Table of Contents October 2012



  • Hope & Change

    The American Institute of Architects is engaging its members and the public in an important conversation about the future.



  • Under Romney, "Architects Are Certain To Suffer"

    In response to their side-by-side columns debating which ticket should win architects’ support, political reporter Jamelle Bouie counters Philip Klein’s argument that the Romney/Ryan ticket is the better choice for architects.

  • Obamacare “Would Be Devastating for Architects”

    In response to their side-by-side columns debating which ticket should win architects’ support, political reporter Philip Klein rebuts Jamelle Bouie’s argument that the Obama/Biden ticket is the better choice for architects.






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    Pencils Down

    Being an engaged voter has never been easier for architects.



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    Well Rounded

    As hospital campuses grow, how can they simultaneously shrink their environmental footprints?




  • Renzo Pianos Shard clocks in at 72 storiesby far the tallest building on the citys skyline. The price tag for development and construction was $2.4 billion, and that high cost translates to a look-but-dont-touch approach for all but the upper echelons of London society.

    Built for the 1 Percent, Open to the Rest

    Renzo Piano’s the Shard brings new life to the London skyline, but is inaccessible to the masses. Nearby central St. Giles balances big-ticket design with the needs of the common folk.

  • Stanley Tigerman (left) and Wiel Arets met inside S.R. Crown Hall in early September.

    Meeting of the Deans

    Stanley Tigerman, the unofficial dean of Chicago architecture, sat down with the Dutch architect to discuss his vision for the school.

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    Who Should You Vote For?

    The design and construction industry has had a rough few years. Will the next four get any better? Two political reporters say that it depends on who you vote for.



  • Lakewood Mausoleum

    Built into a hillside in one of Minneapolis’s most historic cemeteries, this glass-and-granite structure fuses with the landscape in a respectful, yet uncoventional, take on this building type.

  • Fully restored, the Cutty Sark is now enclosed by a diagrid shell with glazing from Seele, which meets the hull just above the clipper ships waterline.

    Cutty Sark Restoration

    The firm designed this new London berth for Britain’s last tea clipper, and it mixes engineering prowess with nautical preservation.

  • Fashioned from six Cor-Ten steel shipping containers, modified by TRS Containers in New Jersey, the Whitney Studio makes its presence known with a black-and-yellow exterior coated in paint by Hempel.

    Breuer Meets Lot-ek

    Shipping-container maestros Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano of Lot-ek built this temporary education studio, which takes over the courtyard of the Whitney Museum of American Art.




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    Reading Between the Lines

    Belgian design firm Gijs Van Vaerenbergh merges landscape, heritage, and religion in an art installation that is 90 percent air.



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    To 3D or Not to 3D

    With the array of 3D printers available, and with costs ranging from $1,500 to $150,000, selecting the best model for your firm can be as time consuming as designing a building—almost.


CEU Article

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    Shades of Gray

    On-site graywater treatment systems offer an efficient solution for water conservation, if designers are willing to invest the time and effort.


Other Articles

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    Just Move It

    The parkour movement is becoming a design program in its own right, which has some architects—and everybody's waistlines—rejoicing.


Past P/A

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    Health(y) Research

    Ben Refuerzo and Stephen Verderber showed how research can lead to better public health facilities—without compromising architectural quality.