News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Hallie Busta / ARCHITECT / August 26, 2013
Boston civic and industry leaders outline design strategies for protecting coastal urban centers from severe weather damage.
Rising sea levels and stronger storms have garnered national attention as some of the more visible effects of climate change. Their increasing frequency is testing the mettle of coastal built environments, requiring architects and building owners to think twice about how they’re integrating resilient design practices. A new report for the Boston Society of Architects and the Boston Foundation for Architecture, commissioned by the city of Boston and
Elizabeth Donoff / Architectural Lighting / August 1, 2013
Once again, the projects submitted to the AL Light & Architecture Design Awards did not disappoint. The best of the best, these project represent architectural lighting at the top of its game.
Once again, the projects submitted to the AL Light & Architecture Design Awards did not disappoint. Diversity in project location, design thinking, and technical problem solving characterized the pool of more than 80 international entries. The jury, a group of leading architects and lighting designers (read more about them on page 50), deliberated for two-and-a-half days. The projects
Katie Gerfen / ARCHITECT / August 9, 2013
The competition, organized by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, will develop site specific, yet scalable solutions to rebuild and strengthen areas damaged in the October 2012 storm.
Today, efforts to rebuild after the devastation wreaked on the northeast by Hurricane Sandy took another step forward, as finalists were announced for the Rebuild by Design competition. The competition to develop contextual, but scalable solutions to rebuild and strengthen regions that were ravaged by the October 2012 storm was announced this JuneRead More
Alex Hoyt / ECOBUILDINGpulse / August 7, 2013
From his work in architecture and solar design to his work founding Architecture 2030 and the 2030 Challenge, Edward Mazria, FAIA, has long been recognized as a leading voice in mobilizing the architecture and design community in repsonse to climate change. In recognition of his dedication to sustainability, in 2009, Mazria was named the inaugural winner of the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. The award, which carries a $50,000 cash prize, recognizes extraordinary, lasting, and far-reaching contributions to the advancement of sustainable housing in theRead More
Blaine Brownell, AIA / ARCHITECT / June 28, 2013
The philosopher Eric Hoffer once said, “Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.” This outlook parallels historic attitudes toward the relationship of the made versus the born. The contrasting view—that nature is the source of creativity—is now gaining strength. Biomimicry, which advocates nature as a design mentor rather than a source for raw materials, has influenced many fields and taken form in strategies ranging from metaphorical to manipulative.
One tactic in which nonbiological materials and operations emulate biomimetic behaviorsRead More