Tag Archives: Architecture

Weekly Photo Challenge: ENDURANCE, 3

Before this week’s challenge slips away, I want to include some architecture with remarkable powers of endurance. This is the little Romanesque church in Taizé, France, the yearly destination of thousands upon thousands of pilgrims, especially young adults. (Romanesque in European art … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: ZIGZAG, 2

What beautiful memories these particular zigzags conjure up! These are the vermilion zigzag edges of the pagoda associated with Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto. Anyone complaining about August heat in New England just needs to head for Japan in the summer. The very definition of HOT! … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: MONUMENTAL

If present-day Northampton were to choose its monument, it might well be a bank of solar panels flanked by a long row of recycling bins, with bicycles rampant here and there. But when you actually drive along our main drag, Route 9, your eye will pretty immediately be … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: PATTERN

It makes me chuckle — how clear a statement can it be? The patterns of Nature and the patterns of humans (especially if they’re bankers working with the architect): If inclined that way, it’s a starting point for a whole … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: GEOMETRY (2)

Architecture almost of its nature (the funky creations of Frank Gehry usually excepted) is about geometry. Angles and shapes, foursquare mostly, following function, in the immortal phrase of Chicago architect Louis Sullivan, the “father of skyscrapers.” There aren’t really any skyscrapers … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: NEAR AND FAR

Famed minimalist Japanese architect Tadao Ando designed this entrance to his new Stone Center at Williamstown’s Clark Art Institute: Ando had no formal training as an architect; his vision is purely his own. But it is surely influenced heavily by … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: (E)MERGE (2)

One of the great, eccentric 20th century architect Frank Lloyd Wright‘s firmly held  theories was that a house should not be just a box plunked down on a piece of land, but that it should emerge from and be an … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: INSIDE (1)

It’s forbidden territory for a lot of viewers — Here’s a candid look inside the Ladies’ Room at the new Renzo Piano addition to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows, 5

Berkshire mountains ringing the idyllic *  little town of Williamstown, MA are doubled in the windows of the Stone Hill Center of the Clark Art Institute. The new center, high above the original white marble temple of the Clark’s first … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow (III)

Shadow (II) featured the staircase down from the deck at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA; today, shadows on the deck itself:

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