Sunday, January 25, 2015

Need a Lift?

Ever since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Bouler Pfluger Archiects, PC has been busy lifting houses out of flood areas all along Long Island's south shore, as well as homes in NYC's Build it Back program. A house lift doesn't necessarily mean a change in aesthetics or a decrease in the character of the neighborhood, as seen in these three lift/renovation projects, which are homes that were improved in the process of getting them out of harm's way. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Lido Beach

The Lido Beach project is now complete and epitomizes Bouler Pfluger Architects' aesthetic goals.  Buildings should express themselves in a way that connects materials, setting, and structure in a warm and inviting way.  Elements such as light, air, and flow not only serve to make an attractive and comfortable home, but also an efficient one.  This waterfront house, fueled by solar power, incorporates several passive energy features to reduce its carbon footprint without sacrificing beauty or comfort.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Meditation in Nature

As I ask my students to spend fifteen minutes in nature, I decide to do the same. Hopefully they experienced the energy, the movement, the color that only nature can provide.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Nature Abstractions Continue

How does the viewer handle abstraction?  He makes sense of color and shape, finding forms that resemble everyday objects.  Flowers emerge out of brush strokes, water shimmers with lines. As I prepare for a spring exhibition at Seatuck, a nature preserve, the power of our environment abounds.

Monday, September 29, 2014

West Islip Waterfront

Here are some renderings of a Bouler Pfluger Architects' new project on the water in West Islip.  The gambrel roofline offers great exposure for the solar array that will power this residence.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Colorful Ideas

I've been exploring color in my paintings quite a bit lately, so it was quite fortuitous to attend the Rensselearville Writers Conference and hear about the new book The Secret Language of Color by Joann Eckstut and Arielle Eckstut.  The book analyzes the role of color in our world, touching upon science, nature, history, culture, and beauty.  Essentially humans are able to use their three cones of vision to perceive 10 million colors; however our perception of these colors is contingent upon many subjective factors.  Transparency, memory, taste, context, anatomy, even gender influence our relationship to color.  The conference comes on the heels of the recent edition of the design magazine Uppercase, which devoted itself exclusively to color.  What is it about color that captivates us?  The excitement of vibrant color can lift a mood, attract a mate, even relate to evolutionary behavior.  Cornell's Lab of Ornithology recently produced an incredible film documenting the beauty of birds of paradise and their use of color in their mating practice.  From color bombing to a resurgence of neon clothing, perhaps the world's zeitgeist needs a little color to lift its mood right about now.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Flower Power

We treat flowers as sweet and delicate, as an inconsequential idea, as a romantic weakness, but without flowers, there is no fruit nor vegetable, no food for bee or butterfly.  When the medians on the highway remain uncut, what first returns is the wildflower-- bachelor buttons, Queen Anne's lace, thistle-- flowers dot the landscape offering seeds and beauty instead of cropped greenery. Leaving the landscape to her own devices inspires me. Nature has a way of healing itself, and in a world of upheaval and turmoil, I can only hope that we humans can step aside long enough to allow nature to rejuvenate and prosper. As an artist, the only imagery that makes sense right now to me is the power of flowers.