In creative circles, some artists and particularly, authors categorize themselves into one of two schools of creative processes: “the architects” and “the gardeners”.
“The architects plan everything ahead of time,” novelist George R.R. Martin once explained. “They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up.” Conversely, Martin continued, “Gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is… But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have; they find out as it grows.” Read More
“I have no interest in being a one-man band,” confesses Tim Barber, the principal and namesake of our Los Angeles-based architecture firm, Tim Barber Ltd. While having his name literally emblazoned on the door seems contradictory to his claim, the humming atmosphere of his studio confirms that he walks the talk. Just outside the office where we sit, a 20-member team of architects and designers work smoothly together to help design or even helm their own projects. Read More
When I (Katelyn, TBL’s media manager) first moved from Connecticut to California in late summer 2017, I had many preconceived and woefully inaccurate notions about life in my adoptive state. Among my greatest misconceptions was that "California Style" was interchangeable with "ultra-modern" and "futuristic" design. Update: it's not. Read More
At TBL, we advocate green technology on all our projects. We specify solar collectors (water and photovoltaic), solar shingles, cisterns, greywater systems. drip irrigation systems and pool covers. In 2014, Tim hired Greywater Corps to install a greywater system in his own house…to test the waters, if you will. Read More