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Chrysalis of Crystal

The award-winning Bahá'í Temple of South America, designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, proffers a new kind of sacred space.

by Michael J. Crosbie

December 21, 2017

Bahá’í Temple of South America: At the center of the dome is a small oculus that displays the Arabic words “The Greatest Name.”
(Michael J. Crosbie)
Drama in Architecture: Three Books that Defy Expectations

These choices are well off the beaten path but enjoyable in the views of the road least taken.

by Christian Bjone

December 19, 2017

“World Film Locations” series
(Intellect Ltd.)

Time for Jazzing Up Architectural Imagination?

A monumental catalogue of a great exhibition architects need more than they may know - hurry to Cleveland if you missed it in Manhattan. Explore "The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s."

by Norman Weinstein

December 14, 2017

“The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s” cover: detail of “Muse with Violin Screen” (1930) by Paul Fehér (wrought iron, brass; silver and gold plating).
(© Rose Iron Works Collections, LLC (full credits at end of article))
Arthur Cotton Moore: Bold Citizen-Architect

Some of the ideas seem impractical. Others would be ruinously expensive. Still others are sensible and ought to be considered, or at least admired for their audacity. A sampling from Moore's new book, "Our Nation's Capital: Pro Bono Publico Ideas."

by Fred A. Bernstein

December 14, 2017

Pavilion near the National Building Museum to house a Panorama of Washington, DC.
(©Arthur Cotton Moore)

One-on-One: "I Don't Have Any Competitors Because My Projects Are Unique": Interview with Zhang Hua

The Tianjin, China-based architect talks about why architecture needs theory, fractal geometry, teaching, and how seeing a Gaudí for the first time made him cry.

by Vladimir Belogolovsky

December 8, 2017

Yu Qingcheng Gallery, Tianjin
(Zhang Hua)
"rise in the city" UPDATE #2: Online Benefit Auction Continues!

Just in time for the holidays (and only until December 15!), a cornucopia of creativity - there's something for everyone (including that difficult-to-shop-for friend, colleague, and relative - or yourself!).


November 30, 2017

Sarah Springer/Jacobs Architects: "We Are ALL Immigrants" (encaustic on cradled birch panel, 24" x  24")
(Sarah Springer/Jacobs Architects / rise)

Stormy Weather: Landscape Design Responses for a Changing Climate

As designers and engineers move forward to adapt communities to changing weather patterns, providing flood protection while integrating social and ecological benefits will generate value and multi-functional infrastructure.

by Steve Albert, PE, CFM, Josiah Cain, ASLA, Prentiss Darden, MLA, and Jim Remlin, PE, LEED AP

November 9, 2017

Mirabeau Water Garden, New Orleans (Waggonner & Ball): A key building block of the larger Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, Living With Water.
(Waggonner & Ball)
From the Treetops #2: Sacramento Riverfront Development Brings New Life to an Overlooked Part of River City

There is a laundry-list of possibilities for creating those oh-so important physical and the more elusive perceived connections to our urban waterfront. Critical to the success of riverfront development: access, activation, and awareness.

by Jason A. Silva, AIA, LEED AP

November 2, 2017

From the treetops
((c) Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture)

Left Coast Reflections #3: The Wall

The wall may never be built, but the real damage the Trump Administration is likely to inflict on the built environment will have lasting consequences.

by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

October 26, 2017

Left Coast Reflections
(Courtney Broaddus)
"rise in the city" UPDATE: Top 10 Artists Announced for the Inaugural Fundraiser in New York City on October 25

Lesotho, Africa, comes to NYC through art created and donated by architects, designers, artists, and sponsors from around the world.


October 19, 2017

Wendy Evans Joseph with Elnaz Rafati, Studio Joseph: "Shared Fabric" (digital image printed on fabric, 28" x 28")
(Studio Joseph / rise)

Apurva Bose Dutta: "Architectural Voices of India: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos"

The architectural journalist talks about how and why her first book came together, and highlights some of the thoughtful voices she encountered.

by Apurva Bose Dutta

October 12, 2017

“Architectural Voices of India: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos” by Apurva Bose Dutta
(Cambridge Scholars Publishing)
Memo to: The Next Generation of Architects. Re: What would I have done differently if I had known then what I know now?

Leaders with the skills and sensibilities of an architect are needed now more than ever. I call it Leadership by Design.

by Richard N. Swett, FAIA

October 5, 2017

“Every good house needs a good architect” – Ambassador (ret.) Richard N. Swett, FAIA
(Kristen Richards)

rise Inaugurates "rise in the city" in New York City on October 25

The non-profit is hosting an art-filled fundraiser, auctioning 100 works of art by architects, designers, and artists for the organization's inaugural project: expanding and upgrading an overcrowded orphanage in Lesotho, Africa.


September 28, 2017

CLT: A More Efficient, Cost Effective Design Partner for Sustainable Buildings

Using cross-laminated timber in place of the old standards like steel and concrete is one way to reduce the environmental impact of a structure without compromising on the advances we've made in modern structural integrity.

by Casey Malmquist

August 23, 2017

American Fork, Utah: Star Mill's spiral staircase, built inside an old grain elevator of the former flour mill (1888), used cross-laminated timber panels placed within the flooring system.

Nuts + Bolts #15: From Adversary to Partner: Managing Relationships in Construction Projects

Three core practices to help keep the peace while keeping a project moving forward.

by Lisa Anders, LEED AP

August 10, 2017

(Johnathan Ward)
From the Treetops #1: Sacramento: Unheralded City of the Future?

Sacramento is on the cusp of something big, building the city's economy around innovation and creativity. But innovation is only worthwhile if put to use.

by Jason A. Silva, AIA, LEED AP

July 20, 2017

From the treetops of Sacramento
(Jason A. Silva)

Nuts + Bolts #14: Start Me Up: Taking Cultural Cues From Our Tech Sector Clients

Why can't the rules (or lack thereof) of start-up culture apply to an AEC firm?

by Christian D. Giordano

July 13, 2017

(Johnathan Ward)
Book Review: Reading the Grain: "Wood" by William Hall

Designer William Hall's photographic essay of wood architecture spanning a 1,000 years broadens thinking about a trendy material so it appears as an ever-changing, perennial, and crucial one.

by Norman Weinstein

June 29, 2017

“Wood” by William Hall (Phaidon, March 2017, $49.95)

Left Coast Reflections #2: "Architect" is Not a Verb, Ivanka

The profession has a problem, and the advice proffered in "Women Who Work" (or any other insipid milkshake) is no cure.

by Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

June 22, 2017

Left Coast Reflections
(Courtney Broaddus)
Sitting Down with Kevin Roche: "I learned everything I know about architecture from Eero."

"The most important thing one can achieve in any building is to get people to communicate with each other. That's really essential to our lives. We are not just individuals, we are part of a community."

by Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA

June 15, 2017

The lush atrium at John Deere Headquarters in Moline, Illinois, allows employs to pass through nature as they circulate through the building.
(Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates LLC)

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