The U.S. Department of State's new Design Excellence program is coming to fruition. Courtesy Davis Brody Bond Architects and Planners Davis Brody Bond Architects and Planners' U.S. Embassy in Jakarta is under construction. The project was commissioned before the State Department's Design Excellence program, but embodies the principles of the new initiative. After years of building standardized embassies and consulates on the edges of cities, focused solely on security and the bottom line, the U.S. Department of State launched an ambitious Design Excellence building program two years ago. It is now coming to fruition. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects has
Monadnock Summer: The Architectural Legacy of Dublin, New Hampshire, by William Morgan. David R. Godine, 2011, 160 pages, $30. Tomorrow’s Houses: New England Modernism, by Alexander Gorlin. Rizzoli, 2011, 256 pages, $65. Together, these very different books on New England houses provide an intimate introduction to American domestic architecture and the values it embodies. Architectural historian William Morgan’s Monadnock Summer focuses on one quietly elite, very small town but explains how the buildings there exemplified some of the aspirations and achievements of the nation. Architect Alexander Gorlin’s Tomorrow’s Houses concentrates on houses in New England built between 1912 (Purcell &
By Jonathan Coulson, Paul Roberts, and Isabelle Taylor. Routledge, 2010, 264 pages, $125 This ambitious history chronicles campus design from the founding of the first European universities in the 11th century until last year. Although buildings for higher education are often among the most significant ones we build, surprisingly few good studies of them exist. There are numerous books on individual campuses, some good ones on architects who design college buildings (such as Robert A. M. Stern on Campus), and plenty of guides for facilities managers (even this one has a chapter on how to plan a campus). But only
Terry Brown, an architect with a unique vision and craft-based practice, was killed in a highway accident on June 28 in Rosebud, Texas. He taught at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and practiced from the 3 Horses Ranch near Rosebud, where he had lived and raised Texas longhorns since 2005. He also maintained a practice in Cincinnati, where he resided for more than two decades. He was 53 years old.