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Radical Suburbs

Radical Suburbs: Experimental Living on the Fringes of the American City
Amanda Kolson Hurley
Belt Publishing, April 2019

Paperback | 5 x 7 inches | 160 pages | No illustrations | Languages | ISBN: 978-1948742368 | $16.95

Publisher Description:
America’s suburbs are not the homogenous places we sometimes take them for. Today’s suburbs are racially, ethnically, and economically diverse, with as many Democratic as Republican voters, a growing population of renters, and rising poverty. The cliche of white picket fences is well past its expiration date.

The history of suburbia is equally surprising: American suburbs were once fertile ground for utopian planning, communal living, socially-conscious design, and integrated housing. We have forgotten that we built suburbs like these, such as the co-housing commune of Old Economy, Pennsylvania; a tiny-house anarchist community in Piscataway, New Jersey; a government-planned garden city in Greenbelt, Maryland; a racially integrated subdivision (before the Fair Housing Act) in Trevose, Pennsylvania; experimental Modernist enclaves in Lexington, Massachusetts; and the mixed-use, architecturally daring Reston, Virginia.

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA
Sam Lubell, photographs by Darren Bradley
Phaidon, October 2018

Flexicover | 5 x 7-1/4 inches | 376 pages | 255 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0714876627 | $35.00

Publisher Description:
Featuring architecture by some of the biggest Mid-Century names, including Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen, and Philip Johnson, each of the more than 250 buildings is located on a regional map. The book includes all the additional information needed to find and visit each building. Its cool and functional design makes this book a coveted Modernist-style object in itself.

Including icons from The Met Breuer to the fabulous beach houses of Fire Island, private homes in Connecticut, Manhattan skyscrapers, and the Tropical Modern residences of Sarasota, Florida, it is a must-have guide to one of the most fertile and lesser-known regions for the development of Mid-Century Modern architecture. From the publisher of
Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA.
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How to Make the Most of Hurricane Repairs

Every summer seems to bring a tropical storm bigger and badder than anything the world has ever seen — and for people on the East Coast, that means their property is under severe threat for a significant portion of the year. If you own a home in a hurricane zone, you should protect your investment with enough insurance, so when the big one hits, you’ll have a way to get back on your feet.

If this is your first year living in a hurricane zone, you might not know what kind of damage to expect. While not every home on the coast is wrecked every year, it is still wise to understand how this extreme weather could affect your property — and how you can recover from it, fast. This guide will help you prepare your home (and your mind) for the types of damage associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, so your repairs will be swift and effective.


After a storm hits in any part of the country, homeowners should inspect their roofs for signs of damage. Roofs in hurricane-prone regions are most likely to require the following repairs post-storm:


67 Race Course Road . Mumbai OMA Situated on the south east coast of Mumbai facing the Hippodrome, the development will house a couple of the tallest buildings in Mumbai. Building in Mumbai, especially in such a prominent location carries with it a wide range of challenges and possibilities, Code Constraints, efficiency and views. Code … Continue reading OMA

An Architectural Guide to Belfast: 20 Unmissable Sites in Northern Ireland's Capital

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The city of Belfast is enjoying a resurgence of life. Having been gripped by decades of conflict over politics and religion, the Northern Irish capital has been transformed by peace over the past ten years, and now hosts an array of sublime architecture old and new, by renowned architects past and present.

The urban landscape of Belfast, transitioning between industry, culture, arts, commerce, and education, makes the city a worthy destination for architects and designers. Influenced by Irish and British vernacular styles, shaped by the demands of shipbuilding, linen, security, and now post-conflict confidence, the city remains somewhat of a blank canvas for creatives to experiment, reflect, and dream.

Stone House / MM++ architects

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki
  • Architects: MM++ architects
  • Location: Nha Trang, Vietnam
  • Lead Architects: Mỹ An Phạm Thị, Michael Charruault
  • Area: 300.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki
  • Other Participants: Hào Lương Văn
© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki

Text description provided by the architects. Located in Nha Trang, a sea side city of Vietnam’s south east coast, this vacation villa has a very privileged location. Carved into the hill, the site of 500 sqm enjoys a unique ocean view, overlooking the bay and mountains in the background. The goal was to find solutions at early stage of the conception to optimize this viewing experience and manage the high constructions density of this residential area in the future.

Come Hell or High Water: Cities Must Evolve in the Face of Climate Change

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

The time to talk about climate change as if it’s merely a hazy possibility that won’t occur in our lifetime anyway has long passed. Multiple recent reports have made it clear that it’s already happening, and its effects will be much worse than previously expected.

In 2016, the Paris climate accords set a goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius (at which it’s already failing); the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change now says two degrees is both inevitable by the year 2040 and genocidal, set to cause the death of all coral reefs, extreme wildfires, heat waves and other weather events that will subsequently threaten the world’s food supply and transform the global economy.

The Dune Cabin / Murman Arkitekter

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman

Text description provided by the architects. The building is located near Sjaustru fishing village on the east coast of Gotland. The holiday home sits among maritime forest with thin vegetation cover towards the Baltic sea and direct access to the local beach. The client had a strong vision on what they wanted to achieve as a family holiday home in Gotland and was fully engaged in the design process. A process that started 15 years ago when they bought a small beach cabin on this exclusive site.

Winners announced for the 2018 Landscape Institute Awards


Design for a Medium Scale Development Award Winner:  Aberfeldy phases 1 and 2, Levitt Bernstein

 The Landscape Institute recently announced the winners of the annual Landscape Institute Awards 2018. From 163 entries, the winners highlight an array of projects which focus on landscape design, community, sustainability and innovative thinking. The diversity of the projects showcases the efforts the profession makes to protect and develop the landscape.

The Awards Ceremony on Thursday 22 November at The Brewery in London celebrates those who are at the forefront of the profession, leading new work in the fields of design, community engagement and health and wellbeing across both the UK and internationally.

What to Get an Architect for Christmas [2018]

This is the 9th annual and highly anticipated What to Get an Architect for Christmas gift guide. It’s hard for me to process that when I wrote the very first gift guide back in 2010 that this would become the most requested blog post that I would write every single year. In that first year, the guide was just my own personal gift wish list, but now I spend almost an entire year curating what sort of items should make the final cut. Apparently, some years I clearly want more stuff than others, and this year’s list at 28 total items falls somewhat short of last year’s intensive mega-book list (43 total items, 31 one of which were books.)

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