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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

Market Research Strategies in Uncertain Times #2: Finding Leads

Finding leads that one can act on right away is a difficult task, especially during tough economic times, but these strategies can help.

by Frances Gretes

July 9, 2009

WORDS THAT BUILD: Faster! Deeper! Broader!

Tip #16: How to balance high-speed communication with in-depth communication.

by Norman Weinstein

July 1, 2009


A City's Artful Heart: Citygarden by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and studio|durham architects

St. Louis, Missouri: Two formerly vacant downtown blocks have been given new life as a serene urban oasis in the heart of the city.

by ArchNewsNow

June 30, 2009

Citygarden, St. Louis
(Gateway Foundation)
"Avenue of Light" as Urbanism: Soaring, illuminated sculptures by Cliff Garten Studio anchor major redevelopment efforts in the Ft. Worth's historic district

by ArchNewsNow

June 25, 2009

Avenue of Light, Ft. Worth, TX, by Cliff Garten Studio
(Kevin Buchanan, courtesy of Cliff Garten Studio)

Market Research Strategies in Uncertain Times

#1 - Now More Than Ever: Why market research is so critical to a firm's success.

by Frances Gretes

June 24, 2009

A Company of Generalists

An Interview with Joe Valerio of Valerio Dewalt Train

by ArchNewsNow

June 23, 2009

University of California San Diego student housing

Engaging Students in Smart-Building Design: Illinois Institute of Technology New Student Residence Halls by Dirk Denison Architects

Chicago: Performance-calibrated building design and student-centric spaces will give students control over their environment and generate performance data to be shared with university and architectural communities beyond the IIT campus.

by ArchNewsNow

June 11, 2009

Within the swells and swales landscape, approaching the student center
(Dirk Denison Architects)
Book Review: A Subversive Book Every Architect Needs: "Architect's Essentials of Negotiation" by Ava J. Abramowitz

Supposedly architects don't need negotiating skills along with other communication skills because great design "sells itself." How lovely that an AIA legal counsel created this definitive book to shatter that thin myth.

by Norman Weinstein

June 5, 2009

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