Table of Contents March 2008



  • We Know It's Not Pretty

    Stanley Tigerman's new homeless shelter, the Pacific Garden Mission, probably won't win any awards for aesthetics. To be perfectly candid, it's rather spare, if not down right ugly. I think Tigerman would agree. "This



  • Home to a Thousand Souls

  • Concrete Masonry Units

    They look dull and, in fact, if you've seen one concrete masonry unit—or concrete block or CMU—you may think you've seen the lot of them: Usually they're rough, gray oblong blocks formed from water, sand, crushed stone, and cement, with two big holes in them.

  • Star Cities

    Famous architects are no longer just in the business of designing signature buildings. They are also increasingly functioning as megascale planners, hand in glove with the biggest developers in the world and with local municipalities, usually with both.


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  • Little Rock, Ark.

    Little Rock has experienced a resurgent urban core over the past decade, thanks to more than $1 billion in building and transit investments.



  • Walkable Urbanism

    Thanks to its mix of easily accessible employment, culture, retail, housing, and other amenities, the Washington, D.C., metro area has been hailed as the standard-bearer of pedestrian convenience in a recent Brookings Institution study on “urban walkabili


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  • Corbu, Construed

    Given the degree to which Le Corbusier's Vers une architecture has inspired and, one might say, haunted the theory and practice of architecture worldwide over the past 85 years, it is fitting for this to be ostensibly the last of the 18 canonical architec


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  • The Rebranding of Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo

    In 2005, Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo celebrated a milestone that few architecture firms ever reach: Its 60th year in business.

  • At the Convention

    Boston has undergone a radical transformation since it last hosted the AIA convention 16 years ago: The Big Dig has turned the site of the elevated Central Artery into a mile-long necklace of parks, which are giving once-landlocked neighborhoods like Chin

  • Water World

    How cities will adapt to the emergent threats of climate change—extreme storms, flooding, and rising sea levels.

  • Southern Lights

    The 515-foot-tall atrium of the Atlanta Marriot Marquis is a dramatic space in a city known for its dramatic interiors.

  • Flying High

    When traveling for projects is the norm, keeping costs under control can be a challenge.