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Book Review: "Saint John's Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space," by Victoria M. Young

A history of the making of a contemporary sacred architectural masterpiece transcends its subject and becomes a broadly applicable study of peerless client-architect communication.

 
by Norman Weinstein

December 19, 2014


(University of Minnesota Press)
Nuts + Bolts #10: Charting a Course from Career Bewilderment to Career Betterment

Be curious, be adventurous and, when necessary, be assertive.

 
by Stanley Stark, FAIA, LEED AP

December 5, 2014


(Johnathan Ward)

Op-Ed: Top of the Heap

Since 1931, the Empire State Building has been New York City's GPS, but with a spate of supertalls obscuring the building, it could become hard to tell Manhattan from Kowloon or Pudong or Shinjuku or Canary Wharf.

 
by Fred A. Bernstein

November 21, 2014


(Kristen Richards)
Spaceship Lucas Lands in Chicago

Given the civic importance of the site, it's difficult to imagine how this vision for "Chicago 2020" won't stir up a lot of very vocal opposition to it. And rightly so.

 
by Martin C. Pedersen

November 6, 2014

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, conceptual rendering
(© MAD Architects)

New York Falls in Love with Gaudí's Complexity

A school of architecture displays the Sagrada Familia as a collective masterwork.

 
by Vicente Jiménez, El País; translated by Prof. Lisa Paravisini-Gebert

October 31, 2014

Views of “Sagrada Família - Gaudí's Unfinished Masterpiece” at CCNY Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, New York City, on view through May 15, 2015
(Gordon Gebert)
Why the Starchitect Debate isn't "Stupid"

Starchitecture is just a symptom of a much bigger problem in the profession.

 
by Michael J. Crosbie

October 10, 2014

(l-r): Foster, Zumthor, Diller, Gehry, Libeskind, Koolhaas, Hadid.
(Dr. Imdat As)

What Does Recovery Look Like?

The current recovery efforts in Japan following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami draws many parallels to our post-Sandy conditions in the Northeast U.S., and should temper our expectations and help illuminate realities of our road ahead. Do they have the answers we seek?

 
by Illya Azaroff, AIA

September 26, 2014

Artist Nishiko’s visualization of the height of waves from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Seawalls are being proposed across the region to meet these heights (up to approximately 65 feet).
(Nishiko)
INSIGHT: When to Remember Not to Renovate

The story of the Berkeley South Branch Library is a case study of when a Midcentury Modern building is arguably best remembered and respected through photographic and historic archives rather than reuse.

 
by Avery Taylor Moore, AIA, Field Paoli Architects

September 5, 2014

Berkeley South Branch Library: 1961 photo of the original library interior.
(Karl H. Riek, courtesy of the Berkeley Public Library)

Avoiding the Greenwash

Don't be swayed by eco-friendly claims. Questions to ask, and resources for answers, to help select products that will best meet green projects' - and the planet's - sustainability needs.

 
by Cameron Forte

August 27, 2014


(Kristen Richards)
Nuts + Bolts #9: The 80/20 Architect: How to Spend Wisely by Investing in Your Clients

Focusing on your top clients can increase your confidence, stability, and profitability.

 
by Steve Whitehorn

August 21, 2014


(Johnathan Ward)

Sociologists Rather than Signature Architects: Q&A with Behnisch Architekten Partners

They pull no punches in discussing the challenges of urban planning, the differences working in Europe and the U.S., architects' social and ethical responsibilities, and what their dream projects would be.

 
by Alexander Gutzmer

July 31, 2014

Unilever Headquarters, Hamburg, Germany: Southwest view from the Strandkai district of the surrounding waters and parks of HafenCity.
(Adam Mørk)
The Great Compilation: 14th International Exhibition of Architecture di la Biennale di Venezia

Rem Koolhaas has irrevocably changed the Venice Biennale's focus away from starchitects to architecture itself. Indeed, I left impressed and invigorated, but curious as to what might follow.

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

July 17, 2014

“Elements of Architecture”
(Johannes M.P. Knoops)

Notes from the Giardini - La Biennale di Venezia 2014

"Fundamentals" is certainly not the typical way one would think of displaying architecture.

 
by Terri Peters

June 24, 2014

Austria: “Plenum: Places of Power” presents roof-plans models of national parliament buildings around the world.
(Terri Peters)
One-on-One: A Cult of Objectivity: Interview with Massimo Vignelli

A conversation at Vignelli's home in Manhattan in 2012 is infused with his sincerity, wisdom, and, of course, his sense of style.

 
by Vladimir Belogolovsky

June 2, 2014

Vignelli Red Book
(©Vignelli Associates)

INSIGHT: Anonymous Cities: The Erosion of Urban Identity

If we embrace the special characteristics of our American cities, we could begin to construct new projects that enhance the sense of place within the distinctly different urban settings that still exist.

 
by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

May 21, 2014

The urban ditch of I-95 is responsible for noise pollution and reduced property values in the Bronx, New York.
(Bing maps)
Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning?

Why the criticism that crowdsourcing design sites like Arcbazar are taking jobs away from architects doesn't wash.

 
by Michael J. Crosbie

April 8, 2014


(arcbazar)

Drawing an Elegant Conclusion: Menil Drawing Institute by Johnston Marklee

Houston: In the somewhat arbitrary hierarchy of fine art media, where painting is king, drawing is often considered less valuable. The new MDI elevates the medium by providing a distinguished, respectful home.

 
by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA

April 2, 2014

The Menil Drawing Institute, south façade
(Courtesy of Johnston Marklee/The Menil Collection)
Opening a New Chapter on Designing Public Libraries

Why Robert Dawson's photographic essay on the public library plays it safe by looking back when architects need to scan an emerging horizon.

 
by Norman Weinstein

March 26, 2014

Ann Hamilton Studio’s 7,200-square-foot maple flooring design in the Seattle Public Library includes 1,543 sentences in books published in 11 languages.
(Carmen Montoya)

Magnusson Architecture and Planning: Looking back at the last 30 years and toward the future

 
by ArchNewsNow

March 13, 2014

Magnusson Architecture and Planning’s two new buildings along Main Street in the Village of Spring Valley, NY, include retail and senior and family housing above, and are contributing to a downtown revitalization.
(Ari Burling Photography)
Informed by Learning: Interview with Joe Valerio and Randy Mattheis of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates about education for the future at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

"We wanted to dive deeply into the culture of the school and understand its core values, so one of the first things we did was to participate in its daily life."

 
by ArchNewsNow

February 19, 2014

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Earl Shapiro Hall: The library hovers over the entrance, a powerful symbol of books and the history of knowledge, floating over a glassy lobby space welcoming all to a place of learning.
(© Barbara Karant)


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