November 15, 2013 |
When British developer Cathedral Group invited 20 architects and designers to create their version of a 21st century dollhouse, the results -- including work by the likes of Zaha Hadid -- were stunning. Each dollhouse was to include at least one feature that made life easier for a child with a disability, and that request seemed to inspire designers, who responded with Braille exteriors and free-flowing spaces. PHOTO GALLERY: 21st century dollhouses The dollhouses were auctioned off this week at Bonhams in London and raised nearly $145,000 for Kids, a British charity supporting disabled children and their families.
December 20, 2009 |
Architecture, arguably for the first time in its history, found itself at the very center of American cultural and political life in the decade that is wrapping up. That centrality helped make stars out of architecture's top talents. With the aid of powerful software, adventuresome clients and, not least, a flood of new wealth and easy financing, it also produced a rush of inventive buildings, in styles stretching from fluid to wildly sculptural to neomodern. But the notion that architects had suddenly acquired more power than ever before, as opposed to more visibility, opportunity or cachet, turned out to be hollow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2004 |
The American Institute of Architects' California Council will give its president's award to the San Fernando Valley chapter in honor of its all-volunteer Urban Design Assistance Team, which created a plan to transform Panorama City into a commercial, residential and cultural hub.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1995
I am writing in response to the item March 6 on the dedication of St. Bernardine Library at St. Thomas Aquinas College. As an architect and president of the American Institute of Architects, Ventura County chapter, I am discouraged to find that the architect for the featured project was not mentioned. Architects are trained professionals who work to shape and enhance the quality of the built environment and can serve as a resource for educating the public. Their creative skills produce safe and enjoyable buildings in which we work and live.
September 12, 2000
Fans of the Southern California Institute of Architecture celebrated the school's highly anticipated move from the Westside to its new digs downtown on Friday night. Known as SCI-Arc, the school will operate in temporary quarters before taking up permanent residence in a quarter-mile-long railroad freight building at the corner of 3rd Street and Santa Fe Avenue. At the bash, Nabu Toshi, right, spun tunes for the architects, designers and other celebrators.
October 17, 2010 |
The creative department of the real estate business has lost its swagger. Architects, the exalted artists who design structures that will stand for generations, are feeling a lot less glamorous these days. As the recession emptied offices, stores and factories, the demand for new ones disappeared. Work for architects also went away. When people look back, there will be few signature buildings on the country's metropolitan skylines to point to that were built in the years around 2010, said Kermit Baker, chief economist for the American Institute of Architects.