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Peter Busby: Architecture’s New Edges

Peter Busby: Architecture’s New Edges

It’s time for a new perspective on architecture, says Perkins+Will’s Peter Busby. “We’re not just drawing buildings anymore,” he says. “There’s sustainability, and responsibility to society too.” Forty years ago, a brutalist city hall might be built without much opposition. But social media has changed that by giving the public a new voice – and [...]

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A New Look at America’s Test Kitchen

A New Look at America’s Test Kitchen

Let’s say the set for your PBS program – the most-watched instructional cooking show on television – is a little down at the heels. It’s worn out from years of deconstructing, testing and re-testing recipes so they’ll work every time for the nation’s home chefs. So where do you turn? If you’re smart like the [...]

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How Carolyn Drake Faces the World

How Carolyn Drake Faces the World

Photography is a means for Carolyn Drake to study the world and find a way to understand it – even as she realizes that reaching that point is unlikely. Still, she pursues it – with sensitivity and vigor. “I observe the world and come to terms with it,” she says. “I face it honestly and [...]

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Glass House and Farnsworth, Together

Glass House and Farnsworth, Together

Robin Hill’s been photographing Philip Johnson’s Glass House since 1995, seeking new ways to “see” the late 1940s transparent structure in the Connecticut countryside. “I photographed the whole 47 acres – trying to come up with a new, standard, iconic photo of it,” he says. “I got up there and fell in love with the [...]

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Richard McClintock’s Historic Models

Richard McClintock’s Historic Models

A love of electric trains inspired Richard McClintock to take up making scale models of Virginia’s historic buildings. There’s the Appomattox Courthouse and the McLean House, where a defeated (if impeccably dressed) R. E. Lee surrendered to a mud-splattered (but generous) U.S. Grant. There’s the Bell Tower at Hampden-Sydney College, designed by Courtenay S. Welton [...]

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David Khouri’s Material-Rich Palette

David Khouri’s Material-Rich Palette

Armed with master’s degrees in architecture and historic preservation from Columbia University in the mid-1990s, David Khouri immediately launched his career with Bohn Associates in SoHo. His time there would be short-lived. By 1998 he’d founded his own firm – designing not buildings, but furniture and interiors. “I was interested in architecture and furniture design [...]

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450 Drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright

450 Drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright

Today, A+A continues its look back to popular posts from the past five years. This one, celebrating a book by Frank Lloyd Wright’s archivist about the famous architect’s drawings, first appeared in October 2011: When Bruce Brookes Pfeiffer first read about Frank Lloyd Wright in an August 12, 1946 issue of LIFE magazine, the 16-year-old knew immediately what he [...]

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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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‘Drawing from Practice’ Debuts in May

‘Drawing from Practice’ Debuts in May

Three years in the making, Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand will be released by Taylor and Francis/Routledge Press in early May. The 221-page book by J. Michael Welton explores and illuminates the ways that 26 well-known architects use freehand drawing to shape the built environment. “Drawing from Practice is a fantastic [...]

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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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