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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. 

Frontages: A city's smallest part but greatest asset

They’re the thinnest and smallest of a city’s elemental parts, but “frontages” do more to create or kill value than any other single element. 

Jane Jacobs was right

Older and smaller buildings and a wide range in building age offer real economic and social benefits for neighborhoods and urban centers, according to a study. 

Urban Acupuncture: A concise, entertaining jumble of ideas

Review of Urban Acupuncture, a book by Jaime Lerner. Island Press, hardcover 160 pp., 2014, $19.99

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