Trevox Apartments, Mexico

After you’re finished drooling over the images of this apartment complex, realize that it was a renovation of a 1960’s villa. The reflective facade is a bronze-glass, it reflects light according to the sun’s path and intensity. The materials and the solid/void relationships seem to mask the actual building, tricking the eye and confusing our sense of scale. 

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Above: Diagrams of space planning and development of the original structure 

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Above: Exposed structure in vertical circulation Image

Above: Elevation showing the ordering system of the facade “envelope”.

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Above: Elevation of interior space and fenestration patterns

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out of town

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Above: Cat Fence at the Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor, ME

 

This weekend I went to Friendship, Maine, to visit my best friend’s parents. They own an old, gorgeous inn called Outsiders. It was only two days of escape, but it was like being in a different world. Quiet, slow, and relaxed. I also didn’t shower for the whole time.

 

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Running/Experiencing the West End

I like to run at night, when the sun is on its way to the horizon line and I’ve inhaled a little bit of green smoke. The colors are all muted, burning, and romantic, and there is a feeling in the air that is not described well with words. There is something about running through these little neighborhoods that I will never tire of. Houses that were built 200 years ago still stand, some renovated, some starting to crack. Trees blossom and shed, leaving a colorful pattern in the streets. I’m trying to see life through these rose colored glasses of mine.

I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” -Anne Lamott

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Above: The ever-mysterious half door on Danforth Street

 

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Above:…..and the intriguing Native American door

 

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Above: Wrought iron pineapple stair detail on a Park Street Row House

 

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Above: Classic brick home in the West End. Enthralled by the straight axis of the fence, brick path lined with tulips, and the black entry way doors all on center, without the building being symmetrical. 

 

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Above: My absolute favorite time of the year, when all the trees turn pink with blossoms. Danforth Street

 

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Above: Found this dude strutting around Gray Street. Got him to come up to me and sit in my lap, was purring the whole time. When I kept running, I looked back to find him sitting in the middle of the sidewalk, just staring at me. I like to think that we connected on a sub-human level. 

 

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Above: Look through little openings and you will find beautiful homes secluded back from the street with concrete dividers and overgrown vegetation. 

 

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Above: Look up. Look all around, you never know what you might find. Like a beautiful soft blue sky with decorated tree branches.

 

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Above: This is where I ended up, on the Western Prom in Portland, Maine. Just in time for a cloudy but beautifully serene sunset.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chiara Ferragni (Daily) Inspiration

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Oh Chiara. Every day when I stalk TheBlondeSalad.com I get chills. Every picture is stunning, every outfit is perfectly put together without looking overly styled. Incorporating big names like Louis Vuitton must make her the big money…but they are portrayed in a very girl-next-door look. I am constantly inspired by her photos, the places she gets to visit, and her humble but eccentric attitude. 

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Revitalizing Congress Square, Portland Maine

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Congress Square

 

There is a vote coming up on June 10th to DENY the above images of Congress Square to be ever realized. Revitalizing Congress Square would benefit the community socially, economically, and aesthetically. Voting YES for this bill will affect Portland in the long term, causing greater difficulty in the public and private sector to obtain permission for building new spaces and revamping old ones. 

I am especially in favor of voting NO, because of my love for Portland and for architecture. The overused cliche “if you build it, they will come” is undeniably true. Creating better used public outdoor space within our urban fabric will drive up business, traffic to the area, and enhance visitors and residents experience of Portland on a daily basis. This kind of positive development needs to be encouraged, it needs to set a precedent for future city planning from a sustainability standpoint.

Check out ForwardPortland.com to read more about this proposal and get the facts.

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sun it rises

The sun rising
Dangling there
Golden and fair
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Birthday Keds

Birthday Keds

My 23rd birthday was on Friday, the 16th of May. I brought a sharpie and wore my (very cheap) white keds out downtown, and asked old and new friends to sign them. I was surprised to NOT have any penises drawn on them. Loved trying to figure out what people wrote in their whiskey hazes.

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