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Michael Riscica

Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect who lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with his Labrador Retriever. He is passionate about helping Young Architects change the world. In his free time, Michael likes to take very long bicycle rides across America. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linked In.

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November 2013 Gallery

By Michael Riscica

Hope everyone had a wonderful November here are my pics for the month of November 2013!!!!! Leave me a comment! All of these pictures came from my Instagram feed: YoungArchitxPDX Feel free to add me.            Check out my previous months photos: October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013  

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Be The Hero In Your Own Movie

By Michael Riscica

If you enjoyed this video, you should also check out: The War of Art Jason Silva & Shots of Awe For Young Architects Live Your Life as a Hero Carl Sagan What If Money Was No Object? Joe and Bryan on Inspiration I’m Finally Winning The War Against Dog Hair In My Apartment! This is […]

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Little Red Notebooks

By Michael Riscica

Since the middle of the summer I have been obsessed with book binding. No, I take that back. I have always been obsessed with book binding. Wait, No… OK actually its an obsession with joinery and holding elements together. Whatever it is. Lately I have been fascinated with how books go together. Someday I would like […]

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5 Lessons I Learned Studying For the Architect Registration Exam

By Michael Riscica

    This post is part of a series on NCARB’s Architecture Registration Exam. Having recently completed this long process, the series examines my journey and the various things I learned along the way. Click here to see all the posts of my Architecture Registration Exam Series. 5 Lessons I Learned Studying For the Architect […]

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Goodbye Squarespace, Hello WordPress!

By Michael Riscica

For the past few weeks I have been working on moving this blog off  squarespace and over to wordpress.  It was a lot of tedious work but its finally done. Squarespace just wasn’t working out for me.  I was never able to get the formatting on the front end to look the same as the […]

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The War of Art

By Michael Riscica

Steven Pressfield has been in the news a lot lately. A few weeks ago he was hanging out with Oprah and yesterday he was on the Joe Rogan Podcast, both talking about “The War of Art”, a book that came out in 2002.  I haven’t finished listening to it completely to the podcast, it’s about 2.5 hours long. Way […]

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Joe and Bryan on Inspiration

By Michael Riscica

  I love this video. If you enjoyed this video, you should also check out: The War of Art Jason Silva & Shots of Awe For Young Architects Live Your Life as a Hero Carl Sagan What If Money Was No Object? Steal Like An Artist – Book Review I’m Finally Winning The War Against […]

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Segrada Familia Finished – 3d Visualization video

By Michael Riscica

It will be a miracle when they finish building this cathedral. ….Speaking of miracles tomorrow is my last Architect Registration Exam! If you enjoyed this post, you should also check out: Co-op City, Towers in the Park and The Pruit-Igoe Myth Lebbeus Woods & 8 Diagrams About the Future Rem Koolhaas: A kind of Architect […]

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Gensler’s Town Square

By Michael Riscica

Town Square Los Angeles from Gensler LA on Vimeo. Gensler teams around the globe spent the last year re-imagining the concept of a Town Square. This video documents the ideas and efforts of Gensler Los Angeles, who used Pershing Square as a case study for how to re-imagine Town Squares in every community. The LA […]

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Le Corbusier’s 5 Points of Architecture Animation

By Michael Riscica

  Check out this excellent animation outlining Le Corbusier’s 5 points of architecture in the Villa Sovoye. Villa Savoye is on my top 10. I have learned soooo much about architecture through this one building alone.  In my first year of architecture school I had a ton of fun building a model of Villa Savoye […]

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This is Water – Video

By Michael Riscica

 “I am the center of the world and that my immediate needs and feelings are what should determine the worlds priority.” Please click the image above to play this beautiful video. If you enjoyed this video, you should also check out: The War of Art Jason Silva & Shots of Awe For Young Architects Live […]

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Journals.

By Michael Riscica

I started making my own notebooks for work and my personal journaling.. Every week I go to 3 or 4 meetings that require writing things down. I often write several pages of my thoughts on a regular basis to bring me clarity. I frequently draw/diagram/sketch ideas or concepts that I have kicking around. I spend […]

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What If Money Was No Object?

By Michael Riscica

Click image to play video.  If you enjoyed this video, you should also check out: The War of Art Jason Silva & Shots of Awe For Young Architects Live Your Life as a Hero Carl Sagan Journaling and Meditation Steal Like An Artist – Book Review Joe and Bryan on Inspiration I’m Finally Winning The […]

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The Great Architectural Disaster Known as Penn Station

By Michael Riscica

Penn Station is one of the greatest architectural tragedy’s in America. One of America’s greatest and loved landmarks was thrown away and destroyed in an effort to modernize and save on maintenance costs. After the construction of the “New Penn Station” Architectural Historian Vincent Scully wrote, “One entered the city like a god; one scuttles in […]

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Jason Silva & Personality Theory

By Michael Riscica

Recently Jason Silva has been making my head explode with the with philosophical high-defintion mashups he puts out on youtube and shares them once a week. Check out some of the others on his youtube channel Shots of Awe. http://www.youtube.com/user/ShotsOfAwe     Personality Theory “Everything has a personality.” When I first started studying design and architecture […]

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