October 2003  

Technology transfer remains a nascent movement,
but more architects take up the challenge
By Lynn Ermann
In 1999 Mike Skura, vice president of architectural design at CTEK, a company that specializes in prototype glass for cars and airplanes, was startled By a phone call from architect Frank Gehry. "He said he had searched high and low for someone to do complex, compound curved glass," recalls Skura, "and wanted to know if we could do it." They had to try, of course. Read On.

Fast-track construction becomes the norm
By Barbara Knecht –
Shrinking the construction process requires a delicate balancing act. Read On.

Buckminster Fullerís Dreams of Spanning Great Distances
are Being Realized in Big Projects
By Sara Hart –
Long spans amplify the collaborative relationship between architects and engineers. Read On.

The House of the Future Has Arrived
By Sara Hart –
MIT researchers revolutionize house design for aging boomers. Read On.

Facade Engineering Emerges
as a Highly Specialized Science and a Striking Art Form
By Sara Hart –
The modern curtain wall has evolved. Read On.

New Building Systems Mimic Nature
and Return to a Biocentric Approach to Design
By Nancy B. Solomon, AIA –
Growth is good when in accordance with nature’s own time-tested blueprint. Read On.

Designers Get More Information Earlier and Faster
via Affordable Rapid-Prototyping Tools
By Michael Bordenaro –
The creation of 3D models is increasingly being applied in schematic design. Read On.

There Is No North Arrow in Outer Space
By Sara Hart –
Space architecture is already a specialty within the profession. Its lessons will infiltrate the mainstream, changing the way we design. Read On.

Unitized Systems Are Raising the Level
and Complexity of Curtain-Wall Design
By Sara Hart –
Factory-built components let architects achieve the quality clients now demand. Read On.