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Left Coast Reflections #3: The Wall

The wall may never be built, but the real damage the Trump Administration is likely to inflict on the built environment will have lasting consequences.

by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

October 26, 2017

Left Coast Reflections
(Courtney Broaddus)
"rise in the city" UPDATE: Top 10 Artists Announced for the Inaugural Fundraiser in New York City on October 25

Lesotho, Africa, comes to NYC through art created and donated by architects, designers, artists, and sponsors from around the world.


October 19, 2017

Wendy Evans Joseph with Elnaz Rafati, Studio Joseph: "Shared Fabric" (digital image printed on fabric, 28" x 28")
(Studio Joseph / rise)

Apurva Bose Dutta: "Architectural Voices of India: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos"

The architectural journalist talks about how and why her first book came together, and highlights some of the thoughtful voices she encountered.

by Apurva Bose Dutta

October 12, 2017

“Architectural Voices of India: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos” by Apurva Bose Dutta
(Cambridge Scholars Publishing)
Memo to: The Next Generation of Architects. Re: What would I have done differently if I had known then what I know now?

Leaders with the skills and sensibilities of an architect are needed now more than ever. I call it Leadership by Design.

by Richard N. Swett, FAIA

October 5, 2017

“Every good house needs a good architect” – Ambassador (ret.) Richard N. Swett, FAIA
(Kristen Richards)

rise Inaugurates "rise in the city" in New York City on October 25

The non-profit is hosting an art-filled fundraiser, auctioning 100 works of art by architects, designers, and artists for the organization's inaugural project: expanding and upgrading an overcrowded orphanage in Lesotho, Africa.


September 28, 2017

CLT: A More Efficient, Cost Effective Design Partner for Sustainable Buildings

Using cross-laminated timber in place of the old standards like steel and concrete is one way to reduce the environmental impact of a structure without compromising on the advances we've made in modern structural integrity.

by Casey Malmquist

August 23, 2017

American Fork, Utah: Star Mill's spiral staircase, built inside an old grain elevator of the former flour mill (1888), used cross-laminated timber panels placed within the flooring system.

Nuts + Bolts #15: From Adversary to Partner: Managing Relationships in Construction Projects

Three core practices to help keep the peace while keeping a project moving forward.

by Lisa Anders, LEED AP

August 10, 2017

(Johnathan Ward)
From the Treetops #1: Sacramento: Unheralded City of the Future?

Sacramento is on the cusp of something big, building the city's economy around innovation and creativity. But innovation is only worthwhile if put to use.

by Jason A. Silva, AIA, LEED AP

July 20, 2017

From the treetops of Sacramento
(Jason A. Silva)

Nuts + Bolts #14: Start Me Up: Taking Cultural Cues From Our Tech Sector Clients

Why can't the rules (or lack thereof) of start-up culture apply to an AEC firm?

by Christian D. Giordano

July 13, 2017

(Johnathan Ward)
Book Review: Reading the Grain: "Wood" by William Hall

Designer William Hall's photographic essay of wood architecture spanning a 1,000 years broadens thinking about a trendy material so it appears as an ever-changing, perennial, and crucial one.

by Norman Weinstein

June 29, 2017

“Wood” by William Hall (Phaidon, March 2017, $49.95)

Left Coast Reflections #2: "Architect" is Not a Verb, Ivanka

The profession has a problem, and the advice proffered in "Women Who Work" (or any other insipid milkshake) is no cure.

by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

June 22, 2017

Left Coast Reflections
(Courtney Broaddus)
Sitting Down with Kevin Roche: "I learned everything I know about architecture from Eero."

"The most important thing one can achieve in any building is to get people to communicate with each other. That's really essential to our lives. We are not just individuals, we are part of a community."

by Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA

June 15, 2017

The lush atrium at John Deere Headquarters in Moline, Illinois, allows employs to pass through nature as they circulate through the building.
(Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates LLC)

Taliesin East: "Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954-1959" by Jane King Hession and Debra Pickrel (Book Excerpt)

A Plaza home and office had much to offer the architect, including prestige, prospect, and refuge - an elegant perch from which to survey the city he loved to hate.

by Jane King Hession and Debra Pickrel

June 8, 2017

On the cover: Frank Lloyd Wright standing at the window of his Plaza suite
(Lisa Larsen / Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)
Nuts + Bolts #13: Safe Harbors: A Case Study on End-game Strategies

A new way of dealing with ownership transition that can benefit some principals who face difficulties in achieving successful exits.

by Peter Piven, FAIA

June 1, 2017

(Johnathan Ward)

Book Review: "The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple: Economy as Ethic": Transforming the local and commonplace into the global and rare

Robert McCarter (with a little help from his friends) crafts a majestic survey long overdue.

by Norman Weinstein

May 25, 2017

One-on-One: "I wanted to be in the middle of things": Interview with Vito Acconci

In this never-before published Q&A from 2015, the late Acconci revealed his highly personal way of imagining his architecture as a pursuit of creating a total work of art that is at once poetry and architecture.

by Vladimir Belogolovsky

May 18, 2017

Vito Acconci in his studio, July 30, 2015
(Vladimir Belogolovsky)

Left Coast Reflections #1: The Sustainable Spoon

The idea that humans are able to create sustainable artifacts is, indeed, here to stay. But as designers of the largest artifacts on the planet, we architects need to be especially vigilant.

by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

May 11, 2017

Left Coast Reflections
(Courtney Broaddus)
Preface to "One Hundred & One Hosannas for Architecture"

"It is a truism to say that journalism is the first draft of history. Historians always place great weight on contemporary accounts...a work of architecture is not complete until it has been written about."

by Shane O'Toole

May 4, 2017

“One Hundred & One Hosannas for Architecture”
(Alice O’Toole)

2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award Winners: An Interview with Bill Leddy, Marsha Maytum, and Richard Stacy of LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects

"Our track record of pushing to make a difference shows that a small firm can make a difference." - Marsha Maytum


April 27, 2017

North Beach Branch Library, San Francisco: Built on a former triangular parking lot, the LEED Gold library creates a civic lantern for the community.
(© Bruce Damonte)
Passive House is not so Passive Anymore: Q&A with Zack Semke, NK Architects

Passive House architecture sits squarely in the realm of information technology and science-based innovation. That is a potential game changer for buildings' role in the clean energy transition.

by ArchNewsNow

March 23, 2017

Pax Futura will be one of Seattle’s first multi-family residential project built to Passive House standards and Built Green 4-star certification. When completed in 2018, it will use up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling.
(NK Architects)

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