|Book Review: "Never Built Los Angeles" by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin; foreword by Thom Mayne|
The contradictions and challenges of Los Angeles as a metropolitan conceit of perpetual promise continue.
by Sam Hall Kaplan
September 20, 2013
(Courtesy LAWA Flight Path Learning Center)
|Monterey Design Conference: 1 Mile of Beach. 3 Days. 20 Speakers. 50 Hours. 100s of Conversations. 1,000s of Ideas|
The Julia Morgan-designed Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA, will be abuzz at the biennial event September 27-29, 2013.
by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA
September 6, 2013
|Architects EAT Melbourne|
How things are panning out on Melbourne's burgeoning skyline is questionable. But in the shadow of those weird towers, firms like Architects EAT are doing work that is subtle, refined, location-appropriate, and very beautiful.
by Jonathan Lerner
August 20, 2013
|The Blob That Could Eat Los Angeles|
The history of our ill-fated Los Angeles County Museum of Art is told in "The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA": I'm a fan of Zumthor, but this building could be cool almost anywhere else.
by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA
August 8, 2013
(©2013 Museum Associates/LACMA)
|Nuts + Bolts #5: Why Mid-Sized Design Firms Should Hire a Director of Operations|
Hiring a DOO has the potential to significantly increase revenues while creating an environment where designers design, not manage!
by Michael Bernard, AIA, and Mary Breuer
August 6, 2013
|A Conversation with Gordon Young, Author of "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City"|
Place is not always the result of the work of well-intended design professionals.
by Kenneth Caldwell
July 12, 2013
|Saarinen's TWA Terminal Revisited|
It was great to move once again within this swooping, multi-level building with its sunken lounges, suspended bridges, and shallow steps that invite gliding rather than climbing (and that tile work!).
by Janet Adams Strong, Ph.D.
July 9, 2013
(Janet Adams Strong)
|Krier Answers Weinstein's Questions (and then some!)|
Dear Mr. Weinstein: Thank you for mentioning my Speer reprint. I will respond gladly to your questions if you respond to my "pointed" questions.
July 2, 2013
(Courtesy of Leon Krier)
|Review: "False Solution" by Oren Safdie|
Safdie's third in a series of plays about architects and architecture makes its world premiere at La MaMa in Manhattan (only a few days left to see it!).
by Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA
June 25, 2013
(Courtesy of Oren Safdie)
|Op-Ed: Some Pointed Architectural Queries for Three Connoisseurs of Albert Speer's Monumental Classicism on the Occasion of the Re-publication of "Albert Speer: Architecture 1932-1942" by Leon Krier|
by Norman Weinstein
June 18, 2013
|Nuts + Bolts #4: Spring into Growth Mode: Organize Your Process to Maximize Your Potential|
Internal organization, clearly defined workflows, and a focused approach to the things you do best will put you on the right track to long-term growth.
by Steve Whitehorn
May 15, 2013
|Overdrive: L.A.'s Future is Present in its Past|
Simultaneously hopeful and wistful, The Getty Museum's exhibition is about the evolution of a modern city seen through its architecture, confirming the truly layered nature of Los Angeles.
by Julie D. Taylor
April 19, 2013
(©Luckman Salas O’Brien; Alan E. Leib Collection)
|Book Review: "Original Copies, Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China" by Bianca Bosker|
A must-have for those who wish to see a design phenomenon and trend explained in a clear and concise manner without the pretentious tribal signifiers that so plague academic writers.
by Christian Bjone
April 4, 2013
||Nuts + Bolts #3: Focus on the Future: Keys to Steady Growth in a Slow Recovery|
Business forecasts are looking brighter, but steady, measured growth is still your best strategy for success.
by Steve Whitehorn
April 2, 2013
|Preservation Alert: P.S. 199, by Edward Durell Stone (1963)|
The public school on Manhattan's Upper West Side could be facing demolition if a developer takes up New York City's offer to sell the site.
by Fred A. Bernstein
March 22, 2013
(Fred A. Bernstein)
|Architects Opposing Prisons Gain Support|
AIASF and international groups endorse human rights changes to AIA Code of Ethics.
by Raphael Sperry, AIA
March 7, 2013
(Courtesy Tamms Year Ten committee)
|Nuts + Bolts #2: You Can't SELL If You Can't TELL|
You talk all the time but are you communicating clearly? Use your words effectively to build your influence.
by Tami D. Hausman, Ph.D.
February 26, 2013
|How an Architect Stole the Stockholm Furniture Show|
Gert Wingårdh's architectural folly proves the extraordinary power of architecture, even when a building lasts just four days.
by Linda Hales
February 19, 2013
|One-on-One: Revolution in Architecture: Interview with Gregg Pasquarelli, SHoP Architects|
"We never limit ourselves to simply designing an image. Part of our initial concept is always about knowing how something is going to be built."
by Vladimir Belogolovsky
February 12, 2013
(Photo by Bruce Damonte)
|Laurie Olin Remembers Ada Louise Huxtable, Champion of Urban Design|
With eloquence, grace, and warmth, the master landscape architect shares his personal encounters with the most notable of critics.
by Laurie Olin, FASLA
February 5, 2013
(Sketch by Laurie Olin)