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A Meditation on the Beauty of Zaha Hadid's Door Handle

Hadid's design issues a challenge: define beauty by lyrically playing with illusion.

by Norman Weinstein

October 28, 2010

ZH Door Handles, designed by Zaha Hadid with Woody K.T.Yao for Valli & Valli
(© Courtesy of Valli & Valli)
Book Review: The Architecture of Patterns, by Paul Andersen and David Salomon

A new book considers how the Modernist adage "form follows function" has stuck around in a whole new guise.

by Ann Lui

October 28, 2010

Book Review: "Architecture and Beauty: Conversations with Architects about a Troubled Relationship": Yael Reisner exuberantly interviews architects about beauty

Any of you architects seen Mr. Keats Lately?

by Norman Weinstein

October 12, 2010

Flex Space: AECOM Design + Planning Office by Michielli + Wyetzner Architects

The global firm gets a New York office that's as flexible as its corporate style - and LEED Gold to boot.

by ArchNewsNow

October 7, 2010

The skylit, multi-use conference room with sliding glass panels mounted with display boards in AECOM’s NYC office
(Alex Severin/Razum Media)

One-on-One: The Art of Ennobling Communities: Interview with Sara Caples and Everardo Jefferson

These architects have proven time and time again that architecture can transform reality and change attitudes.

by Vladimir Belogolovsky

August 24, 2010

Queens Theater in the Park, Queens, New York, 2002-2010
(Nic Lehoux for Caples Jefferson Architects)
INSIGHT: Save What's Left: Architects as Stewards of Our Planet

We need to develop a new design culture of responsibility, one that seeks in every instance to do as little damage as possible to natural systems.

by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

August 19, 2010

(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Why "Greatest Hits" Lists by Architecture's Stars Should Be Mocked

Transferring the musical or cinematic "greatest hits" list mind-set to architecture is deleterious, and here's why.

by Norman Weinstein

August 12, 2010

Veni, Vidi, Vici: Museo MAXXI by Zaha Hadid Architects

Rome, Italy: The ancient city's newest museum is a reminder that here is a woman at the top of the field - and a testament to the fact that women build, and build well.

by Ann Lui

July 19, 2010

MAXXI by Zaha Hadid Architects
(R. Galass, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI)

Barry Elbasani, FAIA, 1941-2010: A recent conversation with the gruff optimist and realistic urbanist about his history, inspirations, and aspirations.

The architect known for plans and buildings that revitalized American cities passed away last week at 69.

by Kenneth Caldwell

July 9, 2010

ELS founders Barry Elbasani (far right), Donn Logan, and Michael Severin in 1967, after finding out they had won the Broome County Competition.
Proper English, as in "Crikey, It's the Loo!"

What in the Sam Hill are lippings, we beseeched? Answer: trim. Conversely, our colleagues from across the pond were anxious to know who, precisely, Mr. Sam Hill would be.

by Jim Coan

July 2, 2010

Preliminary draft of UK-US glossary
(Centerbrook Architects)

Small Firm, Global Practice: An Interview with Jim Goring and Andre Straja of Goring & Straja Architects

How they manage an international practice as a small firm.

by ArchNewsNow

June 29, 2010

Tiffany store, Milan
(Goring & Straja Studio, Milan)
Book Review: Shedding Light on Concrete: Tadao Ando: Complete Works 1975-2010 by Philip Jodidio

Photographic presentation of a poet of light and concrete triumphs over lackluster commentary.

by Norman Weinstein

June 8, 2010

Front cover image: House and Stables for Tom Ford and Richard Buckley, North Galisteo, New Mexico
(Guido Mocafico)

Move the Farnsworth House

Mies built the Farnsworth in spitting distance of the mighty Fox River, and the house is paying a price for his hubris.

by Fred Bernstein

May 25, 2010

Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe, 1951
(Fred Bernstein)
An Open Letter to Susan Szenasy re: Frank Gehry

by Fred A. Bernstein

May 17, 2010

CityCenter, Las Vegas
(Fred Bernstein)

Book Review: Sage Architectural Reflections from Architecture's "Athena": Denise Scott Brown's "Having Words" distills a lifetime of theorizing and practice into practical and succinct guidance for thriving through difficult times

Brown's occasional papers trace a trenchant trajectory of learning from Las Vegas to learning from everything.

by Norman Weinstein

April 27, 2010

Disappearing Act: North Carolina Museum of Art West Building by Thomas Phifer and Partners and Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

Raleigh, North Carolina: A new museum building strives to nearly disappear, deferring to the beauty of the artworks and the surrounding landscape.

by Lisa Delgado

April 21, 2010

Entrance to the North Carolina Museum of Art
(© Scott Frances / Courtesy North Carolina Museum of Art)

Power to the Past: Cannon Design Regional Offices at The Power House

St. Louis: A design firm transforms a 1928 city landmark to support its highly collaborative, team-oriented work approach that includes space that can be used by the community as well.

by ArchNewsNow

April 1, 2010

A 1929 coal-fired power station is now Cannon Design’s St. Louis office.
(Gayle Babcock/Architectural Imageworks)
Celebratory Meditations on SANAA Winning the Pritzker Prize

by Norman Weinstein

March 29, 2010

Glass Pavilion, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, 2006
(Hisao Suzuki, Courtesy of SANAA)

Book Review: Keeping the Architectural Profession Professional: "Architecture from the Outside In: Selected Essays by Robert Gutman" celebrates Gutman's legacy as invaluable outsider

Selected essays by a penetrating sociologist of architecture pose the kinds of tough-minded questions needed now to keep architectural professional on-track.

by Norman Weinstein

March 26, 2010

INSIGHT: Iconic Architecture in the Digital Age

New technologies are helping to transform architectural surfaces far beyond the traditional canons of architecture.

by Carlos Ferré

March 23, 2010

Five key elements to consider when evaluating digital media façade technology: transparency, weight, flexibility, durability, and energy efficiency.

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