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INSIGHT: Small-Scale Solution to Alternative Energy Resistance

Why the assumption that an industrial-scale response is required to produce green energy in the vast quantities required to power this country is wrong.

 
by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

September 27, 2011

Detail of the Student Center at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, with solar collectors on the roof. Peter Gisolfi, architect for the project, says that 15 percent of the electrical energy for the building is supplied by the sun, while the building itself consumes approximately 50 percent less energy than a typical code-compliant building.
(Robert Mintzes)
Book Review: Pencils that Refuse to Die: Meditations about New Books on Architectural Drawing

Three recent books dealing with architectural drawing by pencil you need to read: "Eleven Exercises in the Art of Architectural Drawing: Slow Food for the Architect's Imagination" by Marco Frascari; "The Architect's Sketchbook" by Will Jones; and "Robbie Cornelissen: The Capacious Memory" by Lex ter Braak and Edwin Jacobs

 
by Norman Weinstein

September 23, 2011



One-on-One: Architecture that leads to a point: Interview with Daniel Libeskind

"Every building, every city should have a story."

 
by Vladimir Belogolovsky

September 20, 2011

Memory Foundations, New York
(©Studio Daniel Libeskind)
Book Review: "One Million Acres & No Zoning": Lars Lerup's Outrageous Encomium to Houston Instructs and Infuriates

This isn't some dryly academic reconfiguration of trendy urban planning theory. I recommend it for the intrepid.

 
by Norman Weinstein

August 18, 2011



One-on-One: Architecture of Emotion and Place: Interview with Bartholomew Voorsanger, FAIA, MAIBC

The architect's aspiration to create expressive, dynamic spaces is absolutely the key to his work.

 
by Vladimir Belogolovsky

August 17, 2011

Canopy of Freedom, U.S. Freedom Pavilion, The National World War II Museum, New Orleans (under construction)
(©Voorsanger Architects PC)
Book Review: Talkin' 'Bout (Not) My Generation: Uplifting Gen X Architects Showcase Pragmatic Optimism

In "New York Dozen: Gen X Architects" by architect Michael J. Crosbie, the framing of each architectural firm is extraordinary.

 
by Norman Weinstein

July 29, 2011



"Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum": Bravura Example of an Architectural Documentary - Wright's Guggenheim Done Right

A look at great architecture as the product of the dance of the designer's intellect in an architectural film that doesn't miss a beat.

 
by Norman Weinstein

July 22, 2011

The star of “Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum”
(in-D media)
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




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