Table of Contents July 2013



  • Hipsters and a Billionaire

    While the city of Detroit stares bankruptcy in the face, its central business district is enjoying a renaissance.







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    Water Under the Bridge

    EIFS became known as a lawsuit magnet in the 1990s. But with new energy codes for commercial buildings imminent, is the cladding system poised for a comeback?

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    Coastal Resurgence

    With a resilient focus, John and Allison Anderson helped Mississippi towns rebuild post-Katrina.


R+D Awards

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    Winner: Num Num Flatware

    Design and planning firm NADAAA tackled a problem that hungered for a solution: Create a collection of utensils that looks good and performs even better.

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    Winner: Green Roof Vegetation Study

    KieranTimberlake dares to investigate the condition of vegetative roofs years after they’re exposed to the real world.

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    Winner: EcoMod

    The University of Virginia is redefining the notion of high-performance, modular housing, beginning in the neighborhoods that need it most.

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    Winner: Wireless Sensor Network

    The basic steps to improving building performance—add insulation, update windows, etc.—are obvious, but KieranTimberlake wanted to prove that they work.

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    Winner: Electroform(alism)

    With computer-derived geometries and a love for craft, Akoaki found new architectural applications for a 19th-century technique.

  • First Award: Morphfaux

    Eschewing the flatness of conventional building walls, Archolab is revitalizing the centuries-old craft of plasterwork with help from—what else?—a robot.

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    Winner: AEC-Apps

    Now, more than ever before, innovation in architecture is happening in the digital world, as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Case Design’s new network demonstrates.

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    The R+D Awards

    Now in its seventh year, the annual awards program had one First Award and seven winners that celebrate the current culture of exploration in architecture in which anything and everything is possible.

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    Winner: Artaic Innovative Mosaic

    The beauty of a mosaic mural was only enhanced by the inherent understanding of the painstaking effort behind its creation. That is, until Artaic came along.




  • David Chipperfield Architects new East Wing of the St. Louis Art Museum is an addition to the Beaux-Arts original designed by Cass Gilbert for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exhibition.

    Between the Lines

    The concrete grid topping the St. Louis Art Museum’s new East Wing is a work of art in and of itself.



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    Design It Yourself

    For this quartet of makers, product design can fulfill a personal passion, resolve budgetary constraints, and even expand their clientele.


Other Articles


Exhibits Books Etc.

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    End Games

    When the Olympics draw to a close, the shiny new venues suddenly go quiet. A new book chronicles the second lives of these buildings.


Other Articles

  • Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York includes an encylopedia collection of paintings, models, and even videos clips from this retrospective exhibition of the famed Franco-Swiss architect.

    Le Corbusier, At Last

    With an encyclopedic collection of analog artifacts, curators have accomplished what Philip Johnson himself could not: The Franco-Swiss architect’s first major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.


Past P/A

  • Recognition for Reuse

    Lee Harris Pomeroy’s scheme for converting an old factory marked a shift in the profession’s priorities.