We hear a lot about “smart growth” in the press, in blogs, and at planning commissions these days. There are folks who support smart growth projects, and folks who don’t. But of course, no one ever couches their opposition to a smart growth project in terms of favoring “dumb growth,” although that’s what they may really be saying, if they thought about it. [Read more…] about What Makes Smart Growth “Smart”
Travel, as I have often said to my colleagues, is an excellent means to explore and understand architecture, especially if that has to do with regional values. Last year, after having missed many earlier opportunities to do so, I finally visited the sites of great architectural works of the Mughal Dynasty in India. For most people, the Taj Mahal is a household word. For me it had always been the fore-runner of an argument that mosques and mausoleums are not the same and hence their formal structures cannot share in the semiology employed by modern day designers of religious buildings in the light of Bob Venturi’s “decorated shed” paradigm. [Read more…] about A peek into the timeless past of Mughal architecture in India
While I was a graduate student at UC Berkeley studying architecture, ideas were always buzzing around; at design charrettes, guest lectures and of course, at the dining table. International House, where I lived, was home to residents from eighty countries enrolled in various academic programs. Our insatiable thirst for learning extended to coffee hours and dinner, with enough food for thought to go around. [Read more…] about Celebrating Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas
CPF’s annual conference was quite memorable this year. As always, great sessions were presented, but this year, it was held in one of California’s most breathtaking settings, Asilomar Conference Center designed by Julia Morgan in Monterey. Not only a gathering of beautiful buildings, the Center also overlooks a spectacular Pacific Ocean. [Read more…] about California Preservation Conference 2014
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 [Read more…] about Architect Barbie: Role Model Or Ridiculous?
A new revision to the ADA became law recently. The new ABA-ADA guidelines and related regulations became effective July 26, 2011.
In the “old days,” you marketed your business or career by joining organizations, serving on boards and committees, socializing, advertising, and writing articles that got published. Many of us tried all but the last item because it was a major undertaking. Today, with the evolution of the internet, websites, blogs, and social media, the dynamics have changed. While the old in-person activities are still worthwhile pursuits, writing and publishing have become much easier, less expensive, and more worthwhile. [Read more…] about Marketing for Architects and Design Professionals Through Online Article Writing