Table of Contents September 2007



  • The Great Leap Backward

    Everybody has a doomsday scenario these days. Climate change. Peak oil. Unchecked immigration. Big government. Nuclear conflict.



  • Water Power

    The world's largest whitewater park challenges Charlotte's Liquid Design to live up to its name.

  • Meet The Bloggers

    With an unorthodox mix of reporting, commentary, and activism, a new generation of architectural pundits is making its voice heard—online.


R+D Awards

  • 12 Blocks

    The Challenge: How can the standard concrete masonry unit be re-examined, renewed, and ultimately improved?

  • Soft House

    Kennedy & Violich Architecture took a radical first step in designing the Soft House, replacing many of the hard wall surfaces of a standard prefabricated house with movable curtains that contain embedded nanotechnology and thin-film photovoltaics.

  • Riddled Furniture

    The concept of porosity has been a favorite point of exploration in the buildings of Steven Holl Architects, so applying that concept at the scale of furniture seems like a natural progression for the firm.

  • Lightweight Façade Systems

    KieranTimberlake Associates has developed a strategy to achieve high performance in lightweight facade systems.

  • Atrium Daylight Control System

    The Challenge: What kind of system would allow light into an atrium, without casting glare on adjacent work spaces, at the new EPA regional headquarters in Denver?

  • First Annual R + D Awards

    It is all too easy, when looking at a finished project, product, or building, to forget that it took a massive effort to reach that point of refined completion.




  • Getty Foundation Names 2007 Campus Heritage Grant Awardees

    The Los Angeles–based Getty Foundation recently announced more than $2 million in grants to 15 colleges and universities as part of its Campus Heritage program. Some $13.5 million was dedicated toward the preservation of 86 different institutions during the six-year-long program that concludes with...

  • 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Given to Nine Projects

    Every three years since its creation in 1977, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture has celebrated the built environment in places where Muslims have a significant presence. For the 2004–2007 competition cycle, 343 projects were submitted, and the jury chose nine recipients, shown here.

  • Three Proposals for San Francisco's Transbay Neighborhood

    The Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), a group formed in 2001 to redevelop the aging 1930s transit station located at Mission and 1st streets, put out an international call last year for architect-developer teams to design the city's Transbay neighborhood.

  • Clips: September 2007

    News briefs from around the world of architecture.

  • Minnesota Looks to Fast-Track New Minneapolis Bridge

    As cleanup and investigation of I-35W collapse continue, debate over design and potential memorial begins


Screen Capture

Other Articles

  • St. George, Utah

    From 2000 to 2006, the retirement and recreation mecca that is St. George was the fastest growing metro area in the country.



Best Practices

  • Staying In The Picture

    Architects shouldn't disappear from a project once ground has been broken, says Attorney Barry B. Lepatner.



Pro Bono

  • Skating Free

    Skatepark advocates help young skaters build safe, legal sites where they can cut loose—and maybe overturn a few stereotypes.



  • On The Circuit Boards

    It's taken until the last decade for LEDs to develop to the point where architects can exploit their technological and aesthetic advantages at a large scale.



  • BIM Wars

    The battle for dominance in the 3-D modeling industry is heating up. Four updated software releases have tightened the race.


Copyright 101

  • Yours, Truly

    Why bother to register designs with the U.S. copyright office? An attorney breaks it down.


Other Articles


Object Lesson


  • Books

    Essays on design and the future of postmodern architecture.



  • Exhibits

    Ingo Maurer at the Cooper-Hewitt and other current architecture exhibits.


Sidewalk Critics

  • Sidewalk Critics

    Ohio's two-decade binge on cutting-edge museum architecture continued with July's ribbon cutting for the new John S. and James L. Knight Building at the Akron Art Museum.



  • Quilian Riano

    If you type “architecture” in Google, what's the first thing that comes up? The Wikipedia page.