August 2008 Table of Contents

From the Editor
from the editor what's bred in the zone

Despite public perception, most experienced architects I've talked with don't prefer the proverbial “blank slate” commission. Read more

Home Front
lean feat home front lean feat

The goal of Rice Design Alliance and AIA Houston's 99K House Competition seems self-evident. Read more

home front extreme solutions

It may not have the name recognition of Moscow or St. Petersburg, but Cherepovets is an equally vital cog in northwest Russia's industrial machine. Read more

Green Piece
green piece street smart

Sophisticated landscaping techniques will also turn the streets into stormwater-management tools. Read more

K+B Studio
K + B Studio / Bath a bath undivided

The open floor plans so commonly seen in homes' public living spaces in recent years are finding their way into private areas as well. Read more

K + B Studio / Kitchen now you see it

Mark Peters, AIA, engaged in some imaginative planning for this do-it-all kitchen in a slender single-family house of his design in urban Chicago. Read more

thinking & making thinking & making

It's not easy for an outsider to catch the folks at el dorado in an entirely serious moment. The Kansas City, Mo., firm's five partners recently used the 1980s hair band Def Leppard as a reference point in an architectural lecture. The group's offbeat, deadpan sense of humor harmonizes with their pronounced aversion to the idea of the heroic, Howard Roark-style architect. Read more

encore, encore: pool cues

Silvio Gueilburt specializes in hospital design in Argentina, but when he was given the opportunity to transform a defunct factory into a home for a professional couple, the commission was too good to pass up. Read more

encore, encore shell game

The transformation of this 1905 New Haven, Conn., fire station into a live, work, and play space was all about shells. Read more

encore, encore super save

Three neglected buildings are rediscovered, repaired, and reused as residential. Read more

Architects' Choice
waste watchers Architects' Choice waste watchers

Levitt Goodman Architects: Baleboard plastic lumber is manufactured from 100 percent recycled industrial waste, making it less vulnerable to the elements than real wood. Read more

tube tops Architects' Choice tube tops

Levitt Goodman Architects: The Castor Recycled Tube Light has a tongue-in-cheek design but is all business. Read more

down light Architects' Choice down light

Levitt Goodman Architects: Solatube's skylights capture daylight and disperse it into a home. Read more

Doctor Spec
something old, something new doctor spec something old, something new

Architect Griz Dwight, AIA, was doing an adaptive reuse project in the Washington, D.C., area when he came upon a brick wall that had been covered over with a thick layer of plaster. Read more

aqua therapy new material aqua therapy

Oceania's Classique collection offers advanced hydromassage and chromatherapy in a retro package. Read more

old friends old friends

Sometimes old is better than new, as ably demonstrated by these salvaged redwood beams from TerraMai. Read more

designbuild collaborative workspace designbuild collaborative

When three architectural firms needed new offices for their respective practices, they joined forces to find an old building in an urban setting. Read more

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