Scott Hand had the opportunity to chat with Merrill Garbus of international touring music artist, Tune-Yards, about her music writing, venue design, and how connection to the audience can influence a performance. Read the Interview here
The impact of the Americans With Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) continues to be felt today, even though it has been in effect for the entirety of my architectural career. Many buildings which pre-date the ADA exhibit features that are a challenge to those who must access the building while in a wheelchair. One common approach to..
Childress and Cunningham has designed and is currently constructing a sprawling Craftsman Style home on the east side of Cincinnati. In addition to dramatic open interior spaces, the home is skillfully created to take advantage of its site of which two principle features are an existing barn to the south of the house and sweeping..
The Northeast Church of Christ occupies a soaring 1972 design of exposed wood beams and steep roof slopes. A central peak over the center of the sanctuary forms a towering skylight. This dramatic architecture creates one specific problem: the worship space is open to the entry lobby. The Church called on Childress & Cunningham Architects..
As you are dealing with your architect, you will be presented with sets of drawings that may seem a bit confusing if you are unfamiliar with their presentation. Three-dimensional full color renderings can help you to visualize a space, but contractors cannot really build from them. Construction Documents are designed for the use of the..
So what makes a good urban public space, the outdoor “living room” we all are rediscovering? Now that “walkable neighborhood” has become a term on everyone’s radar, outdoor community spaces are a hot topic again. Developments based on the New Urbanism concept are springing up (aka “Lifestyle Centers”) that include this feature, while older urban..
I got into architecture because of my lifelong hobby: model railroading. I was in the ninth grade when I learned about the career of architecture, and thereafter aimed at making it my eventual profession. What is it about model railroading that led me there? I suppose at its core, the hobby breaks down to “playing..
Imagine that you are looking at 140 square feet of kitchen that you’d like to update. It might seem sensible to just hire a Design/Build kitchen specialist and let them guide the renovation. This can result in a lack of competition among trades and vendors; a better approach is to invite an architect who takes..
Recently, happenstance found me talking with two experienced yoga instructors in a room with soaring ceiling vaults and booming expanses. We were standing in the historic St. Patrick’s church in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati. The lower level has been converted by C/C into Urban Artifact – a taproom, music venue, and event space. After..
Adding onto, or updating a postwar 20th century home? Here’s an upgrade that was worth the investment. Front Elevation: 20th century postwar homes often have trouble competing with their newer counterparts in the marketplace, because of the relative lack of interest often found in their front elevations. Most often, additions are placed on the rear..