One of the first things I posted on this blog back in October was a piece by Aaron Betsky, a writer and president of the School of Architecture at Taliesin. That piece was about the spreading-like-wildfire scourge of five-story apartment blocks going up throughout our country and in our back yard.
But recently Betsky took aim at two multi-million-dollar homes in Aspen: one he deems well-designed, and one a missed opportunity. He includes photographs, and identifies the architect who created what looks like a truly beautiful home. Betsky politely does not include photos of the one that doesn’t work; the architect is not named.
He also uses a word I’ve never heard (and the Urban Dictionary doesn’t have a definition for it). The word is mansification, dealing with the mansionizing of a home, and I know that is not a word either. The headline on the piece is How to Do Mansification Right … and Wrong.
The piece, from Architect Magazine, has an edge to it, but sometimes that’s just what we need. Please note: If this link does not open for you, please let me know, and I will post the entire column. The credit for the photograph goes to Derek Skalko / 1 Friday Design. The link is below.