I started this blog around the time I began to study architecture, as a way to track ideas of whatever scope and complexity, from a sketch to a building. Over time the site has become a chronicle and chronology of my thinking about architecture, from early experiments and speculative proposals to completed projects and buildings currently in progress. It is, inevitably, also a timeline of my professional education: studying with some of the best minds in architecture, working in influential practices, co-founding Bureau V, and eventually starting my own studio, PINCUS A+D.

Self Designing Systems


Looking through my old files I came across this early version of my last website.  It is missing all of the content, but it shows the performance pretty well.  I was trying to make a site that could constantly redesign itself based on certain parameters.  The hexagon, which is wildly overused these days, seemed like a nice way to add a geometrical component into a random organization algorithm.   There are a lot of subtle features built in that make the interface rather sophisticated.  If you scroll over the hexagons they scale in proximity to the mouse.  Clicking a hexagon causes the colors of every other hexagon to fade into a randomly selected new color.  The buttons on the darker hexagon eventually became the navigation system for the whole site, but for now they just regenerate the system (you can also do this by pressing space). My friend Alex Mollere who is getting his Phd. in Mathematics figured out that there are approximately 36,000,000,000,000,000 possible graphic layouts for this site not including shifts in color.