Make your way around just about any major city (and smaller ones, too) in the US, and you’d be hard pressed not to see some form of new construction going on. Unless it’s related to an educational, governmental, or healthcare facility, there’s a good chance it’s being driven by a developer. Without generalizing too much, it’s fairly safe to say that developers don’t necessarily have the best reputation, and yet, they are the ones responsible for the vast majority of the buildings we all use.
Architects have long played backup to developers in shepherding the future of our cities…developers focused on the bottom line and profit margins. Much of this is due to the ever-increasing litigious nature of society, not to mention how finance is almost vilified in our training; architects should sacrifice profit for the good of the concept.
Fortunately, there is a growing number of us interested in expanding our roles to the “dark side”, taking ownership and enabling development that is far more aware, focused its users rather than just the bottom line. For us, profit, good design, and community responsibility are not mutually exclusive.
For more, check out Brandon Donnelly‘s recent article for Architizer (I highly recommend his blog, in general):
One of the things I miss the most about New York, strangely, is their city-supported composting. They made it almost effortless; just put all your organic waste into a provided bin next to your trash and recycling. We kept our small bin in the freezer and dumped the “food-cicle” out when we took out the trash. The outside bin had a sealing lid to keep the lovely smells contained.
This process, paired with a great recycling program, drastically reduced the amount of regular trash we put out…unfortunately it’s not this easy in most cities.
Check out this 360 video, produced by The New York Times:
It’s only fitting that such an amazing firm should have an equally amazing space to create. This should be inspiring on multiple levels to any office in the US…
Construction has finally wrapped up on a project I did quite a bit of work on while at HLW in New York. Too bad to see the team didn’t get any recognition, in this article, but happy the project is officially live and in color….this thing was a beast!
Very proud to see the Santa Fe Opera on USA Today’s list of the top must-see buildings in New Mexico!
Image via The Santa Fe Opera
Quite literally where it all began, this was the very first project I started on out of grad school when I was working for Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects in Austin.
Photo courtesy of Jacob Bodkin Photography / Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects
The American Institute of Architects has published a guide for architects and policymakers on key principles to battling climate change. It’s great to see the AIA speaking out on the topic; hopefully they will continue to advocate and use their influence to affect the political side of things. Us, as architects, are only part of the equation.
Photo courtesy of Iwan Baan/AIA