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Best Architecture Books of 2008

10 tomes from the superior to the indispensable

by Norman Weinstein

December 17, 2008

Felix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist, by Maria E. Moreyra Garlock & David P.Billington
Traditional Brick: A Contemporary Solution at University of New Hampshire by Anshen+Allen

Durham, N.H.: New forms and expressions with traditional materials create a forward-looking contemporary building that expresses the engineering disciplines it houses.

by Gregory Hoadley

December 11, 2008

The contemporary renovation and addition transformed the formerly banal Kingsbury Hall.
(Esto/Anton Grassl)

WORDS THAT BUILD: Making Your Client's Contradictions Productive

Tip #9: Work with your clients' contradictions to discover possible solutions.

by Norman Weinstein

December 2, 2008

WORDS THAT BUILD: Initiate Conversations with Designs that Engage Your Clients.

Tip #8: Write dialogues engaging materials and processes with clients.

by Norman Weinstein

November 4, 2008


Field Notes from the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale - Part 2

The Giardini: "Experimental Architectures" offers a glimpse of 30 countries' current architectural debates and experiments.

by Terri Peters

October 31, 2008

Architect Junya Ishigami’s delicate hand drawn landscapes adorn the bare walls and 1:1 greenhouses make this one of the most impressive pavilions of this year’s show
(Terri Peters)
Field Notes from the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale - Part 1

The Arsenale: Betsky's eclectic curating and the polished and thoughtful presentations of the exhibitors make it a challenging, entertaining, and provocative show.

by Terri Peters

October 10, 2008

Droog’s Singletown looks a bit scary – strung up from the ceiling, gleaming life-size models hover, casting ominous shadows.
(Terri Peters)

WORDS THAT BUILD: Creating a Site Analysis That's Out of Sight

Tip #7: Write a site analysis using words referring to senses beyond sight.

by Norman Weinstein

October 8, 2008

Book Review: You've Got to Draw the Line Somewhere: A review of Drafting Culture: a Social History of Architectural Graphic Standards by George Barnett Johnston

by Norman Weinstein

September 30, 2008

A Treasure Reborn: The Currier Museum of Art by Ann Beha Architects

Manchester, New Hampshire: An important cultural resource reopens its doors after a thoughtful renovation and expansion.

by ArchNewsNow

September 23, 2008

The Currier Museum of Art: new north entrance highlights Mark di Suvero’s “Origins”; the all-glass north façade unites the 1980s additions
(Jonathan Hillyer)
WORDS THAT BUILD: Learning How to Persuade Through Learning Variations on a Theme

Tip #6: Master a communications tool that generates copious variations on your theme.

by Norman Weinstein

September 5, 2008


INSIGHT: Failing to Protect: Three Actions Our Leaders Must Take in Order to Save America's Crumbling Infrastructure

Miles of Midwest land under 10 feet of water, a major bridge collapsing to the ground, a flood-ravaged New Orleans - these are all images we won't soon forget. But how can we keep history from repeating itself yet again?

by Barry B. LePatner

August 28, 2008

I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis
(National Transportation Safety Board)
Book Review: "NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith," edited by Franklin Sirmans: Sharpen your pencils - and get ready to do a NeoHooDoo shimmy

This audacious book is a welcome reminder that no term in contemporary architectural design is as taboo as "vernacular spiritual."

by Norman Weinstein

August 26, 2008

Design by the Bushel: San Francisco design firms work fast to bring Slow Food Nation '08 to the city's front door, August 29 to September 1

by ArchNewsNow

August 25, 2008

Jensen Architects: Slow Food Nation Welcome Pavilion at the Civic Center
Green and Graceful: Sunset Community Centre by Bing Thom Architects

Vancouver, British Columbia: A new community center is now the focal point of culturally diverse neighborhood, both civically and architecturally.

by ArchNewsNow

August 21, 2008

Sunset Community Centre: east entrance
(Bob Matheson)

WORDS THAT BUILD: Respecting Key Words as Materials for Building Durable Structures

Tip #5: Recognize the key vocabulary shaping your professional practice and share those keywords with your clients.

by Norman Weinstein

August 5, 2008

Classic Nuance: Simon Hall at Indiana University by Flad Architects

A new research facility fits harmoniously with neighboring historic campus structures.

by Gregory Hoadley

July 18, 2008

Simon Hall at Indiana University
(Chris Barrett@Hedrich Blessing)

WORDS THAT BUILD: Steering Your Client in the Appropriate Direction

Tip #4: See your writing as a navigational aid so your design intent clearly comes through to your client.

by Norman Weinstein

July 8, 2008

INSIGHT: Bowling Alone in Urbanistaville

Is living in suburbia the social antidote?

by Richard Carson

June 24, 2008


WORDS THAT BUILD: Playing with the Flow of Communication

Tip #3: Use language that playfully enhances the flow of design intentions between you and your client.

by Norman Weinstein

June 10, 2008

Break, Pivot, Fuse: Conundrums of Shifting Space: The Daly Street Lofts by Joseph Giovannini

Los Angeles: Live/work lofts take on a new life - temporarily - as experimental exhibition spaces open to the public for the next two weekends.

by ArchNewsNow

May 14, 2008

Daly Street Lofts
(MKDunn Studios)

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