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Left Coast Reflections #1: The Sustainable Spoon

The idea that humans are able to create sustainable artifacts is, indeed, here to stay. But as designers of the largest artifacts on the planet, we architects need to be especially vigilant.

 
by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

May 11, 2017

Left Coast Reflections
(Courtney Broaddus)
Preface to "One Hundred & One Hosannas for Architecture"

"It is a truism to say that journalism is the first draft of history. Historians always place great weight on contemporary accounts...a work of architecture is not complete until it has been written about."

 
by Shane O'Toole

May 4, 2017

“One Hundred & One Hosannas for Architecture”
(Alice O’Toole)

2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award Winners: An Interview with Bill Leddy, Marsha Maytum, and Richard Stacy of LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects

"Our track record of pushing to make a difference shows that a small firm can make a difference." - Marsha Maytum

 
by ArchNewsNow.com

April 27, 2017

North Beach Branch Library, San Francisco: Built on a former triangular parking lot, the LEED Gold library creates a civic lantern for the community.
(© Bruce Damonte)
Passive House is not so Passive Anymore: Q&A with Zack Semke, NK Architects

Passive House architecture sits squarely in the realm of information technology and science-based innovation. That is a potential game changer for buildings' role in the clean energy transition.

 
by ArchNewsNow

March 23, 2017

Pax Futura will be one of Seattle’s first multi-family residential project built to Passive House standards and Built Green 4-star certification. When completed in 2018, it will use up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling.
(NK Architects)

Endangered Species: A conversation with "The Gargoyle Hunters" author John Freeman Gill

The novel "is informed by both my emotional connection to the lost city, and by everything I learned about architectural history and historic preservation as a journalist."

 
by ArchNewsNow

March 16, 2017

“The Gargoyle Hunters,” Penguin Random House, March 21, 2017
Book Review: "Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation" by Edward Humes

The systems that bring materials and goods from their far-flung sources to end-consumers' doorsteps, as this Pulitzer-winning author shows, are astonishing. The infrastructure supporting them is "breaking the world."

 
by Bill Millard

February 16, 2017



A West Coast Firm Establishes an East Coast Base: An Interview with Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A

Do clients on the East Coast want stadium seating and wacky graphics and Airstream trailers? "Is that a satirical note I hear in your question?

 
by ArchNewsNow

October 20, 2016

Inspirations
(Courtesy Studio O + A)
INSIGHT: Communication Issues in A/E/C Firms

10 predominant communications failures that hinder both individual career growth and business success.

 
by Donna L. Maltzan

October 6, 2016


(Courtesy The Science Mom)

Call for Entries: Green Skyline - Country Garden - Forest City Landmark Architecture International Design Competition

Seeking a green skyline for a new and sustainable smart city in Malaysia.

 
by ArchNewsNow.com

September 27, 2016


(Country Garden Group and Country Garden Pacific View)
One-on-One: "Architecture is the Construction of a New World": Interview with Nikita Yaveyn

The Russian architect talks about creative freedom (and sometimes lack thereof), wooden architecture, and what St. Petersburg might look like in 50 years.

 
by Vladimir Belogolovsky

August 25, 2016

Tomsk Museum of Science and Technology, Tomsk, Russia, 2015
(©Studio 44 Architects)

Return of the Broken Pediment

A review of three recent books involving the life of Philip Johnson

 
by Christian Bjone

July 7, 2016

Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson, by Hugh Howard
A Filtered View #6: The Sustainable Building Artistically Considered

In our culture of fashion-driven design, a sustainable building will have to succeed aesthetically to be truly sustainable.

 
by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

June 30, 2016

A filtered view
(Matthew Millman Photography)

More Heart and Soul than Ever Before: 15th Venice Architecture Biennale "Reporting from the Front"

Architecture alone cannot change the world, but the issues that populate this year's Biennale, as curated by Alejandro Aravena, explore how we are all responsible for making an effort.

 
by Johannes M.P. Knoops, FAAR, Assoc. AIA

June 23, 2016

Entry to the Arsenale, designed by Alejandro Aravena’s firm Elemental, and fabricated from the metal studs and sheetrock repurposed from the 2015 Biennale.
(Johannes M.P. Knoops)
The SFMoMA and Us

How Botta and Snøhetta each captured something about who we are.

 
by Geoffrey Scott Gainer

May 5, 2016

View from Yerba Buena Gardens: the windows of the upper-floor administration offices in Snøhetta’s new addition overlook Mario Botta’s original.
(Geoffrey Scott Gainer)

A Filtered View #5: Jet Fuel

The perfect client offers up enough fuel to run the design jets at the most optimum level.

 
by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

April 28, 2016

A filtered view
(Matthew Millman Photography)
Zaha.

A special issue. (updated April 12, 2016)

 
by Kristen Richards

April 4, 2016

Zaha Hadid, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 2003
(Kristen Richards)

Q+A with Rob Rogers, Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers

The New York City-based architect talks about the challenges and rewards of public projects, the value of competitions, and cross-disciplinary team work.

 
by ArchNewsNow

March 10, 2016

Through significant new urban connections, and a recreational and educational pavilion, the Water Works park in Minneapolis will provide an all-season place of respite and delight right at the site of the city’s origins – St. Anthony Falls.
(Rendering courtesy SCAPE/Rogers Partners)
INSIGHT: The Case for Permanent Infrastructure

Water mains burst, gas mains explode, drinking water is poisoned by lead, bridges collapse, roads break down, vehicles collide, and trains derail. Are these the systems we want? What would be required, and when will we respond to this compelling need for change?

 
by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

February 18, 2016

Roman Aqueduct of Segovia, constructed in 1 AD and still in use today.

A Filtered View #4: Where is Sustainability's Flying Buttress?

It may take a decade or so before photovoltaics and other energy-producing technologies find an aesthetic foothold, but for architecture to survive - they must.

 
by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

February 4, 2016

A Filtered View
(Matthew Millman Photography)
A Filtered View #3: Socially Progressive, Architecturally Conservative: A San Francisco Paradox

"Disruption" is the new buzz-word, but our new architecture (with a few exceptions) is anything but disruptive. A hallmark of a socially progressive environment is diversity - we need diversity in architecture, too.

 
by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

December 17, 2015

A filtered view
(Matthew Millman Photography)


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