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Nuts + Bolts #16: What's in a Name?

Branding can be a bit of a foreign concept to established (and even to newer) architecture firms. Here are some central takeaways from a firm rebranding itself after 40 years in practice.

by Guy Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP

February 15, 2018

(Johnathan Ward)
Educating Future Architects to Think Like Curious Clients

Expanding architectural education to include more about client consciousness is a key to enriching the profession.

by Norman Weinstein

February 8, 2018

(Rfischia /

INSIGHT: Thinking Outside the Big Box

Gone are the days when the question was: What retailer can take this large space? The question now is: How can the box be reinvented to create experience and community?

by Simon Perkowitz, AIA

February 6, 2018

At Provo Towne Centre, a formerly underutilized area is being redeveloped as an ice rink in the winter and a sports field and concert venue in the summer.
(KTGY Architecture + Planning)
Architectural Education at the Crossroads?

Educators Duo Dickinson and Phil Bernstein look in opposite directions when assessing architecture school quality - but the next architecture school transformation may emerge from where no one is looking.

by Norman Weinstein

February 1, 2018

(Rfischia /

"Five Artists + Architecture" at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York

The variety of works by the five fine artists/teachers illustrates the breadth of opportunity available to students to integrate a range of visual arts studies into their studio design education and design research work.

by Lance Jay Brown, FAIA

February 1, 2018

Irma Ostroff: Untitled, 2015-16; oil on linen; 20" x 20" each
(©Lance Jay Brown)
From Warehouse to Wired Green Workspace

The Alliance Center in Denver, designed by Gensler for the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, offers a model for how aging buildings can be transformed into thriving, sustainability-focused, collaborative workspaces.

by Ashley Lovell, Ph.D.

January 25, 2018

The Alliance Center is centrally located in Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo).
(David Lauer Photography)

Left Coast Reflections #4: Iceberg Architecture

A London cabbie asked if we had heard of the "iceberg houses." We should keep our pencils above grade most of the time. And we should support theories that preserve real icebergs before they trickle away completely.

by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

January 18, 2018

Left Coast Reflections
(Courtney Broaddus)
Q&A: Marwa Al-Sabouni on mass housing, sustainability, and the social role of architecture

"Architects and planners have the responsibility to be engaged in the lives of those for whom they design - and offer solutions. We often lack this in our profession."

by Clotilde Angelucci

January 11, 2018

“Tree Unit” is Marwa Al-Sabouni’s submission to the 2014 UN-Habitat Mass Housing Revitalization Competition. It won first place in the national results for Syria.
(Marwa Al-Sabouni)

Chrysalis of Crystal

The award-winning Bahá'í Temple of South America, designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, proffers a new kind of sacred space.

by Michael J. Crosbie

December 21, 2017

Bahá’í Temple of South America: At the center of the dome is a small oculus that displays the Arabic words “The Greatest Name.”
(Michael J. Crosbie)
Best Architecture & Design Books of 2017: The Underside Keeps Turning

This year's best reading subverts shopworn stylistic and historic categories.

by Norman Weinstein

December 21, 2017

"WORKac: We’ll Get There When We Cross That Bridge" by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood
(The Monacelli Press)

Drama in Architecture: Three Books that Defy Expectations

These choices are well off the beaten path but enjoyable in the views of the road least taken.

by Christian Bjone

December 19, 2017

“World Film Locations” series
(Intellect Ltd.)
Arthur Cotton Moore: Bold Citizen-Architect

Some of the ideas seem impractical. Others would be ruinously expensive. Still others are sensible and ought to be considered, or at least admired for their audacity. A sampling from Moore's new book, "Our Nation's Capital: Pro Bono Publico Ideas."

by Fred A. Bernstein

December 14, 2017

Pavilion near the National Building Museum to house a Panorama of Washington, DC.
(©Arthur Cotton Moore)

Time for Jazzing Up Architectural Imagination?

A monumental catalogue of a great exhibition architects need more than they may know - hurry to Cleveland if you missed it in Manhattan. Explore "The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s."

by Norman Weinstein

December 14, 2017

“The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s” cover: detail of “Muse with Violin Screen” (1930) by Paul Fehér (wrought iron, brass; silver and gold plating).
(© Rose Iron Works Collections, LLC (full credits at end of article))
One-on-One: "I Don't Have Any Competitors Because My Projects Are Unique": Interview with Zhang Hua

The Tianjin, China-based architect talks about why architecture needs theory, fractal geometry, teaching, and how seeing a Gaudí for the first time made him cry.

by Vladimir Belogolovsky

December 8, 2017

Yu Qingcheng Gallery, Tianjin
(Zhang Hua)

"rise in the city" UPDATE #2: Online Benefit Auction Continues!

Just in time for the holidays (and only until December 15!), a cornucopia of creativity - there's something for everyone (including that difficult-to-shop-for friend, colleague, and relative - or yourself!).


November 30, 2017

Sarah Springer/Jacobs Architects: "We Are ALL Immigrants" (encaustic on cradled birch panel, 24" x  24")
(Sarah Springer/Jacobs Architects / rise)
Stormy Weather: Landscape Design Responses for a Changing Climate

As designers and engineers move forward to adapt communities to changing weather patterns, providing flood protection while integrating social and ecological benefits will generate value and multi-functional infrastructure.

by Steve Albert, PE, CFM, Josiah Cain, ASLA, Prentiss Darden, MLA, and Jim Remlin, PE, LEED AP

November 9, 2017

Mirabeau Water Garden, New Orleans (Waggonner & Ball): A key building block of the larger Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, Living With Water.
(Waggonner & Ball)

From the Treetops #2: Sacramento Riverfront Development Brings New Life to an Overlooked Part of River City

There is a laundry-list of possibilities for creating those oh-so important physical and the more elusive perceived connections to our urban waterfront. Critical to the success of riverfront development: access, activation, and awareness.

by Jason A. Silva, AIA, LEED AP

November 2, 2017

From the treetops
((c) Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture)
Left Coast Reflections #3: The Wall

The wall may never be built, but the real damage the Trump Administration is likely to inflict on the built environment will have lasting consequences.

by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

October 26, 2017

Left Coast Reflections
(Courtney Broaddus)

"rise in the city" UPDATE: Top 10 Artists Announced for the Inaugural Fundraiser in New York City on October 25

Lesotho, Africa, comes to NYC through art created and donated by architects, designers, artists, and sponsors from around the world.


October 19, 2017

Wendy Evans Joseph with Elnaz Rafati, Studio Joseph: "Shared Fabric" (digital image printed on fabric, 28" x 28")
(Studio Joseph / rise)
Apurva Bose Dutta: "Architectural Voices of India: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos"

The architectural journalist talks about how and why her first book came together, and highlights some of the thoughtful voices she encountered.

by Apurva Bose Dutta

October 12, 2017

“Architectural Voices of India: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos” by Apurva Bose Dutta
(Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

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