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Architecture's New Scientific Foundations, Part 2

Architects often assume that complexity, in general, must be designed. That's a misconception, and rarely conducive to human wellbeing.

by Nikos A. Salingaros

May 12, 2015

Photo of Bharatanatyam dancer by Marie-Julie Bontemps, 2014.
Delight & Design: "Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio"

Wonder and joy pervade the exhibition and enchant its viewers. Skip - don't walk - to experience it.

by Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA/LA

May 1, 2015

“How do you turn a paper mill into a gin distillery?”: Distillery, Laverstoke, England (2010-14), foreground. Installation at the Hammer Museum, LA, through May 24, 2015.
(Brian Forrest)

West Street: A Little-Noticed Success

If a 19th-century method of moving traffic can succeed in a city as congested as Manhattan, it can work in many other cities as well.

by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

April 29, 2015

West Street in the West Village, looking south; towers on left are Richard Meier & Partners’ Perry Street condos.
Architecture's New Scientific Foundations

A new book-in-progress aims to change the way architecture is evaluated and, thus, to change the way it is practiced.

by Nikos A. Salingaros

April 7, 2015

Photo of Bharatanatyam dancer by Marie-Julie Bontemps, 2014.

INSIGHT: Speaking with a Quiet Voice

Some notes on designing the Huntington Education and Visitor Center, San Marino, California

by Stephen J. Farneth, FAIA, LEED AP

February 27, 2015

Arrival Pavilion, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
(Tim Street-Porter, courtesy Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens)
Nuts + Bolts #11: CAPitalizing on Culture Change

How candor, authenticity, and provocation (CAP) can create a firm culture that drives thoughtful, positive, and creative change.

by James Crispino, AIA, NCARB

February 19, 2015

(Johnathan Ward)

Delicately Rearranging Intangibles in Public Space: The Art of Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers in "Learning Through Practice"

A new monograph highlights transformative designs by a firm strikingly dedicated to re-enchanting public space.

by Norman Weinstein

February 12, 2015

Inexhaustible Nostalgia, Inexhaustible Shocks of the New: How to Navigate Through a Fake Controversy

A path to avoid the quagmire of architecture's style wars.

by Norman Weinstein

January 29, 2015

Lebbeus Woods, SLIP House, from the series San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, 1995.
(Collection SFMOMA. © Estate of Lebbeus Woods)

Book Review: "Saint John's Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space," by Victoria M. Young

A history of the making of a contemporary sacred architectural masterpiece transcends its subject and becomes a broadly applicable study of peerless client-architect communication.

by Norman Weinstein

December 19, 2014

(University of Minnesota Press)
Nuts + Bolts #10: Charting a Course from Career Bewilderment to Career Betterment

Be curious, be adventurous and, when necessary, be assertive.

by Stanley Stark, FAIA, LEED AP

December 5, 2014

(Johnathan Ward)

Op-Ed: Top of the Heap

Since 1931, the Empire State Building has been New York City's GPS, but with a spate of supertalls obscuring the building, it could become hard to tell Manhattan from Kowloon or Pudong or Shinjuku or Canary Wharf.

by Fred A. Bernstein

November 21, 2014

(Kristen Richards)
Spaceship Lucas Lands in Chicago

Given the civic importance of the site, it's difficult to imagine how this vision for "Chicago 2020" won't stir up a lot of very vocal opposition to it. And rightly so.

by Martin C. Pedersen

November 6, 2014

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, conceptual rendering
(© MAD Architects)

New York Falls in Love with Gaudí's Complexity

A school of architecture displays the Sagrada Familia as a collective masterwork.

by Vicente Jiménez, El País; translated by Prof. Lisa Paravisini-Gebert

October 31, 2014

Views of “Sagrada Família - Gaudí's Unfinished Masterpiece” at CCNY Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, New York City, on view through May 15, 2015
(Gordon Gebert)
Why the Starchitect Debate isn't "Stupid"

Starchitecture is just a symptom of a much bigger problem in the profession.

by Michael J. Crosbie

October 10, 2014

(l-r): Foster, Zumthor, Diller, Gehry, Libeskind, Koolhaas, Hadid.
(Dr. Imdat As)

What Does Recovery Look Like?

The current recovery efforts in Japan following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami draws many parallels to our post-Sandy conditions in the Northeast U.S., and should temper our expectations and help illuminate realities of our road ahead. Do they have the answers we seek?

by Illya Azaroff, AIA

September 26, 2014

Artist Nishiko’s visualization of the height of waves from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Seawalls are being proposed across the region to meet these heights (up to approximately 65 feet).
INSIGHT: When to Remember Not to Renovate

The story of the Berkeley South Branch Library is a case study of when a Midcentury Modern building is arguably best remembered and respected through photographic and historic archives rather than reuse.

by Avery Taylor Moore, AIA, Field Paoli Architects

September 5, 2014

Berkeley South Branch Library: 1961 photo of the original library interior.
(Karl H. Riek, courtesy of the Berkeley Public Library)

Avoiding the Greenwash

Don't be swayed by eco-friendly claims. Questions to ask, and resources for answers, to help select products that will best meet green projects' - and the planet's - sustainability needs.

by Cameron Forte

August 27, 2014

(Kristen Richards)
Nuts + Bolts #9: The 80/20 Architect: How to Spend Wisely by Investing in Your Clients

Focusing on your top clients can increase your confidence, stability, and profitability.

by Steve Whitehorn

August 21, 2014

(Johnathan Ward)

Sociologists Rather than Signature Architects: Q&A with Behnisch Architekten Partners

They pull no punches in discussing the challenges of urban planning, the differences working in Europe and the U.S., architects' social and ethical responsibilities, and what their dream projects would be.

by Alexander Gutzmer

July 31, 2014

Unilever Headquarters, Hamburg, Germany: Southwest view from the Strandkai district of the surrounding waters and parks of HafenCity.
(Adam Mørk)
The Great Compilation: 14th International Exhibition of Architecture di la Biennale di Venezia

Rem Koolhaas has irrevocably changed the Venice Biennale's focus away from starchitects to architecture itself. Indeed, I left impressed and invigorated, but curious as to what might follow.

by Johannes M.P. Knoops, FAAR, Assoc. AIA

July 17, 2014

“Elements of Architecture”
(Johannes M.P. Knoops)

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