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Reviews
on 11/24/14

Wood in architecture is undergoing a 21st-century resurgence of sorts, finding applications from the thinnest of veneers to structural frames for mid-rise buildings. Most architectural applications utilize milled wood, which exhibits the grain and character of wood but does not convey the...

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Reviews
on 11/17/14

Since 1991 Georgetown University has offered first-year and transfer students an "overnight experience" away from its Washington, D.C. campus with it ESCAPE program. Last year the school dedicated the program's new venue, the Calcagnini Contemplative Center, named for alumnus...

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Reviews
on 11/10/14

Guilford is a town in southern Vermont that is home to only about 2,100 people. It is also the location of Guilford Sound, an energy-efficient recording studio for those who want to get away to what the proprietors call "your own private recording haven." Designed by Ted...

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Reviews
on 11/3/14

Parking garages are one of the lowliest of building types, often built as gray, open-air concrete boxes without any architectural consideration. But a number of garages, such as Herzog & de Meuron's 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami, reveal the potential hidden in parking structures. Axis...

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Reviews
on 10/27/14

Healthcare architecture brings to mind large buildings and complexes with fairly generic exteriors and interiors to match. This is not the case with Legacy's small emergency rooms in suburban Dallas, Texas, designed by 5G Studio Collaborative. In the second and most recent ER, in Allen, a...

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Reviews
on 10/20/14

Tennessee is home to two music meccas: Memphis and Nashville. While the latter is the home of country music (and even the Country Music Hall of Fame), Memphis is synonymous with blues, soul and gospel. As Jason Jackson of brg3s architects testifies, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters,...

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Reviews
on 10/15/14

PRODUCTORA is a budding architecture studio with its headquarters in Mexico City, founded by architects from different countries: Abel Perles from Argentina, Wonne Ickx from Belgium, and Carlos Bedoya and Víctor Jaime from Mexico. Shortly after its beginnings in 2006, the studio came...

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Reviews
on 10/6/14

Not many architects can boast of having a cultural anthropologist on its team when designing a building, but when it came time for Liollio Architecture to tackle the design of a library for the residents of St. Helena Island in South Carolina, they brought one on board to help understand the...

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Reviews
on 9/29/14

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the U.S., but its architecture has warranted studies by historians Henry-Russell Hitchcock in Rhode Island Architecture and Vincent Scully in The Shingle Style with the Stick Style. The latter is mentioned by architects Estes/Twombly...

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Reviews
on 9/24/14

The workshop of O-office Architects in Guangzhou was built on top of an old silo building that was part of a brewery. Its views go south across the river towards downtown and north towards a generic new high-rise housing estate. The architects reused the industrial space with basic but radical...

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Reviews
on 9/22/14

"Urban unfill" is the term that Spillman Farmer Architects uses to describe its "non-building" for Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. The Arts Plaza transforms an old auto-repair facility into a raw, open-air space for the school's art students. Architectural...

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Reviews
on 9/15/14

Single-family homes in the United States tend to be one- or two-story buildings that sprawl across the land. Another tactic is taken in the aptly named Tower House designed for a steep and narrow Portland lot by architect Benjamin Waechter. Building up four floors allows for economical...

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Reviews
on 9/8/14

What looks like a low-slung industrial box rising from the plains of Oklahoma, with oil derricks projecting from its roof, is in fact a library inspired by the natural and economic characteristics of the place. Designed by LWPB Architecture with Richard+Bauer, the building is an unabashed...

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Reviews
on 9/1/14

This addition to a 100-year-old bungalow in Bay Village, Ohio (a small town west of Cleveland), is particularly striking for the way it melds architecture and landscape through the plants covering its wall and folded roof. Further, a sunken terrace helps to bring sunlight into the...

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Reviews
on 9/1/14

This home for a family of four designed by Naoi Architecture & Design Office sits in a farming-district-turned-suburban-subdivision in Shiga Prefecture. In order to enable a lifestyle in harmony with nature for the outdoors-loving residents, the architects kept the surrounding landscape...

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Reviews
on 8/25/14

The impact of architecture is often felt beyond the walls of a particular building. In the case of this residence hall serving the students of Williston State College in North Dakota, the building frees up much needed space in the community to alleviate a housing shortage. The...

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Reviews
on 8/18/14

Mid-20th-century modern architecture is old enough that the question of demolition versus preservation comes to fore. In many cases the choice of preserving modern architecture involves renovations and additions, so particular buildings continue their usefulness over becoming museum pieces....

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Reviews
on 8/11/14

In an effort to recede from the suburban context of Syracuse, New York, Jon Lott of PARA-Project opted to wrap the three-story writing studio in a material more commonly used for roofs and canopies: silicon-impregnated fiberglass fabric. The orthogonal exterior belies the curved ceiling of...

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Reviews
on 8/7/14

Many former industrial buildings in Chinese cities have been converted into hubs for the creative industries. There is political support for the shift of production from inner city neighbourhoods to newly established industrial zones on the fringes of the metropolises. Of course, environmental...

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Reviews
on 8/4/14

Shou Sugi Ban is an old Japanese technique for charring wood to make it insect resistant and weatherproof it on the outside of buildings. The technique, which creates a wildfire-resistant shell, is one way that this retreat on a cattle ranch between...

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Reviews
on 7/28/14

In the United States battlefields from the American Revolution and Civil War are considered sacred ground, preserved as open space and used as sites for education and interpretation. The American Revolution's Battle of Monmouth took place on a hot day in June 1778 in central New Jersey....

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Reviews
on 7/23/14

For years, Switzerland has held a privileged position in the panorama of international architecture. The country (one of the richest in the world) boasts an excellent network of architecture schools, a modern architectural culture with a long tradition, a powerful publishing industry and...

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Reviews
on 7/21/14

Even as college tuitions rise faster than overall inflation, universities are booming. The University of New Hampshire is projecting a 30% increase in the undergraduate and graduate populations in the next two decades. In anticipation, UNH is building more, including a new building for the...

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Reviews
on 7/13/14

The harsh sun of America's Desert Southwest leads architects to varying design responses, from the vernacular use of mass that absorbs the sun's heat and radiates it during the cool nights to elements that filter the sunlight. Eric Strain of assemblageSTUDIO has combined these two...

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Reviews
on 7/6/14

Aksarben Village is a mix of apartments, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, recreation and offices that bills itself as "Omaha's all-weather destination" about five miles west of downtown. The office spaces are particularly important for giving the new development some...

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Reviews
on 6/30/14

Site often determines a building's form, be it orientation, size, views, or materiality, among numerous characteristics. This cabin on the edge of Flathead Lake in western Montana finds inspiration in its site accordingly, also going so far as to echo the slope of the land in the green...

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Reviews
on 6/26/14

Wiel Arets Architects recently completed the Allianz Headquarters in Wallisellen, Switzerland. The architects choose five drawings and twelve photos and describe the building.

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Reviews
on 6/23/14

The state of Missouri is crisscrossed by a number of rivers making their way to the Mississippi, a few that have been dammed to create reservoirs and lakes that are also popular vacation spots. The snaking Table Rock Lake, formed by damming the White River, is an especially popular area near...

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Reviews
on 6/16/14

The U.S. General Service Administration's Design Excellence Program celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Since 1994 the program has streamlined the selection of quality architects and led to notable office buildings, courthouses and other facilities. One building that predates the...

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Reviews
on 6/9/14

City living no longer means just an apartment and a laundry room in the building. As people move back into American downtowns, they want fitness centers, social areas, outdoor space, bike storeage, even urban farming. Brunsfield America's new apartment building in the North Loop...

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Reviews
on 6/2/14

As local pharmacies across the United States fall to ubiquitous chains like CVS, it's refreshing to see this nearly 70-year-old pharmacy in suburban Detroit thrive and reinvent itself. Architecture is an important element in the latter, from the façade to the layout and the...

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Reviews
on 6/1/14

This head office for a human resource development and networking company was designed by Akitoshi Ukai of Aichi-based architecture firm AUAU. When the company decided to move the center of its operations to a site surrounded by paddy fields in Toyota City, client and architect seized the...

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Reviews
on 5/30/14

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Reviews
on 5/26/14

Think of the areas in and around Boston and most likely institutions of higher education come to mind: Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, to name a few. Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is relatively small in comparison but a new 20-story tower gives the college...

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Reviews
on 5/16/14

Baltimore has a reputation for crime, poverty and drugs, thanks to statistically high rates of each but also the city's portrayal in popular culture, most notably the television show The Wire. A major redevelopment area in East Baltimore attempts to address these concerns, and a...

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Reviews
on 5/12/14

Mount Desert Island is the largest island on Maine's Atlantic shore – the second largest island on the American eastern seaboard, after Long Island, New York. The natural beauty of Mount Desert Island is conserved through Acadia National Park, which covers about half of the island....

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