by Allan Appel | Oct 3, 2017 7:17 am | Comments (8)
A homeless family will be able to look out onto Adeline Street while cooking dinner and also find privacy in a rock garden, thanks to the design of the latest house Yale architecture students built in New Haven.
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by Lucy Gellman | Sep 22, 2017 7:25 am | Comments (14)
You’re walking past El Tapatio on Grand Avenue and need a place to rest your feet. Outside. The options are slim: sitting on the sidewalk, or trying to snag one of the limited spaces by nearby Christopher Columbus Family Academy.
Just as you’re ready to give up, you spot a new, pint-sized urban oasis: tables and chairs, tree-like sculptures, long wispy grasses and a dainty fence around the outside. All small enough to fit inside two parking spaces.
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by Thomas Breen | Aug 21, 2017 11:42 am | Comments (7)
Jonathan Hopkins stood on a grassy hill overlooking a nearly vacant housing complex and pointed out some of its buildings’ distinguishing architectural characteristics.
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by Allan Appel | May 19, 2017 1:16 pm | Comments (8)
Sarah Stewart turns out oil-on-linen paintings in the factory complex that once turned out erector sets for the nation — and now New Haven’s zoning rules are catching up with the economic transformation there.
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by Allan Appel | May 16, 2017 3:27 pm | Comments (5)
When officials at the New Haven Preservation Trust told Chris Schaefer they wanted to recognize his work over the last 31 years in lovingly restoring his 1871 oysterwoman’s home on Second Street in City Point, his first response was, “But I’m not done yet.”
He told them he needed about six more years to finish up before being considered for an award. Their response: “We don’t want to give it posthumously.”
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by Lucy Gellman | Mar 3, 2017 3:43 pm | Comments (4)
Dad lingers in the skating rink’s light-flooded entrance after dropping off his daughters to hockey practice at 2 p.m. When he picks them up at 4, the glass has clouded over to the color of milk.
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by Allan Appel | Nov 24, 2016 9:24 am | Comments (10)
Thanksgiving for the 1639 Puritan founders of New Haven’s first church, Center Church on the Green, wasn’t about turkeys. It was all about prayer, humility, and expressing gratitude, no frills attached.
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by Duo Dickinson | Oct 13, 2016 7:11 am
Religious institutions across New Haven are adding new, ADA-compliant measures for congregants with limited mobility. But it’s not as architecturally easy as one might think.
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by Lucy Gellman | Oct 6, 2016 11:08 am | Comments (3)
As I followed a dotted line of orange tape into an old bathroom at New Haven’s Goffe Street Armory, Martial Chazallon’s voice flowed from a pair of earbuds into my ears, directing me to sit in a plush armchair and start to relax.
Sit down, he urged, the command softened in the thick webbing of his French accent. Place your hands on your knees. Back straight against your chair. Feet flat on the floor. Are you feeling the solidness of that floor through your shoes, your socks? Listen to your breath. Listen to the building.
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by Duo Dickinson | Oct 4, 2016 7:12 pm | Comments (4)
The biggest construction project in New Haven has segued from the new Pearl Harbor Bridge to the new Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin Colleges at Yale.
Huge yellow cranes hover above almost five acres of rigorously scheduled construction. The end goal: Two dormitories to house 800 new bodies and their ancillary social, educational, and gastronomic activities.
Continue reading ‘Irony In Yale’s New Colleges’