Table of Contents april 2012



  • Walk at Your Own Risk

    Missing from the discussion of the shooting of Trayvon Martin is a potentially contributing factor: urban planning and its role in the polarization of American society.




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    Deep Dive

    Tracing the legacy of architect Robert R. Taylor.




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    Best-Laid Plans

    Energy modeling is for everyone and all buildings benefit.



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    Design Doctrine

    Fifty years on, the GSA's "Guiding Principles" have become a working theory on good design.



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    Power Play

    Skate where the puck is going to be.



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    The Burden of History

    Is it possible to appreciate Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s new Barnes museum in Philadelphia on its own merits?




Best Practices

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    Certified Legal

    Spelling out the letter of the law regarding sustainable design.


Local Market

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    Jackson, Miss.

    A look at local market conditions in Jackson, Miss.



  • Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, Brooklyn, New York, Polshek Partnership Architects

    On Tap

    Wastewater-treatment plants used to be dirty buildings. Today, architects are cleaning them up.


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    What's Appening

    Tablets and smartphones promise to change the way that architects and engineers do business.




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    Under the Hood

    Software is crucial to design, but a program is only part of the story. Plug-ins, updates, and other customizations are key to getting work done.


CEU Article

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    Architecture’s Afterlife

    Recent national and grassroots initiatives open the door for reuse to have a greater role in sustainable design.


Other Articles



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    The Rejection

    A journalist's novelistic take on ground zero doesn't add weight to the debate.


Exhibits Books Etc.

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    Maya Lin

    Artist Maya Lin makes recreates rivers, seas, and mountain topography out of silver, plywood, and other materials. Through May 13.

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    SONG 1

    The Hirshhorn in D.C. will get a video makeover by artist Doug Aitken this spring. Through May 13.

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    Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life

    Frank Lloyd Wright's main photographer, now 95, exhibits his work at the Julius Shulman Institute. Through April 25.


Studio Visit

  • Eskew enjoys some of the bestand most unlikelystudio space in New Orleans. The firm established its studio on the 31st floor of an office building in 1999. Before that, Eskew occupied the third floor of a riverfront building on the edge of the French Quarter. The difference between a French Market walk-up and Class A office space is smaller than one might think, says Dumez. We really connected to the street and the activity of the French Quarter. We felt the pulse of the city directly. We heard it. We could smell it, he says.


    Six years out from Katrina and six years away from New Orleans's tricentennial, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple is rebuilding the City That Care Forgot.


Other Articles

  • Sketch Sketches

    Don Giovanni

    Frank Gehry, after building the Walt Disney Concert Hall, now sketches out set designs for an opera inside the hall. May 18-26.


Past P/A

  • Photo by ?SiteLe Vieux de MontrealThe Office of Peter Rose

    A Waterfront to Watch

    Peter Rose’s urban design for the port of Montreal mixes public access with a working waterfront.



Other Articles