|Architecture's New Scientific Foundations|
A new book-in-progress aims to change the way architecture is evaluated and, thus, to change the way it is practiced.
by Nikos A. Salingaros
April 7, 2015
||INSIGHT: Speaking with a Quiet Voice|
Some notes on designing the Huntington Education and Visitor Center, San Marino, California
by Stephen J. Farneth, FAIA, LEED AP
February 27, 2015
(Tim Street-Porter, courtesy Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens)
|Nuts + Bolts #11: CAPitalizing on Culture Change|
How candor, authenticity, and provocation (CAP) can create a firm culture that drives thoughtful, positive, and creative change.
by James Crispino, AIA, NCARB
February 19, 2015
|Delicately Rearranging Intangibles in Public Space: The Art of Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers in "Learning Through Practice"|
A new monograph highlights transformative designs by a firm strikingly dedicated to re-enchanting public space.
by Norman Weinstein
February 12, 2015
|Inexhaustible Nostalgia, Inexhaustible Shocks of the New: How to Navigate Through a Fake Controversy|
A path to avoid the quagmire of architecture's style wars.
by Norman Weinstein
January 29, 2015
(Collection SFMOMA. © Estate of Lebbeus Woods)
|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