Archive for July, 2012

Economic Considerations Regarding the Future of the Architecture Profession by Lian Chikako Chang. Hi Archinect, Here’s the excellent slide deck from a presentation by Kermit Baker, Chief Economist at the American Institute of Architects, in a “collateral discussion” (whatever that is) held on March 4, 2012 (as posted online at aia.org). The main theme, as I see […]


WHEN TRANSITIONING TO A BIM PROCESS, ASK THE LAST QUESTION FIRST. http://www.shp.com At SHP, our conversion to a building information modeling (BIM) process occurred in 2005.  We completely converted all of our architects and engineers to the Revit platform in about ten months that year.  The timetable we set for ourselves was unheard of and […]


Pario la Abuela

24Jul12

The Volcano As Museum: A Proposal For Buenos Aires. @ Architizer Some may not believe that a volcano serves as a fitting cultural centerpiece for one of the world’s major cities, but this didn’t stop French architect Michael Labory from trying to make it work. His proposal for the Buenos Aires Contemporary Art Museum calls for a […]


  Can Paul Rudolph’s Architecturally Vital Orange County Government Center Be Saved? by Paul Goldberger Let’s start with an obvious truth: Paul Rudolph is not an easy architect. He never was. His assertive modernist buildings of concrete and glass are not what anyone would call user-friendly. They can be harsh, and tough, and it is not […]


A Monumental Conflict? For Gehry, Eisenhower or Architecture. Everyone agrees Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of America’s greatest leaders. But the effort to memorialize the 34th president—with a monument on four acres near the Capitol—has led to open conflict, pitting Eisenhower’s grandchildren against one of America’s most respected architects, Frank Gehry. By Paul Goldberger If you […]


The Report of My Death Sylvia Lavin July 2012 Excerpt from Log 25, Summer 2012. Anyone Corporation to life, or to the life in and of buildings as it has increasingly come to be staged. Ironically, the most impassioned “life-lovers” are those who assume a traditionally mournful critical posture: professing to resist architecture’s role in […]


Why Nonexperts Are Better at Disruptive Innovation Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to become expert at something, whether it’s playing the guitar, charting the stars, or writing software code. In his landmark book Outliers: The Story of Success, Gladwell looks at why certain people are successful and postulates that, among other things, […]


BIM finally starting to pay off for AEC firms In surveying Giants 300 firms about BIM, we went right for the jugular: Is BIM paying off—through cost savings, higher quality, or client satisfaction? Here’s what they told us. By Robert Cassidy and Tim Gregorski BIM has been paying off for AE firm NELSON. “Once a […]


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El que quiera puede relacionarlo con las recientes sucesos de la Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, en relación a a la recolección de residuos. How Living in Paraguay Taught Me to Get Creative With My Trash I’d spent my life thoughtlessly throwing trash in a garbage can, knowing trash services came to my house regularly […]