Table of Contents March 2010



  • Green Play

    There were some interesting and fun ideas presented at the "Contemplating the Void" exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum.



  • Libeskind's Crystals mall

    City on the Strip

    With CityCenter, its new megaproject featuring buildings by Norman Foster, Helmut Jahn, and other marquee names, MGM Mirage proposes a Las Vegas that's more urban, less ersatz.

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    Everything Must Go

    Chicago photographer Brian Ulrich has traveled the country documenting the fallout of the recession: scores of dead and dying retail establishments.

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    Meet the Geodesigner

    Long a favorite tool of planners, GIS technology holds exciting possibilities for architects, as well.



  • View of the façade

    Cooper Square Hotel

    The new tower, designed by Carlos Zapata Studio, is the newest building to help redefine this civic plaza on Manhattan's East Village.

  • The Wit hotel, designed by Chicago-based Koo and Associates, brings hipsters to a Doubletree property in the city??s central Loop.

    The Wit

    This new Doubletree hotel in Chicago, designed by Koo and Associates, gives the normally humdrum chain a boutique aesthetic.

  • W Hotels

    A look at four new branches of the W Hotel have opened up in Hollywood, Atlanta, and the New York Area.



Best Practices

  • Yes, having multiple insurance policies means paying more for proper coverage, says broker Barbara Sable. There are, however, ??more entrants in architects and engineers professional liability insurance,?? she notes. ??That??s keeping rates lower than they might otherwise be.??

    Multiple Exposure

    Architects are redefining what it is they do for a living. But the liability issues can be as diverse as the services offered.



  • Sons of Fresno: Kiel Famellos-Schmidt (above left) and ?Shaunt Yemenjian of Spacio | Design.

    Think Locally, Act Globally

    The principals of Spacio | Design, a new firm in Fresno, Calif., make the leap from advocating for good local design to producing it.


Local Market

  • Jackson, Miss.

    Mississippi's only true urban center, Jackson has $1.5 billion in private projects and $400 million in public developments planned or under construction.




  • Made up of approximately 28,000 flat panels, the Burj Khalifa??s curtain wall varies little in appearance from bottom to top. At the uppermost levels, the unitized panels were made narrower and taller than on lower floors, easing the installation process. The skyscraper??s ??curved?? façade serves two design purposes, dispersing both the Dubai sunlight and the desert wind.

    Burj Khalifa Curtain Wall

    For SOM, designing the cladding for the record-setting Burj Khalifa required simplifying technology and pushing its limits.



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    Color Me Sustainable

    A smart palette in buildings can benefit the entire triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. So why does most sustainable architecture stick to a limited color range?



Other Articles

  • Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion, Zaha Hadid Architects

    Far More Than Skin Deep

    Taken from the recently published "Transmaterial 3," these five products demonstrate functional—as well as aesthetic—advances in architectural cladding.




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    A Plan for Haiti

    Published just days after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, "A Plan for Reconstruction" offers 11 actions that will assist the island nation.


Exhibits Books Etc.

Screen Grab

  • ??Architects want to do the right thing when it comes to using reclaimed materials,?? says PlanetReuse founder and principal Nathan Benjamin (right), ??but they don??t always have the time to do the research.?? Operations manager Tim Bensman adds, ??We provide a professional face to these materials.??

    When it comes to using reclaimed building materials in commercial projects, PlanetReuse speaks the language of architects and contractors.


Other Articles

  • What the husband-and-wife team pursued in their Learning From Las Vegas studio was also fundamental to their architecture practice, as a recent exhibit at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery, ??The Work of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates,?? demonstrated.

    Pop Rules

    Symposium and exhibits celebrate the legacy of the Yale Las Vegas studio and the work of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.


Past P/A

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    Vive Le Gehry

    The P/A Award-winning building that Frank Gehry designed survives under a new purpose and client.