Table of Contents September 2009



  • Shameless Plug

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  • Serta International Headquarters

    A new headquarters and R&D facility outside Chicago designed by Epstein | Metter Studio uses daylight and creative planning to answer the client's needs.

  • Pallets of landscaping materials create a mosaic of natural textures on the side of a storage barn in western Connecticut, enhancing the design of the compact structure while cleaning up the previously littered site.

    Storage Barn

    Gray Organschi Architecture designed a positive-energy storage barn to organize the site of a Washington, Conn., landscape maintenance business.

  • A family walks through the community plaza in front of the new Hollenbeck Police Station, in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles.

    Hollenbeck Police Station

    AC Martin's new police station in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles strives to create a strong sense of community.



Best Practices

  • Picture Perfect

    The second article in a three-part series for job-seekers. The portfolio is more than a visual complement to the résumé, says longtime recruiter David Brown. It's another way to tell the story of you.


Local Market

  • Las Vegas Convention Center Master Plan Enhancement Program

    Las Vegas

    Las Vegas' rapid and enormous growth over the past 15 years has been a boon for developers. These days, however, the story is just the opposite.



  • Small Steps Toward IPD

    As more architects are discovering, getting started with IPD does not require an all-or-nothing commitment. It's possible to test-drive an IPD workflow even if all parties aren't on board.




  • The new Weave Bridge at the University of Pennsylvania creates a pedestrian passage over the Amtrak train tracks that currently separate the main campus from athletic fields along the Schuylkill River.

    Weave Bridge

    Cecil Balmond and Arup's London-based Advanced Geometry Unit unveil a new pedestrian bridge in Philadelphia.



  • Cities of Tomorrow

    Slums and squatter villages show many of the earmarks associated with sustainable development and could point the way to create the cities of tomorrow.



Other Articles

  • Hardware in a Soft Market

    The recession has put a hurting on technology budgets, but architecture firms can't afford to work with obsolete equipment. We find out how five are coping.




  • Firefighters parade through Hudson, N.Y., in 2001.

    Bringing Urbanism Home

    Before large-scale development became the norm, urbanism began at home, when people opened small businesses to the sidewalk. It's time to recapture that spirit.


Screen Grab

  • A decade ago, Peter Stevenson (left) and Nathaniel Olson were swimming in construction documents. They contained the flood and developed the Drawing Vault, a CD-management service for developers and property management companies.

    An offshoot of premier building space-accounting firm Stevenson Systems, the Drawing Vault takes the headache out of construction document management.


Other Articles

Past P/A

  • Samitaur Offices, Culver City, Calif.

    Disordered Order in Culver City

    The Samitaur Offices brought a brand of disordered order to Culver City, Calif.,that Moss has since used to transform the neighborhood.