Up Front

  • how green is green enough?

    This is our annual issue dedicated to sustainable residential design. When covering this topic, we're inevitably pushed into making a devil's bargain. We won't sacrifice our notion of good design just to show something “green.” We'll always select a house

  • go ahead and break some rules

    a substantial part of an architect's job is to ensure compliance with building codes, zoning regulations, architectural guidelines.

  • in plain sight

    The trouble with being a visionary is sometimes you have to wait 30 years for the rest of the world to catch up to you.

  • the man in the machine

    I admit I provoked our cover guy, Scott Merrill (“Eye of the Storm”), to talk about the divide between modern and traditional architects. At this point in his career, he really couldn't care less about the anachronistic debate that still consumes others in the profession. He's much more interested...

  • railing about handrails

    Twice a year or so, I receive letters to the editor about handrails. These letters gently or not so gently reproach us for the projects we run without rails where the codebook claims they should be. The pace of those letters just picked up with the publication of our July cover photo of David...

  • to have and hold

    I admit I am powerless over my real estate habit. Every weekend is like Christmas to me, but I do work hard for my bounty.

  • checks and balances and checks

    When we had the brilliant idea to do an issue on design/build firms, we thought we'd given ourselves an easy summer assignment. We'd already planned a cover story on multi-talented Marmol Radziner and Associates, so picking a few other like-minded firms for our design portfolio seemed like a...

  • group hug

    At the crest of a multi-year housing boom, it's about time the organization addressed and advanced the architect's role in it.

  • care and feeding

    As a deadline-driven journalist, I am addicted to the buzz of information, the adrenaline rush of last-minute multitasking. Like many busy professionals, I have succumbed to the siren call of productivity. But am I really more productive? Possibly so, but at what cost?

  • shades of green

    Few sensible people dispute the fact that we'll have to pay the piper someday soon for the harm we've wrought upon our environment. And none of us, if we're honest with ourselves, can refute that architecture contributes substantially to the damage done.

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