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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)

Endangered Species: A conversation with "The Gargoyle Hunters" author John Freeman Gill

The novel "is informed by both my emotional connection to the lost city, and by everything I learned about architectural history and historic preservation as a journalist."

by ArchNewsNow

March 16, 2017

“The Gargoyle Hunters,” Penguin Random House, March 21, 2017
Book Review: "Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation" by Edward Humes

The systems that bring materials and goods from their far-flung sources to end-consumers' doorsteps, as this Pulitzer-winning author shows, are astonishing. The infrastructure supporting them is "breaking the world."

by Bill Millard

February 16, 2017

A West Coast Firm Establishes an East Coast Base: An Interview with Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A

Do clients on the East Coast want stadium seating and wacky graphics and Airstream trailers? "Is that a satirical note I hear in your question?

by ArchNewsNow

October 20, 2016

(Courtesy Studio O + A)
INSIGHT: Communication Issues in A/E/C Firms

10 predominant communications failures that hinder both individual career growth and business success.

by Donna L. Maltzan

October 6, 2016

(Courtesy The Science Mom)

Call for Entries: Green Skyline - Country Garden - Forest City Landmark Architecture International Design Competition

Seeking a green skyline for a new and sustainable smart city in Malaysia.


September 27, 2016

(Country Garden Group and Country Garden Pacific View)
One-on-One: "Architecture is the Construction of a New World": Interview with Nikita Yaveyn

The Russian architect talks about creative freedom (and sometimes lack thereof), wooden architecture, and what St. Petersburg might look like in 50 years.

by Vladimir Belogolovsky

August 25, 2016

Tomsk Museum of Science and Technology, Tomsk, Russia, 2015
(©Studio 44 Architects)

Return of the Broken Pediment

A review of three recent books involving the life of Philip Johnson

by Christian Bjone

July 7, 2016

Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson, by Hugh Howard
A Filtered View #6: The Sustainable Building Artistically Considered

In our culture of fashion-driven design, a sustainable building will have to succeed aesthetically to be truly sustainable.

by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

June 30, 2016

A filtered view
(Matthew Millman Photography)

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