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Erdy McHenry Architecture brings Meyerson Hall at Penn's School of Design into the 21st century.: “It seems safe to say that Meyerson Hall, home to Penn’s School of Design, has never in its 60 years of existence been what could be called an iconic design,” a narrator stated bluntly at the start of a new fundraising video for a comprehensive overhaul of the University of Pennsylvania’s architecture school.

Milwaukee's New Gateway

Competition heats up for major public space project in Milwaukee.: As high-profile developments in downtown Milwaukee creep closer to the city's iconic, Santiago Calatrava–designed art museum, a $30 million design competition aims to unify the two with a new civic space.

Design for Wellness: New Healthcare Furnishings

Healthcare interiors are becoming more hospitality than hospital-like in their design and furnishings.: (Continue reading.)

Feature> Affordable San Jose

San Jose and the future of affordable housing in Silicon Valley.: In June, the California Supreme Court ruled to uphold the City of San Jose’s affordable housing ordinance.

Feature> Windy and Affordable

Chicago incentivizes private development of affordable housing.: In March, after months of debate behind closed doors, Chicago’s City Council voted overwhelmingly to overhaul the city’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO), a key tool meant to encourage the private development of affordable housing in a city where the waitlist for public housing continues to grow.

Feature> Affordable South Bronx

Capping an era of urban renewal in the South Bronx.: “The Times Square of the South Bronx” is an apt moniker for a place more commonly known as “the Hub”.

Review> The Architecture Monograph Reinvented

FXFOWLE's monograph gives a fresh perspective on presenting work.: REVEAL, FILTER, EVOLVE, EFFECT By FXFOWLE Architects ORO Editions, $40 This surprising little book fulfills and enhances the architecture it presents.

KVA Brings Digital Brick to Harvard

Old and new technologies combine in renovated anthropology building.: (Continue reading.)

Comment> Judith Barry and Ken Saylor

Judith Barry and Ken Saylor discuss labor issues in the Gulf and beyond.: It is time for the architecture community to stand with artists and activists to improve the labor conditions in the construction of buildings across the developing world.* Over the last several months, three prominent members

A Yellow Green

James Corner Field Operations freshens up the archetypal office park with a dynamic landscape and pops of color.: About four-and-a-half miles south of Philadelphia’s Center City, a collection of highly regarded architects are proving that office parks do not have to be soulless and stuffy.

Obit> Charles Correa, 1930-2015

Remembering one of India's most prominent post-independence architects.: Pioneer architect and urbanist Charles Correa practiced in Bombay from 1958 to 2015.

Studio Visit> Utile, Inc

Boston architects Utile see themselves as a think-tank tackling hyper-local issues.: “Everyone has either a bike or a dog,” said Tim Love, founding principal at Utile, Inc., of the animals napping on the polished concrete floor in the firm’s Boston studio.

Back in the Game

A World's Fair sports club in Chicago returns as a plush hotel.: After a meticulous two-year restoration effort, a Chicago architectural icon is ready for another bout.

Hord Coplan Macht Pushes Performance

Ultra efficient curtain wall system marries transparency and sustainability at Colorado State University.: (Continue reading.)

Design At Work> JCI Hawley Road

Timber columns, roof trusses, and brick masonry are given new life in this factory-turned-office by Eppstein Uhen Architects.: Once a proud outpost in a farm tools empire, a midcentury factory in West Allis, Wisconsin, is now part of a second Milwaukee-born company’s story.

Shifting Gears

New York City Mayor de Blasio's commitment to bike infrastructure comes into question.: On a New York City map, the seven-mile roadway that cuts through Queens is designated as Queens Boulevard.

New & Notable Products for Architects

A selection of the finalists from AN's juried Best Of Products competition.: (Continue reading.)

In Detail> Car Park Three & Four at Chesapeake

Rand Elliott + Associates Architects turn in two new garages that make parking a pleasure.: Rand Elliott and his Oklahoma City firm, Elliott + Associates Architects, garnered national attention and praise for the first two parking structures they designed for Chesapeake Energy—car parks One and Two.

Q+A> Marshall Strabala

As China's new tallest tower nears completion, Shanghai reaches for the sky.: Expected to open later this year, the Shanghai Tower will soon become the tallest building in China—second worldwide only to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Back to the Future

General Motors rehabs a long-overlooked touchstone of midcentury design.: In the mid-1940s, General Motors (GM) wanted to expand its research and design operations, but needed more space than downtown Detroit could accommodate.