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Op-Ed: CAMP Notes

Forget Don Fisher. Do we want the art or not?

by Kenneth Caldwell

April 1, 2009

Contemporary Art Museum at the Presidio (CAMP), seen from Main Parade Ground
(WRNS Studio)
When Your New Job is to Find Your Next Job

Some practical suggestions for opening new doors of opportunities in difficult times.

by Marjanne Pearson

March 19, 2009

Happy Ending for the Little Beach House That Could

Venturi and Scott Brown watch their Lieb House sail by

by Kristen Richards

March 16, 2009

Lieb House Number 9 – the first Pop House (#9 can be seen)
(Kristen Richards)
Q&A: Public Architecture Co-founders John Peterson and John Cary

by Kenny Caldwell

March 13, 2009

ScrapHouse installed on Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
(Cesar Rubio for Public Architecture)

WORDS THAT BUILD: Taking Advantage of Interruptions in Architectural Communication

Tip #12: Cogent communicators exploit opportunities offered by interruptions.

by Norman Weinstein

March 4, 2009

Op-Ed: Life After Ada: Reassessing the Utility of Architectural Criticism

Ada Louise Huxtable deserves mucho thanks and praise - but other questions moving us to a new flavor of criticism have to be asked. (ALH's response: "I couldn't agree more.")

by Norman Weinstein

March 2, 2009

(lesather / flickr)

Exhibition Review: "Yes is More": BIG at DAC, Copenhagen

Though the firm's housing projects are amazing and their enthusiasm is great, the comic book graphics are a bit much - it's hard not to roll your eyes, but definitely worth the roll.

by Terri Peters

February 27, 2009

(Danish Architecture Centre)
Loud on the Outside, Quiet on the Inside: Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) by Grimshaw and Davis Brody Bond Aedas

Troy, NY: How do you "ground" a 221,200-square-foot building on a 30-degree slope? And how do you acoustically carve out grand venues that are designed for digital technology and electronic performance? Structural and MEP engineer Buro Happold explains.

by Craig M. Schwitter, P.E.

February 5, 2009

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; east entrance at the top of the hill
(Kristen Richards)

WORDS THAT BUILD: Faceting Architectural Communication

Tip #11: Effective communication evolves out of cross-reflective details.

by Norman Weinstein

February 3, 2009

Community Building: Saratoga Avenue Community Center by George Ranalli, Architect

Brooklyn, New York: A new community center re-imagines public architecture and what civic buildings represent.

by ArchNewsNow

January 14, 2009

Saratoga Avenue Community Center: south (garden) elevation
(Paul Warchol)

WORDS THAT BUILD: Use Space Creatively When Designing Your Client Communications

Tip #10: Use paragraph spacing in writing and pauses in conversation to promote "out of the box" thinking.

by Norman Weinstein

January 8, 2009

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)

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