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2011 Rudy Bruner Award Winners Offer Innovative Models for Urban Placemaking

This year's winners reflect a common understanding of the critical role that citizens, institutions, and governments play in the creation of successful civic places.

 
by ArchNewsNow

July 19, 2011

The Bridge
(Charles David Smith)
You Survived: Part 1: Regaining Profitability - and Moving Ahead

Take control of the financial life of your business, uncover hidden revenue streams and new service offerings while charting a more stable course for the future.

 
by Michael S. Bernard, AIA, and Nancy Kleppel, Assoc. AIA

June 29, 2011


(David R. Tribble)

Book Review: A Shout Out for Leers Weinzapfel Associates: "Made to Measure" - Some Meditations on Rejuvenating Campus Architecture

 
by Norman Weinstein

June 24, 2011


Poetry as Rescuing Angel: The Angel Island Immigration Station by Architectural Resources Group, Tom Eliot Fisch, and Daniel Quan Design

Angel Island, San Francisco Bay: Long abandoned and near demolition, an important part of American immigration history was saved by writings on the wall.

 
by ArchNewsNow

June 21, 2011

Immigrants arriving at Angel Island
(Department of Photographic Archives, State of California, Department of Parks and Recreation)

You Survived: Introduction: Your Firm Survived the Recession - Now Foster a Thriving a Practice.

 
by Michael S. Bernard, AIA, and Nancy Kleppel, Assoc. AIA

June 14, 2011


(David R. Tribble)
Book Review: "Post-Traumatic Urbanism," guest edited by Adrian Lahoud, Charles Rice, and Anthony Burke

A collection of essays highlights the recognizable and unrecognizable shifts and changes in cities following both mad-made and natural disasters.

 
by Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee

June 10, 2011



Book Review: Diving into Architecture from Every New Angle: Reading Guillevic's "Geometries"

Why an obscure book of French poetry in a flashy translation goes to the heart of every architectural practice.

 
by Norman Weinstein

June 3, 2011


INSIGHT: Collaboration and Compromise: A Misunderstood Aspect of the Design Process

True collaboration is a symbiosis between the architect's design ideas, a project's setting, and the intentions of its users.

 
by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

June 1, 2011

At the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY, the south-facing courtyard for play is surrounded by the single-loaded corridor so that the children are easily observed by the staff and other students.
(Robert Mintzes)

Book Review: Wake-up Calls for Color-Challenged Architects: Two recent books point the way to advanced imaginings of color

"Light Color Sound: Sensory Effects in Contemporary Architecture" by Alejandro Bahamon and Ana Maria Alvarez, and "Color Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delaunay" edited by Matilda McQuaid and Susan Brown

 
by Norman Weinstein

May 27, 2011

Light Color Sound: Sensory Effects in Contemporary Architecture
Book Review: "Immaterial World: Transparency in Architecture": Marc Kristal crystallizes increasingly complex notions of transparency with a light touch.

Although most of the 25 projects discussed are well-known, they take on additional meaning in this sensitively curated selection.

 
by Norman Weinstein

March 25, 2011



A Tale of Two Pools: Q&A with Paulett Taggart

It was the sunniest of pools, it was the foggiest of pools, but the architectural approach is similar: there is nothing unnecessary.

 
by ArchNewsNow.com

March 23, 2011

Top: Sava Pool, San Francisco, by Paulett Taggart Architects in a joint venture with Mark Cavagnero Associates. Bottom: Calistoga Community Pool, Napa Valley, by Paulett Taggart Architects.
(Tim Griffith Photographer (top) / Bruce Damonte Photography (bottom))
One-on-One: Architecture as a Social Instrument: Interview with Bjarke Ingels of BIG

It is not for nothing that this young architect is referred to as the "Yes Man" with a willingness - and ability - to please just about everyone.

 
by Vladimir Belogolovsky

March 1, 2011

Scala Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark: retail, a conference center, the new Main Library of Copenhagen, offices, a luxury hotel, and a public rooftop plaza
(© BIG)

Book Review: "Visual Planning and the Picuresque" by Nikolaus Pevsner. Edited by Mathew Aitchison

A rediscovered manuscript unveils a portrait of the famed architectural historian as neglected urban designer. His commitment to the picturesque aesthetic for buildings and towns is as urgently needed as ever.

 
by Norman Weinstein

February 1, 2011


Designers of the Year: An Interview with Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A

Today Contract magazine named Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla of San Francisco's Studio O+A Designers of the Year. We caught up with them in their office before they headed east for the festivities.

 
by ArchNewsNow

January 28, 2011

KODE retail outlet
(David Wakely)

The Ten Commandments of Architecture

 
by Jim Childress, FAIA

January 21, 2011


(Centerbrook Architects)
Book Review: How New Urbanism's Case Triumphs Best Through "The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary" by Dhiru A. Thadani

Thadani's oversized reference charms, infuriates, and enlightens.

 
by Norman Weinstein

January 14, 2011



Q&A with James Anderson, LEED AP re: Low Impact Development

LID is an alternative, cost-effective method for those who want to be sensitive to sustainability, but lack the resources to pursue LEED certification.

 
by ArchNewsNow

January 11, 2011

Houston Community College’s Felix Fraga Campus: Pedestrian pathways and lighting along a bioswale, which collects and filters water on site before returning it to the stormwater system, makes it a landscape feature and not just an oversized drainage ditch.
(Llewellyn-Davies Sahni)
Book Review: Cities for People, by Jan Gehl

Copenhagen's urban-space guru explains the principles, practices, and priorities that make cities more livable - beginning, but not ending, with dethroning King Car

 
by Bill Millard

January 7, 2011



Best Architecture Books of 2010

Ten books pointing the way to larger professional horizons

 
by Norman Weinstein

December 3, 2010


One-on-One: Putting Colors Together: An Interview with Will Alsop

For Alsop, it is the act of painting, the state of losing control - its imprecision and intuitiveness - that best define his initial vague intentions - and what ultimately brings him close to the mystery of inventing new architecture.

 
by Vladimir Belogolovsky

November 30, 2010

Headingley Cricket Club Carnegie Pavilion, Leeds, UK (2010), by Will Alsop for Alsop Architects, part of the Archial Group
(Roderick Coyne)


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