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Located on the base of the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles, California, the Skirball Cultural Center was completed in 2013. The building sits on 15 acres and is 170,000 square feet consisting of a 350 seat auditorium, 400 car underground parking lot (right now is undergoing construction and when finished will hold 500 cars), a Jewish-American experience museum, a multipurpose auditorium (Ahmanson Hall), galleries for interchanging exhibits, and a conference and educational center. It was built in 4 phases, phase 1 completed in 1994, phase 2 in 2000, phase 3 in 2003, and phase 4 in 2013 and now under construction once more.

This doesn’t look a museum or that it would look like it has a 400+ car garage underground. This looks like a house. I have always wanted to go to California and this may be on my future list to visit if I ever get to go. Moshe Safdie really knows how to bring the calming tranquil element to his work. I very much enjoyed looking at his architecture.

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The Federal Court House located in Springfield, Massachusetts, was designed to wrap around the 200-500 year old “heritage trees.” The modern building was finished in 2008, creating a touch of modern to a old element of architecture. The building still has the modern day security features but they are just concealed all while leaving open space to represent the civic building meaning of justice. This project is 162,000 square feet and cost $57 million.

This building looks almost incomplete, like they ran out of money and changed designs. Again I would like o visit this place because it is so cool and different. Moshe Safdie is very creative and I would love to visit every building he has designed. I don’t think I could think of something I don’t like about any of his buildings I have seen.

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The Khalsa Heritage Center, built in 2011 is located in the town Anandpur Sahib, in the Punjab region of India. This structure was made with local stone and stainless steel. It was built on 75 acres with 2 complexes separated by a ravine, and connected by a bridge. The ravine has a series of dams that create a water garden. Full of galleries, this memorial was constructed for and celebrates 500 years of Sikh history. The grouping of 5 galleries symbolized the 5 virues of the Sikh faith.

Moshe Safdie designs a lot of galleries or museum. He doesn’t design the basic building. He finds a creative way to make the building part of the gallery. I enjoy looking at his work because it is so different compared to the buildings I’ve seen in my lifetime. I think that this building brings a a sense of tranquility to the whole aspect of the place.

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The Salt Lake City Public Library was completed in 2003. Safdie wanted to adapt to new technology. The open space allows for modern adaption to take place. It is a 5 story triangle building with a rectangle administration space, and crescent shaped outer wall.  The building has a 300 person auditorium, public plaza, and a staircase that leads people to the rooftop garden. There are reading rooms all along the 4 stories of the outer crescent wall, overlooking the amphitheater. The 5 story rectangular part of the building faces the South with a view of the mountains.

This building design looks dangerous. I would be kind of scared that I would fall off the side. It is a really neat design, but what are the safety procedures to make sure people don’t fall off? Moshe Safdie designs buildings that make people want to come and visit. It is very modern and inviting.

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This is the Marina Bay Sands resort located in Singapore. Moshe Safdie said “his inspiration came from desks of cards.” Completed in 2011, it has 2,560 hotel rooms, a casino, convention center, theater, Museum of ArtScience, shopping, and dining options. With three 55 story towers, it is a whopping 1.3 million square feet. It has a 2.5 acre Skypark with up to 16 species of trees.

This reminds me of a a super expensive place to stay. The reason I say this is because of the material and the shear size of the towers. The building Moshe Safdie designs are of an expensive taste. It is a modern design that is appealing to the eye and makes people want to go there and stay and spend money, or at least that’s me.

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This is Habitat 67, named this for being opened in 1967. It is located in Montreal, Canada. It is a 12 story housing complex, made of prefabricated modules, meaning each pod is built somewhere else, brought to a specific location, and placed on each other. There are 354 modules that are assembled to make 158 residences. Each has it’s own rooftop garden. Has spectacular views of the city and river.

I enjoyed reading about this building. It is very different than anything I’ve ever seen. It’s unique and I would love to live in one of these housing complexes. I’m sure I couldn’t afford it but it would be nice. I would want to stay on the 12th floor just to be able to take in the views.

My House


This is the house I grew up in. 1100 square feet, 1 bedroom, 2 loft bedrooms, and 1 bathroom. It is is a 2 story house, wood siding, back porch, and big front and back yard. My grandpa built it on his own in 1996. It is built on 2 acres.  We moved out 3 years ago in 2013, with the house being sold for almost $200,000. It was one of the only houses built in the area at the time. Now it is in a “tourist” area. Beaver’s Bend State Park is the area it is in. There is a story where I actually dug a post hole for the fence around the house. That was my contribution. This house has so many memories from my childhood. Moving out took a toll on my emotions but that’s a part of growing up, but I wont forget the great times this house has been a part of.

My Church



This is Hochatown First Assembly of God. It is the church I grew up in.  It is very important in my bringing up. It was the place that shaped my religious foundation.  It was built in 1997 and it was added onto in 2005. It holds around 200-250 people.  I’m not sure what you would characterize this architecture as. I would just say cabin-style. It is very welcoming and country. It has a main fellowship hall on the right with the tall windows. It has a dinning area on the right. It is built on a hill with a large parking lot. I am very glad I grew up where I id. This building will always be a part of me.

Skating Rink



This is the Broken Bow Skating Rink. This was built in 2000.  It has switched owners twice. It is an open concept building made of tin. It is 800 square feet , not big especially with a bunch of kids. When you walk in to the left is the concrete skating rink and to the right was the concession stand and skate racks. In the back in the arcade and pool room. This used to be the hangout place for all the kids in the area. It was always packed with people of all ages. My friends and I ran the place.This place has had an impact on every kid who went. It looks simple and may look like nothing to the people just looking at it. However, to the kids who went here it was the hot spot of the town.

Adams Center

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For my third blog, I am writing about my first home away from home. I moved to college in August of 2015. OU is roughly 4 hours from home and very different than the tiny town I live in. I had to live away from family for a whole year. It seemed awful at first but now, I wouldn’t change a thing. I love this place. It helped me transition into somewhat of an adulthood. Adams Center was built in  1964, was officially named after “K.S. “Boots” Adams, a former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Phillips Petroleum Company”. I lived in Muldrow tower named after “Hal Muldrow, who served as a former state senator and a two-star General who commanded Oklahoma’s famed 45th Infantry Division, better known as the “Thunderbirds.”” Adams center is different than the Walker and Couch by not having a central elevator center. Adams has 4 seperate towers that all represent someone else, Tarman, McCasland, and Johnson. Others may have hated their time in the dorms, but personally I loved it.