• Definitions of the Month (July 2012)

    July 2012 saw Research for MSME and my Flaying Series as well as Re-reading Shakespeare's Hamlet

    1. Heimat (n): A German word without direct English translation, indicating the relationship of a human being towards a certain spatial social unit, contrasting social alienation and usually carries positive connotations, and is often expressed with terms such as home or homeland.
    2. Quintessence (n): The most perfect or typical example of a quality or class; The aspect of something regarded as the intrinsic and central constituent of its character.
    3. Invidious (adj):  Likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in other;  Unfairly discriminating; unjust.
    4. Immolate (v): Kill or offer as a sacrifice, especially by burning
    5. Coquette (n): A woman who flirts; someone exhibiting flirtatious behavior
    6. Jocund (n): Cheerful and lighthearted.
    7. Lassitude (n): A state of physical or mental weariness; lack of energy.
    8. Somnolence (n): A state of extreme fatigue caused by lack of sleep; sleepiness
    9. Decorticate (v; adj): Remove the bark, rind, or husk from; Of or relating to an animal that has had the cortex of the brain removed or separated.
    10. Developable (adj):To bring out the capabilities or possibilities of; bring to a more advanced or effective state; to cause to grow or expand; to elaborate or expand in detail; to bring into being or activity; to transfer the details of (a more or less two-dimensional design, pattern, or the like) from one surface, especially one that is prismatic or cylindrical, onto another, usually planar, in such a way that the distances between points remain the same.


  • Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Maritime Culture and Pop Music Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2010-1 (via creativeloafing)

  • Mack Scogin Merrill Elam, Model of Bank for International Settlements, Basel, Switzerland, 1998

    "Since its creation at Hague Conference in January 1930, charged to deal with German reparations following the first World War, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has always been a central banking institution unique at the international level. It is owned and controlled by central banks and it provides a number of highly-specialized services to central banks and, through them, to the international financial system more generally. As such, Basel has become the traditional international meeting place for central bank Governors and other officials." They lost the competition to build the expansion to Mario Botta's 1986 design to Toyo Ito.

  • Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Science Center Project, Wolfsburg, Germany, 1999

  • Mack Scogin Merrill Elam, Health Services Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2010

    "The combination of the three buildings on the block, Rose Center / University Police, Yale University Health Services Center and structured parking, along with site structures and landscape elements create a reinterpretation of the traditional, interiorized Yale campus block. This configuration allows not only pedestrian but also automobile passage easily into and through the site, a thoroughly contemporary campus block condition. As with the traditional block, building entries are located internal to the block. In placing the Health Services Center building on the southeast portion of the block, it is possible for the building plan to take on a triangular shape. This shape provides a generous perimeter wall to floor area ratio, a condition favorable to maximizing daylight into the building interior. The triangular plan shape with a centralized vertical transportation core is extremely compact and efficient. In addition to the perimeter walls, daylight and views are introduced by deep horizontal cuts into the plan and by vertical light wells. Like the site, the building circulation progresses from public to more and more private conditions. This happens both vertically and horizontally. Level One, the ground level, houses urgent care, internal medicine, retail pharmacy, member services, medical education and the common lobby with visitor and staff dining. Upper levels house the clinics, inpatient care and administration. Horizontally, the clinic entrances are accessed off public corridors radiating from the centralized elevator core. Separate clinic entrances open onto reception areas that then give access to exam and treatment rooms. At Level Four, a roof terrace provides a place of respite. The irregular configuration of the radiating tentacular corridors resists the effects of the institutional corridor and lends a sense of privacy to patients finding their individual, personal destinations. The radiating corridors move patients toward daylight and views to the exterior."