A husband-and-wife team has gone back to basics, studying the material and structural innovations of centuries past to create new systems for building. Lonn Combs and Rona Easton, married in life as well as in practice, have spent the last year living and working in Rome. Combs won a Rome Prize in Architecture in 2011 and, with Easton, has been studying Italian architect and engineer Pier Luigi Nervi’s groundbreaking innovations with concrete. In a way, their time in Rome has been a mirror of their practice in recent years. Just as they are taking the time now to “slow down
As Marc Treib writes in an essay in Joan Ockman's Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America, architecture-school buildings haven't changed much from their early-20th century design roots:
Situated on a skinny lot at the edge of downtown Santa Barbara, California, architect James Gauer’s 1,500-square-foot Brous-Scherer house is an anomaly in a town known for its code-enforced adherence to the Spanish Colonial style.
Muji design director Kenya Hara launches a line of starchitect-designed dog houses. Architecture fans and dog lovers unite! Sou Fujimoto - Boston Terrier On November 20, Kazuyo Sejima, Shigeru Ban, Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, and six other renowned architects will launch the results of a project kept under wraps for months: a line of breed-specific dog houses commissioned by Muji design director Kenya Hara, who has also designed an abode (for the Toy Poodle). Some of the environments—"house" is a loose term here—will be sold through an accompanying website. Others are meant to inspire DIY copies: download a
Cleveland's three largest employers'Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals'sit just shy of East Cleveland, the most bombed-out part of town, where foreclosures and population decline have taken the highest toll.
Photo courtesy LMN Architects Slated for completion in July 2013, LMN Architects' Medical Mart and the Cleveland Convention Center underground are rising in tandem with the revival by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) of Daniel Burnham's 1903 downtown Mall (above). Together, the projects aim to bring the public back to the city center and reconnect a greener, unified Mall with the lakefront. The five-level Medical Mart (below), with a pixelated window pattern, is a permanent showroom for medical manufacturers. GGN's long-term plan for the Mall includes 'outdoor rooms' to accommodate flexible programming and lighting to showcase beautiful historic buildings. Photo courtesy