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AIA takes on Dimension M

As architects face ethical decisions that fall purely in the range of practice, they often discover that the greatest challenges occur when one obligation runs—headlong, it may seem—into another. Continue reading

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How to Rebuild Architecture

Please click on the link to this wonderful New York Times op-ed on architecture. The authors, Steven Bingler and Martin Pedersen, have succinctly stated a view that we have long held–that the architectural tastes and fashions popular among magazine editors, college faculty and superstar practitioners don’t connect with the average citizen, and that this disconnect is a problem that our profession needs to address. Highly recommended. Continue reading

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Like your work, love your clients

Having worked, at one point, in a firm that took the opposite view, it is hard to overstate the importance of this attitude. Please read the linked post at Bob Borson’s excellent blog for a look into the mind of an architect we wouldn’t mind getting to know. Continue reading

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Aesthetics are Ethics

We think the point Victoria Beach is making in her essay is an important one: that aesthetics is inextricably linked to ethics, morality, goodness, and the way things ought to be. Continue reading

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Check your work

ARCHITECT magazine posted a fascinating article about relative sizes of new housing units in the U.S. and Britain (spoiler: they are much smaller, on average, in the U.K.) with an equally fascinating infographic that, unfortunately, is completely wrong. Continue reading

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Guest blog: “Why I sometimes like baseball”

When I sit in the stands and see a breathtaking view of the city of Pittsburgh, a city I know and love, I feel at home. When Andrew McCutchen hits a home run, no matter how little I care about baseball at every other moment, I stand to my feet and cheer. And I don’t think about what every one else is thinking. I don’t worry about how stupid I look, or if they will somehow, out of all the people there, zoom in on me and show me on the big screen. I just cheer. Continue reading

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Architecture of Place

The architecture of time is the architecture of the Zeitgeist, the theory that has sustained Modernism for well over 100 years. Frank Lloyd Wright was born just after the Civil War and designed important houses in the 19th century, and Modernism was the dominant cultural expression in America as soon as World War II ended. I think that time has ended. Continue reading

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The will to build locally

Christine G.H. Franck really gets at the heart of what this elusive “spirit of place” thing is, and why it’s important.
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Is architecture overrated?

We work for a great firm that designs important buildings and that really tries hard to make our office a great place to work. And there are a lot of people like us, engaged in this profession, trying to make the world a better place–or at least better looking. Continue reading

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Why we do this

It reminds us why we do this, why we sweat the details and worry about the construction and endure the many trials and tribulations that every construction project entails, this one no less than others. Continue reading

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