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Q+A with Rob Rogers, Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers

The New York City-based architect talks about the challenges and rewards of public projects, the value of competitions, and cross-disciplinary team work.

by ArchNewsNow

March 10, 2016

Through significant new urban connections, and a recreational and educational pavilion, the Water Works park in Minneapolis will provide an all-season place of respite and delight right at the site of the city’s origins – St. Anthony Falls.
(Rendering courtesy SCAPE/Rogers Partners)
INSIGHT: The Case for Permanent Infrastructure

Water mains burst, gas mains explode, drinking water is poisoned by lead, bridges collapse, roads break down, vehicles collide, and trains derail. Are these the systems we want? What would be required, and when will we respond to this compelling need for change?

by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

February 18, 2016

Roman Aqueduct of Segovia, constructed in 1 AD and still in use today.

A Filtered View #4: Where is Sustainability's Flying Buttress?

It may take a decade or so before photovoltaics and other energy-producing technologies find an aesthetic foothold, but for architecture to survive - they must.

by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

February 4, 2016

A Filtered View
(Matthew Millman Photography)
A Filtered View #3: Socially Progressive, Architecturally Conservative: A San Francisco Paradox

"Disruption" is the new buzz-word, but our new architecture (with a few exceptions) is anything but disruptive. A hallmark of a socially progressive environment is diversity - we need diversity in architecture, too.

by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

December 17, 2015

A filtered view
(Matthew Millman Photography)

Book Review: "The End of Automobile Dependence: How Cities Are Moving Beyond Car-Based Planning" by Peter Newman and Jeffrey Kenworthy

In a tightly packed yet readable marvel of comprehensiveness, Australian transportation scholars crunch the numbers on density and mode choices and come up with surprising grounds for optimism - provided planners get certain critical decisions right.

by Bill Millard

November 19, 2015

Hurricane Sandy Victims Return to Resilient, Sustainable, Affordable Homes on Raritan Bay in New Jersey

The Rebuilding Union Beach demonstration project returns 14 families to new homes, and launches an online Project Guide for other communities needing to rebuild in the wake of a natural disaster.

by Scott Lauer

November 16, 2015

Union Beach, NJ, is located on the southern edge of Raritan Bay, across from Staten Island, NY.
(Rebuilding Union Beach)

A Filtered View #2: Ubiquitous Stuff - Why is Most of it so Ugly?

Maybe Apple should design all of this stuff; or maybe Philippe Starck.

by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

November 12, 2015

A Filtered View
(Matthew Millman Photography)
A More Active Approach to Design Can Save Lives

Businesses are investing billions to make their workspaces more environmentally sustainable. But they should also consider how sustainable those workspaces are for the human beings who work in them.

by Jonathan Webb

November 4, 2015

An online retailer located in Washington specified a mix of open plan workstations, lounge areas, and conference spaces to promote a higher level of engagement and movement.

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)

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