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INSIGHT: Iconicity: Finding Your Voice in a Changing World

Iconicity taps into the deeper emotional needs of consumers through experiential, implicit signals that transcend the more rational elements of price and convenience.

 
by Kenneth Nisch

August 22, 2006

Iconicity is Personality: Does your point of view and vision communicate a distinctive position? (Spencer’s)
(JGA)
Fine Tuning: Utah State University Performance Hall by Sasaki Associates

Logan, Utah: Inspired by the surrounding mountains, a new building establishes a campus arts precinct that bridges the town/gown divide.

 
by ArchNewsNow

August 8, 2006

Utah State University’s new Performance Hall takes its inspiration from the surrounding mountains
(Robert Benson Photography)

Northwest Expansion: The Portland Art Museum by Ann Beha Architects and SERA Architects

Portland, Oregon: Sensitive historic restoration combined with contemporary design expands a museum into a dynamic new art center.

 
by ArchNewsNow

August 1, 2006

Portland Art Museum
(P. Vanderwarker)
"G" is for Genome (and Green): Terrence Donnelly Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Research by architectsAlliance and Behnisch Architekten

Toronto, Canada: A new campus building is a symbolic and physical bridge between an academic community and the city.

 
by ArchNewsNow

July 19, 2006

Terrence Donnelly Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Research: painted colored walls enliven the building after dark.
(Tom Arban)

Reference This

Two views on trends in public and academic libraries

 
by Kenneth Caldwell

June 27, 2006

Field Paoli: Almaden Library & Community Center, San Jose: The new lobby features a custom glass sphere by artist Ray King.
(Ray King)
So Tall: International High-Rise Prize 2006 Goes to Barcelona's Torre Agbar by Jean Nouvel

Commendations to: Calatrava; Delugan Meissl Architects; mecanoo architecten; and Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop

 
by ArchNewsNow

May 22, 2006

Ateliers Jean Nouvel: Torre Agbar, Barcelona
(Philippe Ruault)

INSIGHT: Public/Private Space & Yonge-Dundas Square

Toronto: Pubic/private-sector collaboration and a shared vision deliver CPR to a once-blighted square, and offers a lesson in successfully blurring the lines between the two.

 
by Effie Bouras, Assoc. AIA

April 27, 2006

Yonge-Dundas Square: please touch
(Courtesy City of Toronto- media services)
Green Engineering: Northwestern University Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center by Davis Brody Bond

Evanston, Illinois: Engineering and design education now cross traditional departmental boundaries in a light-filled, LEED Silver campus building.

 
by ArchNewsNow

March 28, 2006

Northwestern University Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center: Sheridan Road façade with structurally glazed curtain wall and limestone
(Neil Alexander Photography)

Op-Ed: Cyclone Larry: Building After the Event

North Queensland, Australia: Post-cyclone, northern Queensland has a major opportunity to rebuild for a changing climate.

 
by Tony Fry

March 24, 2006

Innisfail: Hundreds of houses have been destroyed by the cyclone
(ABC TV)
Second Look: Pavilion and Colonnade Apartments by Mies van der Rohe, 1960

Newark, NJ: Current news about "starchitects" designing high-rise housing in New York is at an all-time high, but Mies did it across the Hudson River 46 years ago.

 
by Fred Bernstein

March 14, 2006

Detail: Pavilion Apartments south tower
(Fred Bernstein)

Green Design as Great Design: The Architecture of Sustainability

A design competition and conference seek to merge technical ingenuity and compelling design.

 
by Kyle Copas

February 28, 2006

Will Bruder Architects: Loloma 5 Residence, Scottsdale, AZ
(Will Bruder Architects)
Symbol and Celebration: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture by The Freelon Group and RTKL

Baltimore, Maryland: Modern design, vibrant colors, and symbolic interior elements help create a new cultural destination in the city's Inner Harbor and museum district.

 
by ArchNewsNow

February 15, 2006

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture: view from Pratt Street on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor; the red wall slices through the façade at the entryway and dissects the interior space
(James West / JWestProductions.com)

Good Neighbor: Hyde Park Miriam Matthews Branch Library by Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture

Los Angeles: A new library adds to the revitalization of a once riot-torn community.

 
by ArchNewsNow

January 31, 2006

At dusk, Hyde Park Miriam Matthews Branch Library animates the Florence Avenue streetscape in South Los Angeles
(Benny Chan)
INSIGHT: Condos Breathe New Life into Old Offices

Historic office buildings are increasingly being reinvented as condominiums in CBDs (central business districts) across the country.

 
by Mark Harbick, AIA

November 29, 2005

333 Grant Avenue, San Francisco (Coxhead and Coxhead, 1908): a landmark phone company building converted to residential condominiums in the city’s central business district –  Huntsman Architectural Group
(David Wakely)

High Tech High-Los Angeles by Berliner and Associates, Architecture

Van Nuys, California: A new charter school is an incubator for new ideas and new approaches to learning - and teaching - technology.

 
by ArchNewsNow

November 4, 2005

Bright colors and bold signage create a distinct identity for High Tech High-LA.
(Tom Bonner)
Second Look: Tracey Towers by Paul Rudolph, 1972

Bronx, NY: How did Rudolph, a restless and challenging architectural mind, end up doing subsidized housing in the Bronx?

 
by Fred Bernstein

October 13, 2005

Tracey Towers
(Fred Bernstein)

INSIGHT: Vancouverism vs. Lower Manhattanism: Shaping the High Density City

 
by Trevor Boddy, Architecture Critic, The Vancouver Sun

September 20, 2005

Lower Manhattanism Catalyzed by Liberty Bonds: The Verdisian, 211 East End Avenue, Battery Park City, New York. Dieguez Fridman/Architectos, Cesar Pelli & Associates
INSIGHT: Downtown Vancouver's Last Resort: How Did "Living First" Become "Condos Only?"

 
by Trevor Boddy

August 11, 2005

Vancouver
(Courtesy City of Vancouver Planning Department)

INSIGHT: Old Governor's Mansion: Turning a House into a Public Building

Milledgeville, Georgia: A preservation architect explains how HVAC systems were integrated and life safety codes addressed without destroying the historic fabric of a National Historic Landmark.

 
by Susan Turner, AIA

August 9, 2005

Old Governor’s Mansion restored rotunda
(© Jonathan Hillyer)
Rethinking Form and Function: Swarthmore College Unified Science Center by Einhorn Yaffee Prescott and Helfand Architecture

Swarthmore, PA: A "green" science center becomes an intellectual and social magnet for an entire campus.

 
by ArchNewsNow

July 19, 2005

Swarthmore College Unified Science Center: Commons interior with fritted glass panels
(Jeff Goldberg/Esto)


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