fame and ego. How refreshing, then, that architect Kelly Lerner of Spokane, WA, doesn’t care about glitz, glamour [...]

Waiting for the World to Wake Up:
Part 6 in the Outsiders Series

Monday, July 7th, 2008

This article appeared in the July 2008 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner If you pour your heart into advocating a vision that the world hasn’t accepted, how do you stick with it for 40 years? How do you keep believing that your efforts will come to something? [...]

The Vision Becomes a Reality:
Part 5 in the Outsiders Series

Monday, March 17th, 2008

This article appeared in the June 2008 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner If you had the world’s greatest idea, but it remained unrealized, what would you have truly proven? It’s a key question for visionaries. As we saw in this column two months ago, New Jersey architect [...]

Going to Extremes:
Part 4 in the Outsiders Series

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

This article appeared in the May 2008 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner Passion and balance seldom go hand in hand. And on the path to realizing an extraordinary vision, an architect can easily go to extremes. Frank Lloyd Wright was hardly balanced, and neither was Malcolm Wells [...]

Nov. 2006–Jan. 2007: Adaptive Reuse

Friday, January 18th, 2008

These columns ran in Builder/Architect magazine. They feature the work of Kava Massih, David Trachtenberg, Hiroshi Morimoto, and more. Nov. 2006: “Unveiling the Essence” Dec. 2006: “Old and New Intertwined” Jan. 2007: “Warehouses Reincarnated”

Feb. 2007–May 2007: Playing with Perceptions

Friday, January 18th, 2008

These columns ran in Builder/Architect magazine. They feature the work of Bart Jones and Dan Liebermann. Feb. 2007: “Tiny and Transparent” Mar. 2007: “Defying Perspective” Apr. 2007: “An Alice-in-Wonderland Challenge” May 2007: “A Union of Opposites”

June 2007–November 2007: Creating from a Deeper Place

Friday, January 18th, 2008

These columns ran in Builder/Architect magazine. They feature the work of Malcolm Wells, Donald MacDonald, Dan Liebermann, and Eugene Tsui. June 2007: “Creating from a Deeper Place” July 2007: “An Untutored Process” Aug. 2007: “Pulling Ideas into Reality” Sept. 2007: “Becoming Unstuck” Oct. 2007: “Demons as Muses” Nov. 2007: “A Dream World Made Real”

The Great Shakeup:
Part 3 in the Outsiders Series

Monday, December 17th, 2007

This article appeared in the April 2008 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner In his mid-30s, the highly successful architect Malcolm Wells overhauled his professional and personal life. He intentionally became an outsider in his field—an advocate of underground architecture. Even the idea of such a change must [...]

Fringe Benefits:
Part 2 in the Outsiders Series

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

This article appeared in the February 2008 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner In 1980, two young architecture students (a married couple) sought an alternative to the isolating way Americans live. As the couple later wrote in books, we Americans tend to live so far from friends that [...]

Rebels with a Cause:
Part 1 in the Outsiders Series

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

This article appeared in the December 2007 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner Imagine that you had a thriving architectural practice, complete with committed employees, media attention and prestigious awards. Imagine that you then walked away from this life to pursue an architectural approach reflecting your deepest principles. [...]

A Dream World Made Real
(Last in a Series)

Friday, September 14th, 2007

This article appeared in the November 2007 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner In the last five columns, we’ve explored ways of creating from a deeper place. This discussion would be incomplete if we didn’t consider the work of 53-year-old Oakland architect Eugene Tsui (pronounced “Tsway”). Though he [...]

Demons as Muses
(Part 5 in a Series)

Friday, September 14th, 2007

This article appeared in the October 2007 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner When the past haunts us, it rarely feels like a boon to creativity. Old, unresolved issues can stifle confidence, sap energy, cloud perceptions and prevent us from presenting our talents in a full, unmediated way. [...]

Becoming Unstuck
(Part 4 in a Series)

Friday, August 31st, 2007

This article appeared in the September 2007 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner Donald MacDonald, architect of the new San Francisco Bay Bridge span, strikes me as abundantly creative. I was therefore shocked when he told me that, more often than not, he feels stuck. To become unstuck, [...]

Pulling Ideas into Reality
(Part 3 in a Series)

Friday, June 15th, 2007

This article appeared in the August 2007 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner San Francisco architect Donald MacDonald told me, “I don’t like total order, and I don’t like total chaos. It’s the mixture that makes ideas develop.” One could say the same of the fine line where [...]

An Untutored Process
(Part 2 in a Series)

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

This article appeared in the July 2007 issue of the Greater Bay Area edition of Builder/Architect magazine. By Eve Kushner Advertisements tap into the unconscious mind, so the ad world has long fascinated San Francisco architect Donald MacDonald. While working on a master’s in architecture at Columbia University, he investigated “hidden persuaders” — colors and [...]