April 2011 Table of Contents


We're Number One!

When it comes to weight, america is top of the charts. It’s no surprise: we eat the wrong food (and too much of it); we move too little. Could better design—of food networks, communities, our daily lives—be the answer to obesity?



ned cramer

Big-Box Paradox

Is Walmart, the world’s largest corporation, going green, or is it just greenwashing?



Tammy Eagle Bull, AIA, NCARB, draws together community and tradition to define an architectural practice

The Latest From the AIA

News, profiles, announcements, and other information provided by the American Institute of Architects.



cleveland clinic lou ruvo center for brain health

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health / Las Vegas / Gehry Partners

a glass bridge connects the two buildings at the champalimaud centre for the unknown.

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown Features a Glass Bridge

Champilaud Ventre for the Unknown : Glass Bridge / Lison, Portugal / Charles Correa...

the ubuntu centre??s program includes facilities for hiv care and education. to destigmatize getting tested in this south african community, the center folds a healthcare mission into one of adult education, community engagement, child care, and more.

Ubuntu Centre

Port Elizabeth, South Africa/Field Architecture




Blair's Banality

Owen Hatherley’s survey of U.K. architecture during the Tony Blair years finds comfort in the margins of an era marked by high-rises.


Letter from New Orleans: Part Two of Three

the public fundreds drawing project illustrates how lead soil contamination affects children in new orleans.

Artist Mel Chin Tackles Lead Soil Contamination

With his "Fundred" project—and the EPA's help—Mel Chin hopes to clean up NOLA's soil.



commissioning building photography is not a point-and-click decision. elizabeth kubany, a publicist for architects and designers, offers advice on how best to select and work with an architectural photographer.

How To Hire an Architectural Photographer

PR expert Elizabeth Kubany on how to find the right photographer for your work.

bnai israel synagogue ¢ rochester, minn. ¢ hga ¢ the 15,000-square-foot bnai israel synagogue, near the mayo clinic, has a 150-seat sanctuary based on a broad-house plan. the program also includes classrooms, a social hall, a library, offices, and a catering kitchen.

Typology: Synagogues

Jewish houses of worship see modest growth as congregations seek more social spaces.

convention complex architect: tvsdesign, atlanta, and opn architects, cedar rapids, architects of record; aecom, kansas city, mo., arena-renovation designers completion: 2013. brief: $70 million, 125,000-s.f. renovation of existing arena, expansion of flood-ravaged convention center.

Local Market: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Strong business growth is anticipated for the world's largest corn processor.

jeff guggenheim

Four Software Updates

Designers share their favorite software updates of 2010 and 2011.

above: jeanne gang, faia, leads a project meeting with (left to right) stephen claeys, weston walker, and beth zacherle. the group is discussing a mixed-use project for mumbai, india, and debating, specifically, how the projects base will meet the ground. in this session, the group resolved to combine elements from two preliminary models to move forward. even at an early design stage, studio gangs engagement with topography is evident. the first monograph on studio gang, reveal, to be published this month by princeton architectural press, reveals the process behind eight projectsincluding key hometown works such as the aqua tower, a residential skyscraper near the chicago river, and the sos childrens villages in chicagos reemerging south side.

Studio Visit: Studio Gang

Jeanne Gang appreciates her practice's home in Chicago's colorful Wicker Park.

john h. alschuler jr. is the chairman of hr&a advisors. im not going to say theres not tension, but i find the tension a very creative one, he says of working with architects and landscape architects.

Specialist: The Integrators

Navigating the complexities of a big urban project? HR&A Advisors can help.


Past Progressives


Historical Allusion as Public Policy

A Chicago branch library from the early 1980s exemplifies Postmodernism's design strategies.


Continuing Education

one of the most economical and efficient applications of a closed-loop geothermal system is in a pond or lake (the water must be at least 6 to 8 feet deep, however, so the pipes don’t freeze). the illustration at right shows a typical pond loop system, in which overlapping circles of pipe form what are known as “slinky coils.” these are then sunk to the bottom of the body of water.

Going Underground

Below the Earth’s surface, the temperature remains constant. Geothermal heat pumps harness that energy for efficient heating and cooling.




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