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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)
Hurricane Sandy Victims Return to Resilient, Sustainable, Affordable Homes on Raritan Bay in New Jersey

The Rebuilding Union Beach demonstration project returns 14 families to new homes, and launches an online Project Guide for other communities needing to rebuild in the wake of a natural disaster.

 
by Scott Lauer

November 16, 2015

Union Beach, NJ, is located on the southern edge of Raritan Bay, across from Staten Island, NY.
(Rebuilding Union Beach)

A Filtered View #2: Ubiquitous Stuff - Why is Most of it so Ugly?

Maybe Apple should design all of this stuff; or maybe Philippe Starck.

 
by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

November 12, 2015

A Filtered View
(Matthew Millman Photography)
A More Active Approach to Design Can Save Lives

Businesses are investing billions to make their workspaces more environmentally sustainable. But they should also consider how sustainable those workspaces are for the human beings who work in them.

 
by Jonathan Webb

November 4, 2015

An online retailer located in Washington specified a mix of open plan workstations, lounge areas, and conference spaces to promote a higher level of engagement and movement.
(KI)

A Filtered View: Buckminster Fuller (Not Al Gore) Invented the Internet

 
by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

October 14, 2015

A Filtered View
(Matthew Millman Photography)
Book Review: Clarifying The Art of Layering Space, or How Architects Outdo Superman's X-Ray Vision Daily

In "Time, Space, and Material: The Mechanics of Layering in Architecture," Anne-Catrin Schultz provocatively illuminates essentials of architectural layering, storytelling, interpretation, and wonder that are concentrated in the acts of creating and appreciating architecture, layer after layer.

 
by Norman Weinstein

October 8, 2015



Frank Gehry's Urban Renewal

Throughout "Frank Gehry" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the repeated and insistent message is that his work "distinguished him as an urbanist," as if trying so hard to convince us that it's true. The curator doth protest too much.

 
by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA

October 1, 2015

8 Spruce Street Design, sketch and volume study, 2007, New York, New York; 12 × 9 in. (30.5 × 22.9 cm); Collection Frank Gehry, Los Angeles
(© 2015 Gehry Partners, LLP, image courtesy Gehry Partners, LLP)
Architecture's New Scientific Foundations, Part 3

Adaptive vs. Random Complexity, Part 2. Nourishing environments are complex yet highly organized, but cannot be minimalistic.

 
by Nikos A. Salingaros

September 15, 2015

Photo of Bharatanatyam dancer by Marie-Julie Bontemps, 2014.

Being Frank Gehry

Paul Goldberger's account of the architect's rise is also a tale of things not going Gehry's way.

 
by Fred A. Bernstein

September 10, 2015

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (2003)
(Kristen Richards)
New Name and New Directions: Boddewyn Gaynor Architects, DPC

Q&A with the firm's principals about the changes they've made, and how they affect the firm’s operations and future plans.

 
by ArchNewsNow.com

September 1, 2015

New York City headquarters for London-based securities trading firm Smith New Court (reception area).
(Mark Darley)

Swimming with the Fishies: SeaGlass Carousel by WXY architecture + urban design

David Dunlap was right: the new carousel in Lower Manhattan's Battery Park is like no other you've ever ridden...oooh's and aaah's will ensue.

 
by Kristen Richards

August 25, 2015

The magical SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery
(Kristen Richards)
Nuts + Bolts #13: Hiring Interns for the Summer? What You Need to Know

Architecture and engineering firms engaging unpaid interns can avoid liability in connection with their internship programs by meeting six specific requirements.

 
by John Balitis

August 5, 2015


(Johnathan Ward)

A Conversation with HOK's Kenneth Drucker re: Architect-US Professional Career Training Program

The design principal of HOK's New York City office discusses the benefits of participating in the program for both U.S.-based firms and young international architects.

 
by ArchNewsNow.com

June 22, 2015


Keeping Supertalls Grounded, Connected: Q&A with SWA's John Wong, FASLA, FAAR

Tall buildings "are beautiful, sleek structures, truly awe-inspiring, but a lot of a building's long-term economic success is dependent on the integration and beauty at the ground level."

 
by ArchNewsNow.com

June 11, 2015

Shanghai Tower: overall landscape plan
(SWA)

Nuts + Bolts #12: The Importance of Mentorship: Debunking Mentoring Myths in the AEC Industry

Mentoring can help anyone make meaningful professional connections, and it should be considered rewarding and an honor for everyone involved.

 
by Donna Maltzan

June 4, 2015


(Johnathan Ward)
INSIGHT: A Focus on Local: Structure and Design of the Columbus Museum of Art Expansion

How DesignGroup worked with the museum to become more visible, relevant, and connected to the community as a meeting point between art, the public, and the physical city.

 
by Michael Bongiorno, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

May 22, 2015

The copper-clad exterior of the new wing as seen from the special event balcony during construction.
(Michael Bongiorno)

Architecture's New Scientific Foundations, Part 2

Architects often assume that complexity, in general, must be designed. That's a misconception, and rarely conducive to human wellbeing.

 
by Nikos A. Salingaros

May 12, 2015

Photo of Bharatanatyam dancer by Marie-Julie Bontemps, 2014.
Delight & Design: "Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio"

Wonder and joy pervade the exhibition and enchant its viewers. Skip - don't walk - to experience it.

 
by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA

May 1, 2015

“How do you turn a paper mill into a gin distillery?”: Distillery, Laverstoke, England (2010-14), foreground. Installation at the Hammer Museum, LA, through May 24, 2015.
(Brian Forrest)

West Street: A Little-Noticed Success

If a 19th-century method of moving traffic can succeed in a city as congested as Manhattan, it can work in many other cities as well.

 
by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

April 29, 2015

West Street in the West Village, looking south; towers on left are Richard Meier & Partners’ Perry Street condos.
(GoogleStreetView)
Architecture's New Scientific Foundations

A new book-in-progress aims to change the way architecture is evaluated and, thus, to change the way it is practiced.

 
by Nikos A. Salingaros

April 7, 2015

Photo of Bharatanatyam dancer by Marie-Julie Bontemps, 2014.


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