above: Exterior Facade & Courtyard of the General Theological Seminary, NYC Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners. Photo Credit: Fed Charles

Sustainability Complex: Sophistication & Simplicity in Contemporary Architecture By: Michelina Docimo Contemporary art is the art of our times. Although time can seem linear, exacting and in some ways predictable, life today can nevertheless feel chaotic and filled with contradictory agendas. Health issues, economic woes, war and global warming seem to headline the news constantly. [...]

Grain Storage Huts in Nigeria, Photo by Patricia Thrane

Building on Common Ground: Partners for Architecture Joins a Village to Raise a School By: Michelina Docimo “It takes a village to raise a child,” is the oft quoted ancient African proverb when discussing education and building community. Partners for Architecture, an architecture firm in Stamford, CT, that bases its mission on this core value, flew [...]

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Clifton Monteith with a handcrafted lantern.

By: Michelina Docimo Michigan native and artist, Clifton Monteith, feels at home in Japan, understanding the subtle complexity and silent social consciousness that links custom and culture there. This affection is rooted in his earliest memories of a much-admired Japanese silk embroidery and a Chinese rosewood cradle in his grandparents’ home and in the exercise [...]

Detail, Yale University Art Gallery, 1953, Architect, Louis I. Kahn. Photo by Andreas Kornfeld

The Brutalist on the Block Meets a Utopian State of Mind By: Michelina Docimo Driving through New York’s scenic Hudson valley on her daily commute to Westport, Connecticut’s Arts Center, Terri Smith, Director of Visual Arts, always finds inspiration in the sinuous rivers and harmonic hills along her route. But, she often noted inharmonious forms [...]

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A Reflection on the Kathy Hirshon Exhibit, ‘Spirited Trees’ At The Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford, Connecticut October, 2009- January 1, 2010 Unlike the other seasons, autumn takes its time in arriving. Almost overnight, spring seems to pop into bloom after the yellow crocus peeks out from under the frost. Summer rushes in, never allowing enough time to [...]