North Carolina’s Six Winning Moderns

North Carolina’s Six Winning Moderns

Some are picked, as the saying goes, but few are chosen. That’s the case with the 2015 Matsumoto Prize winners, in a competition sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH). There were 13 entries, from Asheville in the mountains to Wilmington by the sea. But only...

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Cement Tiles: The New Necco Wafers

Cement Tiles: The New Necco Wafers

If San Franscisco-based tile guru Deborah Osburn says it, you can pretty much take it to the bank. Like the color palette for her new line of cement tiles. The red, for example, is not quite red, nor pink nor orange. Moreover, teamed up with black and tan in a tile, it takes on...

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TAKTL Applications, Coast to Coast

TAKTL Applications, Coast to Coast

One of the more innovative materials being applied to the newest museum on the National Mall is a very thin concrete panel known at TAKTL. At the African-American Museum of History and Culture, by David Adjaye and Phil Freelon, 35,000 of the strong and lightweight cladding...

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An Addendum to ‘The Architect Says’

An Addendum to ‘The Architect Says’

Back in 2012, A+A covered librarian Laura Dushkes’ little book of architects’ quotations. Since then, it’s sold more than 20,000 copies in English, and has been printed in seven languages. It’s also inspired Princeton Architectural Press to publish a...

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At the Biennale, Learning from Detroit

At the Biennale, Learning from Detroit

The U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale promises an optimistic approach to urban renewal. Co-curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon will be identifying four areas of blight-stricken Detroit, and selecting 12 architectural teams to re-imagine them. “Monica...

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Laufen’s Blend of Ceramics and Wood

Laufen’s Blend of Ceramics and Wood

Laufen, the Swiss manufacturer of high-end bathroom solutions, has introduced its ILBAGNOALESSI One Collection. A blend of wood and ceramic materials, it’s also a balance of asymmetrical lines and fluid transitions between the materials. A+A recently interviewed Javier...

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At Hudson Yards, a Landscape for All

At Hudson Yards, a Landscape for All

Comparisons may be odious, but in the case of Hudson Yards and Rockefeller Center, they may be inevitable too. Both were initiated during major economic downturns. Both are monumental mixed-use developments of near-astonishing scale. And both called upon the talents of the most...

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Really Rad: Native American Fashion

Really Rad: Native American Fashion

First of all, there’s the uptown iridescent motorcycle jacket. “It’s polygraphic lambskin – a really rad style, a futuristic Mad Max bomber jacket, made out of a leather that’s kind of enticing in its own materiality,” says Karen Kramer, the...

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Karman, for Those Still Able to Dream

Karman, for Those Still Able to Dream

In 2008, Matteo Ugolini took over the reigns as art director of the Italian brand Karman, designing some of the company’s first lighting lines and setting the company’s branding on its current creatively avant-garde course. A+A recently interviewed him via email: Your...

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Richard Morris Hunt’s Final Design

Richard Morris Hunt’s Final Design

Among the treasures of Asheville, N.C. are Biltmore Estate, the downtown Art Deco Arcade and the vibrant culture that comes with being named “BeerCity USA” three years in a row. But as this post from November 2010 notes, there are other  kinds of jewels – this...

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In Seattle, a Humble, Mindful Campus

In Seattle, a Humble, Mindful Campus

Yesterday, A+A ran a post on GGN’s fantastic landscape design in Seattle for the University of Washington’s campus. The firm is known for some of the most innovative landscape design solutions in the nation, including a winning entry in a competition to redesign...

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Framing a New View of Mount Rainier

Framing a New View of Mount Rainier

One item the University of Washington has never been short of is master plans for its landscape. The Olmsted Brothers developed one back in 1909, as Seattle hosted the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. “Their basic idea for the campus was to frame Mount Rainier at the heart...

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For the DIYer, the Bob Vila Academy

For the DIYer, the Bob Vila Academy

Today, class, we’re going learn how to make a poured-in-place concrete vanity for the bath. And a wall sconce, woven from pre-glued birch strips and ironed into position. Where, you ask? At the new Bob Vila Academy online – where else? With classes priced at only...

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