from the editor

  • 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...

     

home front

  • kids on the block

    Architect Gregory Kearley, AIA, of Inscape Studio in Washington, D.C., planned a modern scheme for this Youth Build affordable house in the city's historic Anacostia neighborhood. That is, until he encountered the district's strict review board and reworked the three-bedroom home for a more...

     
  • dorms to go

    Applying mass-production methods to architecture, Garrison Architects, in New York City, and fabricator Kullman Industries, of Lebanon, N.J., are collaborating on a line of manufactured residence halls for college and university clients.

     
  • the jet set

    Although most of the residences wear neotraditional garb in the New Urbanist town of Stapleton, Colo., the former airport site outside of Denver, two multistory housing projects now in the works have a decidedly contemporary edge.

     

k+b studio

bath

  • attention grabber

    Completing major structural renovations within the confines of an apartment building and under the watchful eyes of the owners' association multiplied Riley's headaches. The building only allows construction during summer months, and bathroom expansions are forbidden because wet areas must be...

     

kitchen

  • universal appeal

    Ronnette Riley, FAIA, was practicing universal design long before the term was coined, and while she admires the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), she takes issue with some of its content.

     

perspective

  • part of the solution

    Why do I not see more architects involved in the public process? Is it that we do not consider ourselves “political”? How does the act of building not become political? We change cities and manipulate the natural environment. Our work affects the value of property and the daily experience of most...

     

practice

  • searching for a safety net

    Throughout the recent economic downturn, residential construction has been a bright spot, a boom that overshot all predictions. As low interest rates fueled the speculative housing market, condominium projects have dominated the construction scene in thriving metropolitan areas.

     

projects

  • case study: traugott terrace

    Designing affordable housing under normal constraints is tough enough, but Seattle-based Environmental Works Community Design Center deserves special kudos for overcoming the hurdles of Traugott Terrace.

     
  • case study: homesafe

    The developer of HomeSafe, a community for battered women and their children, approached Studio E Architects with an interesting challenge. In addition to the usual affordable housing request—good design on a shoestring budget—they also wanted the project to fit into a co-housing format.

     
  • case study: avalon mutual housing

    When the Seattle office of Pyatok Architects began designing a community of transitional housing for mentally ill residents, it knew it might face a neighborhood outcry against the project. So it pre-empted complaints with a contextually sensitive design.

     
  • case study: los vecinos sro

    This low-income housing project was designed in consultation with its potential residents, and the project is that much stronger because of it, says architect Jeff Bone, AIA, principal at Chicago-based Landon Bone Baker Architects. Turns out their needs were not so special after all, but what all...

     
  • case study: 8NW8th

    Portland-based Central City Concern believes housing must provide much more than shelter for low-income individuals undergoing substance abuse rehabilitation. It must help ease them back into society, safely and effectively.

     
  • more than shelter

    Imagine designing a home for a client who may be deaf, blind, or mobility-impaired—you're not sure which. The residence has to fit into a tiny space, say 250 square feet, and must be easy to duplicate 10, 50, or 100 times over.

     

doctor spec

  • handle with care

    Residential architects know only too well the challenges that arise when designing a custom home for a demanding client. Architects who toil in the realm of special-needs multifamily housing, however, face a different set of obstacles and obligations.

     

products

new material

  • joy of x

    Designer Philippe Starck is known for his rather idiosyncratic and radically modern faucets and fixtures. His latest, Axor Starck X collection, for Alpharetta, Ga.–based Hansgrohe is no exception.

     
  • speak up

    Designer Philippe Starck is known for his rather idiosyncratic and radically modern faucets and fixtures. His latest, Axor Starck X collection, for Alpharetta, Ga.–based Hansgrohe is no exception.

     
  • more with less

    Schaefferstown, Pa.–based Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry claims its Practically Basic will help consumers simplify and organize their lives.

     

off the shelf

  • fine lines

    Sleek simplicity distinguishes the Linea line of decorative hardware for the bath. Towel bars and rings, toothbrush holders, hooks, shelves, pulls, and soap dishes are available in polished chrome or brushed nickel.

     
  • corner lot

    Sleek simplicity distinguishes the Linea line of decorative hardware for the bath. Towel bars and rings, toothbrush holders, hooks, shelves, pulls, and soap dishes are available in polished chrome or brushed nickel.

     
  • double click

    Sleek simplicity distinguishes the Linea line of decorative hardware for the bath. Towel bars and rings, toothbrush holders, hooks, shelves, pulls, and soap dishes are available in polished chrome or brushed nickel.

     
  • star light

    Part of the Galileo line, Libra and Cancer Series sconces work as indoor and outdoor illumination.

     
  • brass ensemble

    The new Tube Collection from Turnstyle Designs unites classic solid-brass construction with updated designs and a clean, uniform finish.

     
  • polished presentation

    Add the aesthetic of wet river rocks or weathered beach pebbles to bathroom counters or balcony floors with Cobblestone Series tiles.

     

end quote

  • adjoining worlds

    The Dutch architect and teacher Herman Hertzberger has won international acclaim for his sensitively designed buildings.

     

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