Table of Contents February 2008



  • Resist the Urge

    Everybody's talking recession. As this issue of ARCHITECT went to press in late January, economists for financial giants like Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs were shifting their predictions from gloom to doom, the Asian and European stock markets had dipp



  • Building the Modern Cathedral

    The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away—although sometimes in reverse order, as in the case of the Cathedral of Christ the Light now nearing completion in Oakland, Calif.

  • Suburbia Redefined

    “Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes,” on view through May 18 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, exhibits the new realities—and surrealities—of 21st Century suburbia.

  • Coming Attractions

    Landmark's CEO Ted Mundorff sees the new flagship cinema in Los Angeles as a nod to the past: “It's a return to service, a revival of the customer experience that was around in the '30s but has since diminished,” he says.

  • Infrastructure: How Would You Spend $1.6 Trillion?


Local Market

  • Bozeman, Mont.

    A popular place to live, Bozeman has been struggling with how to preserve its past without limiting the possibility for growth.



  • Why Steel Is So Costly

    Blame the upcoming Olympics in China if you want, but the real story on steel pricing these days is much more complicated.


Screen Grab

  •,, and more

    Sites, blog posts, and other web items of interest.


    Urso Chappell was 15 when he visited his first world's fair. Held in Knoxville, Tenn., Expo '82 wasn't perfect: Its theme, “Energy Turns the World,” was a carryover from the cost-of-oil–conscious '70s, and attendance was low, historically speaking. But wi



Other Articles

  • Clips: February 2008

    News briefs from around the world of architecture.

  • Italian Designer Ettore Sottsass, 90, Dies

    In an age of professional specialization, the vanishing Renaissance man still dwells in Italy in that permeable membrane between design, architecture, and writing. But even by Italian standards, no designer-architect-editor-writer was more the Renaissance

  • Scofidio Expects Work on Governors Island to Begin this Spring

    New York City's Greening Campaign has a new frontier on Governors Island. In December, the results of an international design competition were announced: A jury had selected an alliance comprising West 8, Rogers Marvel, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Quennell

  • MoMA's Antonelli Promoted to Senior Curator

    New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has promoted its influential architecture and design curator, Paola Antonelli, to senior curator, a signal that design matters more than ever in the modern pantheon.

  • AIA Report Names Six Principles for Transportation-Related Projects

    Successful transportation projects can result in multiple benefits, if properly designed, according to a report released by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in January. Titled “Moving Communities Forward: How Well-Designed Transportation Project

  • U.S. Navy Weighs Options for Bay Area's Hangar One

    Although the 785-foot-long rigid-frame airship USS Macon crashed into the ocean in 1935, less than two years after its first flight, its monumental home has remained as an emblem of Machine Age exuberance. Yet even with its storied past, Hangar One at Mof

  • Michael Alderstein: U.N. Renovation Will ‘Establish a Model’ for Other Buildings

    The United Nations Headquarters complex has long stood as an icon of postwar politics and architecture. The 39-story glass-and-steel Secretariat tower and the curving, white General Assembly building in Manhattan have become monuments with global signific

  • MIT Digital Media Guru Maeda Tapped to Lead RISD

    When the Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD) announced in December that John Maeda, guru of technology and design at MIT, would be its 16th president, there was reason to anticipate an infusion of geek consciousness at the 130-year-old fine arts school.

  • Carter's Grove Plantation Sold for $15.3 Million

    Williamsburg museum, closed for last three years, suffered from poor attendance





Other Articles


Other Articles

  • Awards Underground

    What if a global corporation sponsored a green building contest with $2 million in prize money and nobody noticed?

  • You're Fired!

    Letting an employee go is never easy. And architects, whose practices are particularly sensitive to changes in the economy, may do more firing than members of other professions. The process isn't just emotionally tricky—it can also have legal consequences

  • When the People Seized Power

    It wasn't just the dust that chased families off their farms during the Depression. The bright lights of the city beckoned, symbolizing all that electricity made possible.

  • Protection That Lasts

    The word “durable” is associated most often with those products we hope to enjoy long after freeing them from their protective packaging. But intellectual property, especially the exclusive rights of copyright protection, enjoys an extended warranty unmat

  • New News is Good News

    When I.M. Pei designed the first building for Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1963, media was a different thing altogether. Primary outlets included Time magazine, which cost 30 cents, and CBS, where Walter Cronkite