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Engaging Students in Smart-Building Design: Illinois Institute of Technology New Student Residence Halls by Dirk Denison Architects

Chicago: Performance-calibrated building design and student-centric spaces will give students control over their environment and generate performance data to be shared with university and architectural communities beyond the IIT campus.

 
by ArchNewsNow

June 11, 2009

Within the swells and swales landscape, approaching the student center
(Dirk Denison Architects)
Book Review: A Subversive Book Every Architect Needs: "Architect's Essentials of Negotiation" by Ava J. Abramowitz

Supposedly architects don't need negotiating skills along with other communication skills because great design "sells itself." How lovely that an AIA legal counsel created this definitive book to shatter that thin myth.

 
by Norman Weinstein

June 5, 2009



WORDS THAT BUILD: Translate Images Into Touching Performances

Tip #15: Cultivate communication with clients that translates architectural imagery into experience at their fingertips.

 
by Norman Weinstein

June 2, 2009

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WORDS THAT BUILD: Emphasize Words with Lasting Resonance

Tip #14: Cluster symbolic and mythically-charged keywords in communication with clients.

 
by Norman Weinstein

May 6, 2009

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Stylish Stacking: Container Housing Project by Group 41

Salt Lake City, Utah: Shipping containers will jump off the rails to form an innovative multifamily apartment complex near a commuter rail station.

 
by ArchNewsNow

April 28, 2009

Red Container scheme
(Group 41)
Book Review: A Perspective from One Elevation: "Conversations With Frank Gehry" by Barbara Isenberg

Gehry's conversations offer portraits of an astute listener as well as talker, an architect as aware of his flaws and limitations as of his virtues.

 
by Norman Weinstein

April 21, 2009



Op-Ed: Designing the New Public/Private Model

Greater government involvement in design can be an opportunity - if done correctly. That requires architects to be to be at the table from the beginning.

 
by Peter Schubert

April 16, 2009


One on One: Elusive Architecture: Interview with Kengo Kuma

"I want to create a condition that is as vague and ambiguous as drifting particles. The closest thing to such a condition is a rainbow."

 
by Vladimir Belogolovsky

April 14, 2009

Takanezawa Plaza, Shiotanigun, Tochigi Prefecture, 2004-06
(Daici Ano)

Book Review: Tripping Out to London and Paris

Time to become a homebody, shop frugally, eat in, and take a virtual tour led by Sam Lubell

 
by Sam Hall Kaplan

April 8, 2009


WORDS THAT BUILD: Re-invent Green Communication

Tip #13: Try the spectacular 2-step program to cut fat and reduce telltale signs of greenwash.

 
by Norman Weinstein

April 2, 2009

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Op-Ed: CAMP Notes

Forget Don Fisher. Do we want the art or not?

 
by Kenneth Caldwell

April 1, 2009

Contemporary Art Museum at the Presidio (CAMP), seen from Main Parade Ground
(WRNS Studio)
When Your New Job is to Find Your Next Job

Some practical suggestions for opening new doors of opportunities in difficult times.

 
by Marjanne Pearson

March 19, 2009



Happy Ending for the Little Beach House That Could

Venturi and Scott Brown watch their Lieb House sail by

 
by Kristen Richards

March 16, 2009

Lieb House Number 9 – the first Pop House (#9 can be seen)
(Kristen Richards)
Q&A: Public Architecture Co-founders John Peterson and John Cary

 
by Kenny Caldwell

March 13, 2009

ScrapHouse installed on Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
(Cesar Rubio for Public Architecture)

WORDS THAT BUILD: Taking Advantage of Interruptions in Architectural Communication

Tip #12: Cogent communicators exploit opportunities offered by interruptions.

 
by Norman Weinstein

March 4, 2009

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Op-Ed: Life After Ada: Reassessing the Utility of Architectural Criticism

Ada Louise Huxtable deserves mucho thanks and praise - but other questions moving us to a new flavor of criticism have to be asked. (ALH's response: "I couldn't agree more.")

 
by Norman Weinstein

March 2, 2009


(lesather / flickr)

Exhibition Review: "Yes is More": BIG at DAC, Copenhagen

Though the firm's housing projects are amazing and their enthusiasm is great, the comic book graphics are a bit much - it's hard not to roll your eyes, but definitely worth the roll.

 
by Terri Peters

February 27, 2009


(Danish Architecture Centre)
Loud on the Outside, Quiet on the Inside: Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) by Grimshaw and Davis Brody Bond Aedas

Troy, NY: How do you "ground" a 221,200-square-foot building on a 30-degree slope? And how do you acoustically carve out grand venues that are designed for digital technology and electronic performance? Structural and MEP engineer Buro Happold explains.

 
by Craig M. Schwitter, P.E.

February 5, 2009

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; east entrance at the top of the hill
(Kristen Richards)

WORDS THAT BUILD: Faceting Architectural Communication

Tip #11: Effective communication evolves out of cross-reflective details.

 
by Norman Weinstein

February 3, 2009

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Community Building: Saratoga Avenue Community Center by George Ranalli, Architect

Brooklyn, New York: A new community center re-imagines public architecture and what civic buildings represent.

 
by ArchNewsNow

January 14, 2009

Saratoga Avenue Community Center: south (garden) elevation
(Paul Warchol)


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