February 2011 Table of Contents


The 58th Annual P/A Awards

Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Julie Snow / Lord, Aeck & Sargent with Office dA / Preston Scott Cohen / Stan Allen / Field Architecture



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What Is More?

Architecture is both an art and a science. Beauty may transcend explanation, but good design is a matter of evidence.




The Latest From the AIA

News, profiles, announcements, and other information provided by the American Institute of Architects.




Legislators to Watch

Six members of Congress who are likely to shape the agenda for the built environment—for better or for worse.

cyan/pdx ? portland, ore. ? tha architecture and gbd architects ? this 16-story building in downtown portland is certified leed gold. it appeals to generation y renters by compensating for small units (many are less than 550 square feet) with attractive communal areas such as a ??living room?? and a park for residents.

Market-Rate Multifamily

As the U.S. inches toward economic recovery, the focus on luxury condo towers shifts to market-rate rental apartments.

a sour economy may mean ??dwindling opportunities?? for new construction, griff davenport, one of dlr group??s managing principals, says, but some sectors are consistently ripe for capital-improvement work, including healthcare, higher education, and hospitality.

Rework, Repurpose, Revitalize

In certain sectors, says DLR Group's Griff Davenport, capital-improvement projects can...


Thin Is (Almost) In

Cheaper and more efficient than ever, thin-film solar cells are gaining market share...

sammons financial group building architect: koch hazard architects. completion: 2009. brief: $17.6 million, 120,000-s.f. office building incorporates geothermal energy and an open structural grid to maximize flexibility; winner, aia south dakota 2010 merit award.

Sioux Falls, S.D.

The economic slowdown landed in Sioux Falls later and more gently than in other U.S...

the production space (with nogues at left and ball at right) was empty when photographer timothy hursley visited, but it won't be for long. ball and nogues will soon begin work on a major new project called talus dome, commissioned by the city of edmonton in alberta, canada. "it's an earthwork made out of non-earthwork materials," ball says. the pieceabout the size of a single-family housewill be fabricated here in sections, then transported to edmonton and assembled on-site. "it's going to be interesting," ball laughs.

Studio Visit: Ball-Nogues Studio

The design and fabrication studio, which fuses art, architecture, and industrial design, shows us its new home.


Work Reworked

Mancini Duffy's Center for Workplace Innovation wants to change how clients do business.



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The Communicator

As Robert Ivy prepares for his new role as CEO of the American Institute of Architects, he shares his ambitions for the organization.


Continuing Education


A Clockwork Shade

The ABI and Zahner develop a kinetic shading system whose aesthetics are eclipsed only by its potential to help save energy.



with the mead center for american theater, bing thom has raised the design bar in the nation's capital.

Arena Stage's Second Act

Bing Thom preserves a pair of late midcentury theaters and upgrades a D.C. cultural institution to must-see status.


Past Progressives

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Below-Ground Books

Two underground bookstores won P/A Awards six years apart. Both point to the promise—and the problems—of building below grade.




Products: Walls & Ceilings


February 2011 Editor's Choice Products



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