Andrés Duany:  Why We Code | Studio Sky

Within the last half-century, some 30 million buildings have degraded cities and reduced landscapes. Must we tolerate this comprehensive disaster in exchange for the (perhaps) three thousand great buildings that great architects have produced? Such a win-loss ratio is as unacceptable in architecture as it would be in any other field. We are compelled to intervene and have found that codes are the most effective instruments of reform.We must code because the default setting in contemporary design is mediocrity and worse. Those who object to codes imagine that they constrain architectural masterpieces (their own, usually). But great buildings are few…

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…

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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.

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Brian Mork wins Acanthus Award

Brian Mork, M.Arch.’11, Notre Dame Univ. M.A.D.U.’13, has recognized by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art- Chicago Midwest Chapter for a student project Acanthus Award.

An Alternate Site for London Symphony’s New Hall,and A Long Due Act of Redemption | Future Symphony Institute

Léon Krier: London Music Forum, 2016.AN ALTERNATE SITE FOR LONDON SYMPHONY’S NEW HALL,AND A LONG DUE ACT OF REDEMPTION Source: An Alternate Site for London Symphony’s New Hall,and A Long Due Act of Redemption | Future Symphony Institute

Where did all the small apartment buildings go? | City Observatory

… back in 1972, nearly a third of all multifamily homes were constructed in buildings with two to nine units—a typical size for lowrise apartment buildings. Significantly fewer, about a fifth, were built in very large structures with over 50 units. Small apartments peaked in 1981, with 46 percent of all new multifamily units. Since then, though, they’ve fallen off a cliff. In 2014, just seven percent of new multifamily homes were in buildings with fewer than 10 units. But nearly half—48 percent—were in buildings with 50 units or more. Source: Where did all the small apartment buildings go? |…

Here’s How American Cities Can Learn From Italian Piazzas – Next City

When the paradigm of modernist architecture crumbled, urbanists began a quest for credible alternatives that often took them to the streets and squares of old Italian cities. Deciphering the code of Italy’s thriving public life became a process of redemption from the sterilizing over-rationalization of the urban landscape that had been carried out by professionals of the previous generation. Italy is where Jan Gehl began his monumental research on public space and where many great American scholars conducted a considerable part of theirs, laying the foundation for people-centered urban design. Nevertheless, despite the seminal research of Gehl and other far-sighted…

Modern Terrace Housing (1946 Research Proposal)

In 1946 a paper examining ‘Modern Terrace Houses’ was released – complied as research by Arthur Trystan Edwards on behalf of the Chadwick Trust, its purpose was “to investigate the question of the maximum ‘density’ per acre for small houses with gardens suitable especially for the intermediate and outer zones of large towns, having regard to the amenities essential to a comprehensive town planning arrangement.” (Edwards 1946) In the paper Edwards puts forth a series of possible terrace housing types and master plans for built-up areas in large towns, rather than large blocks of tenements – as was being proposed at the…

The grand London ‘semi’ that spawned a housing revolution – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 8 | Cities | The Guardian

Built in 1825 by Scottish-born landscape gardener John Claudius Loudon, the house is a model of domestic architectural deception. It is in fact two houses, conjoined at the middle to give the illusion of a single, grand residence. Described by Loudon, in the oxymoronic language of the day, as a “double-detached house”, the idea was “to build two small houses which should appear as one, and have some pretensions to architectural design”. Through cunning techniques of architectural trickery, the design would “give dignity and consequence to each dwelling by making it appear to have the magnitude of two houses”. This…

New York’s Forecast: Rising Seas, Continual Heat Waves, and a Little Hope – NYTimes.com

In New York, unlike many other places, the majority of carbon emissions, 70 percent, come from buildings rather than from transportation. (In some sense, asking New Yorkers to do more to combat climate change is like having your most dutiful child sweep the floor after dinner and wash the dishes; our carbon footprint is already comparatively small because of a reliance on mass transit.) How would the city’s housing stock respond, though, to a weather “event” in the near future, before we all installed triple-glazed windows — something like Hurricane Sandy or approximating it, causing power failures — during a…