Inspiration Station :: San Saba

Built as affordable housing, this neighborhood on the Aventine is one of the world’s greatest examples of imbuing a pride of place with humble materials.

For your viewing pleasure: the San Saba neighborhood in Rome. Built as affordable housing, this neighborhood on the Aventine is one of the world’s greatest examples of a place, imbued with pride via humble materials and creative detailing. Using the most human and humane (read: civilizing or refining) building material ever invented – the brick – endless depth and variation was created, providing massive inspiration to us! We hope to you as well!

Urbanism To Me

Urbanism is people-watching. Urbanism is walking the dog at night. Waiting for the bus in the rain, comparing boots and disliking umbrellas.  Streets with or without cars; paths for wheels; sidewalks for eating, or shopping, or strolling. Bundling the baby in a stroller to get to daycare on cold mornings.  Riding the train to work.  City living and dreaming of owning a yard.  Visiting relatives in the suburbs to remember it’s not worth the yard. Traveling and walking, walking, and more walking.  Skyscraper views out the window, due South.  Baseball park views due North.  Fire-escape gardens and neighborly noises.  Studying strangers on the street corner. Calculating the groceries that fit in one backpack and 4 reusables bags. Anonymity amongst familiar crowds. Parallel parking and paying to park. Big parks, small playlots, and potted plants. Towers with elevators, third floor walk-ups, carriage units, roommates in houses with envious gardens, and double-loaded corridors. I’ve had the great fortune to experience life from all of these perspectives, which has catalyzed the urbanist in me. I’d love to know, what is your urbanism?

Submitted by JS ::: This is the first in a series of short posts that intend to further shed light on each of our interests.

In the beginning…

MGLM Architects has a passion for all things designed.  Our focus and training has been in Architecture, Urban Design, and Ornament but the desire to bring beauty to all things has expanded our work to include the arts, furniture, textile, and industrial design.  MGLM approaches each project individually, analyzing and evaluating the challenges specifically, and designing solutions uniquely tailored to resolve the issues.

A little bit about us: we enjoy challenges, obstacles, and Portillo’s Beef-n-Cheddar Croissant (but we disagree on the peppers).  We are passionate about design, sketching, painting, woodworking, and chocolate.  We love Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, and Art. We have an affinity to Voltron and the Ghostbusters.  We work late and enjoy outdoing one another at costume parties.  We believe nothing beats a Lavazza Cremespresso and a soft macaron, except a happy client.  We are prone to superlatives but we always mean it. What some might call fantastic, we call design-as-usual.  We hope that you will contact us to see what we can do for you and your particular project.

In the meantime, please enjoy the posts here.  We intend this to be a collection of the things that inspire and impassion us.  We hope to spend some time highlighting projects, issues, ideas, fantastic (and sometimes horrible) details, and things we find interesting.