Catfiddle Street is a neighborhood development project located in Charleston’s historic district, currently in process. We hope that this project will inspire pride in place and encourage others to build to last in order to create a more durable, permanent future. Source: Projects — URBAN ERGONOMICS

Architecture of Alienation | Peter J. Leithart | First Things

As both architects understood, architecture makes the world into the image of cosmology it envisions. Alienated moderns produce alienating architecture that forms a built environment that reinforces alienation. A cosmology of harmony reinforces that harmony in our experience by building houses that make us sense that we are at home in this world. Source: Architecture of Alienation | Peter J. Leithart | First Things

Christian thinkers call for a politics of ‘localism’

The participants, he said, “have always been ‘third way’ people” who do not wholly identify with either the Republican or Democratic Party and are focused on inventing a political philosophy that works for “our own neighborhood, communities, localities.” “Jesus taught us to love our neighbors, therefore we need to know who they are,” said Susannah Black, a Christian blogger who spoke at the conference. Another participant, Grace Potts, said she home-schools her six children and prefers to buy handmade goods from local vendors. “Where can I get fair-trade chocolate for the least price and from a local vendor?” Potts asks…

Faculty and Alumnus Honored with ICAA Acanthus Awards // News // School of Architecture // University of Notre Dame

The Acanthus Awards … honor exemplary student work in classical or traditional design from current students and recent graduates.  School of Architecture alumnus Christopher C. Miller, M. Arch ‘14, received recognition for his thesis project, Market Bridge for Bath:  Fitting Type to Local Character—Professor Richard Economakis was the thesis advisor.  Miller developed a plan for a mixed use neighborhood development in the area surrounding River Avon in the historic city of Bath in England. Source: Faculty and Alumnus Honored with ICAA Acanthus Awards // News // School of Architecture // University of Notre Dame See A Market for Bath:  Fitting Type to…

The Willis Tower In 150 Years

[Illustrated by Andrew Banks, Judson M.Arch.’11 concentration Traditional Architecture and Urbanism] When Chicago was still celebrating the end of the Civil War, the city had a population of roughly 200,000 people. The most memorable structure from that era, the Water Tower, was still three years from construction. Today, 150 years later, the city’s population has grown by more than 1,200 percent, and the city’s tallest building, the Willis Tower, is more than 1,300 feet taller than the height of Chicago’s tallest building in 1866. This is all to say a lot can change in 150 years. Which makes our question,…


Congress for the New Urbanism Illinois Academic Charter Award 2016 for Gowanus: from Resilience to Sustainability

    Judson’s graduate urbanism studio has received the 2016 academic CNU-IL Charter Award!  This makes three years in a row!  Graduate student team: Justin Banda, Kay Havlicek, Tyler Hopwood, Marvin Reyes, Tyler Wade, and Andrew Witek.

Famed Architect Philip Johnson’s Hidden Nazi Past | Vanity Fair

Philip Johnson was a pedigreed, witty charmer from Cleveland who became a fixture of Manhattan’s art world and social circuit. But before Johnson’s rise to fame as one of America’s most influential architects, he delighted in another rise—that of Hitler and the Third Reich. In his forthcoming book, 1941: Fighting the Shadow War, Marc Wortman explores the architect’s fascination with Nazism. …. For Philip Johnson, following the German army as it wiped out the last resisters in Poland seemed like living within a dream—in his case, a very happy dream. Like Shirer, he had watched the Third Reich rise as…

Architects outraged as shopping mall is voted Scotland’s most popular building | Scotland | The Times & The Sunday Times

The winner in the search to find Scotland’s best building of the last hundred years is . . . a shopping mall in Glasgow. Princes Square in the centre of the city has been voted the country’s favourite modern structure, beating competition from significant cultural landmarks including the Scottish parliament and the National Museum of Scotland. The award has prompted a heated exchange in architectural circles with experts describing the choice as “undeserving” and “crass” while one critic was told “he should get out more”. Housed in a Victorian building on Buchanan Street, Princes Square underwent significant development in 1987…

Kudos to Stegeman, Morla, Lima, Mork, and Weber!

Lucas Stegeman was selected to receive, based on his application and recommendations, the first-ever David Scheuer Scholarship to attend the National Town Builders Association (NTBA) Fall Roundtable in Carlton Landing and Oklahoma City, Okla., this month. Xavier Morla, senior architecture student, has been selected for a winter internship.  He will be the first Judson student to join this firm in Chicago. The International Network of Building, Architecture, and Urbanism World Congress, awarded for Urban Design Excellence, the After Burnham / Chicago 2109 plan led by Prof. Philip Bess, Notre Dame School of Architecture.  Contributors to this multi-year project were three Judson alums. Samuel Lima,…