Kate Wagner (ENFP)

Kate Wagner

Type: ENFP

 Profession: Blogger (McMansion Hell)

Born: ?

Generation: likely Millennial

Nationality: likely American

"I rode the bus in North Carolina [...] The whole time I was looking at houses and trying to picture the lives of people who came out, trying to see how the houses were different from each other, and being really fascinated with the ones that were a little funny looking."
Kate Wagner


Speeches are useful for familiarizing yourself with the visual and temperamental aspects of different types.  Notice Kate’s facial expressions, eye movements, posture, mannerisms, speech patterns, and responses to others.  Over time, you will recognize similar patterns in other ENFPs.

Blog Content

Although not as immediately apparent as in interviews, a person’s type shines through in the work they create as well.  Notice the humor, themes, and approach Kate uses in her blog posts.  What light can this shed on the mind of ENFPs in general?

McMansions 101: What Makes a McMansion Bad Architecture?

The mass is the largest portion of a building. Individual masses become interesting when they are combined together to form a façade. The arrangement of these shapes to create weight is called massing. As the pieces are combined, they are divided into categories: primary and secondary masses (1). 

The primary mass is the largest shape in the building block. The secondary masses are the additional shapes that form the façade of a building. 

Windows, doors, or other openings are called voids. Voids allow creation of negative space that allow for breaks within masses. Placing voids that allow for natural breaks in the mass create balance and rhythm across the building’s elevation. 

The secondary masses should never compete with the primary mass. 
For example: an oversized projected entry or portico (secondary mass) will overwhelm the house (primary mass) behind it. 

The McMansion has no concept of mass. 
McMansions often have so many secondary masses that the primary mass is reduced to a role of filling in gaps between the secondary masses. […]

Another issue with McMansions and mass is the use of too many voids. Some McMansions are so guilty of this they resemble swiss cheese in appearance. In the below example, the masses are so pockmarked with voids, they give the façade an overall appearance of emptiness.

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What the Hell Is Postmodernism?

Don’t worry, I’ll be doing a post all about Modernism (which is my soapbox bae) so I don’t want to spend too much time here, but it’s the starting point of Postmodernism, so it’s, y’know, worth a mention. 

Here’s the thing about Modernism: it dominated architecture practiced by architects for almost a century, but made up only a small (well-documented and beloved) part of residential architecture built during its reign. 

The thing is, the people who toiled their lives away in the factories absolutely DID NOT want to go home to a house that looked like the factory. 

However, traditional architecture quickly (by the mid-forties) became a huge faux-pas in the practice of architects and was omitted from architectural education. In addition an exploding population that now needed housing (the Modernists thought it was a great idea to put them in high rises and we all know how well that turned out) emerged that wanted said housing to look like the centuries-old conception of home (aka a box with a door, windows, and topped with a triangle hat).

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