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Brian Roberson architect/ musician speaks on the correlations and similarities between music improvisation and the creative process of design. Using examples from classical, electronic, and jazz music genres he illustrates the differences between technically perfecting...

Music, in many ways, is like architecture: both are journeys and experiences. Both can start out in an unfamiliar place, only to end up with something profound and, in many cases, beautiful.

The idea of a relationship between music and architecture isn’t new; it has bee...

“The answers you get depend on the questions you ask.”

Thomas Kuhn

The creative process requires a certain amount of introspection, and general navel-gazing.  We are certainly not above that sort of thing here at the studio.  Like the quote from Kuhn suggests, how you st...

Think back to your childhood, exploring the woods for the first time. The sights, the sounds, the excitement of being in the wilderness – all of these memories invoke in us a special passion for being surrounded by the environment.

This excitement is perfectly encapsula...

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”

Mother Teresa

Addressing homelessness today is more...

When we think of tools, a few things probably come to mind. We think of a carpenter and his hammer or a surgeon and his scalpel. We think of computers, screwdrivers, and other physical implements used to achieve tasks.

But when we think of architects, what comes to mind...

Have you heard of a business called Red Mountain Bikes?

If not, it’s okay – it’s not a real business. One day, we noticed a large group of cyclists congregating in a parking lot across from our bDot 29th Street Studio. Seeing such a large and vibrant gathering – a commu...

What is a bus stop?

Besides the obvious, of course (a place for people to wait for the bus). As Birmingham architects, we see public transportation all around us. We see people waiting on the side of the road next to blue and white markers, all throughout the year, whet...

In architecture, there is a divide of sorts between two styles: the pull of the traditional – a retelling of a storied past, based on preconceptions and rooted in culture – and the alluring progressiveness of modern.

Bridging that gap – or chasm, at times – can be diffi...

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