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China Express

Despite the downturn, China is still the place to be for Western architects seeking large-scale work and a meaningful role in the global architectural dialogue. Amara Holstein checks in with California firms doing business in this complex, frenetic market, and finds that technology helps them thrive, yet also opens the door to new challenges amid Asia’s fast-forward culture of building. […]

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XI International Architecture Biennale

Venice hosts seven biennales a year dedicated to the arts, and in September it was architecture’s turn. The main show was curated by Aaron Betsky (the first American director to get the job since architecture entered the biennale in 1975) and it spread out across the city and its gardens. Reporting from the Arsenale, the Venetian empire’s formidable naval yard in its 12th-century heyday; the Giardini, home of more than 30 national pavilions, including the McKim, Mead, and White-designed U.S. Pavilion, where editor-in-chief William Menking served as commissioner of the exhibit Into the Open; and the Italian Pavilion, which was devoted to experimental architecture, AN took it all in. […]

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Las Vegas Is Learning

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown changed the way we think about Vegas, but the city they loved and wrote about so compellingly has changed almost beyond recognition, and will keep on doing so. Its latest metamorphosis is a startling one: high-rise density oriented toward pedestrians. Is this urbanism drag, or can CityCenter successfully bring traditional ideas about the civic realm to the most car-oriented place in the country? Sam Lubell checks in. […]

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Profile: Jonathan Rose

Yoko Inoue Jonathan Rose president and Founder Jonathan Rose Companies When designs for Via Verde, a 202-unit, mixed-income green housing development in the Bronx were unveiled, they made headlines. The dramatically stepped design by Grimshaw, Dattner Architect and landscape architect Lee Weintraub, which varies from towers to townhouses with green-roofs and terraced gardens, demonstrated that […]

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Las Vegas Is Learning

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown changed the way we think about Vegas, but the city they loved and wrote about so compellingly has changed almost beyond recognition, and will keep on doing so. Its latest metamorphosis is a startling one: high-rise density oriented toward pedestrians. Is this urbanism in drag, or can CityCenter successfully bring traditional ideas about the civic realm to the most car-oriented place in the country? Sam Lubell checks in. […]

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Q&A: SF Planning Director John Rahaim

The Seattle Library by Rem Koolhaas was built on Rahaim’s watch. COURTESY OMA John Rahaim, former planning director for the City of Seattle, assumed his duties as San Francisco’s new planning director in January. Kenneth Caldwell finds out what’s on his mind for San Francisco. The Architect’s Newspaper: What can we do to encourage really […]

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