Past P/A and Case Studies


Past P/A and Case Studies

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    Past Progressives: The New Orleans's Main Library, a Look Back at the 1957 P/A Citation

    Designed by Curtis and Davis, New Orleans’s Main Library shows how a classic modern building can adapt to changing needs.

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    Hybrid High-rise

    In his science tower at Yale, the dexterous Philip Johnson mixed functionalism, classicism, and contextualism.

  • Prudential tower, Back Bay skyline at sunset across Charles river, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

    Urban Renewal Becomes Urban Fabric

    The Back Bay (now Prudential) Center in Boston has all but disappeared behind pedestrian-friendly infill buildings and shopping arcades.

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    Showcase for Reuse

    A Silicon Valley developer who specializes in sustainable office buildings becomes his own client with a LEED Gold–certified renovation.

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    Wasted Appeal

    Securing regulatory approvals for net-zero-water projects may be tedious, but a successful outcome may help change the industry.

  • The Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York is a national model for industrial developments that are being renovated to create jobs for city residents and improve the existing facilities' efficiency. The 300-acre industrial cluster includes 45 buildings dating back as far as the Civil War era.

    Industrial Renaissance

    A new model for industrial development focuses on reducing carbon footprints and benefiting the surrounding community.

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    Audacious Yet Deferential

    Steven Holl's Kansas City art museum project is at once a sensitive addition and a landmark of its own time.

  • Photo by ?SiteLe Vieux de MontrealThe Office of Peter Rose

    A Waterfront to Watch

    Peter Rose’s urban design for the port of Montreal mixes public access with a working waterfront.

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    A Bridge Too Far

    Michael Graves's Fargo-Moorhead project offers one model of what architects can contribute to bridge design.

  • Foothill College was awarded a citation in the 1960 P/A Awards.

    Pragmatic Arcadia

    Bay Area imagery meets Modernist rationality in Foothill College, which remains a paragon of campus design.

  • The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.

    Lerner Meets Lutyens

    For the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Ralph Lerner gave Edwin Lutyens's Classicism a Postmodern spin.

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    Vision Obstructed

    Construction was never completed on the "Slow House" by the then-emerging team of Diller and Scofidio.

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    Density is Destiny

    This public housing project shows how even the most sophisticated design cannot overcome the problems that come with too much density.

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    20th-Century Design for a 21st-Century Park

    Bernard Tschumi’s scheme for the Parc de la Villette presented a new, controversial paradigm for urban parks.

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    Absorbing Existing Into New

    Kohn Pedersen Fox integrated office blocks by Bunshaft and Kling into the World Bank complex.

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    Optimal Performance is Bliss

    DLR Group explains why commissioning is an essential part of evaluating environmental performance.

  • Piazza d??Italia

    Postmodern Postmortem

    The Piazza d'Italia's current state speaks to the postindustrial city and post-Katrina New Orleans.

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    Historical Allusion as Public Policy

    A Chicago branch library from the early 1980s exemplifies Postmodernism's design strategies.

  • Frank Gehry's ICS/ERF at the University of California at Irvine.

    Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

    The fleeting existence of Frank Gehry's ICS/ERF shows how the permanence of a P/A Award cannot alter the impermanence of some buildings.

  • Cornell University

    Below-Ground Books

    Two underground bookstores won P/A Awards six years apart. Both point to the promise—and the problems—of building below grade.



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