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Loud on the Outside, Quiet on the Inside: Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) by Grimshaw and Davis Brody Bond Aedas

Troy, NY: How do you "ground" a 221,200-square-foot building on a 30-degree slope? And how do you acoustically carve out grand venues that are designed for digital technology and electronic performance? Structural and MEP engineer Buro Happold explains.

 
by Craig M. Schwitter, P.E.

February 5, 2009

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; east entrance at the top of the hill
(Kristen Richards)
WORDS THAT BUILD: Faceting Architectural Communication

Tip #11: Effective communication evolves out of cross-reflective details.

 
by Norman Weinstein

February 3, 2009

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Community Building: Saratoga Avenue Community Center by George Ranalli, Architect

Brooklyn, New York: A new community center re-imagines public architecture and what civic buildings represent.

 
by ArchNewsNow

January 14, 2009

Saratoga Avenue Community Center: south (garden) elevation
(Paul Warchol)
WORDS THAT BUILD: Use Space Creatively When Designing Your Client Communications

Tip #10: Use paragraph spacing in writing and pauses in conversation to promote "out of the box" thinking.

 
by Norman Weinstein

January 8, 2009

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Best Architecture Books of 2008

10 tomes from the superior to the indispensable

 
by Norman Weinstein

December 17, 2008

Felix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist, by Maria E. Moreyra Garlock & David P.Billington
Traditional Brick: A Contemporary Solution at University of New Hampshire by Anshen+Allen

Durham, N.H.: New forms and expressions with traditional materials create a forward-looking contemporary building that expresses the engineering disciplines it houses.

 
by Gregory Hoadley

December 11, 2008

The contemporary renovation and addition transformed the formerly banal Kingsbury Hall.
(Esto/Anton Grassl)

WORDS THAT BUILD: Making Your Client's Contradictions Productive

Tip #9: Work with your clients' contradictions to discover possible solutions.

 
by Norman Weinstein

December 2, 2008

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WORDS THAT BUILD: Initiate Conversations with Designs that Engage Your Clients.

Tip #8: Write dialogues engaging materials and processes with clients.

 
by Norman Weinstein

November 4, 2008

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Field Notes from the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale - Part 2

The Giardini: "Experimental Architectures" offers a glimpse of 30 countries' current architectural debates and experiments.

 
by Terri Peters

October 31, 2008

Architect Junya Ishigami’s delicate hand drawn landscapes adorn the bare walls and 1:1 greenhouses make this one of the most impressive pavilions of this year’s show
(Terri Peters)
Field Notes from the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale - Part 1

The Arsenale: Betsky's eclectic curating and the polished and thoughtful presentations of the exhibitors make it a challenging, entertaining, and provocative show.

 
by Terri Peters

October 10, 2008

Droog’s Singletown looks a bit scary – strung up from the ceiling, gleaming life-size models hover, casting ominous shadows.
(Terri Peters)

WORDS THAT BUILD: Creating a Site Analysis That's Out of Sight

Tip #7: Write a site analysis using words referring to senses beyond sight.

 
by Norman Weinstein

October 8, 2008

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Book Review: You've Got to Draw the Line Somewhere: A review of Drafting Culture: a Social History of Architectural Graphic Standards by George Barnett Johnston

 
by Norman Weinstein

September 30, 2008



A Treasure Reborn: The Currier Museum of Art by Ann Beha Architects

Manchester, New Hampshire: An important cultural resource reopens its doors after a thoughtful renovation and expansion.

 
by ArchNewsNow

September 23, 2008

The Currier Museum of Art: new north entrance highlights Mark di Suvero’s “Origins”; the all-glass north façade unites the 1980s additions
(Jonathan Hillyer)
WORDS THAT BUILD: Learning How to Persuade Through Learning Variations on a Theme

Tip #6: Master a communications tool that generates copious variations on your theme.

 
by Norman Weinstein

September 5, 2008

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INSIGHT: Failing to Protect: Three Actions Our Leaders Must Take in Order to Save America's Crumbling Infrastructure

Miles of Midwest land under 10 feet of water, a major bridge collapsing to the ground, a flood-ravaged New Orleans - these are all images we won't soon forget. But how can we keep history from repeating itself yet again?

 
by Barry B. LePatner

August 28, 2008

I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis
(National Transportation Safety Board)
Book Review: "NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith," edited by Franklin Sirmans: Sharpen your pencils - and get ready to do a NeoHooDoo shimmy

This audacious book is a welcome reminder that no term in contemporary architectural design is as taboo as "vernacular spiritual."

 
by Norman Weinstein

August 26, 2008



Design by the Bushel: San Francisco design firms work fast to bring Slow Food Nation '08 to the city's front door, August 29 to September 1

 
by ArchNewsNow

August 25, 2008

Jensen Architects: Slow Food Nation Welcome Pavilion at the Civic Center
Green and Graceful: Sunset Community Centre by Bing Thom Architects

Vancouver, British Columbia: A new community center is now the focal point of culturally diverse neighborhood, both civically and architecturally.

 
by ArchNewsNow

August 21, 2008

Sunset Community Centre: east entrance
(Bob Matheson)

WORDS THAT BUILD: Respecting Key Words as Materials for Building Durable Structures

Tip #5: Recognize the key vocabulary shaping your professional practice and share those keywords with your clients.

 
by Norman Weinstein

August 5, 2008

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Classic Nuance: Simon Hall at Indiana University by Flad Architects

A new research facility fits harmoniously with neighboring historic campus structures.

 
by Gregory Hoadley

July 18, 2008

Simon Hall at Indiana University
(Chris Barrett@Hedrich Blessing)


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