Table of Contents June 2012



  • Not Old Enough

    Could a building—or a whole style—prove so reprehensible, so repulsive, that it can never gain a fair place in the hearts and minds of men?



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    Color Coding

    Who and what decides which colors are in and out?

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    Growing Pains

    The recession may have curbed the acceleration of obesity, but it's still a big problem.




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    Sun Child

    Working across disciplines is the path to energy efficiency, says Alicia Ravetto, AIA.






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    Being There

    Step out of the echo chamber and get involved.



  • Games by Design

    The buildings that will host the London Olympics are notable not only for their responsible approach to high design, but also for how they will serve the city after the closing ceremonies

  • Seventeen Days Later

    London officials are leveraging their infrastructure spending on the so-called Neo-Austerity Olympics to help revitalize one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Critic Christopher Hawthorne weighs their chances for success, and at what cost.




Best Practices

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    Spin the Web

    Hinge marketing senior partner Sylvia Montgomery says that architects can build their business by online marketing.


Local Market

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    Riverside County, Calif.

    Tough economic times have hampered growth in Riverside County, but the area has climate and nature on its side.



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    Getting Centered

    Three new AIA chapters have built spaces to engage professionals and the public they serve.




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    Carnegie Fabrics Xorel Graphic

    A fabric made from colored threads of the technical textile that are woven to create dimensional patterns.

  • A La Mode FormMobi

    An app that digitizes what's left of the paper-pushing process in design and construction administration.



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    Beyond PowerPoint

    Designers explore new and old ways to make client presentations that are memorable and—better yet—successful.


CEU Article

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    A History of Tension

    Frei Otto's Olympic Stadium for the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, Germany, intimated a future filled with organic and mind-bending forms. Have tensile fabric structures lived up to their promise?


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Exhibits Books Etc.

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    Hello Materials

    From where do our materials come from, and to where do they go? A new exhibit in Denmark investigates. Through Sept. 21.

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    The Architectural Model

    The nostalgia for architectural models continues, but with a few quirky twists, at Frankfurt's Deutsches Architekturmuseum. Through Sept. 16.

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    The Outdoor Office

    With studies proving the benefits of natural light and exposure to nature, Jonathan Olivares proposes a new typology: the outdoor office. Through July 15.

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    Design Like You Give a Damn 2

    Architecture for Humanity a new round of pro bono and pro humanitarian projects around the world.


Studio Visit

  • Grace La and James Dallman, AIA, launched La Dallman in 1999 in Milwaukee, a block away from their current studio in the citys gentrifying Historic Third Ward. The neighborhood, once known for its wholesale grocers and light-industry warehouses, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    La Dallman

    Grace La and James Dallman, the husband-and-wife duo behind the Milwaukee-based practice, talk about when the workday ends, as well as the Midwestern agriculture and industry that informs their work.


Past P/A

  • Prudential tower, Back Bay skyline at sunset across Charles river, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

    Urban Renewal

    The Back Bay (now Prudential) Center in Boston has all but disappeared behind pedestrian-friendly infill buildings and shopping arcades.



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    Haworth Lively Task

    An ergonomic office chair with multiple adjustment and upholstery options to meet a user's unique needs.

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    Shaw Contract Group Light Series

    A collection of carpet tiles with fibers and backings made from recycled materials.

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    Davis Furniture Tre

    A collection of stools sized for lounge, counter, and bar heights, and designed by Jehs+Laub.

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    KI Lightline

    A movable wall system that includes butt-glazed panels to create seamless views for offices and work environments.

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    Teknion Interpret

    A modular desking system that can assume a myriad of workstation configurations.

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    Schluter System Kerdi-Line

    A linear floor drain designed for use in showers, wet rooms, and steam rooms.

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    Carl Hansen & Søn Oculus Chair

    A plush reception chair designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1960 that joined the company's production line in 2010.

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    Surfacing Solution Allusions

    Nail-free, tin-styled ceiling tiles made from recycled, thermoformed styrene.

  • Sherwin-Williams Co. Emerald Interior

    Paint that is VOC free from its acrylic latex base to its colorants.

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    Artek Armchair 423

    Designed by Ben af Schulten in 1989, the chair uses the Finish manufacturer's characteristic bent wood and veneer materials.

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    3form LightArt French Curve

    A suspension light fixture made from gathered resin bands.

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    BuzziSpace BuzziBlinds

    Freestanding, modular acoustical blinds that can subdivide office environments.

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    Ligne Roset Guggen

    Originally designed by Andre Kikoski for a restaurant in the Guggenheim Museum, the chair possesses universal appeal.

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    Cambria Hollinsbrook

    One of 15 designs in the Minnesota-based company's Waterstone collection of natural quartz.

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    Knoll Womb Chair

    Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1946, the chair design continues to own its icon status.

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    Concertex NappaTile

    Two- and three-dimensional tiles finished in a faux-leather or faux-suede fabric.

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    Crossville Shades

    A collection of ceramic tiles with linear detailing and accent mosaic pieces.


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