Matthew Stanfield

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Where It All Went Right

The following is a part of the #ArchiTalks series wherein a topic is suggested and a group of architect bloggers each give their take on the subject.
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RSAA: Looking For A Home

What is now known as the Richland School of Academic Arts (RSAA) began it's existence in 2010 in the Richland Academy located in downtown Mansfield. The facility served them well for several years, but with growing enrollment, it was time to look for
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my CAD Story, Vectorworks Saved My Life

I had made the decision to migrate my firm from HighDesign to Vectorworks. But we were biding our time as took a year + to learn Vectorworks in our "spare time."
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A New Beginning

I would be remiss to not mention that it has been a long while since a blog was posted on this page. What can i say, i have been busy. But aren't we all? This post and those to follow will mark yet another renewed effort to post with some consistency
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Designing Back to School

The following is a part of the #ArchiTalks series wherein a topic is suggested and a group of architect bloggers each give their take on the subject. The topic this month is "Back to School" Back to school is particularly special for me this year. We
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South Park Pavilion: Skinning the Roof

Skinning the Roof of the new South Park Pavilion
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What are sealed documents?

All new construction and alterations of existing buildings require a permit. In order to obtain a permit for commercial buildings in OHio, signed and sealed documents are required. So what are these so called "sealed documents"?
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South Park Pavilion: Framing the Roof

Framing the Roof of the new South Park Pavilion
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New Year, New CAD: my CAD Story, the Future

The following is a part of the #ArchiTalks series wherein a topic is suggested and a group of architect bloggers each give their take on the subject. Take the time to click the links at the end of this post and read what others have to say on the top
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FiELD9: review

2015 marked our sixth year and saw some major developments here at FiELD9: architecture.
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas
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South Park Pavilion Update 151216

I ventured into a new media. Namely live video via periscope. I had downloaded the app sometime ago, but my old phone was just not up to the task of using it. As i recently upgraded my phone, i thought i would have a go at using the app.
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The Inherent Goodness of Architecture

"It occurs to me, as i struggle to craft this reply, that there is a presupposed inherent goodness in architecture. That there cannot be bad architecture. Because the “badness” would preclude it from being architecture. That too, would be
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Drawings or Documents?

Architects draw buildings. At least that is the common perception of what we do. In the colloquial, we make blueprints (but that is another topic). And while it is true that we draw buildings (among other things), it is only a part of what we do. Ev
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Thanksgiving Feast...

The following is a part of the #ArchiTalks series wherein a topic is suggested and a group of architect bloggers each give their take on the subject.
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South Park Pavilion: Walls Go Up

As exciting as it was to see the contractor on site and the foundations going into the ground, seeing the the pavilion start to take shape above the ground has been even more so. Walking on the concrete floor. Experiencing the spaces. Seeing the wall
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Right of Way

It was bright yet chilly day in early in October. With winter weather looming in the not too distant future, we (my wife and i) decided to take advantage of the weather with a long bike ride around Marblehead Peninsula while visiting family staying a
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Building a Better Espre[SC]oCART

When building with scrap / reclaimed materials, things do not always go quite as planned. Adjustments need to be made to compensate for the material dimensions and trueness. Yes, all the wood could be cut and planed to be straight and uniform, but wh
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Off the Boards and into the Ground

After a laborious six month bidding / rebidding / rerebidding / rererebidding process, the new pavilion for South Park is finally under construction. In order to meet ever tightening budget constraints, we had to go through several rounds of tweaking
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Citizen Architect

The following is a part of the #ArchiTalks series wherein a topic is suggested and a group of architect bloggers each give their take on the subject.
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Building a Better Espre[SC]oCART: video

Here is a time lapse video of the construction of the recently finished Espre[SC]oCART. Our latest design-build project that we did for Relax, It's Just Coffee. The Espre[SC]oCART continues our [SC]rap series of objects which are built primarily of s
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When should i hire an architect?

This is part three of a series on hiring an architect. In the first two posts, we looked at when you are required by law to hire an design professional and what the options are depending on the project type.
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Designing a Better Espre[SC]oCART

First of all, an apology is in order as we have had a couple premature publications of this post due to not having it ready by the time it was scheduled to publish and not changing the publication date before it was too late. That being said, and at
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Work / Life : Life / Work

The following is a part of the #ArchiTalks series wherein a topic is suggested and a group of architect bloggers each give their take on the subject.
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Why i am an architect

As part of the last #ArchiTalks series, we were challenged to write about "why i am an architect." Well, i missed the publish date to officially participate with the rest of the #ArchiTalkers, but i still want to tackle the subject. So here goes...
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Should i hire an architect?

In a previous post, i wrote about some of the conditions that would require you to hire an design professional. Be that an architect or an engineer. But how do you decide if you want an architect, an engineer, or a non-professional designer?
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SummerBreak?

The following is a part of the #ArchiTalks series wherein a topic is suggested and a group of architect bloggers each give their take on the subject.
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When do I have to hire an Architect?

Most people will likely go their whole lives without ever hiring an architect. Others will hire an architect because of a perceived need. Yet others will hire an architect because of a real need. So, when do you have to hire an architect?
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#36MilesOfBiking


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What constitutes architecture?

This post is Part 2 of a response to Jonathan Brown's ascertation that "If it ain’t built, it ain’t architecture."
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3 Words

The following is a part of the #ArchiTalks series wherein a topic is suggested and a group of architect bloggers each give their take on the subject.
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#30DaysOfBiking - Recap

Recap of my 30DaysofBiking experience
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Secret City

My wife and i attended the recent Secret City tour put on by Downtown Mansfield, Inc. While some of the buildings were kind of throw aways in terms of architectural interest. Most were pretty amazing spaces. In the coming weeks i will post in more de
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 30

Today was cool, wet, and rainy. Not an ideal day for cycling. And to top it off, i had a ton of work to do this morning, a program to go to at my children's school this afternoon, and meetings all evening. But i did manage to get my ride in. Albeit a
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 29

Today i took a slow ride through some familiar and some unfamiliar parts of town. I mounted a time-lapse camera to the front of by bicycle for two reasons. One, i recently purchased it for a project that has been delayed slightly, so it is just sitti
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Coming Home to Architecture

Consider what would it be like to come home to architecture, instead of merely a house.
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Meet Eric Kent, Our New Project Manager

Eric Kent joins our team as a Project Manager. With strengths in design, constructin documents, project management, and business development, Eric will be an immediate asset in serving our expanding client base.
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Ruby Slippers

The following is a part of the #ArchiTalks series wherein a topic is suggested and a group of architect bloggers each give their take on the subject.
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 28

30DaysOfBiking
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 27

Another late run to the library. Apparently one of the books that i returned last night was damaged, so i am unable to renew any items until it is paid for. And we had a few items due today that i was just going to renew. So it was off to the library
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 26

Eden and i took a nice easy exploratory ride around Mansfield today. It was a bit cool still, but the sun was shining.
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Who Specified this Door Hardware?

There must be enough architects who do not specify door hardware themselves to keep door hardware consultants busy. But we prefer to specify the door hardware on or projects ourselves.
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 25

It is raining. With a bit of hail. But if i do not ride now, it is not going to happen today because we are heading to Columbus to meet a friend for dinner and then go to The Choir's 25th anniversary of their album Circle Slide tour. So i take Malaki
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 24

I purchased a new bike today. I have been looking at cargo bikes for a while now, but was just not sure i was ready to purchase one. For one thing they are quite a bit more money than i have ever spent on a bike before. And i have a perfectly service
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 23

Today's ride took me to a pre-bid meeting for the new pavilion to be built in South Park. Only one of the contractors showed up. We were able to address his concerns and things are looking pretty good for a bid opening date of May 08.
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 22

Today is Earth Day. What better way to celebrate than to get out on your bicycle. I managed to get through the whole day without using a motorized vehicle. I either bicycled or walked everywhere i went today. That is actually not terribly uncommon fo
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 21

Unfortunately i have no pictures to share today. Try as i might, there really was very little of interest on my ride today.
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 20

Today i am running errands. Rain is imminent. 100% by 1000am. So i get an early start hoping to beat the rain.
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 19

Today, my two youngest children and i took a ride on the proposed Mansfield City Bike Loop. I had ridden it a couple of times prior by myself. And as the girls did not want to go on the B&O Trail again i thought it would be a good opportunity to
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 18

A couple of short rides today.
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 17

Short trip downtown by way of the bank and library for a concert at the local coffee shop.
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 16

Back on the B&O Trail. But this time it was a bit different. It was not a nice leisurely ride with my family, but i actually had somewhere to go and opted to take the trail as the best route. Sure, it added about four miles to my commute, but i o
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 15

Change of plans for today. I was supposed to go out to the county Building Regulations office for a plan review. But the city needed to hold onto the drawings for a couple of days to process them. So, i decided to take an exploratory ride around the
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 14

Just a quick trip
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 13

30DaysOfBiking Day 13
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 12

Another busy day. Church. Laundry. Lunch. Tilling. Running (we are back on the training regime for the 1/2 marathon). Bike Ride. It was starting to get dark by the time i headed out. So i opted not to take any of the children this time. It also provi
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 11

Day 11 was a busy day. First a trip to the bike shop to get a new tube for my bicycle and a new helmet for Amanda with a slight detour on the way to pick up a tiller before the rental shop closed. Then off to a nutrition class at the gym. Followed so
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 10

30DaysOfBiking Day 10
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 9

30DaysOfBiking Day 9
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 8

Day 8 was our second day of riding in lieu of running. We opted to stick with the bike trail and took our 11 year old and 13 year old with us. We managed 15 miles on the bike trail in a bit more than 1-1/2 hours. We would have gone further, but the c
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 7

30DaysOfBiking Day 7
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 6

#30DaysOfBiking is a month long commitment to ride my bicycle everyday during the month of April. Regardless of weather. Regardless of distance. Regardless of time. To help provide bicycles to children in need through Free Bikes for Kidz.
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 5

#30DaysOfBiking is a month long commitment to ride my bicycle everyday during the month of April. Regardless of weather. Regardless of distance. Regardless of time. To help provide bicycles to children in need through Free Bikes for Kidz.
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 4

#30DaysOfBiking is a month long commitment to ride my bicycle everyday during the month of April. Regardless of weather. Regardless of distance. Regardless of time. To help provide bicycles to children in need through Free Bikes for Kidz.
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 3

#30DaysOfBiking is a month long commitment to ride my bicycle everyday during the month of April. Regardless of weather. Regardless of distance. Regardless of time. To help provide bicycles to children in need through Free Bikes for Kidz.
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 2

#30DaysOfBiking is a month long commitment to ride my bicycle everyday during the month of April. Regardless of weather. Regardless of distance. Regardless of time. To help provide bicycles to children in need through Free Bikes for Kidz.
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#30DaysOfBiking - Day 1

During the month of April, i have committed to ride my bicycle every day. Regardless of weather. Regardless of distance. Regardless of time. Why you might ask? Well the short answer is to help provide bicycles to children in need through Free Bikes f
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On the Craft of Drafting: A Lament

Drafting used to be a craft. And while there are still some who take pride in an well executed set of drawings, it seems to be going by the wayside to some extent. And while it may be the case in some day that 2d representations of a building are no
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Does an architect do architecture?

As part of the last #ArchiTalks series of posts on Architecture in the Real World, Jonathan Brown over at PROTO-ARCHITECURE, proffered the notion that "If it ain't built, it ain't architecture". Bob Borson over at Life of an Architect took on this t
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Save a Drink, Save a Life

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program for this pubic service announcement:
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my CAD Story, WYSIWYG

As it turns out, WYSIWYG is a term that i was introduced to in the early 2000s when i went to purchase my first Mac from a local shop. However, it took a jogging of my memory a couple of years ago to remember what it is. You see, the guy at the local
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Welcome to the Architecture of the Real.

"What is real? How do you define 'real'? If you're talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain." -Morpheus, The Matrix (1999)
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my CAD Story, 3D

I had settled on my 2d CAD package of choice, was humming along doing small scale projects that required very little actual design*. HighDesign was working quite well for me. But after some time, i started to get inquiries about projects that would b
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my CAD Story, Consulting

2011. I am three years into being on my own and one full year into being fully committed to making it work. I have gained quite a bit of expertise in HighDesign. But i simply do not have enough work. So i hooked up with an Architect out of Columbus w
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my CAD Story, On my Own

It as 2008. I had recently discovered HighDesign.
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my CAD Story, Going Native

In 2007, i had begun looking for a native CAD solution for the Mac. My hope was to convert the office i was working at over to Mac. There were only three of us. The owner did not use the computers, so he was okay with whatever we wanted to use. The o
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9 Things i Like

As a participant in the #ArchiTalks series, i was asked to write about my "Favorite Things" for this post. For obvious reasons, i chose not to title the post that, but the gist will be pretty much the same. So, in alphabetical order, here are a few o
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my CAD Story, the Firm Years

As mentioned in the last post, i spent the first 4+ years at the firm i worked for drafting exclusively by hand. While i did, and still do, enjoy manual drafting, the inefficiencies of it prevent me from doing a whole lot of it anymore.
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my CAD Story, the School Years

The School Years
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What is CAD?

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary on my iMac, CAD is an abbreviation for Computer Aided Design. Wikipedia, Autodesk, Dictionary.com, webopedia, and many more all concur. In fact, if you do a quick google search for "CAD" you would be ha
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Merry CHRISTmas!

Merry Christmas
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A day in the Life of FiELD9: architecture

It is Tuesday morning
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Starting Monday

Part of my ability to be productive comes from momentum. Starting a task and working till it is completed. Which tends to make me not want to start a task, begin to develop a personal habit, or begin a new project late in the week. I tend to tell mys
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i

Those of you who have read much of this blog may have noticed, and possibly even been irritated by, the decided lack of the use of 'I' in the text. This is not accidental. It is not a typographic error. Rather it is a purposeful, and dare i say somew
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Flexible Rigidity

I am all about organization and order. Mostly. Well, with some things. This blog is one of them. I learned during my six week hiatus turned eight months of negligence that i need to commit to a rigid schedule in order to keep up with this blogging th
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Stories in Architecture

There are stories of Architecture. There are stories about Architecture. There are stories in Architecture.
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It Always Works Out in the End

A few weeks back i was invited to guest host a Big Time Small Firm* Google Hangout On Air with a topic of "Firsts." As the other participants and i had a casual conversation about firsts in our lives and practices, it came out that i do not handle fi
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It's Like Pulling Nails

I just came in from two hours of pulling nails out of 150+ year old white oak studs for a custom garden project i am working on. As i am standing there calmly pulling nails with vintage Crescent Tool 72 End Cutting Pliers, i started thinking about th
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Breaking the Silence

It is time for me to get back into the world of blogging. About a week and half or so ago, i made my first foray into the blogging sphere this year. While i am going to be easing back into it for the time being, the goal is eventually get up to posti
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This, is exciting....

I been invited by Jes Stafford of Modus Operandi Design to participate in this #ArchiTalks series. The series was initiated by Bob Borson of Life of an Architect and has quite a few participants. This, is exciting...
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Two Hour Delay

This morning i was inconvenienced with a two hour delay for school. Normally this is not a problem, but i had my day all planned out based on the premise of dropping my children off at school at the normal time. And it went downhill from there.
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Commuting by Bicycle part 1: or Am i a 'Cyclist'?

I guess it has always been in my blood, but i had never really considered myself a 'cyclist'. Yes i have been a bike rider for most of my adult life, but not simply for the sake of riding a bike. I tend to make relatively short trips to get places (M
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PARK(ing) Day 2013

PARK(ing) Day is an annual international event that takes place in September each year. I have wanted to participate in for several years now. It seems i am always too busy, and my plans to grandiose, to ever actually pull something off. This year, h
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Community Minded Architecture

Last Friday, September 27th, was the first official Pecha Kucha Mansfield event. I had the honor of being asked to to participate as one of the inaugural presenters. For those who do not know, Pecha Kucha is an event intended to allow people to share
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First Day of School... My Life is about to change (I think)

Yesterday i turned the page on a new chapter in my life. For the first time in the five years since i have been working on my own, i was released from some of the daily duties of being a full time stay-at-home father.
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I Just want to Move In!

This is a situation i find myself in quite frequently these days: Clients want to move into an existing space with little to no work done and set up a new business.
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Two Chairs partThree

Today we finally get to that second chair and the role it has at the farmer's markets i attend...
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Two Chairs partTwo

This past Thursday was the Fourth of July. Among the blogs i regularly read, several had posts declaring our independence as Architects (see links below). All of them were quite good. And all were very appropriate. As i thought about part two of this
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Two Chairs partOne

Farmer's Market season is starting up for me again. For those who do not know, i have been going to Mansfield's downtown Farmer's Market for the past three years and Shelby's Farmer's Market since last year. I do this mainly to get my name out there.
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I turned away (paying) Work?

Yeah, i know. What was i thinking, right?
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"So, I hear you're an Engineer...."

"Actually, no, i am not an Engineer. I am an Architect."
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VegeCRATE

New project page added for the VegeCRATE. One of four pieces in the GARD[En]semble collection.
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Why FiELD9?

Most architecture firms seem to use the names or initials of the founding principals as a means to name, and thus brand, the firm.
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Where do Bicycles Belong?

This post is a bit of a departure from what i normally post here. In an effort to be less detached and put more of a personal face to my Architecture practice, i have decided to include some non-architecture related posts. Of which this will be the f
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FLOWr-ing the Winter

For several reasons, the RainFLOWr at nLcg was left up through this past winter. The RainFLOWr is designed such that the petals can be removed and the arms folded up through the winter months so that it does not have the stress of the weight of snow.
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Green Technology Thinktank

This coming Saturday, Springmill Learning Center will be hosting a Greeen Technology Thinktank. I will be presenting on community gardens in general and northLake community garden specifically. Featured in my presentation will be the RainFLOWr and Ra
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DogHou[SC]e upDate

Under Construction Pictures now up on Architizer While DogHou[SC]e is still under construction. The posted pictures give a fairly good idea of the basic form and hint at the finish materials. I still have some scraps of corrugated steel and treated w
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New Project upDate

I have just posted a new project to Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/view/doghousce/32722/?mode=ct
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unFiring a Client

On 19[Sep]2011 i had sent out a letter firing a client (see previous post). This letter was based on the premise that they had received a letter from a little over a month earlier detailing the terms of my continuing to provide professional services.
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Firing a Client

This week, i had the unpleasant experience of having to fire a client. While the actual firing of the client was actually somewhat of a relief, the circumstances leading up to them are unfortunate, unpleasant, and ultimately avoidable.
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Art in the Garden Party

northLake community garden (nLcg) hosted an Art in the Garden Party on Monday, 2011[aug]23. The event was sponsored by Mansfield Art Center and north end community improvement collaborative (necic). The party was part of a larger project known as Man
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Science Camp

I was privileged enough to be asked to conduct a workshop at the Ohio State University Mansfield for a science camp geared towards middle school girls last wednesday (2011[july]27). I was asked to talk about Architecture, a career in Architecture, an
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RainFLOWr

First RainFLOWr at northLake community garden is finally complete again. After some experimentation, modification, and repairs, i think it is finally ready to go. I modified the tarps to have a rounded petal rather than it being straight across.
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Banner Signs

I am looking for discarded vinyl banner signs for use on my RainFLOWrs (rain water collection system) at northLake community garden. I am going to use them to make a patchwork "tarp" to collect water and direct it to the rain barrels. Pictures of the
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Project upDate

The northLake community garden has been updated with photographs and project info.
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ProBono

I have picked up a couple of projects this week. I will be doing both pro bono, as they are being spearheaded by non-profit organizations, will be benefitting the community and should be somewhat high profile.
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Habitat for Humanity

I just added content to my Habitat for HUMANity project page.
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SOCialMedia

FiELD9: architecture is now on facebook and twitter (@FiELD9arch).
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IX Center home and garden show, Cleveland, OHio

I am currently working on a house for a not-for-profit farm just outside of Wooster, OHio. The organization is Life's Little Adventures Farm. They have a booth at the Home and Garden show at the IX Center in Cleveland this week. The booth will be dis
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RaisingRichland

My wife and i are participating in a Community Garden summit this coming Thursday evening from 530pm until 830pm. We will give a short presentation about the community garden on Rowland Avenue. This will be a great opportunity to see what opportuniti
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Limited Liability Company

It is official. I received my paperwork today and am recognized by the State of Ohio as a Limited Liability Company. The legal name for the firm is now FiELD9: architecture ltd.
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BIA home show

the local Bia
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Board of Directors

I have just been selected to sit on the Board of Directors for the Mansfield Art Center. This will be a totally new experience for me. I really look forward to what i can learn from the experience as well as what i can contribute.
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Project UPdate

Photographs of the project 'resKEINATH' have been added.
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ShutterHOUSE

The project page for my 10square competition entry, known as 'ShutterHOUSE' is now posted on my website.
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10square houses

The entries for the 10square house competition are online at: http://shelter.inthekoots.com/10-square-entries/
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10square

I am currently working on a competition entry for a residence which is to be a mere 10 square meters (roughly 108sqft) in area with a height restriction of 4 meters. While the the competition only requires the residence to accommodate 1-2 persons, it
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introduction

I am a Registered Architect in the State of Ohio, and have been since 2005. I am also NCARB certified and hence able to receive registration in other states with relative ease. I have been working in the field of Architecture since 1997 and dabbled i
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What is the Big Deal about the ARE?

The following is a part of the #ArchiTalks series wherein a topic is suggested and a group of architect bloggers each gives their take on the subject. This month, we take on the ARE.
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Eureka!

The following is a part of the #ArchiTalks series wherein a topic is suggested and a group of architect bloggers each gives their take on the subject.
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Choices

The following is a part of the #ArchiTalks series wherein a topic is suggested and a group of architect bloggers each gives their take on the subject.
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