Table of Contents June 2013



  • When Brighter Isn't Better

    Harry Weese’s D.C. Metro stations are in danger of insensitive renovation. If changes really are necessary, don’t these modern landmarks deserve the best?



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    Garden-Variety Dispute

    A Muncipal Arts Society design competition, and a potential new restricted lease for Madison Square Garden, has New Yorkers cautiously optimistic about the possibility of overhauling Penn Station.







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    The Big Idea

    As design competitions continue to thrive, Denver architects make their mark.




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    Lost Amid the Algorithms

    Patrik Schumacher and devotees of parametric design have embraced its capacity for futuristic formmaking. But its real potential—to improve building performance—remains unrealized.

  • Studio HT Architects and Founders Christopher Herr (cq) and Brad Tomecek (cq), at their office in  Boulder, Colorado, Monday, May 6, 2013. 

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    Studio H:T refuses to be typecast. Its principals, Christopher Herr and Brad Tomecek, have rejected formulaic projects in favor of ones that respond to individual site and client needs.

  • The James B. Hunt Jr. Library at NC State, by Sn¸hetta.

    James B. Hunt Jr. Library

    Abuzz with students using interactive technologies in brightly colored interiors, Snøhetta’s aluminum-and-glass addition to North Carolina State University is anything but quiet.



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    Samsung Model Home Gallery

    With this new housing showcase in Seoul, South Korea, Nader Tehrani of Boston-based NADAAA discovered that when you can’t control the translation from design to construction, you design for what you can make foolproof.

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    Bausch + Lomb Headquarters

    Emerging firms 137Kilo Architects and Beza Projekt create an open-plan office—the likes of which Warsaw has never seen.

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    Newbern Town Hall

    Newbern, Ala. / Rural Studio

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    EHDD reimagines a pair of historic piers for San Francisco’s most hands-on museum and the city’s next generation of science geeks.



Other Articles

  • Construction continues on a mixed use development in the new Kangbashi section of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Bonds of China's property companies were upgraded to "neutral" at Morgan Stanley, which said the worst may be behind the industry. Photographer: Doug Kanter/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Building on Empty

    China’s ghost cities have long raised fears about whether the country’s inflated real estate market is a massive bubble with global economic consequences. Is a crash finally imminent?




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    Sound of the Times

    An architect-drummer and acoustician-trumpeter update a 1960s concert hall with a versatile acoustical shell.



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    Meet Your Digital Assistant

    Forget clipboards and cameras. With the right apps, you can have everything you need at your fingertips. With guidance from industry professionals, we canvassed app stores for the latest and greatest.


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    It’s Only Natural

    Both biomimicry and biodesign use nature as a guide for creativity—and require designers to relinquish control.

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    Polar Opposite

    Simple design decisions are not so simple when buildings face perpetual isolation, wind, and sub-zero temperatures.

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    Design Hospitality

    Studies indicate that patients recover faster in healthcare environments with access to natural light and views. Four designers have found products that promote patient comfort without stressing project budgets.


Past P/A

  • Modern motel exterior view.  (Photo by J

    The Fountain of Youth

    The Warm Mineral Springs Motel near Venice, Fla., captures the optimistic and fantastic quality of Victor Lundy’s early work.


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