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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


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)

Nuts + Bolts #8: Best Friends Don't Make the Best Partners

For the successful partnership, it's all a matter of balance.

by Michael M. Samuelian, AIA, AICP

February 7, 2014

(Johnathan Ward)
What is "Quiet Design" and Why Should It Matter? Some Troubling Queries for Cathleen McGuigan and Sundry Fans of "Architectural Quietism"

Can great architecture be so subdued that we remain unconscious of even experiencing it as architecture?

by Norman Weinstein

January 24, 2014

Caravaggio's "The Cardsharps" (c. 1595) in the Kimbell Museum’s Piano Pavilion
(Lee Rosenbaum)

Lost in Space: Calori & Vanden-Eynden on the Positive Payoffs of Integrated EGD

Ever been lost in a building, feeling your stress level rise by the minute? If so, the lack of effective EGD - environmental graphic design - is very likely the culprit.

by Claire Wilson

January 10, 2014

New materials and lighting techniques add sparkle and color to the identification sign designed by Calori & Vanden-Eynden Design Consultants (C&VE) for the Ocean Financial Center in Singapore; architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.
(Tim Nolan)
One-on-One: Architecture is not exactly global: Interview with Orlando Garcia

The Colombian architect talks about how good architecture and urban design can reach the greatest number of ordinary people.

by Vladimir Belogolovsky

December 20, 2013

Fernando Botero Library Park façade study, Medellín, Colombia, 2011
(©Orlando Garcia)

Nuts + Bolts #7: Leveraging Your Passion

Principals already know what they love to do. It is learning to let go of the other, more mundane tasks that they find difficult.

by Steve Whitehorn

December 12, 2013

(Johnathan Ward)
INSIGHT: The Place of Architecture as an Art Form in the Changing Cultural Landscape

The fine arts today do not have the shared social purpose they once did. But the built environment is different. Architecture is a collective art form and a collective endeavor.

by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

December 4, 2013

New York City’s 5th Avenue, looking south to the Washington Square Arch, is architecturally coherent.
(Robert Mintzes)

It is always Friday afternoon in Dealey Plaza

An urban setting seared into the national consciousness.

by Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA

November 22, 2013

Dealey Plaza
(Dallas City Directory)
Nuts + Bolts #6: Changing Habits: The Secret to Successful Time Management

Some practical steps to make time for business development when you've been avoiding it or aren't sure how to fit it into your day-to-day practice.

by Donna Maltzan

October 24, 2013

(Johnathan Ward)

You Get Learning Units for This? A Weekend at the Monterey Design Conference

Dinners were better, breakfast was not, but the weather was stunning, and the AIACC did a great job recruiting regional, national, and international architects.

by Kenneth Caldwell

October 22, 2013

Asilomar’s Merrill Hall, designed by Julia Morgan
(Kenneth Caldwell)
Op-Ed: Which "Past" Should Architects Embrace and Why? Posing Alternatives to Architectural Nostalgia

Witold Rybczynski's "How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit" might be his most urbanely written and sensibly organized books - but his traditional definition of architecture’s past might be passé.

by Norman Weinstein

October 11, 2013

Book Review: "Never Built Los Angeles" by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin; foreword by Thom Mayne

The contradictions and challenges of Los Angeles as a metropolitan conceit of perpetual promise continue.

by Sam Hall Kaplan

September 20, 2013

Cover image: Pereira and Luckman, LAX original Plan, 1952
(Courtesy LAWA Flight Path Learning Center)
Monterey Design Conference: 1 Mile of Beach. 3 Days. 20 Speakers. 50 Hours. 100s of Conversations. 1,000s of Ideas

The Julia Morgan-designed Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA, will be abuzz at the biennial event September 27-29, 2013.

by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA

September 6, 2013

Pristine ocean view from the Asilomar Conference Grounds.
(John Scourkes)

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