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The Big Chill: Leers Weinzapfel Associates' Chiller Plants Reinvent the Art of Infrastructure Work

Thoughtful analysis, ingenuity, and the ability to envision design opportunities create a unique exercise to "make something of beauty" in urban settings.

by Charles Linn, FAIA

February 22, 2012

University of Pennsylvania Mod 7 Chilled Water Plant, Philadelphia, PA: An elliptical metal screen wall encloses rectilinear glazed walls of the chiller plant building and truck turning areas.
(Peter Aaron/Esto)
INSIGHT: Bringing Art to the Streets without Breaking the Bank

An architect explains how he used innovative materials and a close-knit alliance of stakeholders to provide economical solutions to create an artful amenity for a city's public transit passengers.

by Walter Geiger, AIA, FARA

February 14, 2012

The “Cascade Series” bus shelters along Orlando’s International Drive
(© 2011 Walt Geiger Studios LLC, Raymond Martinot, photographer)

Book Review: How to be a Useful Architectural Critic: Alexandra Lange's Perspicacious Primer Points the Way

"Writing about Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities" - use it often and you'll never think of the word "critic" pejoratively again.

by Norman Weinstein

January 26, 2012

Good Deeds: Multi-Service Center South, St. Vincent de Paul Society, San Francisco

Q&A with Susie Jue, vice president of philanthropy for IIDA NC, about the Chapter's pro bono project to renovate the city's largest homeless shelter.

by Kenneth Caldwell

December 22, 2011

Multi-Service Center South: New paint palette and “inspirational words” provide calm and uplifting environment in the men’s sleeping area.
(© David Wakely)

Best Architecture Books of 2011

10 Books Sparking Creative Inspiration Plus Escapist Fare for Financially Fickle Times

by Norman Weinstein

December 16, 2011

One-on-One: We architects are politicians: Interview with Giancarlo Mazzanti

"Now is the time to think of how architecture can change the world. We architects can assume that role and make a real difference in how people live and behave."

by Vladimir Belogolovsky

December 13, 2011

España Library Park, Medellín, Colombia
(©Sergio Gomez)

INSIGHT: At the Intersection of Medicine, Technology, and Design: Hybrid Operating Rooms

Technology has enabled the transformation of classic operating rooms into dynamic, multi-purpose environments - requiring a new design approach for architects.

by Ross A. Cole, BAM Architecture Studio

December 6, 2011

Yale New Haven Hospital, Pediatric Cath Lab, Class C Operating Room
(Jim Fiora Studio)
Call for entries: ArchNewsNow / MOO Competition

If you could hand your business card to one person in the world, who would it be?

by ArchNewsNow

December 1, 2011

"Unbuilt Washington": The National Building Museum explores some breathtakingly beautiful and some simply bizarre proposals to shape - or re-shape - America's capital

From a pyramid honoring Abraham Lincoln and a Modernist Ponte Vecchio for the Washington Channel Bridge to height limits, two architect/curators discuss the eye-opening array of what-might-have-been architecture and urban design projects that would have made Washington, DC look very different today (and tomorrow).

November 22, 2011

Proposal for the Lincoln Memorial by John Russell Pope, 1912: Pope’s proposals for the Mall site tended toward the bizarre. This design for the western end of the Mall was a ziggurat surmounted by a standing statue of Lincoln. The Lincoln Memorial Commission awarded the project to his rival, Henry Bacon.
(National Archives, Washington, DC)
Michael Sorkin: Architectural Critic as Scam Scanner and Urban(e) Design Sage

Sorkin's "All Over the Map," a sprawling miscellany of recent essays on buildings and cities, a triumph of enlightened nay-saying and affirmation.

by Norman Weinstein

November 11, 2011

Mixing It Up with Elders: An Interview with Byron Kuth and Liz Ranieri

"In its current state, the senior living industry is all about isolating senior communities from the larger communities around them. We're proposing a very different social structure."

by ArchNewsNow

October 18, 2011

ECO-Commons axonometric illustrates how systems, site, and programming are intertwined.
(Kuth/Ranieri Architects)
You Survived Part 2: Mapping the Path to your Next Project and a More Predictable Workload

It is essential to establish a specific, easy, and brief Go/No Go decision process, allowing you to quickly determine where to invest limited marketing resources.

by Michael Bernard, AIA, and Nancy Kleppel, Assoc. AIA

October 4, 2011

(David R. Tribble)

When a Train Rumbles Past this Recording Studio, Nobody Hears It: SubCat Studios by Fiedler Marciano Architecture

Syracuse, NY: A downtown cultural redevelopment project has rapidly established itself as a catalyst to rebrand and revitalize the city's core by promoting a supportive environment for the arts within the downtown area.


September 30, 2011

The rear facade of 291 West features a perforated metal clad stair tower and glass enclosed lobby; the active train line can be seen on the left.
(Chris Cooper)
INSIGHT: Small-Scale Solution to Alternative Energy Resistance

Why the assumption that an industrial-scale response is required to produce green energy in the vast quantities required to power this country is wrong.

by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

September 27, 2011

Detail of the Student Center at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, with solar collectors on the roof. Peter Gisolfi, architect for the project, says that 15 percent of the electrical energy for the building is supplied by the sun, while the building itself consumes approximately 50 percent less energy than a typical code-compliant building.
(Robert Mintzes)

Book Review: Pencils that Refuse to Die: Meditations about New Books on Architectural Drawing

Three recent books dealing with architectural drawing by pencil you need to read: "Eleven Exercises in the Art of Architectural Drawing: Slow Food for the Architect's Imagination" by Marco Frascari; "The Architect's Sketchbook" by Will Jones; and "Robbie Cornelissen: The Capacious Memory" by Lex ter Braak and Edwin Jacobs

by Norman Weinstein

September 23, 2011

One-on-One: Architecture that leads to a point: Interview with Daniel Libeskind

"Every building, every city should have a story."

by Vladimir Belogolovsky

September 20, 2011

Memory Foundations, New York
(©Studio Daniel Libeskind)

Book Review: "One Million Acres & No Zoning": Lars Lerup's Outrageous Encomium to Houston Instructs and Infuriates

This isn't some dryly academic reconfiguration of trendy urban planning theory. I recommend it for the intrepid.

by Norman Weinstein

August 18, 2011

One-on-One: Architecture of Emotion and Place: Interview with Bartholomew Voorsanger, FAIA, MAIBC

The architect's aspiration to create expressive, dynamic spaces is absolutely the key to his work.

by Vladimir Belogolovsky

August 17, 2011

Canopy of Freedom, U.S. Freedom Pavilion, The National World War II Museum, New Orleans (under construction)
(©Voorsanger Architects PC)

Book Review: Talkin' 'Bout (Not) My Generation: Uplifting Gen X Architects Showcase Pragmatic Optimism

In "New York Dozen: Gen X Architects" by architect Michael J. Crosbie, the framing of each architectural firm is extraordinary.

by Norman Weinstein

July 29, 2011

"Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum": Bravura Example of an Architectural Documentary - Wright's Guggenheim Done Right

A look at great architecture as the product of the dance of the designer's intellect in an architectural film that doesn't miss a beat.

by Norman Weinstein

July 22, 2011

The star of “Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum”
(in-D media)

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