Front Porch Republic is an online publication dedicated to the idea that “scale, place, self-government, sustainability, limits, and variety are key terms with which any fruitful debate about our corporate future must contend.” In the explanatory essay “A Republic of Front Porches,” contributing editor Patrick Deneen, professor of political theory at Georgetown University, discusses how “the forces that led to the decline of the porch as a place of transition between the private and the public realm have eviscerated both those domains of their capacity to educate a citizenry for self-government.”
Architecture as graphic design: For nearly 30 years, Minoru Yamasaki’s World Trade Center towers dominated the Manhattan skyline, both in reality and as part of many, many Big Apple business logos. This site is dedicated to preserving the memory of such logos before they, too, disappear.
Maia Small, a partner at Pawtucket, R.I., architecture and urbanism firm Thurlow Small Architecture, blogs about “critical issues surrounding the transformation of the public environment.”
The National Building Museum has created “Architecture of Authority,” a Flickr group for people to share images of “the powerful spaces around you.” The group was launched in conjunction with an NBM exhibit of the same name that features the photography of Richard Ross. The exhibit ends on Aug. 16.
Does your job require you to know what Mother Nature is up to, whether in your backyard or at a project site elsewhere in the country? WeatherTAP could be your new favorite tool. A subscription-only service ($6.95 a month, $73.95 a year), WeatherTAP says it offers “the most current weather, faster,” thanks to near-real-time updates: every six minutes, as opposed to the industry average of 20 minutes.