|Book Review: "Saint John's Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space," by Victoria M. Young|
A history of the making of a contemporary sacred architectural masterpiece transcends its subject and becomes a broadly applicable study of peerless client-architect communication.
by Norman Weinstein
December 19, 2014
(University of Minnesota Press)
|Nuts + Bolts #10: Charting a Course from Career Bewilderment to Career Betterment|
Be curious, be adventurous and, when necessary, be assertive.
by Stanley Stark, FAIA, LEED AP
December 5, 2014
|Op-Ed: Top of the Heap|
Since 1931, the Empire State Building has been New York City's GPS, but with a spate of supertalls obscuring the building, it could become hard to tell Manhattan from Kowloon or Pudong or Shinjuku or Canary Wharf.
by Fred A. Bernstein
November 21, 2014
|Spaceship Lucas Lands in Chicago|
Given the civic importance of the site, it's difficult to imagine how this vision for "Chicago 2020" won't stir up a lot of very vocal opposition to it. And rightly so.
by Martin C. Pedersen
November 6, 2014
(© MAD Architects)
|New York Falls in Love with Gaudí's Complexity|
A school of architecture displays the Sagrada Familia as a collective masterwork.
by Vicente Jiménez, El País; translated by Prof. Lisa Paravisini-Gebert
October 31, 2014
|Why the Starchitect Debate isn't "Stupid"|
Starchitecture is just a symptom of a much bigger problem in the profession.
by Michael J. Crosbie
October 10, 2014
(Dr. Imdat As)
|What Does Recovery Look Like?|
The current recovery efforts in Japan following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami draws many parallels to our post-Sandy conditions in the Northeast U.S., and should temper our expectations and help illuminate realities of our road ahead. Do they have the answers we seek?
by Illya Azaroff, AIA
September 26, 2014
|INSIGHT: When to Remember Not to Renovate|
The story of the Berkeley South Branch Library is a case study of when a Midcentury Modern building is arguably best remembered and respected through photographic and historic archives rather than reuse.
by Avery Taylor Moore, AIA, Field Paoli Architects
September 5, 2014
(Karl H. Riek, courtesy of the Berkeley Public Library)
|Avoiding the Greenwash|
Don't be swayed by eco-friendly claims. Questions to ask, and resources for answers, to help select products that will best meet green projects' - and the planet's - sustainability needs.
by Cameron Forte
August 27, 2014
|Nuts + Bolts #9: The 80/20 Architect: How to Spend Wisely by Investing in Your Clients|
Focusing on your top clients can increase your confidence, stability, and profitability.
by Steve Whitehorn
August 21, 2014
|Sociologists Rather than Signature Architects: Q&A with Behnisch Architekten Partners|
They pull no punches in discussing the challenges of urban planning, the differences working in Europe and the U.S., architects' social and ethical responsibilities, and what their dream projects would be.
by Alexander Gutzmer
July 31, 2014
|The Great Compilation: 14th International Exhibition of Architecture di la Biennale di Venezia|
Rem Koolhaas has irrevocably changed the Venice Biennale's focus away from starchitects to architecture itself. Indeed, I left impressed and invigorated, but curious as to what might follow.
by Johannes M.P. Knoops, FAAR, Assoc. AIA
July 17, 2014
(Johannes M.P. Knoops)
|Notes from the Giardini - La Biennale di Venezia 2014|
"Fundamentals" is certainly not the typical way one would think of displaying architecture.
by Terri Peters
June 24, 2014
|One-on-One: A Cult of Objectivity: Interview with Massimo Vignelli|
A conversation at Vignelli's home in Manhattan in 2012 is infused with his sincerity, wisdom, and, of course, his sense of style.
by Vladimir Belogolovsky
June 2, 2014
|INSIGHT: Anonymous Cities: The Erosion of Urban Identity|
If we embrace the special characteristics of our American cities, we could begin to construct new projects that enhance the sense of place within the distinctly different urban settings that still exist.
by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP
May 21, 2014
|Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning?|
Why the criticism that crowdsourcing design sites like Arcbazar are taking jobs away from architects doesn't wash.
by Michael J. Crosbie
April 8, 2014
|Drawing an Elegant Conclusion: Menil Drawing Institute by Johnston Marklee|
Houston: In the somewhat arbitrary hierarchy of fine art media, where painting is king, drawing is often considered less valuable. The new MDI elevates the medium by providing a distinguished, respectful home.
by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA
April 2, 2014
(Courtesy of Johnston Marklee/The Menil Collection)
|Opening a New Chapter on Designing Public Libraries|
Why Robert Dawson's photographic essay on the public library plays it safe by looking back when architects need to scan an emerging horizon.
by Norman Weinstein
March 26, 2014
|Magnusson Architecture and Planning: Looking back at the last 30 years and toward the future|
March 13, 2014
(Ari Burling Photography)
|Informed by Learning: Interview with Joe Valerio and Randy Mattheis of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates about education for the future at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools|
"We wanted to dive deeply into the culture of the school and understand its core values, so one of the first things we did was to participate in its daily life."
February 19, 2014
(© Barbara Karant)