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Tadao Ando's Thoughtful Heart

Two recent books track a trajectory of a spiritual engagement with Modernism.

 
by Norman Weinstein

October 24, 2012


Prime Time for Landscape Architects: Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects Masters the New Collaborations

The expanding influence of landscape represents a fundamentally different way of thinking about urbanism.

 
by John Gendall

October 18, 2012

Hudson Square Streetscape – West Houston underpass
(Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects)

"Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design"

A new traveling exhibition celebrates the 90th anniversary of the birth of Harry Seidler, the leading Australian architect of the 20th century who followed his convictions and vision.

 
by Vladimir Belogolovsky

October 3, 2012

Rose Seidler House, Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia, 1948-50
(Max Dupain)
"Just Trying to Do This Jig-Saw Puzzle"

How architecture's and urban design's practice can change through studying of a little-appreciated Renaissance art, intarsia.

 
by Norman Weinstein

September 21, 2012



The Banal

Prix takes issue with the state of the Venice Architecture Biennale, saying "architects are playing on a sinking gondola while, outside in the real world, our leaky trade is sinking into powerlessness and irrelevance."

 
by Wolf D. Prix/COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

August 30, 2012

Piazza San Marco, Venezia
(Kristen Richards)
Q&A with Nicole Migeon - Architect of "Warm Minimalism"

Designing places of respite for creative clientele

 
by ArchNewsNow

August 16, 2012

Nicole Migeon Architect Studio and Gallery, NYC: the interior highlights restored brick walls and millwork desks
(John Morgan)

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Marks 25 Years

New Director Anne-Marie Lubenau, AIA, reflects on the past, looks to the future.

 
by ArchNewsNow

July 19, 2012

Bridge Homeless Assistance Center, Dallas, TX (2011). Architect: Overland Partners Architects
(Photo courtesy Charles Smith Davis, CS Photo)
Campus Collective: Leers Weinzapfel Associates Rethinks Higher Education Design

Addressing the interconnectivity of campus environs and student experience

 
by John Gendall

June 29, 2012

University of Connecticut, Social Sciences and Classroom Building: The new classroom building frames the campus nexus where two primary pedestrian paths cross.
(Anton Grassl/Esto)

Albert Barnes Offers Critical Response to Placement of New "Barnes"

Barnes agrees to talk with fellow Central High School of Philadelphia alum after 61 years of silence, but only on the condition that his remarks remain unedited. This transcript respects his requirement.

 
by Norman Weinstein

June 20, 2012

The new Barnes Foundation Art Education Center, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, and Ellsworth Kelly’s “the Barnes Totem,” recently installed in the OLIN-designed landscape.
(Photo courtesy Lee Rosenbaum)
The Geeky Side of Design

"Architects are often phenomenal at connecting us to the outdoors, but horrible at disconnecting us when it's necessary. And that is the fundamental problem with architecture today," says Building Science Corporation's sometimes irreverent but always straight-talking Joe Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng.

 
by Wendy Ordemann

June 4, 2012


(Building Science Corporation)

INSIGHT: Let's Quiet Down: The Case for Places, Regionalism, and Sustainability

Architecture should be concerned primarily with place-making, not object-making.

 
by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

May 30, 2012

Columbus Circle
(Bing Maps)
Who Designed the Space Needle?

Victor Steinbrueck's contributions have been given short shrift, leaving the design of what is arguably Seattle's most important structure clouded by assumption and innuendo to this day.

 
by Dale Cotton

May 11, 2012

Victor Steinbrueck perceived a tension in the David Lemon sculpture that could benefit the Needle’s form. Included here is Lemon’s sculpture, Steinbrueck’s preferred Needle form, and today’s Space Needle.
(Drawing courtesy of University of Washington Special Collections Division; photo composite by Dale Cotton)

Imperfect Health: Probing the Porous Interface between Architecture and Health

A new book and website linked to a recent Canadian Centre for Architecture exhibition offer a healthy tonic countering academically anemic architectural education.

 
by Norman Weinstein

May 4, 2012


Book Review: Social Media in Action: Comprehensive Guide for Architecture, Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consulting Firms by Amanda Walter & Holly Berkley

This practical handbook is invaluable for practitioners who realize that social media is not a passing phenomenon and can play a part in their business.

 
by George Calys

May 1, 2012



Rudolph Redux: The UMass Dartmouth Library Renovation/Addition by designLAB architects

A current project slated for completion this fall offers food for thought for the future of Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center.

 
by ArchNewsNow

April 23, 2012

UMass Dartmouth West Building façade: future
(designLAB architects)
Book Review: Advancing Windswept Design: Pointers from Art Nouveau, Zaha Hadid, and Charles Sowers

New books and installation art highlight breezy refinements in wind-inspired design.

 
by Norman Weinstein

April 5, 2012



Colombia: Transformed / Architecture = Politics

The curators of the exhibition making its world debut in Chicago this week throw the spotlight on five Colombian architects who leverage brick, concrete, and glass forms to improve the lives of ordinary people.

 
by Vladimir Belogolovsky and Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP

April 3, 2012

Giancarlo Mazzanti, Mazzanti Arquitectos: España Library , Medellín
(Sergio Gomez)
Book Review: Laboratory Architecture for Observing Nature at Play

Books on Luis Barragan's house and BNIM's Omega Center for Sustainable Living reveal how transparently daring designs teach Nature's processes.

 
by Norman Weinstein

March 16, 2012



You Survived: Part 3: Operations, Management, Business Development, Practice: Turn off the auto-pilot and engage

Ideas and tips to foster a thriving practice in 2012.

 
by Michael S. Bernard, AIA, and Nancy Kleppel, Assoc. AIA

March 13, 2012


(David R. Tribble)
Book Review: Tracing a Hidden Track from Adolf Loos as Modernist Architect to Jennifer Post as Modernist Interior Designer

By considering this unlikely couple, we can air out that beleaguered term "architectural minimalism" and trace a trajectory of what might be better identified as "essentialist architecture."

 
by Norman Weinstein

March 2, 2012




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