Happy Birthday Mies van der Rohe

As a designer of building toys for budding architects, I want to join Google in wishing Mies van der Rohe a special Happy Birthday – 1886- 1969. His often quoted remarks have always resonated in my design and education work. “Architecture starts when you...

Girls, Blocks and Architects

We often hear about the block building “gender gap” both at homes and in schools. Perhaps these images will further inspire young girls to build with blocks and join the next generation of female architects. In 2011, women made up 21% of US...

Ice Hotel

I discovered these images of an “Ice Hotel” built of snow and ice in a village in Swedish Lapland that reminded me of my collection of small clear, acrylic, half domes and rectangular prisms blocks. Not only can I create free form sculptures and twenty-first century...

Passion for Skyscrapers

The passion for building skyscrapers begins when a one years old carefully stacks four blocks on top of each other to make a tower.  Although the rationale, the engineering problems, the materials, and the social and aesthetic issues become infinitely more complex,...