Table of Contents July 2012



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    American Exceptionalism

    America is a great nation, but is it wise enough to learn from history and curb its own hubris?



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    United or Not?

    If the United Nations can’t put us on the path to sustainability, architects should step up.






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    Playing Defense

    Part two in a three-part series on balancing design and business.



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    New Amsterdams

    As water levels and the risk profiles of major coastal cities rise, new experts are meeting the challenge.




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    A Skyspace in Houston

    James Turrell’s latest project is an architectural pavilion that frames an artwork—and an artwork that accomplishes an architectural feat.

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    Welcome to the Boomtown

    The fracking oil industry has descended on North Dakota, bringing with it thousands of workers. The mind-blowing pace of development has local officials scrambling to plan for the future.

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    Death by Cliché

    In Chip Kidd’s latest graphic novel, “Batman: Death by Design,” the Caped Crusader and the Joker are joined by a cast of architectural archetypes. The result, sadly, is one big cliché.



R+D Awards


Best Practices

  • Deborah Berke

    Making the Mold

    The lack of diversity in architecture isn’t a simple problem, but there are better and worse ways to approach the issue. Architect and Yale University professor Deborah Berke outlines ways forward.


Local Market

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    Louisville, Ky.

    This city isn't merely horse racing and college hoops, the University of Louisville is establishing itself as a top-notch research facility and the city benefits from this as well as its location.





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    Managing Expectations

    Building management systems bring us one step closer to dummy-proofing your clients’ lives—if we can design and program them correctly.


CEU Article

  • Wellesley

    Wasteland Revival

    Critical in the repositioning of our postindustrial cities, brownfield redevelopments can transform a blemish on the map into a thriving hub of activity—particularly if designers have a say in the process.


Other Articles

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    In the Hothouse

    The next industrial revolution may be happening in our own backyards.



Exhibits Books Etc.

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    Exhibit: 'Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment'

    The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., is holding a retrospective of the 1982 Pritzker Prize–winning architect, Kevin Roche. Through Dec. 2.

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    Chris Boardman's Lotus Type 108 Olympic Pursuit Bike

    An Olympic bike is one object among many featured at the London Design Museum's "Designed to Win" exhibit, about all the gear that helped athletes with their gold, silver, and bronze victories. Through Nov. 18.

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    Exhibit: 'Stadia: Sport and Vision in Architecture'

    Just in time for the Summer Olympics, Sir John Soane's Museum in London is showing an exhibition on how architects have used the stadium throughout history to push innovation. Through Sept. 22.

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    Exhibit: 'Loop Value: The How Much Does It Cost? Shop'

    A pop-up shop by the Chicago Architecture Foundation factors in all of the hidden costs that products use throughout their lives. Through 2012.

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    Blog: Betonbabe

    On this Tumblr site from a Princeton University School of Architecture grad student, you'll be escorted through the coolest lost-and-found of concrete items.

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    'Up on the Roof'

    A trained-architect-turned-photographer-pilot turns his camera on the rooftop lives of New York City, to find pools, gardens, restaurants, and more.

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    Exhibit: 'Lost Dallas'

    From the Dallas Center for Architecture comes a look at all of the historic buildings and places that were demolished to make way for the city's oil-fueled growth. Through July 13.

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    Judith Turner: 'The Flatness of Ambiguity'

    The University of Michigan Museum of Art has a new exhibition of photos by the acclaimed architectural photography of Judith Turner. Through Sept. 2.

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    Book: 'Vitamin G'

    A best-of compilation and sourcebook for lo-fi sustainable projects and green features includes small-scale and large-scale ideas alike.


Studio Visit

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    Olson Kundig Architects

    The studio crit remains a crucial part of the culture at this Seattle-based firm, which stops work once per week to gather for a group critique, even as it has grown from two to nearly 100 people.


Past P/A

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    Hybrid High-rise

    In his science tower at Yale, the dexterous Philip Johnson mixed functionalism, classicism, and contextualism.



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    Armstrong Ultima Create!

    Lay-in ceiling tiles can be visually interesting if given the opportunity.

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    B&B Italia Tobi-Ishi

    The founders of London-based studio Barber Ogersby drew from the materiality of stones found in traditional Japanese gardens to design a table.

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    Laufen Tuna

    As part of Il Bagno Alessi's One project, Stefano Giovannoni designed lavatory furniture and accessories based on his high regard for the bathroom as a private space.

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    McNichols Co. Entrance Mat Grating

    The family-owned company offers a perforarted, stainless steel product that is suitable for high-traffic areas, high-end commercial buildings, and high heels.

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    LeeLabs Para Clocks

    High-strength concrete clocks feature radial, parametrically derived patterns from the Brooklyn, N.Y.–based startup LeeLabs.

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    Surface Ombrae

    Tangible, metal pixels angled at specific directions comprise a three-dimensional tiling system for small- and large-scale wall applications.

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    Tandus Flooring DV8

    The shifting of a needle in the tufting process can result in serendipitous beauty as well as a colorful carpet pattern.

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    Richlite Co. Cascade

    FSC-certified and post-consumer paper find new life as surfacing products for shelving and countertops.

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    Dow Solar Dow Powerhouse Solar Shingles

    The energy-producing shingles are gradually being launched throughout the United States, furthering the prevalence of building integrated photovoltaics.

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    Iron Age Designs Interlaken

    The Seattle-based manufacturer of metal trench drains, tree grates, and skimmer lids offers many geometric designs, including an intricate Victorian-era pattern.

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    Seves Glassblock VetroPieno

    Glass masonry blocks with a high-end aesthetic can be used in applications beyond bathrooms and basement windows.


    Art+Com Manta Rhei

    When organic LEDs and mechatronics technology come together, they can create a kinetic, energy-efficient luminaire.

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    Maharam Design Studio Band

    German designer Konstantin Grcic took four years to research textile materials and production processes to create four textured, nonwoven concepts.

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    AMICO Apex 02

    The potential of expanded metal mesh goes beyond simply aperture patterns.

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    Maffam Freeform

    Latvian designer Raimonds Cirulis creates organically formed furniture from an unlikely natural material.

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    Olson Kundig Architects Peek Sliding Door Pull

    The Seattle-based firm has designed a line of steel hardware and accessories, which is aptly named the Tom Kundig Collection.

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    Caleido Shine

    As one of 12 radiators in the Italy-based company's Fine Design collection, Shine exemplifies the design potential of HVAC equipment.

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    Bok Modern Lotus

    When two architects couldn't find an acceptable metal railing design for a project, they started their own metal panel company.


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