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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Moshe Safdie at TED: What Makes a Building Unique?

We do our best to get into the mind of the architect and reveal the process of designing a building. Sometimes, however, it’s better to hear it straight from the architect. In this TED Talk from 1995, Moshe Safdie — whose Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is featured...
Posted On 28 May 2014
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School’s IN for Summer

If you haven’t been paying attention in class lately, you may have missed the fact that online education hasn’t just rapidly gained in popularity — it’s created a virtual paradigm shift in the university model, as one New York Times article notes. In short, MOOCs (massive open...

Documentary: The Competition

You might think that when an architect achieves a high level of public recognition — when the word “starchitect” starts appearing in articles about them — that things are easier for the designer and his or her firm. Not so, as the new documentary The Competition...
Posted On 21 May 2014
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Tony Hsieh: From Shoes to Urban Revitalization

Chances are, you’ve purchased a pair of shoes (or three) from Zappos, the huge online retailer. The man who built the company into a juggernaut, Tony Hsieh, is not just a keen businessman, but also highly motivated to do creative things that are both financially successful...
Posted On 20 May 2014
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Tour Philip Johnson’s Domestic Masterpiece at Your Own Pace

We’re all for guided tours of architecture, but sometimes, it’s nice to soak in a masterpiece at your own pace. This May through November, twice a month, that’s now an option at Philip Johnson’s Glass House, located in New Canaan, CT. The New York Times...
Posted On 19 May 2014
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Reopened to the Public: The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument, one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks, has officially been reopened to the public after repairs were completed to restore its structural integrity following a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that damaged it more than three years ago. Designed by architect...

Can Architecture Change the World?

We’ll admit it: this is a loaded question that can’t possibly be answered fully in the short space we have here. However, it’s one worth asking because of the core values that the next generation of designers and architects possess that will guide them in shaping the built...

NYC: Van Alen Institute’s Public Events in May

New York City’s Van Alen Institute is “an independent nonprofit architectural organization that promotes inquiry into the processes that shape the design of the public realm.” Each fall and spring they host a series of public events covering a variety of topics....
Posted On 05 May 2014
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The ’64 World’s Fair in NYC, 50 Years Later

April marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, held in Queens’ Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. At the time, the landmark event offered nearly 51 million visitors a glimpse into the future of technology — in some cases a rather accurate one at that (Skype,...

Cultivating a Green Thumb

As an article in Forbes noted, sustainable design in the commercial building sector is anything but a niche, as green buildings will account for nearly $145 billion in new construction and an additional $18 billion in renovations by 2015. Among the residual benefits of all this...