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Resurrection: Architecture Rebuilds Community Connections in Memphis

The site of a dying mall is reinvented with an assembly of public buildings and activities designed to create a critical mass of vibrancy and social cohesion.

by Tom Marshall, AIA, LEED AP

February 18, 2021

The Raleigh Springs Civic Center, which includes a public library (left), a police station (right), and a 15-acre man-made lake, replaced the 45-year-old Raleigh Springs Mall that had dwindled from more than 190 occupants to only three.
(Jeffrey Jacobs)
The Architecture of Public Buildings

The aspirations of a program that encourages good design should not be expressed in terms of style. The key difference between good and bad architecture is quality, not whether the structure is clad in rusticated limestone or perforated titanium.

by Samuel G. White, FAIA

January 28, 2021

Chanel 57th Street, as originally designed by Platt Byard Dovell: The fashion house’s flagship in New York City honors the Classical tradition while being indisputably contemporary; it also honors the street.
(Courtesy PBDW Architects)

Nature of Order #3: Nos. 9-15 of Christopher Alexander's 15 Fundamental Properties of Wholeness

In contrast with the first eight, something feels more primal and elemental in these properties.

by Dave Hora

January 14, 2021

A small center
(Dave Hora)
Consider the Place

The idea of place is a much freer, more far reaching, and potentially more inspiring understanding of setting than one that simply extols the virtues of contextual design.

by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

December 17, 2020

The Long Meadow at Prospect Park in Brooklyn
(Prospect Park Alliance)

Trahan Architects and Spackman Mossop Michaels reveal their design for the renewal of Luther George Park in downtown Springdale, Arkansas

The project is made possible by a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation in conjunction with its Design Excellence Program.


December 16, 2020

Arching over Luther George Park's Central Plaza, the Performance Pavilion fosters a journey between downtown Springdale, Arkansas, and the active edge of Spring Creek.
(Eleven Visualisation; Courtesy of Trahan Architects)
Predicting the Unpredictable - 2021 Workplace Trends

Several emerging trends will improve our ability to navigate the future with employee health and wellness in mind.

by Turan Duda, FAIA & Jeffrey Paine, FAIA

December 15, 2020

For the 19-story Ikon Tower in Monterrey, Mexico, reconfigured floor layouts allow two-story gardens to rise throughout the [how many stories?] building.
(topsidefront visual artists)

Nature of Order #2: The First Eight of Christopher Alexander's 15 Fundamental Properties of Wholeness

These are properties that describe how centers work together to produce life in a given scope of the structural fabric we inhabit, the wholeness.

by Dave Hora

December 3, 2020

A small center.
(Dave Hora)
Patrick MacLeamy: The Pyramid Strategy

In this excerpt from his new book, "Designing a World-Class Architecture Firm: The People, Stories, and Strategies Behind HOK," the former HOK CEO contends that just as buildings need strong foundations, companies on firm footing stand a better chance of long-term success.

by Patrick MacLeamy

November 19, 2020

"Designing a World-Class Architecture Firm: The People, Stories, and Strategies Behind HOK"

Amid Social & Economic Uncertainties, Major Public Art Welcomes & Elevates

Tripling value of 1% for Art: Merging of art, architecture, and client mission

by Gordon Huether

November 12, 2020

All images: Installations at the Salt Lake City International Airport by Gordon Huether Studio; shown here: “The Canyon”
(Stuart Ruckman)
Building for the Next Generation #1: Covid-19 and a New Era for Public Spaces

With the right strategy and balance of accessibility, safety, and sustainability, the public realm can play an important role in smoothing the transition from lockdown to normality.

by Richard Hyams

November 5, 2020

Ebury Bridge Estate regeneration project, Westminster, London

Nature of Order #1: Christopher Alexander's work and its importance in shaping a healthy, living world

There is an undercurrent of the idea that architecture, when carried out with processes that Alexander presents in "The Nature of Order," can indeed lead to a more whole and humane society.

by Dave Hora

October 29, 2020

"The Nature of Order, Book 1: The Phenomenon of Life" by Christopher Alexander
(Dave Hora)
"Stanford White in Detail" by Samuel G. White; photographs by Jonathan Wallen

A rich presentation of the sensual and scenographic effects created by the legendary architect. For White, every surface was an opportunity, and few opportunities were neglected.

by Samuel G. White, FAIA, LEED AP

October 15, 2020

“Stanford White in Detail” by Samuel G. White; photographs by Jonathan Wallen; The Monacelli Press, October 2020
(The Monacelli Press)

RISE IN THE CITY 2020 Launches: Building Africa's Future Through Enterprise

Grow your business and help hundreds of vulnerable youth start theirs, with "rise in the city," a virtual networking and mentoring initiative.

by Daniela Gusman, Founder, rise in the city

September 24, 2020

rise in the city: Building Africa’s future through enterprise
(rise in the city)
INSIGHT: Design's Impact on Mental Health on Campus: A Well State of Mind

Designing for mental health requires architects to prioritize the student experience by providing privacy, community, and comfort in their built environments.

by Turan Duda, FAIA & Jeffrey Paine, FAIA

September 17, 2020

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina: At Duke Integrative Medicine, indoor and outdoor elements merge to create a holistic and mindful experience for users.
(Robert Benson Photography)

Health and Safety in Urban Housing

RKTB’s Infill Housing Prototype offers a model for developing affordable urban housing on a neighborhood scale, and that also addresses health and safety measures.

by Carmi Bee, FAIA

August 27, 2020

Msgr. Anthony J. Barretta Apartments, Brooklyn, NY
(Ronald J. Glassman ©RKTB)
The Role of Buildings in Combating COVID-19

As information on how to address the potential spread of COVID-19 via airborne aerosol emissions is hard to find, contradictory, and minimal at best, a group of industry leaders launch a petition to the World Health Organization to work with built environment experts to develop much-needed indoor environment guidance.

by Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED Fellow & Joyce Lee, FAIA, WELL AP, LEED Fellow

August 20, 2020

Ng Teng Fong General Hospital by HOK (COTE Top Ten Award winner, 2017): 70% of the facility is naturally ventilated, and provides every patient with an adjacent operable window. The building uses 38% less energy than a typical Singaporean hospital, and 69% less than a typical U.S. hospital.

Additions to Historic Buildings: The Legacy of Paul Spencer Byard

The author of "The Architecture of Additions," published 20 years ago, proposed parameters for evaluating additions to historic buildings - more timely than ever considering the proposed Executive Order mandating classical architecture for federal buildings.

by Samuel G. White, FAIA

July 30, 2020

1. Proposed addition to the Federal Reserve Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Image courtesy of Fortus)
Lesson Plan #10: Life in Ornament

Throughout history, ornament has been used to transform the built environment into a friendlier and more empathetic place. Not to teach this higher role means to not value part of our centuries-old cultural history.

by Miguel Córdova-Ramírez

July 23, 2020

Sensitive architectural education with intellectual weight reflects adaptive architecture that evolved along with humanity itself.
(Nikos A. Salingaros)

Left Coast Reflections #7: Plague 2.0

Architects, for the most part, are idealists but have little power to affect change beyond altering the built environment one building at a time. What does COVID-19 portend when economic growth is driven by "greed-ocracy."

by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

July 9, 2020

Left Coast Reflections
(Courtney Broaddus)
The New Norm, Part 2: Finances

Recommendations and mandates to fight the Covid-19 pandemic impacted architectural practices immediately. The operational changes have financial consequences.

by Peter Piven, FAIA

June 25, 2020

Peter Piven's own work space, suitably sequestered.
(Peter Piven)

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