Ugly Building

Unlovely Buildings

Ugly buildings aren’t necessarily unsightly. And buildings that are simply beautiful aren’t automatically good architecture.  Over two thousand years ago, Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, a military engineer and architect whose career flourished during the reign of Augustus, articulated the essential characteristics of good architecture. In De Architectura. his still highly-regarded manifesto, firmitas (firmness or materiality) and utilitas (commodity or utility) held footing equal to venustas (delight or beauty).  Bad architecture may be unlovely, but it may just as well be fragile, in disrepair, or ineffective. Read more…

Blurred Lines and Church Signs

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Serving Not-for-Profit Organizations

Good City Architects Principal Ron Geyer was invited to talk about his approach to serving not-for-profit clients on South Carolina Business Review. Host Mike Switzer’s interview was broadcast on January 23, 2014 on all eight stations in the SC ETV radio network.

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Architecture is not a goal. Architecture is for life and pleasure and work and for people. The picture frame, not the picture.

William Wurster, Architectural Record, April 1956

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Church Rescue: National Geographic’s Shocking Portrayal of Church

A new Makeover-type offering on National Geographic coulda been a car wreck: flaming debris in the median that you can’t help watching even when you know better.  But given the seeming inability or disinclination of contemporary media to treat Christians as much more than a cartoons or curiosities, the first episode of Church Rescue is shockingly gracious. Read more…

George Robertson

Echoing Eden: A Theology of Art

The human mind, however much fallen and perverted from its original integrity, is still adorned and invested with admirable gifts from its Creator” John Calvin 2.2.15

George Robertson, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA recently posted an entry at his blog entitled simply “Art”. I’ve reposted it here with his permission. Read more…

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Taking Your Car to Church

Getting parking wrong can hobble your church.  Worship space that seats 1,000 won’t, if folks have nowhere to put their car. Read more…

Faith in the airport city

The Place of Faith in the Airport City

In a parallel to the maritime-centered development that shaped so much of the past, a analogous thing is happening at the world’s airports.  John D. Kasarda, director of the University of North Carolina’s Kenan Institute and a student of such places, coined the word “aerotropolis” to describe communities  with air terminals at their core of their economies, rather than at their periphery. Niki May Young (@nikimayyoung) Editor of, promoters of an international conference devoted to the phenomenon, invited me to speculate on the place of church buildings in these airport cities. Read more…

Stained glass with integrated photovoltaics

Canadian Artist Integrates Photovoltaics in Stained Glass

Once it’s fully connected, newly installed stained glass will generate electrical power for the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Lux Gloria, by Toronto artist Sarah Hall, is expected to produce about 2,500 kilowatt hours annually, about a third or a quarter of the electrical power consumed by a typical area home. Read more…

The most sustainable building is one that somebody loves.

Cameron Sinclair, Architecture for Humanity

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