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Industrial Architecture

By Karin | January 13, 2011

Buildings housing industrial processes have historically been designed either efficiently for the process, or aesthetically to create a pleasing facade in a neighborhood. Recent architectural projects show that both are possible – an efficient building meant to invite the public in. Three main aspects of these designs are the entry, the office space, and the…

Connecticut’s Industries

By Karin | January 10, 2011

Construction of Q Bridge, New Haven, CT Though famed for its rural loveliness, Connecticut derives most of its wealth from industry. Textiles, silverware, sewing machines, and clocks and watches are among Connecticut’s historic manufactures. The state’s principal industries today produce transportation equipment, especially helicopters, aircraft parts, and nuclear submarines; heavy industrial machinery, electrical equipment, electronics and computer equipment;…

Connecticut Industry by Numbers

By Karin | January 7, 2011

The numbers are in Connecticut’s Department of Labor has posted Employment by Industry numbers for 2010. Here is a summary: Top 5 Industries, by employment 1. Services (840,520) 2. Retail Trade (303,460) 3. Manufacturing (251,600) 4. Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (152,270) 5. Government, including Post Office (111,860) Top 5 Manufacturing, by employment 1. Transportation…

Happy New Year!

By Karin | December 31, 2010

Quebec City, 2010. Photo, Angelo Accomando. As 2010 comes to a close we want to thank you for your support. May 2011 bring you balance and harmony, vision and clarity, inspiration and integrity. /   “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an…

Traveling Architect: Quebec City

By Karin | December 15, 2010

Inner Courtyard of the Seminaire de Quebec. All photos, Angelo Accomando ‘Here was a small bit of mediaeval Europe perched upon a rock, and dried for keeping, in this north-east corner of America, a curiosity that has not its equal, in its kind, on this side of the ocean … We rode about as if…

WORDS OF THE WEEK – DECEMBER 10, 2010

By Karin | December 10, 2010

These are terms from the architecture of New France: RAMPARTS A rampart is a type of defensive wall.  A defensive wall is a fortification used to defend a city or settlement from potential aggressors. In ancient to modern times, they were used to enclose settlements. Generally, these are referred to as city walls or town…

A NORTHERN AUBERGE

By Karin | November 29, 2010

Photos: Angelo Accomando The Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City, QC, has a history as varied as that of the city in which it is situated. The oldest section was originally a house built in 1725 by a French fur trader. In 1822, following the Seven Year War, a stone warehouse, now the hotel’s restaurant, was…

WORDS OF THE WEEK – NOVEMBER 26, 2010

By Karin | November 26, 2010

HOTEL The word hotel is derived from the French hôtel (coming from hôte meaning host), which referred to a French version of a townhouse or any other building seeing frequent visitors, rather than a place offering accommodation. In contemporary French usage, hôtel now has the same meaning as the English term, and hôtel particulier is…

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

By Karin | November 17, 2010

From Left to Right: Guilford Residence, Chestnut Building, and Kitchen Zinc in New Haven, CT TOOLS OF THE TRADE What happens when you hire an architect? How many steps are involved in planning an ideal space? What kinds of documents are created? Take a look at the drawings from three projects as they go through…

AN ARCHITECT’S PROCESS

By Karin | November 12, 2010

Projects on the drawing board at different stages: a conceptual sketch, a framing sketch, a landscape plan, 2 renderings, a construction drawing and wood samples. The process of architectural design is a collaborative one, between client and architect, between architect and engineers and other consultants, and between all of these and the construction team.  The…

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