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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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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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In Columbus, the Cathedral Builder

In Columbus, the Cathedral Builder

Martin Luther King said he did more for civil rights than any other white man. Esquire placed him on its cover in October, 1967, saying that he ought to be the next president of the United States. But J. Irwin Miller, CEO of Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Ind., was too busy for that. “In [...]

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The Allure of European Deco Carpets

The Allure of European Deco Carpets

It was a rebellion of sorts. Influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and a desire to simplify the design of Persian carpets, a number of European innovators in the 1920s began to explore the possibilities of Art Deco. “They wanted to  break out and do something new rather than traditional – and create something [...]

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A Warhol, a Picasso – and a Schindler

A Warhol, a Picasso – and a Schindler

First of all, there’s the complete suite of 10 Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Can silk-screens. Then there’s the Picasso vase. But the real find for architecture aficionados at the May 17 event from Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) might be the chair designed by Rudolph Schindler, circa 1936. The 10 Soup Can prints are No. [...]

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