Designer | Preservationist | Urban Planner | Rail Nerd
I wear many hats, but just have a love for the built environment in general. The best way to know me is through my work. I spend more time producing the content here than any other aspect of my life. Anything else you need to know, comment, and I shall reply.
With the increased traffic as of late thanks to the MassPike realignment project, I thought I’d update this a bit. Please forgive the flow of consciousness format.
I grew up in an ancient farmhouse that predates the revolution in NY state’s Hudson Valley. Growing up in a rural area helped me form a love for self-sufficient living. Our house was heated with two wood stoves, with the majority of electricity provided by solar panels. Moving to Boston in 2006 was a great leap to the exact opposite style of living, and helped me grow my sense of the benefits of density, car free living, alternative transportation, and socializing.
I am currently attending the Boston Architectural College for a bachelors in Historic Preservation. I started in the Architecture program, but found myself disenfranchised with the dogma surrounding modern architecture theory, and decided to craft my own education, which the HP element allowed me to do.
I’m helplessly infatuated with the built environment and its effects on society. I believe that good design can be completely transformative, and needs to be a holistic process. Everything is interconnected: urban planning, transportation in all modes, historic preservation, sustainable design, new development.
I believe that architectural design and community building hit its apex in the late 19th and early 20th century. Thousands of years of accumulated knowledge enabled us to build the bones of communities we still treasure to this day. After that point, car culture, two wars, and the urban flight of the mid 20th century led to much of that knowledge being discarded in favor of a brave new model of urban renewal and superhighways. This model has failed us.
Therefore, my interests lie less in the actual preservation of old things, and more in the rediscovery and use of traditional methods of design and construction. There are reasons that people tend to prefer old Main Streets and city centers, and it is far more than old buildings simply being “pretty”. They function at the pedestrian level, encouraging social interactions and close-knit communities. The buildings themselves were designed to last generations, not just as long as the mortgage takes to be paid off. The materials used expressed pride in the builders and owners. Nothing was thrown away, it was instead reused and adapted to fit current needs.
I hope you enjoy my admittedly scatter shot blog, as much as I have enjoyed developing the content it contains. Please feel free to comment, as feedback (both positive and negative) is appreciated.
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