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Building Abundance #2: Three Keys to Abundant Design

Hint: Designing for less bad won't get us there. Aiming for abundant design requires seeing and working in new ways that are largely unfamiliar, challenging - but oh so worth it!

by Josie Plaut

December 20, 2018

Google defines abundance as “plentifulness of the good things in life.”
(Ashley McGraw Architects)
Best Architecture and Design Books of 2018

10 Books to deepen historical awareness and stretch imagination.

by Norman Weinstein

December 6, 2018

"Hassan Fathy: Earth & Utopia" by Salma Samar Damluji and Viola Bertini (Laurence King)

rise Up - be part of the solution for Africa's housing crisis

Sponsors are cheering on their student/architect teams working to find low-cost, sustainable housing solutions - but there are still teams that need sponsorship. Join those who are already reaping the rewards of the partnerships!


November 28, 2018

Writing About Architecture As If Only Art Matters

A new coffee table book about Frederic Church's Olana combines resplendent photography with essays reflecting architectural myopia.

by Norman Weinstein

October 25, 2018

Building Abundance

Creating abundance is more than sustainability or resilience, and should be a driving force in architecture.

by Edward McGraw, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

October 18, 2018

Ashley McGraw Architects is designing Nuthatch Hollow, an environmental classroom and research facility for Binghamton University in New York. The design team is aiming for both Living Building Challenge and Passive House certification.
(Ashley McGraw Architects)
rise in the city 2018: Call for Mentors and Sponsors

Students are already busy working on their submissions for an international competition to design affordable housing in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, in Southern Africa. Now, mentors and sponsors are needed.


October 17, 2018

Venice in Three Parts - Part 3

There are treasures and treats to be found beyond the confines of the Giardini della Biennale.

by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA

October 4, 2018

“2nd Century Modernism” by Form4 Architecture
(Form4 Architecture)
Venice in Three Parts - Part 2

There were three distinct types of displays at this year's La Biennale di Venezia: immersive experiences, artistic expressions, and marketing efforts. Guess which are most satisfying?

by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA

October 3, 2018

“Conditions Icefiord Centre, Ilulissat, Greenland” by Dorte Mandrup
(Andrea Avezzù; courtesy La Biennale di Venezia)

Venice in Three Parts - Part 1

As a first-timer to La Biennale di Venezia, I was awed, delighted, and enchanted at the spectacle of architecture in so many expressions.

by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA

October 2, 2018

Venezuelan Pavilion by Carlo Scarpa (detail)
(Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA)
INSIGHT: Essentials to Repurposing & Reinvigorating Old, Outdated, or Abandoned Campus Buildings

Some see repurposing existing buildings as limiting and lackluster compared to new construction, but magic can happen when the essence, character, and value of an existing building is re-imagined as flexible and sustainable for future use.

by Deborah Fritz, AIA, LEED AP, and Rebecca McDuffie

September 27, 2018

Brannen Hall Renovation, Georgia Southern University
(©Rion Rizzo / Creative Sources Photography, Inc.)

Welcome New Books Reveal the Heart of the Matter in Architectural Design

Kenneth Frampton's new edition of Kengo Kuma's works, along with Kate Franklin and Caroline Till's global survey of novel thinking about sustainable materials, offer new slants on how materials matter.

by Norman Weinstein

August 16, 2018

"Kengo Kuma Complete Works, Second Edition" by Kenneth Frampton
(Thames & Hudson)
The Pop-up Phenomenon, Made in America

To meet a growing demand, Hofmann Architecture's Living Vehicle is an architectural platform offering mobile, easily deployable business and housing options.

by Shirley Styles

August 9, 2018

Nature’s Promise Airstream, designed by Hofmann, set up in Boston
(Courtesy Living Vehicle)

Nuts + Bolts #19: The Challenges Firms Face when Talented Staff Decide to Leave

Talented staff resignations have become more commonplace, and the challenges of "firm building" are now more about staff retention than recruitment.

by Ralph Steinglass, FAIA, Teambuilders, Inc.

July 12, 2018

(Johnathan Ward)
Girl UNinterrupted Presents Equity Survey Findings, Launches Tips Manual at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018

From Young Female Designers to Firm Leaders: The Boston Experiment: What's possible when you bridge the gap between young female designers and leaders in architecture? Key takeaways from Boyadzhieva and Chun's illuminating survey.

by ArchNewsNow

June 28, 2018

(Girl UNinterrupted)

Nuts + Bolts #18: More Than Meets the Eye: The Value of Architectural Photography

When you have a great project with equally great photography, the possibilities - and the pay-offs - can be endless.

by Brad Feinknopf

June 19, 2018

(Johnathan Ward)
Left Coast Reflections #5: San Francisco's Tilting Tower

Is the Millennium Tower likely to fall over? In a word: NO.

by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

June 14, 2018

Left Coast Reflections
(Courtney Broaddus)

"Freespace"... The One Word of the 2018 Venice Biennale, the 16th Exhibition of Architecture

A survey of just 10 of the 65 national pavilions chosen for their translation of "Freespace" - and in no particular order other than my own itinerary.

by Johannes M. P. Knoops, Assoc. AIA, FAAR

June 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia – “Spaces in Between”
(Johannes Knoops)
Kenneth Frampton, a New York Lion ... now a Golden Lion of the Venice Architecture Biennale

As the Ware Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he has taught since 1972, he has shaped more than one generation of architects.

by Johannes M.P. Knoops, Assoc. AIA, FAAR

June 7, 2018

(l-r): Paolo Baratta, President, La Biennale di Venezia; Kenneth Frampton; Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects, co-curators of the 2018 Architecture Biennale.
(Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia)

Scenes from a Distance: Sanaz Mazinani and Rola Khayyat at North of History, New York

"Appearances & Disappearances" erases the distance of time and place by bringing us face-to-face with the violence of the two women's past, which shapes their present - as well as our own.

by Bonnie Clearwater

May 24, 2018

Rola Khayyat: Selkeh W Emneh
(Jason Wallace)
Nuts + Bolts #17: The Dismissal Luncheon (or Breakfast)

If your boss asks you to join him or her for breakfast or lunch during a period of uncertainty and there is no specific agenda, beware. Something is afoot. He or she may want to drop the boom and do the deed in a controlled setting away from the prying eyes of the office staff.

by Stanley Stark, FAIA, LEED AP

May 3, 2018

(Johnathan Ward)

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