Author Archives: Juan

Architecture for Qalqilya

Here is a story, one of many, of Qalqilya.   Sometimes you start a project with a really clear idea of were you want it to go and then you do everything possible to get there. Sometimes you start a project without any idea of where you want it to go and just ride along. […]

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A Paper Party

One year has come and gone since our wedding. It seems like just a little while ago we were getting things ready for the big day; working on the barn, making decorations, and running around to make sure everything would be just right for the celebration. It was an amazing wedding and an incredible first […]

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A Visit to Japan

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Japan with the studio I am currently taking at MIT. It was an amazing experience, far too short, at most times overwhelming, but definitely one of the most memorable things I have done in the last couple of years. Japan, or the little that […]

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Homemade Chocolate Granola

Homemade granola is one of my favorite things, right up there with our no-knead bread recipe. (If you have read the post on making bread, you will know that I spend a lot of time daydreaming of it.) Making granola is one of those things that not many people take the time to make because […]

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Birthday Balloons!

So we did it again… we made another balloon installation. When we were working on the first one, one of the things that we all talked about was how we would never do another and, of course, six months later we did. It wasn’t really by our choosing though; in fact, it was almost against […]

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Plywood Lounge Chair

There are four kinds of things that I care for: beautiful furniture, nice cooking utensils, books, and good art. I don’t need any kind of electronics, or fancy gadgets, or lots of space. I just want a place where I can have a living room with a library for our books and space for our […]

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Big Night

It was, as David Lee proclaimed, our Big Night. It required everybody’s work and their delicious food to make it happen. It all occurred because when our friend and professor, Vincent, found out I was going to be back in Cincinnati for the month of January, he decided we needed to do a big grilled dinner outside.  We used the concrete […]

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