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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)

Architects EAT Melbourne

How things are panning out on Melbourne's burgeoning skyline is questionable. But in the shadow of those weird towers, firms like Architects EAT are doing work that is subtle, refined, location-appropriate, and very beautiful.

by Jonathan Lerner

August 20, 2013

Pulse Apartments: “Stacking Mies” repeats a photo of Mies van der Rohe turned sideways, which roughly duplicates the pattern of the buildings’ façades.
(Architects EAT)
The Blob That Could Eat Los Angeles

The history of our ill-fated Los Angeles County Museum of Art is told in "The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA": I'm a fan of Zumthor, but this building could be cool almost anywhere else.

by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA

August 8, 2013

Peter Zumthor’s proposed new LACMA scheme dwarfs the surrounding context.
(©2013 Museum Associates/LACMA)

Nuts + Bolts #5: Why Mid-Sized Design Firms Should Hire a Director of Operations

Hiring a DOO has the potential to significantly increase revenues while creating an environment where designers design, not manage!

by Michael Bernard, AIA, and Mary Breuer

August 6, 2013

(Johnathan Ward)
A Conversation with Gordon Young, Author of "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City"

Place is not always the result of the work of well-intended design professionals.

by Kenneth Caldwell

July 12, 2013

Saarinen's TWA Terminal Revisited

It was great to move once again within this swooping, multi-level building with its sunken lounges, suspended bridges, and shallow steps that invite gliding rather than climbing (and that tile work!).

by Janet Adams Strong, Ph.D.

July 9, 2013

Eero Saarinen’s TWA terminal (1962) at Kennedy Airport
(Janet Adams Strong)
Krier Answers Weinstein's Questions (and then some!)

Dear Mr. Weinstein: Thank you for mentioning my Speer reprint. I will respond gladly to your questions if you respond to my "pointed" questions.

by ArchNewsNow

July 2, 2013

(left): Le Corbusier Ville pour 3 million d'habitants, 1922, from Oeuvre completes 1910-1929, combined with Le Corbusier Plan voisin for Paris, 1922; figure ground plan from Beziehungen by Tomas Valena, Ernst and Sohn, Berlin, 1994; (center): Le Corbusier La ville Radieuse, 1933, from La ville Radieuse, 1933; (right): From Albert Speer: Architecture 1932-42, ed. Leon Krier, AAM Editions, 1985, Reprint Monacelli, 2013.
(Courtesy of Leon Krier)

Review: "False Solution" by Oren Safdie

Safdie's third in a series of plays about architects and architecture makes its world premiere at La MaMa in Manhattan (only a few days left to see it!).

by Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA

June 25, 2013

(Courtesy of Oren Safdie)
Op-Ed: Some Pointed Architectural Queries for Three Connoisseurs of Albert Speer's Monumental Classicism on the Occasion of the Re-publication of "Albert Speer: Architecture 1932-1942" by Leon Krier

by Norman Weinstein

June 18, 2013

Nuts + Bolts #4: Spring into Growth Mode: Organize Your Process to Maximize Your Potential

Internal organization, clearly defined workflows, and a focused approach to the things you do best will put you on the right track to long-term growth.

by Steve Whitehorn

May 15, 2013

(Johnathan Ward)
Overdrive: L.A.'s Future is Present in its Past

Simultaneously hopeful and wistful, The Getty Museum's exhibition is about the evolution of a modern city seen through its architecture, confirming the truly layered nature of Los Angeles.

by Julie D. Taylor

April 19, 2013

LAX Theme Building by Pereira & Luckman, Welton Becket & Associates, and Paul R. Williams, 1958.
(©Luckman Salas O’Brien; Alan E. Leib Collection)

Book Review: "Original Copies, Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China" by Bianca Bosker

A must-have for those who wish to see a design phenomenon and trend explained in a clear and concise manner without the pretentious tribal signifiers that so plague academic writers.

by Christian Bjone

April 4, 2013

Nuts + Bolts #3: Focus on the Future: Keys to Steady Growth in a Slow Recovery

Business forecasts are looking brighter, but steady, measured growth is still your best strategy for success.

by Steve Whitehorn

April 2, 2013

(Johnathan Ward)

Preservation Alert: P.S. 199, by Edward Durell Stone (1963)

The public school on Manhattan's Upper West Side could be facing demolition if a developer takes up New York City's offer to sell the site.

by Fred A. Bernstein

March 22, 2013

P.S. 199 entrance
(Fred A. Bernstein)
Architects Opposing Prisons Gain Support

AIASF and international groups endorse human rights changes to AIA Code of Ethics.

by Raphael Sperry, AIA

March 7, 2013

A child's drawing of a holiday wish at the end of 2012 that the supermax prison in Tamms, IL, that housed his father be demolished when the prison was closed in early January 2013.
(Courtesy Tamms Year Ten committee)

Nuts + Bolts #2: You Can't SELL If You Can't TELL

You talk all the time but are you communicating clearly? Use your words effectively to build your influence.

by Tami D. Hausman, Ph.D.

February 26, 2013

(Johnathan Ward)
How an Architect Stole the Stockholm Furniture Show

Gert Wingårdh's architectural folly proves the extraordinary power of architecture, even when a building lasts just four days.

by Linda Hales

February 19, 2013

Gert Wingårdh’s “Hello!” pavilion was a paper Pantheon to communication.
(Linda Hales)

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