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Reviews
on 8/11/14

In an effort to recede from the suburban context of Syracuse, New York, Jon Lott of PARA-Project opted to wrap the three-story writing studio in a material more commonly used for roofs and canopies: silicon-impregnated fiberglass fabric. The orthogonal exterior belies the curved ceiling of...

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Reviews
on 8/7/14

Many former industrial buildings in Chinese cities have been converted into hubs for the creative industries. There is political support for the shift of production from inner city neighbourhoods to newly established industrial zones on the fringes of the metropolises. Of course, environmental...

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Reviews
on 8/4/14

Shou Sugi Ban is an old Japanese technique for charring wood to make it insect resistant and weatherproof it on the outside of buildings. The technique, which creates a wildfire-resistant shell, is one way that this retreat on a cattle ranch between...

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Reviews
on 7/28/14

In the United States battlefields from the American Revolution and Civil War are considered sacred ground, preserved as open space and used as sites for education and interpretation. The American Revolution's Battle of Monmouth took place on a hot day in June 1778 in central New Jersey....

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Reviews
on 7/23/14

For years, Switzerland has held a privileged position in the panorama of international architecture. The country (one of the richest in the world) boasts an excellent network of architecture schools, a modern architectural culture with a long tradition, a powerful publishing industry and...

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Reviews
on 7/21/14

Even as college tuitions rise faster than overall inflation, universities are booming. The University of New Hampshire is projecting a 30% increase in the undergraduate and graduate populations in the next two decades. In anticipation, UNH is building more, including a new building for the...

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Reviews
on 7/13/14

The harsh sun of America's Desert Southwest leads architects to varying design responses, from the vernacular use of mass that absorbs the sun's heat and radiates it during the cool nights to elements that filter the sunlight. Eric Strain of assemblageSTUDIO has combined these two...

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Reviews
on 7/6/14

Aksarben Village is a mix of apartments, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, recreation and offices that bills itself as "Omaha's all-weather destination" about five miles west of downtown. The office spaces are particularly important for giving the new development some...

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Reviews
on 6/30/14

Site often determines a building's form, be it orientation, size, views, or materiality, among numerous characteristics. This cabin on the edge of Flathead Lake in western Montana finds inspiration in its site accordingly, also going so far as to echo the slope of the land in the green...

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Reviews
on 6/26/14

Wiel Arets Architects recently completed the Allianz Headquarters in Wallisellen, Switzerland. The architects choose five drawings and twelve photos and describe the building.

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Reviews
on 6/23/14

The state of Missouri is crisscrossed by a number of rivers making their way to the Mississippi, a few that have been dammed to create reservoirs and lakes that are also popular vacation spots. The snaking Table Rock Lake, formed by damming the White River, is an especially popular area near...

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Reviews
on 6/16/14

The U.S. General Service Administration's Design Excellence Program celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Since 1994 the program has streamlined the selection of quality architects and led to notable office buildings, courthouses and other facilities. One building that predates the...

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Reviews
on 6/9/14

City living no longer means just an apartment and a laundry room in the building. As people move back into American downtowns, they want fitness centers, social areas, outdoor space, bike storeage, even urban farming. Brunsfield America's new apartment building in the North Loop...

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Reviews
on 6/2/14

As local pharmacies across the United States fall to ubiquitous chains like CVS, it's refreshing to see this nearly 70-year-old pharmacy in suburban Detroit thrive and reinvent itself. Architecture is an important element in the latter, from the façade to the layout and the...

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Reviews
on 6/1/14

This head office for a human resource development and networking company was designed by Akitoshi Ukai of Aichi-based architecture firm AUAU. When the company decided to move the center of its operations to a site surrounded by paddy fields in Toyota City, client and architect seized the...

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Reviews
on 5/30/14

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Reviews
on 5/26/14

Think of the areas in and around Boston and most likely institutions of higher education come to mind: Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, to name a few. Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is relatively small in comparison but a new 20-story tower gives the college...

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Reviews
on 5/16/14

Baltimore has a reputation for crime, poverty and drugs, thanks to statistically high rates of each but also the city's portrayal in popular culture, most notably the television show The Wire. A major redevelopment area in East Baltimore attempts to address these concerns, and a...

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Reviews
on 5/12/14

Mount Desert Island is the largest island on Maine's Atlantic shore – the second largest island on the American eastern seaboard, after Long Island, New York. The natural beauty of Mount Desert Island is conserved through Acadia National Park, which covers about half of the island....

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Reviews
on 5/5/14

Sports and history may seem like two areas that don't mix, but the memorabilia of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the displays of the Northwest Louisiana History Museum come together in the fluid interiors of Trahan Architects' new building in Natchitoches. Likewise, old and new...

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Reviews
on 4/27/14

Being an architect means acknowledging that even the smallest things are important. This position comes to mind when considering Architectural Artisans' design of a new accessible entry at the side of the Third Lutheran Church in Louisville. The small limestone portal invites visitors...

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Reviews
on 4/21/14

Manhattan is a small city in northeast Kansas that is affectionately called "The Little Apple" and is home to Kansas State University. While the K-State campus is predominantly limestone, buildings off campus are a more varied lot, such as the existing orange-brick Manhattan High...

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Reviews
on 4/14/14

In honor of its 125th anniversary, the Principal Financial Group helped create the Principal Riverwalk in its hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. The 1.2-mile (2-km) path uses landscapes, pedestrian bridges and public art to connect the east and west sides of the Des Moines River in the city's...

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Reviews
on 4/7/14

Architectural inspiration can take many forms, but in the case of the University of Indiana Schools of Business and Engineering designed by HOK with Hafer Associates, it is the fact of two schools coming together into one building. Each has their own formal and material expression, but more...

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Reviews
on 4/1/14

This home for a family of five is located on Amami Oshima Island, midway between Kyushu and Okinawa in southern Japan. Although the lot is close to both ocean and mountains, its immediate neighborhood is built up with three-story apartments. Architect

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Reviews
on 3/31/14

Much of the work of MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang has focused on water, in particular the river and lake of her hometown of Chicago. Her 2011 book Reverse Effect explores the natural, social and recreational future of the Chicago River. An outcome of this research is...

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Reviews
on 3/24/14

Bellevue is a small town with a population just over 2,000 in the Wood River Vally of central Idaho. This location begs for a dramatic architecture that can contend with the surrounding mountains. Idaho architect Susan Desko has crafted such a design in this large, unfinished house whose prow...

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Reviews
on 3/24/14

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Reviews
on 3/17/14

Pro bono, which literally means "for the good," is increasingly seen in the world of architecture as a source of excellent design. Many firms accept pro bono commissions as a means of expanding their creativity, recruiting and retaining employees, and creating strong ties with a...

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Reviews
on 3/10/14

Reusing old buildings for new uses is one of the most environmentally responsible practices for architecture this century. A building need not be architecturally or culturally significant to be saved, and Congregation Or Hadash Synagogue in suburban Atlanta is a case in point. The setting...

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Reviews
on 3/3/14

How a building expresses the functions that it houses is just one of the many considerations architects need to take into account in the design process. Very few contemporary buildings make bold statements derived from function, but Arquitectonica's design for FIU's School of...

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Reviews
on 3/1/14

Designed to serve as both studio and residence for ceramics artist Koichiro Isezaki, architect Tamotsu Teshima’s House in Inbe blends quietly into its surroundings in the city of Bizen, Okayama Prefecture. Teshima’s work is characterized by attractive designs that draw their power...

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Reviews
on 2/26/14

A major gesture is not always needed. In further developing a campus that dates originally from the 1960s Dietmar Feichtinger shows that added value can be better achieved through restraint, carefully positioned cubes, and subtle facade rhythms than by the use of showy sculptural symbols.

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Reviews
on 2/24/14

Historic structures provide continuity with the past while providing canvases for contemporary interventions. In the restoration and expansion of an early-19th-century house in Lewes, Delaware, architect Robert M. Gurney echoed the three-story gable form of the original in the four...

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Reviews
on 2/17/14

A large part of incorporating sustainability into architecture is setting goals, many of them tied to carbon neutrality and looking decades in the future – 2030 is probably the most popular target year. At The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, 2020 is the year for achieving a carbon...

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Reviews
on 2/11/14

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