Table of Contents August 2013



  • The Best Teacher I Never Met

    Artist Walter De Maria, who died last month at the age of 77, leaves us with powerful lessons about the virtues of hard-won simplicity.







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    Change Agents

    The Architects’ Resistance helped shift the national conversation about social equity.




  • A model of Harbor Point inside of the Harbor Point Community Task Force building, in Boston.

    Radical Revival

    Harbor Point was failed public housing—until it was rebuilt as the nation's first mixed-income community by developer Joe Corcoran and architect Joan Goody. Twenty-five years later, what can we learn from this visionary project?

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    Material Guys: Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot

    Cao | Perrot Studio blends common and high-end objects to create arresting landscapes.



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    EcoHawks Research Facility

    Architecture professor Dan Rockhill explains how the University of Kansas’s Studio 804 designed and built the Hill Engineering Research & Development Center, which aims to build a better electric car.

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    Hysan Place

    This perforated Hong Kong high-rise brings gardens and fresh airflow to a crowded skyline in Causeway Bay.

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    Hall of Fame

    The architecture firm brings a regionally inflected modernism to the small town of Natchitoches, in the form of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.



Other Articles

  • It Pays to be Senior

    As the recovery limps along, the AIA Compensation Report has good news for senior designers—and those with architecture degrees.




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    Six Sides to a Story

    For Córdoba’s Contemporary Art Center, the Madrid-based design firm sculpted a faceted container out of hexagons.


Other Articles

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    Stuck in the Past

    Scientists unlock the secrets of Roman concrete to find a cleaner and tougher binder for modern mixes.


Past P/A

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    A Sixties Synthesis

    The architect's first major commission inventively combined the ideas of Wright and Corb, and, in so doing, won a citation in the 1963 Progressive Architecture Awards.



  • Kinetic, Odyssey

    A twist on the term, this collection uses light and shadow across undulating forms to bolster static façades and feature walls with dynamic visuals.

  • Layered Tiles, Spinneybeck

    Geometric detailing on London-based leather designer Genevieve Bennett’s Layered Tiles collection for Spinneybeck puts a fresh twist on leather wall tiles.

  • BioFelt, Chilewich

    A PVC-free backing with 82% recycled content for use with the company's low-VOC Plynyl tile.

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    A Few of Our Favorite Forms

    Eight architects and designers reveal the products that have earned a permanent place in their workflow and lives.