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Design Thinking: A Guide to Creative Problem Solving for Everyone

Three vignettes excerpted from the second part of "Design Thinking," Andrew Pressman's recently published book, which focuses on how design thinking is applied to real-life challenges.

by Andrew Pressman

April 18, 2019

Building Abundance #3: Abundance in Architecture Starts with Abundance in Human Health

Just as buildings became an incredible tool in the movement for environmental sustainability, they can and must become our greatest asset when it comes to human sustainability.

by Rick Fedrizzi

April 4, 2019

Google defines abundance as “plentifulness of the good things in life.”
(Ashley McGraw Architects)

Deborah Talbot: Downtown is for People

An excerpt from Talbot's "Who the Hell is Jane Jacobs? And what are her theories all about?" (Bowden & Brazil, March 4, 2019).

by Deborah Talbot

March 14, 2019

“Who the Hell is Jane Jacobs? And what are her theories all about?” by Deborah Talbot
(Bowden & Brazil)
Winner and Finalists Announced in the "rise in the city" Design Competition for Affordable Housing in Lesotho, Africa

The competition brief sought sustainable designs for a home that could be scaled up so that one family could add extensions, or be replicated as row housing.


March 12, 2019

"rise in the city" competition winner: “Creating Spaces” by Tanmoy Dey (Bangladesh)
(Tanmoy Dey)

Raw Elegance in Black and White: Q&A with JoAnn Locktov

The editor and publisher of "Dream of Venice in Black and White" talks about her creative process and strategies in creating the third book in the "Dream of Venice" trilogy.

by Saxon Henry

February 21, 2019

The ethereal cover of “Dream of Venice in Black and White,” photographed by Lisa Katsiaris.
(Lisa Katsiaris)
rise in the city 2018 Update: Student Designs for Affordable Housing in Lesotho Shine. A Few Prized Blocks Needing Sponsors Remain

Student designs for affordable housing in Maseru, Lesotho, Southern Africa, are in and - hot-off-the-press - winning designs will be prototyped!


January 22, 2019

Block 028<br>Architect: Hermann Kamte, HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates<br>Student: Simone Op den Kamp, Netherlands<br>SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE
(rise International)

New Beginnings: Interview with Bernhard Karpf, FAIA, Managing Principal, Richard Meier & Partners Architects

RMP's leadership is working to restore the firm's reputation, managing ongoing projects, and the team's plans going forward.

by Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA

January 17, 2019

Xin-Yi Residential Tower, Taipei, Taiwan
(Richard Meier & Partners)
Book Review: "An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles: Fully Revised 6th Edition" by David Gebhard and Robert Winter

Whether Los Angeles is more urbane, or simply more urban, the revised edition contains a new generation of public architecture, as well as the past editions' wealth of historic landmarks and buildings of cultural interest, or just curiosity.

by Sam Hall Kaplan

December 20, 2018

(Angel City Press)

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)

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