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Jonathan S. Foster / Mocomanto — The Jewel of Southampton

by November 11, 2017
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Mocomanto archival photo courtesy of M. Cummings   MOCOMANTO: THE JEWEL OF SOUTHAMPTON   Jonathan S. Foster   When we speak of the “Jewel of Southampton,” we mean the house built on Town Pond in 1882 named “Mocomanto” by its owner Mary Louise Holbrook Betts. But what is a ‘jewel’ Read more »

Jonathan S. Foster / A Review of the Tale of Genji with a Focus on Architecture

by June 30, 2017
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A Review of the Tale of Genji with a Focus on Architecture   by Jonathan S. Foster, Architect A decade ago, I was in Dobbs Ferry designing and building a large mansion addition to a 1928 Devon-Tudor style house that had been the gardener’s cottage to a large estate nearby. Read more »

James Merrell / Journal: Photography vs. Experience

by March 30, 2017
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Photography vs. Experience   Our design philosophy starts with the recognition that architectural photos are not architecture, and that photography is, in fact, not especially well-suited to the task of communicating architectural experience. Yet photos so thoroughly mediate our perceptions of architecture that it is impossible to discuss the Read more »

James Merrell / Journal: Moby Dick and Modern Architecture

by February 7, 2017
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Claus Hoie, Moby Dick. Watercolor 21 x 29.  Moby Dick and Modern Architecture   I’m a firm believer that the arts should inform each other, and that the written arts are a great complement to the visual arts.  But I was not prepared for how deeply my recent reading of Read more »

James Merrell / Journal: Discerning the Rational from Modern…

by December 6, 2016
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Paul Rudolph’s Walker Guest House, (Original on Sanibel Island, Florida), Reconstruction at The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida. Photo: James Merrell —————————————— Discerning the Rational from the Modern in Architecture ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On occasion one comes across a building that exceeds all expectations in demonstrating the importance of rationality, over Read more »

James Merrell / Journal: A Laboratory for Architectural Design

by June 16, 2015
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James Merrell Architects 66 Main Street Sag Harbor   ___________________________________________________________________ A Laboratory for Architectural Design “Modernity in no way denies history.” — Jorg H. Gleiter, Professor of Aesthetics at the Faculty of Arts, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano In the Hamptons, we are surrounded by almost four centuries of architectural history. Read more »