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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

This Is (the New) NPR

After nearly two decades at one location, National Public Radio’s (NPR) headquarters in Washington, D.C., received a much-needed move and workspace upgrade last spring. The new space, designed by Hickok Cole Architects, included a new seven-story building next to an existing...

A New Model for Research Labs

Working in a research facility isn’t what it used to be — and as it turns out, that’s a very good thing. A new trend in the design of research facilities and laboratories has emerged that recognizes the intensely social nature of scientific research. The National Institute of...

Heavy Metal for Interiors

When the architects who became known as the First Architecture School — which included such notables as Martin Roche, William Holabird, and Louis Sullivan — began perfecting their methods of constructing buildings using metal frames instead of brick and stone in the late 1800s,...

Workplace = Well-Being?

For most of us, the workplace is not synonymous with health, rejuvenation, or relaxation. On the contrary, it has been linked to as many (and serious) health risks as there are side effects to a prescription drug like Paxil.  But things are changing. As the sustainabl...

Wright’s Taliesin West to Go “Net Zero”

Among the many things for which iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was known was an enthusiastic acceptance of the social and technological changes that emerged as a result of the Industrial Revolution. The late pioneer would no doubt support the groundbreaking effort...

On Film: Steven Holl’s Sifang Art Museum

In a previous post examining cantilevered buildings, we expressed our affinity for support-free architecture and the exciting design possibilities it represents. In two new short films produced by Spirit of Space, architect Steven Holl — whose Bloch Building addition to the...

The Ripple Effect of Evidence-Based Design

In 2000, the Center for Health Design launched an initiative called the Pebble Project that sought to bring together forward-thinking healthcare providers, architects, and designers to identify design solutions in the construction of hospitals that would measurably improve...

L.A.’s New Gateway

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, but that adage doesn’t quite hold when it comes to renovation projects. Travelers coming into Los Angeles via LAX may do a double take when they step out of the plane and into the new Tom Bradley...

Exhibit: The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley

Nearly a decade ago, the United States lost one of its most important — and perhaps least known — landscape architects of the 20th century: Dan Kiley. Even if you’re not familiar with the man, you’re likely aware of, or have even visited, some of his most notable public projects,...

The Return of Hand Sketching

Computer-aided design software such as AutoCAD and Revit is likely the most common tool you’ll find in a designer’s digital toolbox these days. Building information modeling (BIM) software has revolutionized the construction industry by helping to improve accuracy, reduce...