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National premiere on public television: April 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...

Frank Gehry at (and for) the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Architect Frank Gehry — whose Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health appears in our fourth episode, Healing Spaces — has some audacious plans for a renovation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. — including, apparently, cutting through the famed “Rocky Balboa steps.” For two...
Posted On 30 Jun 2014
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Chicago Announces Major Architecture Event

Big architecture news out of Chicago yesterday — and coming from a city widely regarded for its embrace of great buildings, that’s saying something. In 2015, Chicago will create an architecture biennial. This is amazing and exciting news! In the fall of 2015, the inaugural...
Posted On 25 Jun 2014
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Public Space: A Canvas for the Masses

While many cities’ public spaces may not leave the most memorable impressions, art commissioning can play an important role in transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, as the following current and upcoming exhibitions demonstrate. Thanks to a new public art installation,...

Video: 10 Buildings That Changed America

Architecture isn’t only a reflection of the society that builds it — it has the power to impact that society for decades to come. In Ten Buildings That Changed America, an hourlong documentary produced by Chicago station WTTW and aired nationally on PBS, host Geoffrey Baer...
Posted On 23 Jun 2014
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Color Matters … But How Much?

Apart from the aesthetics, does color on buildings matter? The answer, it turns out, is not that straightforward. Recent studies suggest that there may be links between color found in architecture and economic development, historical context, even human health. Earlier this...

Documentary: If You Build It

Added to our must-watch list: the new documentary If You Build It: From the director of WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A. comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. IF YOU BUILD IT follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie...
Posted On 16 Jun 2014
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A Noted Wright House is Bach in Business

For the architecture aficionado who has ever dreamed of staying overnight in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, good news: The fully restored Emil Bach House along Chicago’s lakefront has reopened for business and is available for rental. Harboe Architects was enlisted for the...

“I Am Committed to Quality, Not Quantity”

Interior Design chats up Steven Holl as part of its “10 Questions With …” series. Most of the questions are about the architect’s recently opened Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art, providing great insight into Holl’s approach, but we...
Posted On 12 Jun 2014
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Exhibit: Designing for Disaster, National Building Museum

April 2014 represented the largest tornado outbreak in U.S. history, with a record-breaking 190 of them touching down within a 24-hour period on April 27, according to Weather Underground. Further, natural disasters were reported to have caused $192 billion in damage worldwide —...