June's copy of Dwell Magazine focuses on integrating modern with historic and tradional architecture. We don't normally talk in the first person while doing write ups for AT but I can't separate myself for this particular situation so forgive journalistic wrong-doing.
I can't explain why but this issue was not fun to read. I don't know whether my attention span is waning or whether the stories were bores. I actually struggled to read it for today's review. If you're a history fan or rather history of architecture fan you will be in all your glory and to be honest I wish I was. Stories about architect
Peter Blake, and local Richard Koshalek, current president of Art Center College of Art of Design in Pasadena were great learning lessons but just not exciting to me. I'm not immersed with the world of architects so I couldn't truly appreciate the name dropping articles [aside from a Gehry name or two]. I'm sure they're grand folk, but I have no idea who they are.
Aside from the history lessons there were a few nice notes in the issue [and yes, pretty, glossy photos to entertain my bored and wandering mind]: • Update Reports of Dwell house II, which had I been paying attention earlier I would have noticed that it's right here in our very own Topanga Canyon. • Lovely home tours in San Francisco and Lithuania and the best story of the issue for my pea-brain was the renovation of a Harlem row house which the before pictures are listed on Dwell's site currently. What an amazing transformation.
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