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Tag Archives: Architecture

June 7, 2017
June 6, 2017
New Orleans: The Impossible City
Places Journal

Before the failed levees drowned it in brackish water, press coverage and design competitions, New Orleans was largely a mystery to anyone who hadn’t been there, and to most people who had. Now we might imagine we have the full picture of New Orleans. But of course that’s not true.

Views of Humanitarian Architecture in Practice
Nonprofit Quarterly

Despite a lack of reliable international figures mapping the architecture nonprofit sector, online giving in the U.S. grew by 7.9% last year, with the “arts and culture” sector leading the way. This reflects a growing pro-bono and humanitarian emergence in the profession.

2020 Olympics Reshaping Tokyo’s Skyline

According to recent figures published by Bloomberg, 45 new skyscrapers will be constructed within Tokyo’s limits. If this figure is accurate, that would be mean a 50% increase in high-rises between now and 2020, compared to the previous three-year period.

June 5, 2017
Design Lessons From A Century Of Sci-Fi
Fast Company Design

The curator for a new sci-fi exhibit at the Barbican explains how the genre has shaped design, from branding to architecture, over more than a century.

June 4, 2017
What No One Tells You About Tiny Houses
New York Times

My husband and I share a 492-square-foot apartment in Cambridge, Mass. We inhabit a “micro apartment,” or what is sometimes called a tiny house.

June 1, 2017
Modernist Condos Usher New Wave of D.C. Architecture
Washington Post

“What we’re seeing is a real appetite for avant-garde and contemporary, modern spaces. We’ve predicted for years that people would start to demand exceptional design, and I think we’ve arrived at that moment”.

May 31, 2017
Could NYC’s Penn Station Ever Return To Its Former Glory?

The only good thing one can say about the demolition of the McKim, Mead & White building that was knocked down is that it appalled so many people that it became the foundation of the preservation movement. But now there is a serious campaign to rebuild it the way it was.

May 30, 2017
Inside Minneapolis’s First, And Coolest, ADU

Mette Nielsen had been interested in the concept for a while, but the death of a beloved catalpa tree provided the impetus, and the space, to do something not many people in Minneapolis have tried yet.

What Dallas’s Skyline Could’ve Looked Like
Dallas Morning News

Most of these grand designs are from the 1980s, when developers rebuilt Dallas skyline and had plans to do much, much more. Many of those grand buildings never made it out of the ground.

May 29, 2017
Curating Omaha’s Architectural Environment
The Reader

Who or what in Omaha is curating the way the city looks and functions? In contemplating this seemingly simple, albeit broad query, this writer asked several professionals their point-of-view on city curation.

May 25, 2017
The Weird Visions of Vancouver That Never Came To Be
Scout Magazine

Over the years architects, planners and developers have yearned to leave a lasting mark on Vancouver. Take a look at several city-altering designs from decades past that never quite made it — I like to refer to them as the good, the bad and the beguiling.

Interview: Architect Jeanne Gang on Design and Community-Building

Jeanne Gang is a rare bird among architects. Her 20-year old Chicago-based firm, Studio Gang, has cut a bold path, creating a broad portfolio of work that isn’t unified by form or typology as much as by deep research that explores social and environmental aspects of design.

The Case For Preserving Brutalist Architecture
Washington Post

Clearly, the D.C. Metro system has bigger things to worry about — safety, reliability, plummeting ridership — than the color of its stations. Yet its Union Station prompts tantalizing questions about the future of the world’s most polarizing architectural style.

Architects of Social Responsibility

Last month, Airbnb announced they had hired former Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair to lead their project to supply temporary housing to 100,000 people in need, shortly after launching a program to secure refuge for members of Chicago’s homeless community.

Bjarke Ingels Makes Impossible Concrete
Smithsonian Magazine

The architect of the future is running late—not just a few minutes sorry-to-keep-you-waiting behind schedule, but so catastrophically, are-you-really-still-here? late that when Bjarke Ingels finally shows up, it’s with a raspy plea for sympathy

May 23, 2017


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