Tag: Group Writing April 2022

Group Writing: Build It and Who Cares If They Come or Not


folly, (from French folie, “foolishness”), also called Eyecatcher, in architecture, a costly, generally nonfunctional building that was erected to enhance a natural landscape.

I’m in the building business.  I spend the day in concrete, steel, wood, foundation designs. It’s a means to an end though. The structures serve to educate (schools), manufacture (industrial), entertain (state park work), sell (retail), or praise (churches). Schedules are tight and budgets tighter. Savvy owners want to maximize their dollars and architects want to throw in some flourishes. They program each square foot for efficiency.  There is a very real sense of ‘build it and they will come.’  It’s good work if you can get it.

Group Writing: Playing with Tigers


Have you ever had a moment when you realized that you made a decision to do something incredibly stupid and wondered if you had gone temporarily insane?

I didn’t think I was the only one.

And yet, in the moment, it was too good an opportunity to pass up.

Basilica de la Sagrada Familia: Folly or Masterpiece?


Many years ago, when we visited Barcelona, Spain, we were awestruck by the Basilica and Temple of the Sagrada Familia. We had never seen anything remotely like it, and it dominated the city’s skyline. Here is a brief description:

Often mistaken for Barcelona’s cathedral, the breathtaking Basilica and Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family, paid for entirely by private donations and sales of tickets to the 2.5 million people who visit it each year, is unlikely to be finished before 2026. Given that construction began in 1882, this is clearly the work not just of a singular and devoutly religious architect, but of several determined generations of dedicated professionals and enthusiasts.

Looking for all the world like a cluster of gigantic stone termites’ nest, a colossal vegetable patch, a gingerbread house baked by the wickedest witch of all or perhaps a petrified forest, this hugely ambitious church has confounded architects, critics and historians ever since its unprecedented shape became apparent soon after World War I.