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Tag Archives: Architecture

February 5, 2017
February 2, 2017
Starchitect Calatrava Arrives in London
The Guardian

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is loved for his striking designs and loathed for cost overruns. Will his £1bn project for Greenwich Peninsula stay on course?

Row Houses: At Face Value
Urban Omnibus

We sent photographer Rob Stephenson out to document the many faces of the city’s row houses. While New Yorkers often use “brownstone” as a synonym for row house, the reality is that the form is far more varied than that equivalence suggests.

February 1, 2017
Simple Urbanism Is So Elusive
Streets.mn

At first blush, the new Harriet’s Inn at 40th Street and Lyndale Avenue in south Minneapolis is a nice addition to the city and its urban fabric. But is it actually an urbanist’s dream? Far from it.

Brooklyn’s Puzzle-Piece Apartment Building
CNN Money

In New York City, finding an affordable Brooklyn apartment is notoriously difficult. But inside Brooklyn’s 461 Dean — the world’s tallest modular building — half of the 363 rental apartments fall well below market rate.

January 30, 2017
Interview with Architect Jeanne Gang
Architectural Record

Architect Jeanne Gang is best known for the Aqua Tower in Chicago and its rippling facade. But her work has long melded the formal with social concerns, and from the start of her Chicago-based practice—Studio Gang—in 1997, she has worked across scales and building types.

January 29, 2017
January 26, 2017
Building to the Sky, With a Plan for Rising Waters
New York Times

New York developers want tenants in the towers’ 760 apartments to be able to live in their apartments for at least a week, no matter how high floodwaters may reach nor how long the power is out.

January 25, 2017
Prehistoric Architects Used Advanced Geometry in U.S. Southwest
Arizona State University

New research reveals that the prehistoric Pueblo people of the American Southwest, despite not having a written language or number system, created architectural complexes using advanced geometry — with incredible mathematical accuracy.

January 24, 2017
Map Highlights African-American Architects’ Work in L.A.
Next City

The challenge of visible role models is one that has plagued the field, notoriously male and white. A new map produced by the Los Angeles chapter of the AIA marks aims to change that, showing over 50 buildings in the city with significant input by African-American architects.

How Bungalow-y is Chicago’s Bungalow Belt?
Daniel Kay Hertz

At City Observatory, I’ve published a new piece about the ways that urban geometry—which is really just saying “the fact that single family homes take up more space than apartments”—affects the way that neighborhood identity is formed. But it was inspired by Chicago.

The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers
Arch Daily

As long as there have been buildings mankind has sought to construct its way to the heavens. Whether stone or steel, however, each attempt to reach unprecedented heights has represented a vast undertaking in terms of both materials and labor, and projects often go awry.

January 23, 2017
Sticking Up For Snout Houses
Cedar Rapids Gazette

Cedar Rapids city officials are considering zoning changes that could place restrictions on snout houses. As the less-than-complimentary moniker implies, some folks see them as downright unattractive. But is such a zoning policy, based on mere aesthetics, frivolous?

January 22, 2017
David Adjaye and Living Architecture
The McGill International Review

The product of a complex array of planning policies, migratory patterns, warfare, business interests and zoning laws, architecture acts as a reflection and extension of power struggles. Who owns the streets? How do the spaces we inhabit influence the trajectory of our daily lives?

January 19, 2017
Why Trump May Hurt Architecture
Archinect

President-elect Trump is planning significant cuts to federal programs, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. According to the report, they’re not just going to get budgetary cuts—they’re going to be eliminated. This matters.

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