Reviews and Blog Posts: Design

Tiny homes : simple shelter : scaling back in the century

by Lloyd Kahn

DPL Rating:
5

What a cool book!  Lovely pictures of some of the most intriguing homes I've ever seen, along with interesting stories of each home's creation and the people who built them.  There are so many amazing, artistic, creative people within these pages, I just can't wait for you to meet them...

Micro : very small architecture

by Ruth Slavid

DPL Rating:
4

I have recently been obsessed with little buildings, I fantasize about treehouses, writers retreats, rustic cabins, mobile homes (not like you're thinking!) This book runs the gamut of little houses: some amazing, some hideous, some prototypes some actual little tiny mobile houses (see page 123). makes me wish I had...

Web Development Class Series

Interested in learning how to build your own website?  Come to our series of 4 classes to learn the basics of website development using Wordpress.com.

Classes run from 5:45 - 7:45 p.m. on Level 4 in the Large Classroom at the Central Library on the following days:

Monday, June 6; Monday, June 13; Monday, June 20; Monday, June 27.

Each class in this series will build on the skills covered in the previous classes so attendance at all four is strongly recommended.  Over the course of the 4 classes, we will cover:

ArtSkool debuts this Spring

Curiosity skilled the cat. And the freshness just keeps coming.

Fresh City Life debuts its new monthly series: ArtSkool. This arts exploration is designed to introduce participants to the fundamentals of visual and performing arts, while at the same time building a bridge between students and Denver’s vibrant arts community. ArtSkool “students” will build an appreciation for an art form with which they previously had little or no experience. As with all of our events and workshops, Fresh City Life will partner with talented individuals and organizations to bring exciting programs within reach of our community.

Design and Circumstance

Small Things Considerd:  Why There is No Perfect Design

Henry Petroski is an extraordinary engineer who has been called the "poet laureate of technology." He explores the histories of everyday things and exposes them as engineering marvels.

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Meet Calatrava Wednesday

Plans for DIA redesign includes a light rail station and hotel.

Who is more talented: the architect who can envision space taking shape with glass and steel, the engineer who helps translate the vision to firm reality or the crafts trade who make it happen? No matter who you choose, Santiago Calatrava creates astonishing designs.

While the library has several books about Calatrava's designs, we are fortunate to have a translation of his dissertation which outlines his creative process. Take time to meet Calatrava and hear about his plans for the Denver International Airport on Wednesday, July 28 at the Denver Art Museum in the Sharp Auditorium from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public with no reservations required.

Free Designer Weekend

Adult inspiration found in kid-friendly crafts

As a kid I marked time not by the seasons but by events. My most favorite event was the annual back to school shopping trip. My siblings and I would munch down on K-Mart’s blue light special sandwiches and parade like five hungry caterpillars collecting our yellow no. 2 pencils, pink erasers, and crayons. There is nothing like opening up a new box of crayons and breathing deeply.

I still celebrate the season by taking stock in my apartment. What needs a fresh coat of paint or where I can add new color? Renovation expectations are managed by a limited budget and talent. I rely on the experts like Todd Oldham, Libby Langdon, and Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan but the library has so many talented designers you can take home for a weekend.

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