Archinect - Next Discovery 2021-08-04T13:00:55-04:00 "They've had time to blow up the bad ones" or The wisdom of children. DAS99 2012-04-30T22:46:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <p> Recently in my house there has been a rehash of the modern vs. classic conversation.&nbsp; Children have amazing insight sometimes.&nbsp; It all started when my oldest found my sketchbook from college. You know, way back when dinosaurs roamed.&nbsp; The sketch book from the class where the teacher would take us out into the city, stop at some random point and tell us 'sketch something you see in 10 minutes', that sketch book.&nbsp; Anyway, in this sketchbook there are random sketches of intricate door hinges from churches, &nbsp;stone gargoyles, turn of the century wrought iron details, and stone arches etc. So the comment made was &ldquo; why are old buildings so interesting and new buildings so plain and boring?&ldquo;&nbsp; &ldquo;Why don&rsquo;t people make details like these anymore?&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p> Well that opened up quite a conversation. Similar to ones that have been going on around here on Archinect, but with a 13&nbsp; and 15 year old.&nbsp;&nbsp; It went sort of like this.</p> <p> 15 said &ldquo; New buildings look so plain and boring.&rdquo;</p> <p> 13 said &ldquo;Not all new ...</p> A Timely Discovery DAS99 2012-03-07T11:53:00-05:00 >2012-03-07T20:20:23-05:00 <p> One benefit of living where the seasons change is the anticipation for renewal that each seasonal change brings. We might take this as a signal &nbsp;to venture out and escape, if even for a moment, from the artificial environments we work in.&nbsp;</p> <p> Recently, through a number of unrelated events, I found a wonderful place to escape. I found more than I expected.<img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> One of the recent events leading me to this place is my 'discovery' of the book "<em>The Spirit of the Garden</em>" by Landscape Architect Martha Brookes Hutcheson, originally published in 1923, reprinted in 2001 by the University of Massachusetts press. &nbsp;She was an advocate for "growing local" and using native plants long before the current trend to do so.&nbsp;</p> <p> That discovery lead to the discovery of a surviving piece of her work here in New Jersey.&nbsp;Hidden among the slopes of Morris County, NJ, is Bamboo Brook Park, formerly called the Merchiston Farm, her &nbsp;former residence. The Morris County Parks commission has been working to restore t...</p>