Meshing into an Evolving Urban Fabric

Designing buildings can be an extremely daunting and difficult task. Almost all buildings are unique in scale, aesthetics, and structure among many other tasks. When designing a building, change is one of the main concerns we all face as architects. A building must respond to changes on a variety of levels. Some of the major components architects must deal with when designing a building are: Connecting with the immediate urban context, reflecting upon new and old site conditions, dealing with infrastructure, and changing traffic patterns.

Clarifying Vision

From the out-set, the architects role of designer and team manager looked to be a frustrating exercise at 33 Arch St, at best. But particular practices emerged that make the project smoother, often for everyone involved. From this project, we can learn from how the architects leveraged their unique role, and what can be learned from strategies of other team-members.

Genzyme Center: Catalysts and Innovation

In 2003, hundreds of buildings were constructed in Boston. Of these, a handful stand out as remarkable. Only one, however, achieved a LEED platinum rating. While the sustainability of the Genzyme Corporate Headquarters has been emphasized in numerous published reports, this often distracts from other notable aspects of the building. this case study examines the adjustments made to the conventional development process that resulted in the Genzyme Center and the ways new buildings might derive their own definitions of success from that result.

Self Storage

The erecting of self-storage facilities, and the evolution of the self storage as a building typology, is one specific to the last century. The initiation of the movement was based on a human need. As the need for storage evolved real-estate developers realized that economic profits available in the industry of storage. Therefore most economic efficient means were utilized in the formation of facilities to cut upfront costs and increase profitability. It if the economics that shape the form of this typology.

Subsurface Urbanism

As a city responds to its environment, it grows either outward, upward or both. This book focuses on underground construction as a response to urban development.

Precast Concrete

This book looks at the structural system of precast concrete through a discerning lens. The authors have decided to examine the process inherent to this building material instead of creating a survey of precast concrete use.