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Jim Cutler and the Legacy of Lou Kahn

Jim Cutler and the Legacy of Lou Kahn

A+A continues its look back to popular posts from the past five years. Here, architect Jim Cutler reflects on the influence of Louis Kahn on his work. It first appeared in March 2011: By his own admission, architect Jim Cutler is a big-time storyteller. One of his favorite tales is how he came to study with [...]

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A Definitive Book on Adler & Sullivan

A Definitive Book on Adler & Sullivan

Editor’s note: Once again, A+A is looking back to prominent and popular posts from the past five years. This one, celebrating a book on Richard Nickel’s groundbreaking photography on the architecture of Adler & Sullivan, first appeared in May 2011: For a prolific 15-year period between 1880 and 1895, Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan teamed [...]

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Jefferson’s Vision for Poplar Forest

Jefferson’s Vision for Poplar Forest

A+A continues its search of the archives today, seeking out some of the magazine’s more interesting posts of the past five years. This one, on Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, ran in May 2010; here it’s loaded with links to other posts that detail the building and its landscape: Thomas Jefferson’s affinity for landscape design can [...]

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Lessons Learned from a Quiet Architect

Lessons Learned from a Quiet Architect

This week, A+A is reaching back into its archives to re-publish some of the magazine’s more interesting and most popular posts. This one ran in February 2010: Consider the arc and nature of Harwell Hamilton Harris’s career: Born in 1903, he apprenticed with modernist Richard Neutra in 1928. By 1932, he’d left that firm and [...]

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Building with Mass Timber in the City

Building with Mass Timber in the City

Consider it the White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs for the 21st century. Timber in the City is a new book by Andrew Bernheimer that calls for a re-evaluation of how and why wood is used in construction in America. It’s all about a new phrase in construction: mass timber. “The idea is that wood [...]

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At LAX, LEED Gold from Fentress

At LAX, LEED Gold from Fentress

A site that backs up to the Pacific Ocean has inspired the form of the new LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal by Fentress Architects. “You’re nestled in the curl of a wave, with retail, dining and entertainment all around you,” says Curt Fentress, architect for the newly crowned LEED Gold terminal. It’s got flash, too, [...]

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In Tokyo, Meier Designs Two Towers

In Tokyo, Meier Designs Two Towers

Richard Meier & Partners has arrived in Japan – and in grand style. The first of its two Harumi Residential Towers, built on a manmade island not far from the Imperial Palace, was recently completed; the second will finish up next summer. Both are a bridge-crossing away from downtown Tokyo, adjacent to the site for [...]

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Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood

Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood

Before he became known as America’s most famous artist in the 1930s, Thomas Hart Benton was painting backdrops for film makers. In Fort Lee, N.J., known now as the first Hollywood. That’s right: Between 1913 and 1917, Benton was watching and assisting film directors as they told their stories on a huge scale. And he [...]

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Just a Few More Roadside Attractions

Just a Few More Roadside Attractions

It’s been said that whenever life in Manhattan got to be too much for author James Agee, he’d grab his mistress, hop in a car and head south. His favorite venues of choice on the road were a relatively new phenomenon, created just for the automobiles of the 1940s. They were auto courts – a series [...]

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The American Dream, Rising in China

The American Dream, Rising in China

It is the American Dream gone vertical, says 5+design principal Tim Magill. The idea was to create a community that reaches up 30 stories, stretched out over three towers and a low-rise structure. Each of the two-to-three bedroom units is to have its own back yard, its own pool and its own separate casita that [...]

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