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Book Review: Two WTC Books

9/11 Memorial Visions: Innovative Concepts from the 2003 World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition by Lester J. LevineMcFarland, 2016Paperback, 248 pagesOne World Trade Center: Biography of the Building by Judith DupréLittle, Brown, 2016Hardcover, 286 pagesAt first blush it makes perfect sense to review these recently published books together. Show More Summary

From Responsive to Adaptive Environment

  This article aims at speculating on the differences between the terms “responsive” and “adaptive” architecture, starting from the work of Gordon Pask. The project Musicolour is an interactive installation in which the author played with the concept of synaesthesia.... Read More

Act React Adapt

Architecture is a machine or architecture is perceived as an output of a machine. Both are justified in their respective ways. The entity judging this is the observer who uses or passes by this. The relationship of the observer and... Read More

Today's archidose #932

Some more photos from my recent trip to Berlin, this time two housing projects by Bruno Taut that are part of UNESCO's "Berlin Modernism Housing Estates" listing. The photos were taken during an architectural tour, "Bruno Taut's Colorful...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #931

Here are a few photos of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (1984) by James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates, taken by me (on my smartphone) on a recent trip to Stuttgart, Germany. See more photos in my Flickr set on the building. To...Show More Summary

Immersion, Creation & States of Mind

Anyone must at some point in his life have felt so absorbed to an experience or task that forgot about the world around him. As creators, we intend to create spaces which engage people and evoke the feeling of wonder... Read More

2016 Holiday Gift Books

This year I'm highlighting 32 books by the same number of publishers, arranged alphabetically by publisher – from Actar to Yale University Press. Titles and covers link to Amazon for easy gift-buying.ActarMCHAP Book One: The AmericasEdited...Show More Summary

2016 in Review: Continued Recovery from The Great Recession

At this same time a year ago, I wrote about a housing rebound that had continued its slow yet gradual climb back to normal. The good news has continued in 2016, so much so that it’s widely expected for the Federal Reserve to hike its benchmark interest rate by the end of the year.U.S. Show More Summary


I'm heading to Berlin to cover the World Architecture Festival (WAF) for World-Architects, so posts here will be on hold until after Thanksgiving. [Photo: Arena Berlin, WAF venue]

Today's archidose #930

Here are some photos of the Elytra Filament Pavilion (2016) at the V&A in London by architect Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer. (Photographs: Trevor Patt) Learn more...Show More Summary

Today's archidose #929

Here are some photos of the Mariehøj Cultural Centre in Holte, Denmark by Sophus Søbye Architects and WE Architecture. (Photographs: Ken Lee) To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

AE33: Planted Bridges

When people look back on 2016 sometime in the near future, one way they may view it is as the "Year of Planted Bridges." There's the ongoing saga of Thomas Heatherwicks' Garden Bridge in London but also a bevy of proposals that incorporate this architectural element. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #928

Here are some of my photos of the Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design exhibition that opened Friday at the Jewish Museum in New York. Exhibition design is by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Read my exhibition review at World-Architects. Show More Summary

Francis D.K. Starbucks

Walking into Starbucks for a bite to eat on the way to work this morning, I was taken aback by a few framed drawings on the wall signed by "Frank Ching":At first I thought it must be some other Frank Ching, not the Francis D.K. Ching,...Show More Summary

Book Review: 100 Years of Architecture

100 Years of Architecture by Alan PowersLaurence King, 2016Hardcover, 304 pages [All images courtesy of Laurence King] About halfway through writing my just-released book, 100 Years, 100 Buildings, my editor at Prestel sent me a PDF of Alan Powers' 100 Years of Architecture, then in progress but at a more advanced stage. Show More Summary

Today's archidose #927

Here are some photos of the Punt da Suransuns (1999) in Viamala, Switzerland, by Conzett Bronzini Gartmann (now Conzett Bronzini Partner). (Photographs: Trevor Patt) To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose poolTo contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose

Press Play: V

We’ve just finished the fifth edition of the ‘Press Play’ workshop series – once again at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. It’s always a pleasure teaching hard working students, alongside hard working staff. The participants are M.Arch and M.Sc... Read More

October Hiatus

This and my other two blogs are taking a break for the rest of October so I can focus on wrapping up my next book, which is due to the publisher at the beginning of November. I'm sure you, my dear readers, can manage to keep yourselves busy with the rest of the Internet between now and November. Show More Summary

Mark Yr Calendars: Exhibition Models at GSAPP

On Friday, November 11, Columbia GSAPP is hosting Exhibition Models, a conference not on physical, architectural models, but on "new curatorial practices, scholarship, and institutional experiments that are redefining the agency of architecture...Show More Summary

A Burglar’s Guide to TV

I’m finally back from several weeks of travel and wanted to post some recent news I was particularly thrilled about: my book, A Burglar’s Guide to the City, is being developed for television by CBS Studios. From Variety: The drama, which...Show More Summary

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