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INSIGHT: Metamorphosis and Transcending Hype: Observations from the Field

The Venice Biennale offers a message of optimism and exuberant anticipation for architecture in a post-9/11 world -- for the most part.

by Margaret Helfand, FAIA

September 16, 2004

Entry to Corderie Gallery at Arsenale
(Jon Turner)
Interview: Michelle Kaufmann and Glidehouse: Chic and Green

A conversation with the architect at the forefront of moving modular prefab (and green) houses into the mainstream.

by Effie Bouras, Associate AIA

September 8, 2004

Glidehouse front door (all photos of Sunset Magazine's showcase home, May 2004).
(Michelle Kaufmann Designs)

Modern Meets Tradition: University of Michigan Museum of Art Expansion/Restoration by Allied Works Architecture

Ann Arbor: Brad Cloepfil's design to expand a university museum should create a thoughtful dialogue between historical and contemporary architecture.


August 11, 2004

View looking east from State Street
(Allied Works Architecture (c) 2004)
A Flexible Future: UCSF Genentech Hall by SmithGroup

San Francisco: Flexible laboratories, informal gathering spaces, and a soaring atrium emphasize collaboration among researchers.

by ArchNewsNow

July 29, 2004

UCSF Genentech Hall is the first completed building at the university's new campus in the Mission Bay neighborhood.
(Timothy Hursley)

Healing Gardens: Samaritan Health Services System by Macdonald Environmental Planning

Oregon: A master planning approach to landscape design serves up a system of healthful opportunities.

by Jack Rubinger

July 27, 2004

This Healing Environments map highlights the potential types of healing environments that can be incorporated into any campus.
(Macdonald Environmental Planning (MEP))
New Directions: Branding Spaces with Graphics - Hillier Environmental Graphics Studio

Cities and institutions like libraries and colleges are increasingly relying on environmental graphic design to brand and market themselves.

by ArchNewsNow

June 24, 2004

City of Miami Beach: Conceptual gateway signage would be a memorable, internationally recognized landmark visible from vehicles entering South Beach and cruise ships docking in the Port of Miami.

Metaphors for Motion: University of Connecticut Farmington Musculoskeletal Institute by AHSC Architects

Farmington, Connecticut: A building articulates its purpose with muscle and grace.

by James W. Tilghman, AIA

June 2, 2004

View from northeast parking/pedestrian approach; "wall-in-motion is visible behind the lobby curtain wall.
Straight A's: Horace Mann Elementary School by Moore Ruble Yudell

San Jose, California: A student "village" makes a good neighbor in the heart of an urban historic district.

by ArchNewsNow

April 13, 2004

Horace Mann Elementary School: administration building
(John Edward Linden)

Stately Restoration: New York State Capitol Assembly Chamber Floor by Françoise Bollack Architects

Albany, New York: A treasure trove of 19th century design is restored and adapted for a 21st century democracy.

by ArchNewsNow

April 4, 2004

New York State Assembly Chamber restored
(Gary Gold)
Musical Catalyst: Max M. Fisher Music Center by Diamond and Schmitt Architects

The restoration and expansion of historic Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall sparks downtown redevelopment.

by Effie Bouras, Assoc. AIA

March 22, 2004

Max M. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts: original Orchestra Hall at left
(Steven Evans)

Case Study: HGA Stakes Its Claim in California

by ArchNewsNow

March 9, 2004

U.C. Davis Medical Center: 10-acre M.I.N.D. Institute dedicated to finding a cure of autism other neurological disorders. The main entry rotunda is the hub of the center for staff and families and leads to the library, café, laboratories, and patient exam rooms.
(Richard Barnes)
INSIGHT: San Francisco's New Vancouver-Mania - Part II

by Trevor Boddy

February 24, 2004

Skyline view of San Francisco with the towers (in pink) in place and the Rincon Hill and Transbay Plans built out.
(Courtesy of San Francisco Planning Department)

Habitat 825 by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

West Hollywood, California: An apartment building draws inspiration from its neighbor - Schindler's Kings Road House.

by ArchNewsNow

February 9, 2004

Habitat 825: View into the courtyard
(Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects (LOh/a))
On Track: Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station at Secaucus Junction by Brennan Beer Gorman Architects

Secaucus, New Jersey: Commuting is made easier (and grander) with a transit hub 10 years in the making.

by Mark Sheeleigh, AIA

January 27, 2004

The soaring rotunda of the Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station at Secaucus Junction

INSIGHT: RINCONoitering: How Vancouver Ideas Do - and Do Not Help - in Shaping San Francisco's First High Density Neighborhood - Part I

by Trevor Boddy

January 22, 2004

(1) Vancouver housing towers (as referenced in the Rincon Hill Plan)
(Courtesy of San Francisco Planning Department)
Iconic Arcs: Jubilee Church by Richard Meier & Partners

Rome: White concrete "sails" soar into a Roman neighborhood.

by ArchNewsNow

October 23, 2003

Detail: Jubilee Church, Rome, Italy
(Andrea Jemolo)

Urban Aria: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts by Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Toronto: The art and science of architecture fuse to create poetry of form.

by Effie Bouras, Assoc. AIA

October 21, 2003

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts scheduled to open in 2006
(AMD for Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. (c) 2003)
In Full Bloom: The Conservatory of Flowers by Architectural Resources Group and Tennebaum-Manheim Engineers

San Francisco: Extreme historic and environmental preservation methods bring a deteriorated treasure back to life.

by ArchNewsNow

October 7, 2003

The Conservatory of Flowers in full bloom
(Kevin J. Frest (c) Conservatory of Flowers/Friends of Recreation and Parks)

INSIGHT: A Story of a Place: Transforming America's Cities

Placemaking is the art of architecture connecting spaces to communities.

by Alexander Wu, KMD (Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz)

August 25, 2003

The Oakland Federal Building is a monumental gateway to the city's revitalized downtown.
(Roberto Soncin Gerometta/Photo)
Housing the Machine: Co-generation Plants by Hillier

The idea of turning industrial facilities into more aesthetic, sculpted forms is gaining acceptance and is likely to become more prevalent in the future.

by Elyse Kantrowitz

August 4, 2003

Rockefeller University chiller plant is lit at night, and the vaults and the sidewalls glow.
(Sedge Hahm/Hillier)

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