September 2011 Table of Contents


Architecture to the Rescue

With the rate of natural disasters seemingly on the rise, the architecture profession is playing a pivotal role in prevention and relief work.



Sea Change Confessional

I remember when I awoke to the need for humanitarian architecture.




The Latest From the AIA

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



a surfer walks past the entrance on the northeast corner

Cité de l’Océan et du Surf

Biarritz, France/Steven Holl Architects with Solange Fabião

the taichung infobox is nestled within hangar a15 of the now-defunct taichung municipal airport.

Taichung InfoBox

Taichung, Taiwan/Stan Allen Architect

the longest fins used in the cloud wall are 44 feet long, with the shortest fins measuring just 3 feet long. one 40-foot aluminum fin weighs about 400 pounds.

Zahner Cloud Wall

A new fabrication studio at Zahner's Kansas City, Mo., plant, uses a screen made of...

the artsquest center at steelstacks stands in front of the remaining bethlehem steel blast furnaces.

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

Bethlehem, Pa./Spillman Farmer Architects


Boutique Michel Brisson

Montreal/Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

the two enclosed floors of the northern volume are supported by 18 poured-in-place concrete columns. and in a break from rice's brick-and-masonry vernacular, the northernmost facade is glazed to capture indirect light, and silk screened with a blue penrose pattern to mitigate glare.

Brockman Hall for Physics


west facade

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

East Lansing, Mich./Zaha Hadid Architects

sky terrace

Kingdom Tower

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia/Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture



the redesigned world trade center will make more efficient use of its lower manhattan space than the original site, according to master planner daniel libeskind.

Design After 9/11

The memorial and plaza—the first features of the World Trade Center to open after the attacks—reveal the politics and psychology imperative...


Studio Visit

kim yao and stephen cassell, along with partner adam yarinsky, 49, aia, moved the firm across the street to new soho offices five years ago. the type of space was as important a consideration as the quantity of space in that decision to move.

Architecture Research Office

The winner of a Cooper-Hewitt 2011 National Design Award, Architecture Research Office tackles diverse projects from one open-ended studio.



david rockwell

Do Good

David Rockwell discusses his firm's pro bono bonafides and how firms can best love...

allied health & sciences center ¢ valley glen, calif. ¢ co architects - opened in september 2008, the three-story, 98,000-square-foot facility boasts 131 new rooms, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, rooftop photovoltaics, and energy-efficient lighting.

Community Colleges

How does design serve community colleges, higher education’s fastest-growing sector?


Career Sampler

Maine architect Dean Bingham got creative in a stubborn economy and now runs a side...


Retro Grades

Benchmarking laws point toward a new industry in retrofitting existing buildings for...

grange insurance audubon center - architect: design group, columbus - total cost: $5.1 million - completion: 2009

Columbus, Ohio

There's more to Discovery City than Ohio State University.

michael l. prifty

Dashboard Confessional

Three views on monitoring systems and the promise that dashboards hold for design.


Lights Out

Cost, performance, and ideology: illuminating the debate over incandescents.

in the past, an effort to address serious quality-of-life issues would have been put forward by the city itself. can that push be privatized? the guggenheim curators (including david van der leer, shown here) think so.

David van der Leer

The Guggenheim curator is transforming the traditional exhibition into a laboratory...


Past Progressives


Vision Obstructed

Construction was never completed on the "Slow House" by the then-emerging team of Diller and Scofidio.


Continuing Education

amagerforbraending plant, big-bjarke ingels group

Trash as Treasure

Waste-to-energy incineration plants are spreading across Europe like wildfire. Will the trend catch on in the U.S.?


September 2011 Editor's Choice Products

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    Bigelow Polished

    A collection of modular and broadloom carpet for corporate environments.

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    Herman Miller Caper

    Multipurpose and stacking chairs made with 25% recycled material.

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    Fulton Vantage

    This high-efficiency condensing hydronic boiler can now use certain biofuels.

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    FDV Collection Aria

    A pendant light fixture with a 13W LED source and a hand-blown Murano glass diffuser.

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    Duravit Onto

    Bath furnishings designed by Matteo Thun, all in a bonded anti-warp, zero-emission plywood.


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