I met with a group of women architects for lunch last month and the topic was Architect Barbie which debuted at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) national convention this year. In conjunction with the debut, Mattel is spotlighting architecture Architect Barbie: Role Model Or Ridiculous?
“The first thing to understand is that public peace – sidewalk and street peace – is not kept primarily by the police……it is kept primarily by an intricate almost unconscious network of voluntary controls and standards among the people themselves.” Thus begins Jane Jacob’s Happy 50th Anniversary to The Death and Life of Great American Cities: Revisiting a classic
I love ruins. They tell the otherwise untold. Be it a story of destruction of the haughty by an Almighty Power or the simple exposition of how the ancients lived and built, the ruins of the past say it all. Modern man struggles with the art of “building” in the sense that gives it a purpose larger than life, What Ruins Tell
The urban agriculture movement has grown vigorously across the nation. The concept of urban agriculture, which is integrated into the urban economic and ecological system, has taken unprecedented forms. The agricultural zeitgeist of today has gained popularity for many urbanites, however, Urban Agriculture 2.0: Los Angeles…Calling Los Angeles… Do You Copy? Over.
Many people applaud the foresight of regional governments for addressing climate change and quality of life through strategic planning. Others, including the East Bay Tea Party, are crying foul. Does this group represent another shade of “Not In My Back Yard” (NIMBYism), or an indication that regional planning is poorly understood by many of the people it affects? Strategic regional planning? Others see “Green Tyranny”
Rare habitat, whether man made or nature made, is protected by law in California. With the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), historic resources such as buildings and urban landmarks, are recognized just like natural resources. This is because old buildings are irreplaceable and laws like CEQA, local ordinances, and landmark reviews reinforce this value. Preservation Revisited: Is Balance Needed?
A new revision to the ADA became law recently. The new ABA-ADA guidelines and related regulations became effective July 26, 2011.
If one could imagine Gotham City in the Arabian Gulf, they would undoubtedly think of Dubai, the once quiet fishing and trading port in the United Arab Emirates. Until its financial Modernity in the architecture of Dubai – Utopian Fantasy or Monumental Folly?