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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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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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Carl Sagan

By Michael Riscica

Click the image above to play the amazing video.  Its best watched full screen. Beautiful HD images, emotional music and thought provoking narrative. I watched this wonderful 30 minute Carl Sagan video in the morning shortly after I woke up.   I recently learned about Carl Sagan from Neil Degrasse Tyson and Jason Silva always talking […]

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July Photos and Instagrams

By Michael Riscica

I recently started using Instagram.   My instagram name is Mikeriscica. Below are my Instagrams for the month of July 2013 All of these pictures came from my Instagram feed: YoungArchitxPDX Feel free to add me.

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Rem Koolhaas: A kind of Architect

By Michael Riscica

Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect Last night I rented the Rem Koolhaas movie off amazon and thoroughly enjoyed it. Rem Koolhaas is a dutch Architect and writer. I have always been fascinated by his work. I discovered him when I was in architecture school. I was designing a fashion design studio. I read his […]

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Journaling and Meditation

By Michael Riscica

Journaling for me is about letting go and letting all the thoughts that push their way into my brain just come out and get on the page. Its like opening the flood gates and after a page or two when most of the clutter is out, beautiful ideas, thoughts and memory’s sometimes (but not always) […]

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A Daily Dose of Architecture

By Michael Riscica

  A Daily Dose of Architecture has been a personal favorite blog to follow for the past 4 years now. Every single day this blog sends me an email with pictures of a beautiful buildings and architecture around the world. Sometimes I know the architect or the project, but I usually dont. I have learned […]

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Lebbeus Woods & 8 Diagrams About the Future

By Michael Riscica

I discovered Lebbeus Woods in 2001 as I was beginning architecture school in Boston. One day in the office my coworker/schoolmate casually handed me a copy of Terra Nova and said “Hey check this guy out.”  Being a young man just starting on his path towards becoming an Architect; I definitely was not ready for […]

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