Table of Contents May 2007



  • Power To The People

    Did the nation's architects flinch in unison upon learning the results of the AIA survey of America's favorite architecture? It turns out that We, the People, and We, the Profession, aren't necessarily on the same page when it comes to defining quality in architecture.



  • The Competition Adviser

    Architectural competitions easily run aground.

  • The Planner

    "An effective city planner needs to be a gatekeeper, negotiator, and advocate for community values that have been identified by the appointed and elected bodies," says local architect Paul Trementozzi, principal of OZ Architecture. Fort Collins planning director Joe Frank is all of the above.

  • The Financier

    Many lenders focus on generating new business. MetLife wants to keep the clients it already has.

  • The Software Executive

    It's no surprise that Jay Bhatt sees the future through a global lens.

  • The Materials Engineer

    When architects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) were sitting down to work on design development for the Sears Tower in the late 1960s, they collaborated with another, smaller operation that has been largely lost to the history books.

  • The Television Producer

    Week after week this spring, celebrity judges on Bravo's Top Design subjected young, nervous interior designers to crueler crits than get inflicted in most design schools.

  • The Politician

    When architects want to call on a member of Congress who gets it, they go to Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon and 11-year House veteran.

  • The Meta Rankings

    A look at how architectural power is measured and honored—and what it means today.

  • An Indecisive Democracy

    The history and impact of Moses' exploits are documented in Robert A. Caro's Pulitzer Prize–winning 1974 biography, The Power Broker, which has defined Moses as a Machiavellian villain for a generation.

  • The Green Giant

    How a single nonprofit—the U.S. Green Building Council—defines sustainability for the nation.

  • Arabian Heights

    How does an emerging global power announce itself? With the world's tallest building.

  • The Construction CEO

    It's no wonder that Peter Marchetto, who heads operations in the Americas for construction giant Bovis Lend Lease, knows how to incorporate architects in the building process. He grew up with one.

  • The Lobbyist

    Tom Wolfe, the chief lobbyist for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is not an architect himself—and he thinks that's a good thing.

  • The Grantmaker

    In March 2006, as fierce dispute—and charges of inequity—surrounded the rebuilding plans for post-Katrina New Orleans, Darren Walker did the unimaginable.

  • Profiles in Power*

    The most influential people in architecture aren't necessarily practitioners.

  • The Nano Revolution

    Enter the nano revolution: a science that works on the molecular scale is set to transform the way we build




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Other Articles

  • Visible Green

    Green building strategies often seem complicated and confusing, but really they fall into two simple categories: those that affect visible design and those that do not.

  • Public Architecture

    A San Francisco nonprofit challenges the profession to act for social change.

  • Tucson, Ariz.

    The Sonoran Desert city of Tucson is more than sunshine and golf. There's a top university and an emerging high-tech industry, too.



Best Practices


  • Asmara Modern

    In the capital of Eritrea in East Africa, the colonial regime of Benito Mussolini left its mark—a remarkable collection of Italian futurist buildings.



  • No Ice

    How do you build an igloo—that icon of the arctic landscape—in Southern California?



Object Lesson

  • Mail Call

    A 50-year-old commemorative stamp goes uncancelled



  • Books

    An intimate book of photographs of Philip Johnson's Glass House, and more.



  • Exhibits

    Current exhibits in art and architecture.




  • Hilary Ballon

    The Columbia university architectural historian and curator of the exhibition “Robert Moses and the modern city” explains why the controversial planner deserves a reassessment.



  • Lights Up

    From May 6 to May 10, more than 19,000 architects and lighting designers will attend Lightfair International 2007.