Independence Day Thoughts on Architecture

As the Fourth of July approaches, I challenge you to reflect on our nation’s history. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Acknowledge the triumphs and shortcomings of our nation. Remember how we the people have and can continue to learn and grow. Pause and appreciate those that came before (in all their imperfection) who fought to preserve our inalienable rights. We are blessed and we will overcome the challenges. We are a resilient nation of people who hold different backgrounds and beliefs; however, we are united by our shared value of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Let freedom ring and continue to pursue equality!

2020 AIA COTE Top 10 Announced

Discussions about how to battle future pandemics through better buildings are becoming commonplace, and the goal of improved interior environments is one aspect that dovetails with sustainability issues championed by the AIA Committee on the Environment. Architects continue to raise the bar on performance, design and flexibility. This ongoing dedication to improving the built environment …

More EP Friendly Firms Announced for the North Central States Region

The second round of application review for the NCSR Friendly Firm Award has been completed. The list of EP Friendly Firms continues to grow. If you would like your firm recognized you can still apply. Applicants simply need to have an office in the region, and have an AIA member firm principal and an AIA member emerging professional fill out and sign the form together.

Tips for Architects Working At Home During COVID-19

As a follow-up to the preceding post, the attached article addresses some general strategies for continuing to maintain an architectural/design workflow while working from home.  Chief among the concerns of those faced with this reality, is the difficulty of overcoming the mental partition that exists between the office and home.  In response, the article emphasizes …

An Artistic Antidote to Self-Isolation At the present moment, many individuals find themselves confined to their homes, in a collective effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 throughout their communities.  As undeniably important as this strategy is, it poses the risk of engendering an acute sense of restlessness and irritability, especially as time goes on.  To counter this tendency, …

Axonometric Realism: “Hortus Conclusus”

“Beate Gütschow is a German contemporary artist who works primarily through photography. In her work, she analyses the complex and ever-changing relationships between perception, representation and reality.“ The bizarre and visually-perplexing nature of the images within the associated article, contain a myriad of architectural implications. The consolidation of photographic information into a unified perspectival artifice, mirrors …

Self-Contained Cities: Hyperdense Arcologies of Urban Fantasy & Utopian Fiction

A portmanteau of “architecture” and “ecology”, the term “arcology” reflects a vision that high density can help foster sustainability. The following article broadly outlines the origins of architectural thought as it relates to utopian conceptions of high-density urban environments…a possible inevitability, or merely an indulgent form of theoretical expression. Jacob

Shape Your Future: Be Part of the 2020 Census

Civilizations have used Census to count population dating back to the Roman Empire. The Christmas Nativity story would be much different without the Census. Accurate data collected from the Census is used by designers, developers, and planners to determine where the best places to locate projects. GIS data like the tapestry map and other demographic information is helpful when evaluating whether or not a location is ideal. Census information can even be used when applying for funding.