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INSIGHT: Redeveloping Downtown Pittsburgh - The Last 20 Years

Many factors have led to an interesting take on the traditional tension between central city decline, suburban competition, and revitalization efforts to bolster Downtown's primacy in the region's economy and identity.

by Michael A. Stern, ASLA, LEED AP

January 21, 2010

The 1998 Downtown Plan envisioned a new focus on the rivers
Beyond the Egg-crate Museum: Reflections on the Bloch Building

Q&A with Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Director/CEO Marc Wilson re: life at Steven Holl Architects' Bloch Building - three years after opening.

by Norman Weinstein

January 19, 2010

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Bloch Building
(Courtesy The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art)

Book Review: How to Make Versions of the Past Present: "Robert A.M. Stern Buildings and Projects 2004-2009"; Peter Morris Dixon, editor

Stern might just be "the squarest of the hip, and the hippest of the squares." That might also imply that he is one of the sanest and happiest people in the profession. For that and more, this book warrants our appreciative attention.

by Norman Weinstein

December 18, 2009

A Star is Reborn: Fox Oakland Theater and Oakland School for the Arts by Architectural Dimensions, ELS Architecture and Urban Design, and Starkweather Bondy Architecture

Oakland, California: A faded movie palace - and the surrounding neighborhood - gets a new lease on life.

by ArchNewsNow

December 10, 2009

The Fox Oakland opened in 1928
(David Wakely Photography)

Best Architecture Books of 2009

10 crucial volumes from the classic to the iconoclastic

by Norman Weinstein

December 9, 2009

“Urbanisms: Working With Doubt” by Steven Holl
WORDS THAT BUILD: Communicating Architectural Edges

Tip #21: Write about meaningful circulatory patterns of light by personifying the interplay of architecture and light.

by Norman Weinstein

December 3, 2009


WORDS THAT BUILD: Offer an Opening Statement That Frames a Broad Vista

Tip #20: The aim of an opening statement is to open a door to dialogue rather than to persuasively "hook" another into compliance with your message.

by Norman Weinstein

December 3, 2009

INSIGHT: Alignment: Sustainability and Historic Preservation

Retrofitting existing buildings is a vital strategy for significantly reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions globally. To many, it is THE strategy.

by Elaine Gallagher Adams, AIA, LEED AP

December 1, 2009

Book Review: "Gunnar Birkerts: Metaphoric Modernist" by Sven Birkerts and Martin Schwartz

A major architect in the history of Modernism finally receives recognition - and sundry asides about why Modernism never exited.

by Norman Weinstein

October 30, 2009

Gunnar Birkerts: Metaphoric Modernist
(Edition Axel Menges)
Market Research Strategies in Uncertain Times #4: Client Research - The Secret to Turning Prospects into Clients

If you carry on a dialog from an informed position, you will project confidence and immediately earn a position of trust.

by Frances Gretes

October 15, 2009

Eclectic Tech: Facebook Headquarters by Studio O+A

Palo Alto, California: Employees were hands-on in designing the new HQ for the social media giant - and not everything is "Facebook blue."

by ArchNewsNow

October 13, 2009

Facebook HQ façade
(César Rubio)
WORDS THAT BUILD: Communicate to Clients an Evolving Perspective Rather than a Fixed Clarity about Projects

Tip #19: Choose words and phrases that depict your architecture as a mysterious promise, as well as a known product.

by Norman Weinstein

October 7, 2009


Copenhagen Design Week 2009: The focus was firmly on the local and national design community - and environmental sustainability

Diverse offerings demonstrated that while classic, mid-century modern Danish design is inspiring, it's in the past; a new generation is looking towards sustainable and human-centered designs

by Terri Peters

September 24, 2009

“It’s A Small World”: the exhibition presented Danish architecture, design, and craft in the context of sustainability and globalization.
(Terri Peters)
Book Review: "Urban Design for an Urban Century: Placemaking for People," by Lance Jay Brown, David Dixon, and Oliver Gillham

To the credit of the erudite authors, their sketch of urban design brings levels of political, sociological, and architectural analysis together in a readable synthesis.

by Norman Weinstein

September 18, 2009

INSIGHT: Sustainability -- The Great Divide

Do we nationalize and centralize sustainable policies or do we individualize and decentralize them?

by Richard Carson

September 15, 2009

(University of Manitoba)
WORDS THAT BUILD: Introduce Words that "Float" into the Flow of Communications with Clients

Tip #18: Replace prescriptive words and phrases "etched in stone" with language reflecting a collaborative project in flux.

by Norman Weinstein

September 9, 2009


Market Research Strategies in Uncertain Times #3: Strategic Market Research - Preparing for the Rebound

Are you ready for the rebound? Whether you are a sole practitioner or principal in a large firm, now is the time to sketch out your blueprint of where you are and where you want to go. The mechanism for determining these positions is the strategic plan.

by Frances Gretes

September 2, 2009

WORDS THAT BUILD: Work with Clients to Develop Plans That Place Human/Spatial Relationships First

Tip #17: Shape dialogues with clients to catalyze designs promoting clear meanings of human relationships in proposed spaces.

by Norman Weinstein

August 4, 2009


HEAT Rises Down Under Despite the Economy:
Queensland's New Wave of Environmental Architects

by Debra Pickrel

July 30, 2009

Architectus: Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (2006), Brisbane
(John Gollings)
Book Review: "Everything Must Move: 15 Years at Rice School of Architecture 1994-2009"

There’s a Texas flood of architectural ideas that gives ample evidence of an architecture school that unsettles pat assumptions. Who could ask for anything more?

by Norman Weinstein

July 22, 2009

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