Brandon Safford's Blog – July 2009 Archive (7)

Rest in Peace, Julius Shulman

I only recently found out that Julius Shulman died at 98 on July 15th, 2009. If you have not had the chance to do so, please read his obituary. He was to architectural photography what Annie Leibovitz is to people portraits, or what Ansel Adams is to natural photography. Shulman was a Photog, which is photographer lingo for "master of the lens." And among photogs, Shulman was a grand master, an icon, accomplished something few others can ever do:… Continue

Added by Brandon Safford on July 29, 2009 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center Photos (3 Part Series)

The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX, is a Pritzker Prize masterwork by I.M. Pei and Russell Johnson, nestled in the heart of the Arts District. My class was lucky enough to be offered an in-depth architectural tour of it by architect Tom Cox. There are so many photos and so much information to cover, that I've split it into a three part series.…


Added by Brandon Safford on July 25, 2009 at 12:39pm — No Comments

The Cube Project (Seven to Sundae)

From concept to implementation, to re-implementation, 7 cubes, Golden Scale to one another, realized in physical 3D form. Documenting mistakes, misconceptions, and admitting I'd have to start over after completing about 90% of the project was only half the fun.

Following our exploration of The Golden Ratio, my Professor assigned… Continue

Added by Brandon Safford on July 15, 2009 at 9:09pm — 1 Comment

Separating Space and Serving Soup

In the latest blog entry, we compare and contrast great architecture to...a bowl of soup?

Architecture separates space. Before the structure, there is only the client, the environment, and space. The plan must meet the means, needs, and desires of the client. The structure must durably transcend the challenges the environment poses to achieve those ends. An engineer considers this before designing a structure. An architect makes an art of… Continue

Added by Brandon Safford on July 7, 2009 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Italian Architecture (Part II)

Today we explore Part II of Italian Architecture. My hand is still pretty badly burnt, so once again, my commentary will be rather spartan. Hopefully by Monday it'll be healed enough to type out more than just a few lines here and there. (more)

To see the entire spread and read my other blog entries, visit… Continue

Added by Brandon Safford on July 3, 2009 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Italian Architecture (Part I)

Caio! Today (and tomorrow) we examine some of the beautiful sites of Italy. Much of the typical American styles for academic and government structures is heavily borrowed from Italian works (that which isn't borrowed from Greece, that is). It seems only right to give an homage to it. These photos were taken by my wife in 2003. Almost all of these photos may be clicked on to see a larger image. (… Continue

Added by Brandon Safford on July 2, 2009 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Southlake Town Hall

In the center of Southlake Town Square is the Town Hall, which also serves as a municipal courthouse, public library, Tarrant County commissioner's office, and more. To say the least, it is a large building that draws a lot of traffic. The building itself is handsome, stately, and cuts a fine figure from the park plaza in front. Situated as the center of town square, this red brick structure stands above all the others surrounding it. The area in… Continue

Added by Brandon Safford on July 1, 2009 at 5:52pm — No Comments

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