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Ten Years and Counting...

Reflections on the year, ArchNewsNow's first decade, and our 10th ANNiversary Fête.

By Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA
December 21, 2012

If you’re reading this, it means the Mayans weren’t wrong (but the End-of-Timers were) – Happy Winter Solstice!


It has been quite a year. Some powerful up’s – and down’s – architecturally, politically, urbanistically, climatically – for everyone on this big Blue Marble. But when has it ever not been so?


Ten years ago this week, my editor’s note for December 19, 2002, read:

The eyes of the world were on New York City yesterday. The Winter Garden in Lower Manhattan was a veritable sea of international media. We have sifted through the several hundred articles that appeared around the globe, and selected the few that actually offer analysis, opinion&hellipor just plain attitude. Most of the articles include links to the proposed designs for Ground Zero. It is definitely worth your time to explore the presentations and make up your own mind.”


December 31, 2002: “Pundits say 2003 isn't looking much better than 2002.”


Proving, perhaps, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.


This year’s news week is a bit brighter: U.S. firm billings increased for the fourth straight month (though there’s that pesky "fiscal cliff" looming). Times are still tough in Europe. Asia and Australia seem to be where much of the mega-building is going on. Fiscal cliffs aside, I remain the eternal optimist...


We survived Hurricane Sandy – sitting in the cold and dark for six long days and even longer nights (before self-deporting to a land of hot water and Internet – with hard drive and two cats in tow). I’ll never forget feeling the pit in my stomach the first time I saw images of the devastation after only hearing about it over a tinny transistor radio. Seeing my city so inundated made me gasp out loud. And our hearts ache for so many still suffering. But we are a resilient lot.


Our 10th year has been quite the adventure. We celebrated our first decade of delivering daily news and views as a free service to the international architecture and design community with a grand 10th ANNiversary Fête. We couldn’t resist tooting our horn just a bit with a few paparazzi moments (more pix will be added this weekend)...


And a grand fête it was, made possible through the generosity of and a number of Angels who made it all possible – my most heartfelt thanks – Angels and good friends, all!


AIA New York/Center for Architecture

Ann Beha Architects

Architecture Research Office/ARO

Asato Communications

Buro Happold

Caldwell Communications

Calori & Vanden-Eynden / Design Consultants

(who designed our oh-so-cool 10th ANNiversary logo!)

George Calys, Architecture Critic, San Francisco Examiner

Capelin Communications

Dattner Architects


Francis Cauffman


Hausman LLC

John Parman,

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

PKSB Architects

Rockwell Group

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)



A big THANK YOU to our readers. Your words of encouragement, critiques, and support (and news tips!) over the last 10 years have been greatly appreciated. Keep those cards and letters coming for at least another 10 years!


And a special shout-out to Norman Weinstein, Kenneth Caldwell, Vladimir Belogolovsky, and so many others who have lent their eloquent voices to our pages.


None of this would be possible without the unwavering support of ANN’s co-founder, tech wizard, and (most important) my husband, George Yates.


The Happiest of Happy and Merriest of Merry Everything to us all...





Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA Co-founder/Editor-in-Chief

Oculus magazine (AIANY), Editor-in-Chief


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