Tag Archives: Design

The Architecture of Urbanism: Windows

I enjoyed presenting this brief lecture at the 24th Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) on the panel discussion “Architecture of Urbanism,” along with panelists Vinayak Bharne, Gary Brewer, Ellen Dunham-Jones, John Massengale, Steve Mouzon, Stefanos Polyzoides, Dan Solomon, Paddy Steinschneider, Galina Tachieva, and Samir Younés.

The panelists examined the specific means by which architecture, one building at a time, forms the urbanism of a place. The issue of the role of architecture and architectural style and character has been a long-running debate in the CNU.

The Congress for the New Urbanism is an international nonprofit organization working to build vibrant communities where people have diverse choices for how they live, work, and get around. For more information see www.cnu.org.

 

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Baldwin Hardware Announces Members of Inaugural Baldwin Design Council

Baldwin Hardware Names Christine G. H. Franck One of Twenty-Five Prestigious Architects and Designers to Inaugural Baldwin Design Council

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LAKE FOREST, CA–(Marketwired – Sep 15, 2015) – Baldwin Hardware, a leading brand of the Hardware & Home Improvement (HHI) division of Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE: SPB), today unveiled the members of the Baldwin Design Council — an advisory board of architects and designers sharing ideas and shaping the future of design.

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Christine G. H. Franck’s Design for Shopfront Renovation Wins Carnegie Hill Neighbors 2013 Enrichment Award

“For the harmonious and contextually sensitive renovation of the row of storefront facades on the east side of Madison Avenue immediately north of 88th Street,” the Carnegie Hill Neighbors will recognize the Board of Directors of 47 East 88th Street on May 13, 2013 at the National Academy Museum.

View of storefronts AFTER renovation. Image by Stan Honda from Carnegie Hill News Spring 2013, Vol. 34, No. 1.

View of storefronts AFTER renovation. Image by Stan Honda from Carnegie Hill News Spring 2013, Vol. 34, No. 1.

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Buildings by Hand: The Design Process through Drawing

I’m very pleased that my drawings have been selected for exhibit in The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism’s (INTBAU) exhibition on modern traditional architecture and the artistic skills involved in creating beautiful and harmonious buildings and places. 28 January – 15 February 2013 at the Prince’s Foundation in London. Click here for more information about the exhibit.

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Exhibition panel of sketches by Christine G. H. Franck.

Avoiding Fenestration Fiascoes

A beautiful house can only be so when the windows of the house are right.  All too often today houses that would otherwise be beautiful are not because of choices made in the placement and selection of windows.  While there are many issues of good design that affect the cost of a building, placing and selecting well-designed windows do not.  In the past, while directing the ICAA’s Program in Classical Architecture for Design and Construction Professionals, I have seen a wide range of today’s houses and common window products and have thus been able to see many of the most typical errors in fenestration. For a catalog of windows and their details visit my collection of windows.

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The Quintessential Classicist

As a designer, educator and author, Christine Franck is one of Classicism’s most compelling proponents.
By Nancy A. Ruhling

“Classical architecture is not a style,” says Christine G. H. Franck. “Rather, it is a tradition of thought, a tradition of place-making.” That the award-winning New York City designer makes this statement in the present tense is no accident. “Classicism views the past as useful to the present,” she says. “In this view, the best knowledge of how to do things is conserved and transmitted from the past to the present, rather than creating new things for the sake of the new.”

Franck stands atop Chadsworth Cottage during construction.

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Historic Fort Worth 2010 Award for Excellence in Preservation awarded to The Brent Hull Companies and Christine G. H. Franck, Inc.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fort Worth, TX – September 20, 2010

Historic Fort Worth has awarded the Byrd Residence its 2010 Residential Award recognizing excellence in the rehabilitation of historic homes.  Fort Worth homebuilder and master-craftsman Brent Hull of The Brent Hull Companies collaborated with New York-based design firm Christine G. H. Franck, Inc. to restore this historic home to its original charm.

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