Table of Contents February 2011



  • Ned Cramer

    What Is More?

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







  • A bustling cafe in the vibrant East Nashville community.

    Civics Lessons

    When a tornado devastated the seamier side of Nashville, AIA helped the town redefine its future.



P/A Awards


Best Practices

  • 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.

    Reuse, Repurpose, Revitalize

    In certain sectors, says DLR Group's Griff Davenport, capital-improvement projects can offer steady work, even in a recession.


Local Market

  • 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. cities, so a recovery should occur sooner.



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    Work Reworked

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



  • 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.


Other Articles

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    Ones to Watch

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




CEU Article

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    A Clockwork Shade

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


Other Articles

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    Thin Is (Almost) In

    Cheaper and more efficient than ever, thin-film solar cells are gaining market share. But they still have a way to go.




  • 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.


Exhibits Books Etc.

Studio Visit

  • 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.

    Ball-Nogues Studio

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


Other Articles

  • Robert Ivy, FAIA

    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.


Past P/A

  • Cornell University

    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.