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"Not Built in a Day," started in 2008, is my personal blog about architecture, urbanism, and the built environment.  I also enjoy reviewing books, films, and exhibitions, and write travel descriptions of my time abroad and in new cities around the US.  My personal design work can be viewed on my Tumblr.



Caroline S. Lebar, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a licensed architect working in Silicon Valley, with a focus on historic preservation, higher education, and K-12 public schools.  Her work includes architectural design, construction administration, research, and teaching.  She has been working with CAW Architects since 2013, where she has led the design and construction of the major renovation of historic Frost Amphitheater at Stanford University.  Her other projects include renovated library, administration, student services, and arts buildings for East Side Union High School District in San Jose; award-winning historic preservation work for private clients in Palo Alto; and many other projects in the area.  Previously, she worked with C3D Architecture in New York City.

Caroline is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) with a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degree.  Her previous roles include Curator of the GSAPP Slide and Video Library, the school's teaching and research image collection; architecture instructor at Duke University's TIP Summer Studies Program at Rice University; and various other teaching and administrative positions.  She received a dual A.B. from Duke University in Art History, Concentration in Architecture, and in Philosophy, where her undergraduate thesis discussed the urbanism of medieval monastic architecture in the city of Rome.

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Book Review: "Theory and Design in the First Machine Age"

Reyner Banham's Theory and Design in the First Machine Age (1960) is an engaging overview of the important theoretical developments of the early 20th century leading up to the "International Style" of the 1930s-40s.  Banham does a fairly good job, in my opinion, of avoiding excessive editorializing, although he has a clear viewpoint on the Modern Movement and finishes with a strong conclusion.  In opposition to his teacher, Nikolaus Pevsner, whose own history of modernism came out in 1936, Banham dismantled the "form follows function" credo that became the stereotype of modernism, arguing instead that formalism (a preoccupation with style and aesthetics) was an important, if not overriding, concern of Modern architects.  Two sections of the book struck me in particular: his analysis of Le Corbusier's famous book Vers une architecture (Toward a [new] architecture) from 1923, and his Conclusion (chapter 22), where he breaks the link between functionalism and …

Vertical Bike Rack

The work of our hands!


A little backstory:  We bought two bikes as soon as we could after moving here, so we could both bike to work.  After a few uneventful months of chaining up our bikes next to our car in the carport of our apartment building, Justin's bike was stolen.  (Mine was mysteriously left behind, together with Justin's pannier, which the thieves helpfully folded up and placed on top of my bike.  My only guess is that the chain holding my bike was harder to cut than the chain on Justin's.)  Since then, we've kept our bikes inside, hauling them up and down two flights of stairs to our third-floor apartment every time we take them out, which is usually a few times a week.  Ugh.  Better than buying a new bike every few months, though.

We needed a rack that would keep the bikes off the floor, off the walls, and in as small a footprint as possible, without requiring us to drill into or otherwise damage the walls (or floor or ceiling).  This proved a challenge t…

Voter's Guide - June 5, 2018 Election, Santa Clara County

If you're like me, you spend a lot of time figuring out who to vote for, because there is no single place to get all the voter information you need.  So, since I have already spent the last several hours deciding how to vote, I've compiled all the information I used here, so you can decide for yourself!  This is relevant to the Santa Clara County election here in California, so if you are looking for San Francisco-specific information, you can try SPUR or other sources.  Obvious disclaimer:  I am looking for progressive candidates who support strong liberal policies on the environment, housing, education, human rights, and the economy.  If you disagree with me, you may want to look elsewhere.



For each position or proposition, I'm going to list the position, my recommendation, link to my sources, and then note other viable candidates (if any).

State & National Offices

Governor:  Gavin Newsom
Former SF mayor Gavin Newsom has an almost overwhelming amount of policy object…