Author Archives: Rudolph Widmann

Jørn Utzon – Kingo Courtyard Houses

Many years ago I co-designed a wonderful hillside house. The economy then tanked, and the clients put the project on hold. I opened my own firm, and got busy with that. About a year ago, I heard that the clients … Continue reading

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Designing for blue skies

  I love designing houses. I have a blue sky philosophy; that we should design for the best days, and for the activities we want to nurture in our families. While it’s certainly possible to use sun angles to help … Continue reading

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Case Study, Part 2

Case Study, part 2   Following up on the previous post about “Cheapskate Architect”; small changes that make a big difference in house design. If it wasn’t clear from the previous photos, this work isn’t “cheap”, but compared to adding … Continue reading

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The Cheapskate Architect

The Cheapskate Architect, Explained What the heck is a cheapskate architect? I’d like to try to answer that in a series of blog posts. The short answer is: an architect who helps solve tricky design problems in a simple way … Continue reading

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Some Bay Area Small Streets

I’ve been keeping my eyes open for narrow streets in my daily journeys, and here are a few photos of them. Downtown San Francisco has many alleys that feel great; nicely scaled, lots of buildings around, and the roadways are … Continue reading

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More of this please

I had lunch today at a sweet little cafe. Lunch was delicious, and due to the anomalous incredible weather (where’s the rain?), sat on the sidewalk and watched the world go by. The sidewalk traffic was mostly kids walking home … Continue reading

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Preservation vs. Obstruction

A few interesting pieces on the preservation movement in recent days. Here’s Matthew Yglasias discussing how the preservation status is being used to block a transit project in Washington, D.C. Apparently this qualifies as a landmark. Within the article referenced … Continue reading

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Really Narrow Streets

…Are all we need to fulfill our desire for livable, human scaled towns and cities. This is the essence of the argument made by Nathan Lewis, an economist who also writes very eloquently about Cities. This post by Mr. Lewis is … Continue reading

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“Hedonistic Sustainability”

Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels gives a TEDx talk about how designing for sustainability can make the world better, and it doesn’t mean that we have to feel bad, or have lives that are stripped of good times. Rather, we can … Continue reading

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Beyond Green Buildings - Eventbrite (link expired)

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