Blogs by Bruce D. Snider

  • The Beauty of Vermont Quarries

    Based on this amazing slideshow of Vermont's marble and granite quarries, the Green Mountain State may have the rest of the country licked in that department.

     
  • Bank of America to Rent Back Foreclosed Houses

    I know that banks prefer not to be landlords, but under the current circumstances, this foreclosure-to-rental pilot program seems like plain common sense.

     
  • Safer-Table Saw Law Proposed

    Mandating injury mitigation technology in table saws, as in a recently proposed California law, seems like a fine idea to me

     
  • High Temperature Geothermal Heat Pump

    This new unit from WaterFurnace delivers water at 150 degrees fahrenheit, hot enough for use with existing radiators and baseboard convectors.

     
  • Modern Houseboat Development in Amsterdam

    While offering owners the incomparable experience of living on the water, this development by Dutch architect Marlies Rohmer also proved an ideal application for prefabrication.

     
  • Blower Door Test

    We finally did a blower-door test done on our old (early 19th c.) house yesterday, and the results were quite a revelation.

     
  • American Architects in China

    It looks as if the streets are paved with gold for young architects in China.

     
  • Skyscrapers of the Future--and Now

    eVolo Magazine recently announced the winners of its 2012 Skyscraper Competition, which range from compelling to whimsical to too clever by half. Meanwhile, here's a visionary skyscraper--not part of the competition--that's actually getting built.

     
  • More Photos of Villa Tugendhat

    My colleague Shelley Hutchins wrote a fine story on the just-completed restoration of Mies van der Rohe's Villa Tugendhat.

     
  • Minka

    This beautiful short documentary film tells the story of an 18th-century minka--the traditional Japanese post-and-beam farmhouse--that was rescued, dismantled, and rebuilt as a modern home.

     
 
 
 
 
 
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