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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



Two Books to Accelerate the Translation of Ideas into Practical Forms

New books on design research and transformational ideas through architectural history have potent practical uses: "The Designer's Guide to Doing Research: Applying Knowledge to Inform Design" Sally Augustin and Cindy Coleman; and "100 Ideas That Changed Architecture" by Richard Weston

 
by Norman Weinstein

February 24, 2012


The Big Chill: Leers Weinzapfel Associates' Chiller Plants Reinvent the Art of Infrastructure Work

Thoughtful analysis, ingenuity, and the ability to envision design opportunities create a unique exercise to "make something of beauty" in urban settings.

 
by Charles Linn, FAIA

February 22, 2012

University of Pennsylvania Mod 7 Chilled Water Plant, Philadelphia, PA: An elliptical metal screen wall encloses rectilinear glazed walls of the chiller plant building and truck turning areas.
(Peter Aaron/Esto)

INSIGHT: Bringing Art to the Streets without Breaking the Bank

An architect explains how he used innovative materials and a close-knit alliance of stakeholders to provide economical solutions to create an artful amenity for a city's public transit passengers.

 
by Walter Geiger, AIA, FARA

February 14, 2012

The “Cascade Series” bus shelters along Orlando’s International Drive
(© 2011 Walt Geiger Studios LLC, Raymond Martinot, photographer)
Book Review: How to be a Useful Architectural Critic: Alexandra Lange's Perspicacious Primer Points the Way

"Writing about Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities" - use it often and you'll never think of the word "critic" pejoratively again.

 
by Norman Weinstein

January 26, 2012



Good Deeds: Multi-Service Center South, St. Vincent de Paul Society, San Francisco

Q&A with Susie Jue, vice president of philanthropy for IIDA NC, about the Chapter's pro bono project to renovate the city's largest homeless shelter.

 
by Kenneth Caldwell

December 22, 2011

Multi-Service Center South: New paint palette and “inspirational words” provide calm and uplifting environment in the men’s sleeping area.
(© David Wakely)
Best Architecture Books of 2011

10 Books Sparking Creative Inspiration Plus Escapist Fare for Financially Fickle Times

 
by Norman Weinstein

December 16, 2011



One-on-One: We architects are politicians: Interview with Giancarlo Mazzanti

"Now is the time to think of how architecture can change the world. We architects can assume that role and make a real difference in how people live and behave."

 
by Vladimir Belogolovsky

December 13, 2011

España Library Park, Medellín, Colombia
(©Sergio Gomez)
INSIGHT: At the Intersection of Medicine, Technology, and Design: Hybrid Operating Rooms

Technology has enabled the transformation of classic operating rooms into dynamic, multi-purpose environments - requiring a new design approach for architects.

 
by Ross A. Cole, BAM Architecture Studio

December 6, 2011

Yale New Haven Hospital, Pediatric Cath Lab, Class C Operating Room
(Jim Fiora Studio)


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