Table of Contents January 2014







  • Borrowed Time

    Firms sharing people? That's one way to recover from a recession.



  • Victor Koen

    Action Plans

    Energy, materials, health, resilience and the near future of architecture.




  • Instead of Suburbia

    The suburbs are dead. That was the rallying cry after the housing crash, when subdivisions turned into ghost towns. The alternative? Transit-oriented development near urban centers. Welcome to Phoenix, the home of megasprawl, which is putting TOD to the test.

  • Coda to a Career

    Peter Eisenman’s City of Culture was born during Spain’s Bilbao-inspired architectural boom. But as the project now languishes, what does it say about the legacy of its eminent designer?

  • Jackilin Hah Bloom and Florencia Pita

    Partners, Pita & Bloom, Los Angeles

  • The Return of Lending

    The market for commercial mortgage bonds was on fire until the recession hit. Now, after five long and lean years, the market is clawing its way back to pre-bubble levels, signaling that banks are loosening their lending standards. The upshot? More work for architects.

  • Carrie Strickland

    Partner & Co-Founder, Works Partnership Architecture, Portland, Ore.

  • Marianne Kwok

    Director, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates, New York

  • The Seven Top Legislative Priorities for Architecture in 2014

    Student debt. Small business tax reform. Fannie and Freddie. Given the current economy, lobbying has never been more important for architecture. Legislative liaisons from the AIA, the NAHB, and other organizations share their top issues for the coming year.

  • A Tall Order

    Why aren’t more women emulating Jeanne Gang and building skyward? Here are three rising architects who may just crack that ceiling.

  • End in Sight

    Lead architect Jordi Faulí says the seemingly interminable Sagrada Familia project will be finished in 2026, thanks to digital fabrication techniques that allow designers to envision what Antoni Gaudí would have wanted.



  • Image

    House in Tousuien

    A polycarbonate-clad house on an infill site in Hiroshima, Japan, achieves an unexpected balance of maximum daylight and maximum privacy.

  • Deferential, Or Deflating?

    In the shadow of Louis Kahn's 1972 masterwork, the new pavilion designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop aims to pay homage to the original, but instead offers a kind of distant defacement.



Other Articles

  • ARCHITECT's What's Next Poll on the Economy

    What do architects think about the current state of the economy? Here's what's trending for 2014.

  • Architecture and the Third Industrial Revolution

    Ready for the next revolution? The profession changed dramatically thanks to mechanization and mass production, and the next massive shift will be no less disruptive. In this era of small-scale, bottom-up design, say hello to 3D-printed houses, digicities, and curriculums that teach future...

  • A Better Value

    Two infamous Justice Department consent decrees, from 1971 and 1990, prohibit architects from setting fees. Afraid of straying into illegal territory, practitioners have largely avoided shop talk ever since. But now, a growing movement of architects is finding legal ground to reshape the...

  • The Forecast

    It's easy to forget just how devastating the Great Recession was for the profession. As the market slowly recovers, firms will adopt a host of strategies to help offset the losses they suffered during the decline.




  • Cool Reliefs

    CO Architects designed custom fabricated and faceted copper panels that emulate the surrounding canyons and reduce solar heat gain at the Health Sciences Education Building.

  • Happening Above the Forum

    As one of the largest grid shells in the United Kingdom, the geodesic dome over the University of Exeter's Forum supports student life and looks great on T-shirts.



  • Khoshnevis and the University of Southern California are working with NASA to develop Contour Crafting technology to build lunar and Martian structures before human beings land.

    Full-Scale Printing

    University of Southern California engineering professor Behrokh Khoshnevis wants to rapidly prototype cast-in-place concrete structures on Earth and in outer space.

  • A Concrete Compendium

    Concrete is beginning to shake its reputation for extensive embodied energy and minimal design appeal with innovations that make it lighter and more resilient and aesthetically pleasing.

  • Microcosm, Nodus

    This rug's abstract design leaves room for interpretation.


Past P/A

  • Philadelphia Resurgent

    The Society Hill Towers by I.M. Pei & Associates, which won a 1961 P/A Award, exemplifies the integration of urban renewal into the city fabric.


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