You Need to Become an Expert!Resources, Essay

While there are many aspects of the typical university tenure process that are counter-productive (an issue that has been covered extensively in higher education publications), there are some aspects of the process that could have a positive influence on our firm and the individual career paths of the people who work here.

Infrastructure as ArchitectureResources, Essay

Utile City vs. Turner CityResources, Essay

Belle IsleResources, Essay

Coffee Carts and Vacant StorefrontsResources, Essay

Multi-floor IndustrialResources, Essay

Of coffeeshops, banks and Fritz ZwickyResources, Essay

It’s instructive to think about what all this means for architects and urban designers, whose traditional purview it is to creatively imagine the use of space.

Gables and SawtoothsResources, Essay

Sneck-down, sneck-down!Resources, Essay

Urbanism Starter Kit: Market-driven PrototypesResources, Publications

Observations about Contemporary Design PedagogyResources, Articles, Publications

Tactical Urbanism and Its DiscontentsResources, Essay

Hopefully, proponents of the various urbanisms, at least initially within the freedom of competitions and exhibitions, will more fully explore and give formal shape to the terrain of future possibilities, while keeping in mind that this terrain is not just environmental and technological, but fundamentally political too.

Aldo Rossi and Parking GaragesResources, Essay

Aesthetic agendas and the pragmatics of urban developmentResources, Essay

That Honest Texas ArchitectureResources, Essay

Was this "architected"?Resources, Essay

The Smokers’ Lounge as a Building TypeResources, Essay

One can (literally) still smell a group of cub reporters huddled under the canopy and out of the rain while taking a break from the day’s deadline.

Ideology vs. Pragmatism in New UrbanismResources, Articles, Publications

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ElementalismResources, Essay

Colored glassResources, Essay

Expo-tectureResources, Essay

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Move South Station?Resources, Essay

The Haunted Horse Head and the Weathered OctopusResources, Essay

SIGN!Resources, Essay

The Library of the FutureResources, Essay

Boston Bike UpdateResources, Essay

Cronut, or Donut with Horns?Resources, Essay

The Letting Go: Loose Planning for Urban SpacesResources, Essay

A flexible method that embraces informality and appropriation within a fixed city could be of great value to cities with changing demographics and constrained resources.

Take Back The PolesResources, Essay

Beware a Generic Olympics!Resources, Essay

Utility of PlayResources, Essay

The New Wood ArchitectureResources, Essay

Can Design Improve Life in Cities?: The Cases of Los Angeles, London and ChicagoResources, Articles

The PosseResources, Essay

Theorizing Construction PhasingResources, Essay

London’s Maker LifestyleResources, Essay

Figurative CeilingsResources, Essay

Pragmatism and PolemicsResources, Essay

Zig-zag Stair PatternResources, Essay

The Olympics, Boston’s Back Lot, and YaleResources, Essay

George Condo and Philip TaaffeResources, Essay

Agitated CornersResources, Essay

Sochi and AestheticsResources, Essay

Between Mission Statement and Parametric ModelResources, Essay, Articles

Since the late 1990s the generative capabilities of parametric modeling, or digital scripting, programs have come to dominate design discourse at schools like Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Columbia, largely due to the increasing influence and leadership of mid-career professors and practitioners such as Greg Lynn, Preston Scott Cohen and Monica Ponce de Leon.

Island Neighborhood for the Boston OlympicsResources, Essay

Arches and the ZeitgeistResources, Essay

Barrage BalloonsResources, Essay

Typological Mash UpResources, Essay

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Tehrani on Mies, Saarinen, and Discursive OpportunitiesResources, Essay

My challenge to the Utile-OU team was precisely this: how can they extend their own disciplinary research without apology on the one hand and at the same time develop a speculative spirit that takes bigger risks with form, organization, and materiality in response to their client audiences.

Questions of EfficiencyResources, Essay

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Serendipitous CityResources, Essay

Design Communication and RhetoricResources, Essay

Architects are not builders, but we need to be knowledgeable enough that we can create written and graphic instructions for a building team. While this is an obvious statement, it points in an interesting and mostly unexplored direction.

The Trouble with Mid-risesResources, Essay

Productive CompetitionResources, Essay

BIG modelsResources, Essay

Design as On-going Research vs. the One-offResources, Essay

Urban Housing AtlasResources, Publications

As a reference book, the compendium was to communicate collective knowledge gained to an ever-growing design team and would avoid instances of wheel-reinvention, a problem in a busy office with a horizontal management structure.

Growing City / Shrinking EarthResources, Essay

The Vertical Integration of the Design IndustryResources, Essay

DIY Urbanists’ Fairy DustResources, Essay

Dirigibles!Resources, Essay

Afford-A-Bail UrbanismResources, Essay

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Meaningful InnovationResources, Essay

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Paper Architecture, Emerging UrbanismResources, Publications, Articles

These are important questions: with the building boom over, and as both professional offices and academic programs seek to reframe their roles to adapt to our fast-changing culture, we have an opportunity to recalibrate the relationship between practice and education — and more, to realign progressive practice with academic inquiry.

Tangible SpaceResources, Essay

The consequence of this experience, enhanced by the everyday ordinariness of the apartment and objects being rendered, is the sense that figurative architectonic space permeates every object, molding, and electrical device.