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Water = Life: Diamond Valley Water + Life Museums Campus by Lehrer + Gangi Design + Build

Hemet, CA: Two museums in the desert offer engaging environmental lessons, both inside and out.

by ArchNewsNow

April 11, 2007

Diamond Valley Water + Life Museums Campus: rows of steel towers create a dramatic desert skyline.
(Michael B. Lehrer, FAIA)
River Tunes: Elbe Philharmonic Hall by Herzog & de Meuron

Hamburg, Germany: The cultural centerpiece of HafenCity will be a crystalline ice sculpture atop an earthy warehouse - with beautiful music, luxury living, and a spectacular public plaza high above the River Elbe.

by ArchNewsNow

April 5, 2007

Elbe Philharmonic Hall by night
(Herzog & de Meuron)

INSIGHT: Searching for Architectural Excellence and Ready to be Bold

Arlington County, Virginia, launches community discussions on the elements of great design.

by Roberto Moranchel

March 29, 2007

Arlington Gateway Office Building (WDG Architects, 2005)
(Leon Vignes/Arlington County Government)
Sacred Simplicity: Park East Synagogue by Centerbrook Architects and Planners

Pepper Pike, Ohio: Age-old materials and a straightforward design fulfill a growing congregation's vision of a sacred place

by ArchNewsNow

March 20, 2007

Park East Synagogue
(Scott Frances)

Urban Oasis: Gardner 1050 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

West Hollywood, CA: Simple forms and refined materials add high style to a speculative urban infill housing project.

by ArchNewsNow

February 28, 2007

Gardner 1050: view into courtyard
(Lawrence Anderson Photography)
In Their Own Words: Abu Dhabi Cultural District

How Gehry, Hadid, Nouvel, and Ando envision their cultural venues on Saadiyat Island.

by ArchNewsNow

February 2, 2007

Frank Gehry: Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
(Gehry Partners)

Curtain Up: Billy Wilder Theater at UCLA Hammer Museum by Michael Maltzan Architecture

Los Angeles: The city has a new cultural "living room."

by ArchNewsNow

January 30, 2007

Billy Wilder Theater watched over by the master himself in the classic portrait by Norman Seef
(Wil Carson)
Celebrating Green

The decade-long history of the AIA Committee on the Environment's Top Ten Green Projects program is a portrait of evolution in the field.

by Kira Gould

January 3, 2007

2006: Ballard Library and Neighborhood Center, Seattle, WA, by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects
(Nic Lehoux)

A Grand Design Team Selected for Rutgers Grand Redesign Plans

Green spaces and connecting the campus to the river will create places as much for the community as the campus

by ArchNewsNow

December 14, 2006

Rutgers University’s first-phase plan will focus on public spaces a parkland connection to the river
(TEN Arquitectos)
From Confinement to Liberty: The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center by Blackburn Architects with BOORA Architects

Cincinnati, Ohio: A riverfront museum embodies the geography of escape.

by John Meadows, AIA

November 17, 2006

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: evening view between the building pavilions
(J. Miles Wolf)

Green Roots: New Jiang Wan Cultural Center by RTKL

Shanghai: While the skyline explodes in a thicket of skyscrapers, a cultural center beckons to a new era of environmental concerns.

by ArchNewsNow

November 7, 2006

New Jiang Wan Cultural Center: the main entrance features a cantilevered canopy
Found in Space: Griffith Observatory's New Exhibitions by C&G Partners, with Pfeiffer Partners and Levin & Associates Architects

Los Angeles, California: Innovative exhibits for an iconic institution are designed to build an appetite for discovery.

by ArchNewsNow

November 3, 2006

Restored to its original grandeur, Griffith Observatory tripled its exhibition space with a below grade expansion underneath the front lawn
(Justin Donais / Courtesy of Friends of the Observatory)

Seeing Red: (Product) Red "Pop-Up" Store by WalkerGroup and Motorola

A temporary retail store in the heart of Chicago is all heart for a good cause.

by ArchNewsNow

October 20, 2006

(Product) Red's small space bracketed between red fabric panels carries a big message in Chicago
(Jeffrey Lau)
Natural Carpet Ride: North Carolina Museum of Art Expansion by Thomas Phifer and Partners and Peter Walker and Partners

Raleigh, North Carolina: Skylights and garden galleries create a firmly grounded museum expansion that sits softly on the land.

by ArchNewsNow

October 6, 2006

North Carolina Museum of Art: overview of the new gallery building and gardens
(Thomas Phifer and Partners Architects)

New Frontiers in Science and Design: ASU Biodesign Institute by Gould Evans and Lord, Aeck & Sargent

Tempe, Arizona: When architects were asked to be as innovative and hi-tech as their client, collaborative team expertise delivered the vision.

by ArchNewsNow

September 20, 2006

ASU Biodesign Institute Building A: Southern view shows aluminum sunscreen that filters natural daylight deep into the building
(Timothy Hursley)
Sex and the City Part 2: Field Notes from the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale

The message seems to be that if we merge greater intelligence about the common good with our traditional urge to procreate as individuals, we might have half a chance to thrive as a species several generations hence.

by Margaret Helfand, FAIA

September 14, 2006

Spanish Pavilion: 100 talking torsos
(Jon Turner)

Sex and the City Part 1: Field Notes from the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale

Libidos on fire in Venice: Urbanism may not be sexy, but our lives may depend on it.

by Margaret Helfand, FAIA

September 12, 2006

Italian Pavilion: Future urban dreamscape
(Jon Turner)
INSIGHT: Sounding Good: Inspired by the classics, the acoustician for Nashville's new Schermerhorn Symphony Center explains how architecture and acoustics take a concert hall into the future

by Paul Scarbrough, Akustiks

September 7, 2006

Nashville’s new Schermerhorn Symphony Center cuts a classical profile, but is anything but old fashioned.
(R.K. Powers)

Please Walk on the Grass: Recreation and Play in the Contemporary City

An exhibition explores the reinvention of urban public spaces to meet the demands of 21st century recreation and leisure.

by Zoë Ryan, Senior Curator, Van Alen Institute

September 6, 2006

Martha Schwartz Inc.: Grand Canal Square, Dublin, Ireland
(Martha Schwartz Inc.)
INSIGHT: Iconicity: Finding Your Voice in a Changing World

Iconicity taps into the deeper emotional needs of consumers through experiential, implicit signals that transcend the more rational elements of price and convenience.

by Kenneth Nisch

August 22, 2006

Iconicity is Personality: Does your point of view and vision communicate a distinctive position? (Spencer’s)

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