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Architecture & Design
Built to Endure: The Marmalade Branch of the City Library opens for business . . . and pleasure

Built to Endure: The Marmalade Branch of the City Library opens for business . . . and pleasure

Like a well-constructed sentence, the parts of the Marmalade Branch are coordinated and subordinated. Pride of place—the subject of the sentence, if you like—goes to the striped silver-gray plane that forms the highest part of the roof, then bends down sharply at front and back to enclose the dominant volume like a bracket. Like any...

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Branching Out: Weber County opens new library in Roy

Branching Out: Weber County opens new library in Roy

The Weber County Library System took advantage of the extra day this leap year to unveil their newest branch and home to their regional Headquarters Library at 2039 W. 4000 South in Roy. The new brick and glass building, in a large park setting, features 52,000 square feet of space for patrons, including multiple seating...

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On Mormon Temples: Thoughts Upon Visiting the Provo City Center Temple

On Mormon Temples: Thoughts Upon Visiting the Provo City Center Temple

I’ve never seen a convincing example of divine intervention in the affairs of men, but those who believe they have may take comfort from something that happened as I was waiting to enter the Provo Center Temple during its continuing open house. While awaiting the film that introduces the role of the temple in LDS...

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The Death of Drawing

The Death of Drawing

Forget the “marketplace of ideas.” I say: put small gloves on ideas, stick ‘em in a cage with an opponent of comparable capabilities and gravitas, and let them “go toes.” Eye to eye. Mano a mano. Mixed Mental Arts Fight Club (MMA FC). Here’s what I’m talking about: David Ross Scheer’s The Death...

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Exploring the Salt Lake City & County Building

Exploring the Salt Lake City & County Building

When I was a little kid in the late 1950s and early 1960s, I was enamored of the City and County Building on Washington Square. My father, Carleton Caine Alder, worked there for years as the chief deputy county treasurer and when I visited Dad, I wandered around the building, noticing the original designs and...

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Bells in the Belfry: Westminster College's Campanilismo

Bells in the Belfry: Westminster College’s Campanilismo

Two steps up on the east side of the third floor of Westminster College’s flagship Converse Hall is a small sitting area framed by a steep pedimented gable and the large, east-facing window. Four lounge chairs — three covered in a faded maritime-blue fabric made of knotted-thread polyester and the fourth in a dusty black...

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Kimball Goes Back to the Drawing Board, and other Mixed Media

Kimball Goes Back to the Drawing Board, and other Mixed Media

Once again, Park City’s Kimball Art Center has had to send their BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) architects back to the drawing board for their 10 million dollar renovation project. The original design, first revealed in early 2012 (see our article here), caused some issues with locals, who took exception to, among other things, its height....

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The Extraordinary and the Ordinary: The Courthouse Cube

The Extraordinary and the Ordinary: The Courthouse Cube

Wilford Woodruff records that when Brigham Young first saw the Salt Lake Valley he said: “It is enough. This is the right place. Drive on.” Now, 165 years later, the Salt Lake Valley may be the right place and the Design Excellence process may be the right heuristic for producing an iconic building designed by an...

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Build Local: Variety in Early LDS Meetinghouses

Build Local: Variety in Early LDS Meetinghouses

  In Utah’s newer neighborhoods, it is difficult to tell one LDS meetinghouse from another. A continuing process of central planning and modular design has meant that over the past half-century LDS ward houses have come to look more and more alike: increasingly large parking lots surround a generally unadorned structure with minimal windows that...

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SLOCAL QUINKY-DINKS: Jane Jacobs Walks & Hiding in Plain Sight: Places Rediscovered

SLOCAL QUINKY-DINKS: Jane Jacobs Walks & Hiding in Plain Sight: Places Rediscovered

Saturday, May 3rd, there are two chances to be slow and local; both are reifications of idea-foundations for building great cities, as drafted by Jane Jacobs (1916-2006). A year after her passing, friends and followers organized a series of Jane Jacob Walks (janejacobswalk.org) — neighborhood walks designed to help people experience the unique systems of...

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BLOCKS 69/70: Spaces_Between

BLOCKS 69/70: Spaces_Between

by J. Michael Redd At 40o45’47.2” N 111o53’41.3’W(DMS) is a metal frame constructed of 2”x 2” metal tubing, designed and built by Craft Lake City and operated by the Temporary Museum of Permanent Change (TMPC). Heading east and west from this point, you’ll find twelve identical frames, strung along Salt Lake City’s Broadway. For the...

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Jane's Home

Jane’s Home

It’s a South Temple mansion filled with ideas – as well as a major Utah art collection. A singular place founded on a single principle: that of the Golden Rule.

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Stone Timber and Steel: The Logic of Structure

Stone Timber and Steel: The Logic of Structure

Becoming proficient in a field can sometimes make life difficult. Like an artist who visits friends and relatives and must keep to herself how bad the paintings in the house are. Something similar happens to John Griswold when he sees houses built with structural elements wholly out of keeping with their purposes. Standing on the...

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Cal Nez: Design for the Diné

Cal Nez: Design for the Diné

As he gets ready for a new exhibit of paintings as well as the July 24th Intertribal Powwow, Cal Nez talks with Ann Poore about design, art and the bridging of cultures

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Utah Public Artwork One of Top 50 in Nation

Utah Public Artwork One of Top 50 in Nation

Susan Narduli’s “Land and Time,” a multi-media installation at the Natural History Museum of Utah, was selected by  The Americans for the Arts Public Art Network’s Year in Review as one of the top 50 public artworks in the United States for 2011. Narduli’s work begins outside with etched concrete sidewalks and continues just inside...

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