Table of Contents december 2010



  • Our ROI World

    It is up to individual architects to stress that design is important to the bottom line, and that it's not merely a luxury.





Best Practices

  • SmithGroup workplace practice leader Angie Lee says that parenthood has been one of the best ways shes learned how to deal with staff conflicts. "You love them all the same way," Lee notes, "but sometimes, you have to play referee."

    All for One (Usually)

    Egos, generational differences, career goals … there are many reasons team members might not see eye-to-eye.


Local Market

  • Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Paul Smith Children's Village, and Lowe's Discovery Lab Architect: Design Studio, Cheyenne, Wyo. Completion: 2009. Brief: $1.3 million LEED Platinum project incorporates two WPA-era buildings.

    Cheyenne, Wyo.

    Steady government work at all levels has fostered a relatively stable economy in Cheyenne, Wyo., the northern anchor of the Front Range Urban Corridor.


Other Articles

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    Shopping Spree

    The past year has seen an uptick in A/E M&A activity. We look at three transactions to learn what motivated each side to agree to a union.




  • The benefit of vertical-axis wind turbines, such as those in Chicago's Greenway Self Park (above), is that they make use of breezes coming from any direction, and at a variety of speeds. By chamfering the parking garage corner where the 12 turbines are, HOK increased the turbines' exposure to Second City winds.

    Integrated Wind Turbine

    Chicago's Greenway Self Park, designed by HOK, includes a dozen vertical-axis wind turbines to help power the structure.



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    Truly Universal Design

    Accessibility isn't just about mobility issues, such as ramps and rails. It's also about chemicals and environmental health.





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    A Life Less Ordinary

    As told by Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic, the story of Norman Foster's rise from the streets of Manchester to the top of the design world is a worthwhile read.


Exhibits Books Etc.

Screen Grab

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    A voter's guide to help architects understand the wide variety of approaches to a sustainable society.


Past P/A

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    (De)constructing a Deconstructionist Monument

    Remembered for its dramatic deconstruction of architectural form, the Arnoff Center for Design and Art may have lasting importance as a watershed in computer-aided construction technology.