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Make it wrong, get it right

On the 10-year anniversary of New Orleans's disaster, Brad Pitt's Make it Right project takes a pounding from critics. But there's a better way.

What we need to learn from Katrina

Cities are immensely complex self-organizing systems, not mere top-down designs—but they do need top-down interventions in strategic places. Unfortunately, we still have inadequate models and tools.

Giving New Urbanists a fair shake

Justin Shubow, president of the National Civic Art Society, criticizes the Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster for comparing new urbanists to the Tea Party. 

Lovability gains momentum

 A prominent architect whose work I love and respect told me recently that the term “lovable” has “a... problem with pragmatists” that can’t be resolved. 

'Just Get the Ground Floor Right …' Modernism's last stand

Over 40 years one truth has been drummed into our downtown urban design consciousness: “Just get the ground floor right” and everything else will be fine.

Building a single-stair walk up

John Anderson offers tips on how to get the most of a single-stair walk-up building while complying to building and accessibility codes. 

Spangler brings passion to church design

Jerry Spangler, Director of TSW's Architecture Studio, recently talked with the Atlanta Business Chronicle about his passion for church design and the recently completed ChristChruch Prebyterian project, an intown renovation of an office building into a church sanctuary, fellowship areas, and classroom space.

Robert Martignoni/BSA Inc. designs contribute to Community of the Year

The Village of Providence, featuring home designs by designer Robert Martignoni/Building Science Associates, Inc. receives Best in American Living Community of the Year award. The Village of Providence is a large-scale, pedestrian-oriented traditional neighborhood development near major landmarks, employers, and amenities in Huntsville, Alabama.

Can preservationists let love rule?

I’m just a regular person who appreciates some places over others. Not because academic ideology says they’re worthy but because they simply feel, and work, better. 

Why small will go big in 2015

An urge to new thinking comes at the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, when the Katrina Cottages were used to address a combination of issues: sustainability, affordability, and right-sized living. 

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