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INSIGHT: Condos Breathe New Life into Old Offices

Historic office buildings are increasingly being reinvented as condominiums in CBDs (central business districts) across the country.

by Mark Harbick, AIA

November 29, 2005

333 Grant Avenue, San Francisco (Coxhead and Coxhead, 1908): a landmark phone company building converted to residential condominiums in the city’s central business district –  Huntsman Architectural Group
(David Wakely)
High Tech High-Los Angeles by Berliner and Associates, Architecture

Van Nuys, California: A new charter school is an incubator for new ideas and new approaches to learning - and teaching - technology.

by ArchNewsNow

November 4, 2005

Bright colors and bold signage create a distinct identity for High Tech High-LA.
(Tom Bonner)

Second Look: Tracey Towers by Paul Rudolph, 1972

Bronx, NY: How did Rudolph, a restless and challenging architectural mind, end up doing subsidized housing in the Bronx?

by Fred Bernstein

October 13, 2005

Tracey Towers
(Fred Bernstein)
INSIGHT: Vancouverism vs. Lower Manhattanism: Shaping the High Density City

by Trevor Boddy, Architecture Critic, The Vancouver Sun

September 20, 2005

Lower Manhattanism Catalyzed by Liberty Bonds: The Verdisian, 211 East End Avenue, Battery Park City, New York. Dieguez Fridman/Architectos, Cesar Pelli & Associates

INSIGHT: Downtown Vancouver's Last Resort: How Did "Living First" Become "Condos Only?"

by Trevor Boddy

August 11, 2005

(Courtesy City of Vancouver Planning Department)
INSIGHT: Old Governor's Mansion: Turning a House into a Public Building

Milledgeville, Georgia: A preservation architect explains how HVAC systems were integrated and life safety codes addressed without destroying the historic fabric of a National Historic Landmark.

by Susan Turner, AIA

August 9, 2005

Old Governor’s Mansion restored rotunda
(© Jonathan Hillyer)

Rethinking Form and Function: Swarthmore College Unified Science Center by Einhorn Yaffee Prescott and Helfand Architecture

Swarthmore, PA: A "green" science center becomes an intellectual and social magnet for an entire campus.

by ArchNewsNow

July 19, 2005

Swarthmore College Unified Science Center: Commons interior with fritted glass panels
(Jeff Goldberg/Esto)
Exhibition Review: "The 60s: Montréal Thinks Big" at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

The 1960s: just long enough ago to be familiar, yet far enough in the past to look back at this time of radical urban redevelopment with some degree of objectivity.

by Terri Whitehead

May 17, 2005

Proposal for Place des Arts, perspective c.1958; Affleck, Desbarats, Dimakopoulos, Lebensold, Michaud, Sise, architects; unknown photographer
(Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal, courtesy ARCOP Group)

Discovery and Collaboration = Chemical Reaction: University of Missouri-Columbia Life Sciences Center by Anshen+Allen Architects in association with BNIM Architects

Columbia, MO: A variety of interaction areas, clustered faculty offices, and an inviting atrium encourage interdisciplinary research and make science a part of everyday campus life.

by Gregory Blackburn, AIA

April 7, 2005

University of Missouri-Columbia Life Sciences Center
(John Edward Linden)
Remembrance: Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem by Moshe Safdie and Associates

Jerusalem: A new museum tells a dark story, and then bursts through to the light.

by ArchNewsNow

March 29, 2005

Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum, looking north
(Ardon Bar Hama)

Home-grown: Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner Takes on the World

Berlin: "Export" at the German Center for Architecture shows off home-grown talent exporting their architectural finesse around the world.

by ArchNewsNow

March 15, 2005

Senscity Paradise Universe, Las Vegas, by night
(Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner)
Wild about Saffron

New York City: a February Tuesday in Central Park; 55 degrees and sunny...

by Kristen Richards

February 21, 2005

Detail: The Gates
(Kristen Richards)

Artful Elegance: University of Oklahoma Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art by Hugh Newell Jacobsen, FAIA

Norman, OK: A residential scale and crisp refinement form the perfect backdrop for a stellar art collection.

by ArchNewsNow

January 20, 2005

Mary and Howard Lester Wing, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma
(Robert Lautman)
Castle Keep: Boston Smith & Wollensky by Haverson Architecture and Design

Boston: Elegance and Americana make a perfect recipe for a classic steakhouse.

by ArchNewsNow

January 13, 2005

The Castle, home of Boston Smith & Wollensky
(Peter Paige Photography)

The Daniel Performing and Visual Arts Center, Simon's Rock College of Bard by Ann Beha Architects

Great Barrington, Massachusetts: A unique school builds a cultural haven in the Berkshire Hills.

by ArchNewsNow

November 30, 2004

Entrance: The Daniel’s Performing and Visual Arts Center, Simon’s Rock College of Bard
(© P. Vanderwarker)
Second Look: New York Hall of Science by Wallace K. Harrison/Harrison and Abramovitz, 1964; Polshek Partnership Architects, 2004

Queens, NY: Its power undiminished after 40 years, a 20th century cathedral to science is about to be rediscovered as a luminous addition debuts this week.

by Fred A. Bernstein

November 23, 2004

New York Hall of Science
(Polshek Partnership Architects)

In His Own Words: Luxembourg's New Concert Hall by Christian de Portzamparc

A new home for the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg is one of a number of cultural projects underway as the city prepares itself for its second stint as European Capital of Culture.


November 11, 2004

Salle de Concerts Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte elevation
(Atelier Christian de Portzamparc)
Beauty in Garbage: Naka Incineration Plant by Yoshio Taniguchi

Hiroshima: An incineration plant is devised as real-time science museum and tourist destination (complete with waterfront park).

by Fred A. Bernstein

November 9, 2004

Naka Incineration Plant, Hiroshima, under construction
(Fred A. Bernstein)

Second Look: George Washington Bridge Bus Station / Pier Luigi Nervi, 1963

One of Nervi's few completed projects outside Italy is a superb example of the poetry he wrought from ferro-concrete.

by Fred A. Bernstein

November 2, 2004

Pier Luigi Nervi: George Washington Bridge Bus Station, 1963
(Photo courtesy of The Port Authority of NY & NJ - Mara Herbert - Photographer)
Healing Stories: Renovating San Francisco's Ronald McDonald House

Architects answered yes in the 1980s and again in the new century.

by Kenneth Caldwell

October 21, 2004

House exterior
(David Wakely)

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