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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Canstruction: Designing Help for Hunger Relief

There’s nothing quite as encouraging as seeing the power of design harnessed for the common good. That’s why we’re fans of the annual Canstruction Competition, which recently announced the winners of its 2013-2014 international competition (watch the video or click here for an...

Proposals for the Obama Library Are In

Presidential libraries are a fascinating part of our national building stock. While they are not “libraries” in the traditional sense, these repositories preserve and make accessible to the public the papers, records, and other historical materials that offer a unique glimpse...

Architecture-Inspired Art

Try not to stare at your screen for too long (we dare you). This animated GIF — of Essen, Germany’s Zollverein School of Management and Design, by Japanese architecture firm Sanaa — is part of Axel de Stampa’s clever series of architecture-turned-animated-art, dubbed...

Shape-Shifting: The Future of Furniture?

What if furniture wasn’t just a collection of static objects sitting in your home or office, but a dynamic “machine” that changed its shape in response to your energy and emotions? If it sounds a little like science fiction, it’s no wonder: The inventors of Transform — a...

L.A. Times Architecture Critic Reviews Cool Spaces!

On July 3 — the day Cool Spaces! was set to debut on Los Angeles’ KCET —  L.A. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne posted a review of our first episode, Performance Spaces. Hawthorne gives it serious consideration, largely positive, and we’re happy to note...
Posted On 07 Jul 2014

Episode 4: Healing Spaces Promo

A 30-second look at our third show, which focuses on healthcare spaces. Featured buildings and architects: • Health Sciences Education Building — CO Architects • Yale Health Center — Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects • Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health — Gehry Partners
Posted On 07 Jul 2014

Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square Reclaims Its Midcentury Glory

After decades of neglect, Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square — the first public park in the U.S. built on top of a parking garage — has been restored to look as fresh and glorious as it did when the space first opened in 1955, reports The Dirt, the American Landscape Architecture...
Posted On 05 Jul 2014
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Most Endangered Historic Places (2014 Edition)

In a previous post we pointed out some great examples of historic structures that have been saved from demolition and adapted into some pretty innovative new uses. While the lives of those architectural gems have been extended, others may not be so fortunate. The National Trust...

Cool Spaces! at the 2014 AIA Convention

Highlights from Stephen’s trip to Chicago to host the 2014 AIA Convention. Below, the text of his speech that opened the event. ++++++++++ Hog Butcher for the World,
 Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; Stormy, husky,...
Posted On 01 Jul 2014

On the Road With AIA Vermont

Nothing announces the arrival of summer quite like a road trip — and few things convey the adventure of the open road like the iconic Airstream trailer. This year, a group of 10 students from the University of Norwich School of Architecture + Art, under the direction of members...