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A Filtered View #1: Buckminster Fuller (Not Al Gore) Invented the Internet

by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

October 14, 2015

A Filtered View
(Matthew Millman Photography)
Book Review: Clarifying The Art of Layering Space, or How Architects Outdo Superman's X-Ray Vision Daily

In "Time, Space, and Material: The Mechanics of Layering in Architecture," Anne-Catrin Schultz provocatively illuminates essentials of architectural layering, storytelling, interpretation, and wonder that are concentrated in the acts of creating and appreciating architecture, layer after layer.

by Norman Weinstein

October 8, 2015

Frank Gehry's Urban Renewal

Throughout "Frank Gehry" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the repeated and insistent message is that his work "distinguished him as an urbanist," as if trying so hard to convince us that it's true. The curator doth protest too much.

by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA

October 1, 2015

8 Spruce Street Design, sketch and volume study, 2007, New York, New York; 12 × 9 in. (30.5 × 22.9 cm); Collection Frank Gehry, Los Angeles
(© 2015 Gehry Partners, LLP, image courtesy Gehry Partners, LLP)
Architecture's New Scientific Foundations, Part 3

Adaptive vs. Random Complexity, Part 2. Nourishing environments are complex yet highly organized, but cannot be minimalistic.

by Nikos A. Salingaros

September 15, 2015

Photo of Bharatanatyam dancer by Marie-Julie Bontemps, 2014.

Being Frank Gehry

Paul Goldberger's account of the architect's rise is also a tale of things not going Gehry's way.

by Fred A. Bernstein

September 10, 2015

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (2003)
(Kristen Richards)
New Name and New Directions: Boddewyn Gaynor Architects, DPC

Q&A with the firm's principals about the changes they've made, and how they affect the firm’s operations and future plans.


September 1, 2015

New York City headquarters for London-based securities trading firm Smith New Court (reception area).
(Mark Darley)

Swimming with the Fishies: SeaGlass Carousel by WXY architecture + urban design

David Dunlap was right: the new carousel in Lower Manhattan's Battery Park is like no other you've ever ridden...oooh's and aaah's will ensue.

by Kristen Richards

August 25, 2015

The magical SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery
(Kristen Richards)
Nuts + Bolts #13: Hiring Interns for the Summer? What You Need to Know

Architecture and engineering firms engaging unpaid interns can avoid liability in connection with their internship programs by meeting six specific requirements.

by John Balitis

August 5, 2015

(Johnathan Ward)

A Conversation with HOK's Kenneth Drucker re: Architect-US Professional Career Training Program

The design principal of HOK's New York City office discusses the benefits of participating in the program for both U.S.-based firms and young international architects.


June 22, 2015

Keeping Supertalls Grounded, Connected: Q&A with SWA's John Wong, FASLA, FAAR

Tall buildings "are beautiful, sleek structures, truly awe-inspiring, but a lot of a building's long-term economic success is dependent on the integration and beauty at the ground level."


June 11, 2015

Shanghai Tower: overall landscape plan

Nuts + Bolts #12: The Importance of Mentorship: Debunking Mentoring Myths in the AEC Industry

Mentoring can help anyone make meaningful professional connections, and it should be considered rewarding and an honor for everyone involved.

by Donna Maltzan

June 4, 2015

(Johnathan Ward)
INSIGHT: A Focus on Local: Structure and Design of the Columbus Museum of Art Expansion

How DesignGroup worked with the museum to become more visible, relevant, and connected to the community as a meeting point between art, the public, and the physical city.

by Michael Bongiorno, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

May 22, 2015

The copper-clad exterior of the new wing as seen from the special event balcony during construction.
(Michael Bongiorno)

Architecture's New Scientific Foundations, Part 2

Architects often assume that complexity, in general, must be designed. That's a misconception, and rarely conducive to human wellbeing.

by Nikos A. Salingaros

May 12, 2015

Photo of Bharatanatyam dancer by Marie-Julie Bontemps, 2014.
Delight & Design: "Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio"

Wonder and joy pervade the exhibition and enchant its viewers. Skip - don't walk - to experience it.

by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA

May 1, 2015

“How do you turn a paper mill into a gin distillery?”: Distillery, Laverstoke, England (2010-14), foreground. Installation at the Hammer Museum, LA, through May 24, 2015.
(Brian Forrest)

West Street: A Little-Noticed Success

If a 19th-century method of moving traffic can succeed in a city as congested as Manhattan, it can work in many other cities as well.

by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

April 29, 2015

West Street in the West Village, looking south; towers on left are Richard Meier & Partners’ Perry Street condos.
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

Photo of Bharatanatyam dancer by Marie-Julie Bontemps, 2014.

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

Arrival Pavilion, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
(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

(Johnathan Ward)

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

Lebbeus Woods, SLIP House, from the series San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, 1995.
(Collection SFMOMA. © Estate of Lebbeus Woods)

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