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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)
Book Review: The Architecture of Patterns, by Paul Andersen and David Salomon

A new book considers how the Modernist adage "form follows function" has stuck around in a whole new guise.

 
by Ann Lui

October 28, 2010



A Meditation on the Beauty of Zaha Hadid's Door Handle

Hadid's design issues a challenge: define beauty by lyrically playing with illusion.

 
by Norman Weinstein

October 28, 2010

ZH Door Handles, designed by Zaha Hadid with Woody K.T.Yao for Valli & Valli
(© Courtesy of Valli & Valli)
Book Review: "Architecture and Beauty: Conversations with Architects about a Troubled Relationship": Yael Reisner exuberantly interviews architects about beauty

Any of you architects seen Mr. Keats Lately?

 
by Norman Weinstein

October 12, 2010



Flex Space: AECOM Design + Planning Office by Michielli + Wyetzner Architects

The global firm gets a New York office that's as flexible as its corporate style - and LEED Gold to boot.

 
by ArchNewsNow

October 7, 2010

The skylit, multi-use conference room with sliding glass panels mounted with display boards in AECOM’s NYC office
(Alex Severin/Razum Media)
One-on-One: The Art of Ennobling Communities: Interview with Sara Caples and Everardo Jefferson

These architects have proven time and time again that architecture can transform reality and change attitudes.

 
by Vladimir Belogolovsky

August 24, 2010

Queens Theater in the Park, Queens, New York, 2002-2010
(Nic Lehoux for Caples Jefferson Architects)

INSIGHT: Save What's Left: Architects as Stewards of Our Planet

We need to develop a new design culture of responsibility, one that seeks in every instance to do as little damage as possible to natural systems.

 
by Peter Gisolfi, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP

August 19, 2010


(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
Why "Greatest Hits" Lists by Architecture's Stars Should Be Mocked

Transferring the musical or cinematic "greatest hits" list mind-set to architecture is deleterious, and here's why.

 
by Norman Weinstein

August 12, 2010


(C-Monster)

Veni, Vidi, Vici: Museo MAXXI by Zaha Hadid Architects

Rome, Italy: The ancient city's newest museum is a reminder that here is a woman at the top of the field - and a testament to the fact that women build, and build well.

 
by Ann Lui

July 19, 2010

MAXXI by Zaha Hadid Architects
(R. Galass, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI)
Barry Elbasani, FAIA, 1941-2010: A recent conversation with the gruff optimist and realistic urbanist about his history, inspirations, and aspirations.

The architect known for plans and buildings that revitalized American cities passed away last week at 69.

 
by Kenneth Caldwell

July 9, 2010

ELS founders Barry Elbasani (far right), Donn Logan, and Michael Severin in 1967, after finding out they had won the Broome County Competition.
(ELS)

Proper English, as in "Crikey, It's the Loo!"

What in the Sam Hill are lippings, we beseeched? Answer: trim. Conversely, our colleagues from across the pond were anxious to know who, precisely, Mr. Sam Hill would be.

 
by Jim Coan

July 2, 2010

Preliminary draft of UK-US glossary
(Centerbrook Architects)
Small Firm, Global Practice: An Interview with Jim Goring and Andre Straja of Goring & Straja Architects

How they manage an international practice as a small firm.

 
by ArchNewsNow

June 29, 2010

Tiffany store, Milan
(Goring & Straja Studio, Milan)

Book Review: Shedding Light on Concrete: Tadao Ando: Complete Works 1975-2010 by Philip Jodidio

Photographic presentation of a poet of light and concrete triumphs over lackluster commentary.

 
by Norman Weinstein

June 8, 2010

Front cover image: House and Stables for Tom Ford and Richard Buckley, North Galisteo, New Mexico
(Guido Mocafico)
Move the Farnsworth House

Mies built the Farnsworth in spitting distance of the mighty Fox River, and the house is paying a price for his hubris.

 
by Fred Bernstein

May 25, 2010

Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe, 1951
(Fred Bernstein)


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