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A Warm Hearth

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
Through the ages, dwellings have depended upon fireplaces and stoves for heating and cooking. The custom construction of a functional wood-burning fireplace requires the special skills of an experienced mason. Incorrect dimensions can prevent the fireplace from drawing properly through the chimney. With new prefabricated gas and wood burning fireboxes ...
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Modern Museum

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
If you have ever been to a science museum, you know what to expect: wild animals preserved in threatening poses, strange bugs from across the planet and, if your lucky, some dinosaur bones. Things have changed a bit at the California Academy of Sciences. Last year they completed a major ...
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Graphic Openings

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
Windows are both functional and aesthetic. Windows transmit light, and any cat will demonstrate the warming effect of sun through south-facing glass. We all know how to slide or crank a window open to manually control ventilation. We understand the benefits of replacing older single-pane windows with double-pane units with ...
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A “Symbol of World Peace”

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
The architect of the World Trade Center, Minoru Yamasaki, described the symbolic importance of the twin towers this way: "Paramount in importance is the relation of the world trade center to world peace, since the communication and understanding between nations implicit in trade is basic to peace. Man identifies himself with ...

Center of the Home

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
"No matter where I serve my guests, they seem to like my kitchen best.” This embroidered observation was framed and hung on a wall in our house. In contemporary homes, the modern kitchen is often the center of family activities and entertaining. TJC placed this kitchen literally at the center ...
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Outdoor Living

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
[caption id="attachment_650" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Outdoor Living"][/caption] Outdoor patios are a unique feature in the benign California climate. Even with our cool summer evenings on the Central Coast, a patio can be used all year long. A patio becomes a functional and pleasant expansion of living space. A patio can: provide pleasant views ...
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Creative Fuel

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
My favorite aspect of architecture, and design in general, is creativity. A new emphasis on green design and high tech materials has spawned a slew of inspiring ideas. I have collected some examples that range from weird to genius, but all are creative. Grow your Carpet with Moss Ceiling Fans with Aerospace ...
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Mapping Modernism

Monday, May 11th, 2009
[caption id="attachment_594" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Tanimura & Antle Library, CSUMB"][/caption] A free map of local modern architecture has been published by the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAMB). More than fifty commercial and residential designs (since 1947) have been photographed and mapped. If you like to gawk at ...
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History Often Repeats

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
[caption id="attachment_583" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="\"Looking for Answers to Fuel Problems\""][/caption] The headline “Looking for Answers to Fuel Problem” could have been in this morning’s newspaper. But the date on this article is actually 1979. That long haired fellow on the right is me, explaining how a solar room heater works. Those ...

Poles with a story

Monday, April 20th, 2009
[caption id="attachment_569" align="alignnone" width="248" caption="Story Poles"][/caption] No doubt, you have noticed orange plastic netting strung between poles while driving through the countryside. These “story poles” or “ridge poles” depict the actual size and location of proposed buildings. The brightly colored netting simulates the shape of the roof. These full-scale mock-ups are ...
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