Table of Contents August 2014



  • Chocolate and Peanut Butter

    Congress is questioning the State Department’s Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities program, fearing that it prioritizes design over security. Why not have both?







  • The Coming Storm

    Has resilience eclipsed sustainability as a core design concept?




  • Beyond the Boundary

    With his firm, Alfonso Medina is helping to change the face of housing in Tijuana, Mexico, with his practice that melds real estate, construction, and architecture.



  • Newport Beach Civic Center and Park

    This design for a new City Hall and public park in California is a study in edge conditions, merging building, landscape, and civic presence in one transparent package.

  • Sejong City

    By merging landscape and architecture, this plan aims to create a new seat of government for South Korea—and a new form of urbanism.

  • Schloss Herrenhausen

    The Hamburg-based firm rebuilds a palace in Hanover lost during World War II, restoring the centerpiece of Germany’s most important Baroque garden.



Best Practices

  • Return Policy

    Don’t just hand over the keys to a project. The post-occupancy review is a critical next step that should be part of your firm’s overall business strategy.


Other Articles

  • Incorporating Your Practice

    There are numerous ways to incorporate your business, so which one is right for your young firm? We run through the options with you.

  • Ritchies Messe-Leipzig Glass Hall in Germany

    Engineering a Generation

    Ritchie’s book recalls his career as the “Glass man,” and shows how a celebrated group of British architects became so technologically savvy.




  • Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall

    The University of Stuttgart employs robots to fabricate the shell of a pavilion about innovative construction methods.

  • On Cloud Nine

    A sprawling air-filled canopy by Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur provides shelter and character to a new bus terminal in Switzerland.



Past P/A

  • No Bones About It

    The demolition of Steven Holl's House at Martha's Vineyard seems both truly unfortunate and oddly fitting, given its initial inspiration.


Other Articles

  • Fire Island House

    Richard Meier has designed a relatively modest new beachfront house for long-time clients that marries his signature orthogonals with an exceptional transparency.