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Robert A.M. Stern on His Latest Publication: The "Definitive Text" on Suburbia

In this interview, originally published in Metropolis Magazine as "The Charms of Suburbia", Martin Pedersen interviews Robert A.M. Stern about his new book, "Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City". Pedersen's interview delves into the history behind the Garden Suburb - a typology that is distinct from the stereotype of suburban sprawl.

Robert A.M. Stern is nothing if not counterintuitive. How else do you explain—in an increasingly digital and urban-centric world—his recently released book, a 1,072-page tome, containing more than 3,000 images, on the history of the garden suburb? Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City (the Monacelli Press, 2013) was written with longtime, in-house collaborators David Fishman and Jacob Tilove, who also worked with Stern on the fifth volume of  the architect’s epic New York series. 

Paradise Planned is similarly expansive. “The book grew like Topsy,” Stern says. “We’d think we had all the examples down, and a new one would pop up. So it just got bigger and bigger. And I thought: if we’re going to do this book, we really ought to do it as the definitive text. Now, it’s not forever text. People will always be adding things. But this is a pretty comprehensive view.” I recently talked to Stern about his new book, the folly of “landscape urbanism,” and the lessons learned from the garden suburb.

Read on for the rest of the interview

Primary School Extension / GSMM Architetti

  • Architects: GSMM Architetti
  • Location: Senago Milan, Italy
  • Architects in Charge: Giorgio Santagostino, Monica Margarido
  • Area: 1220.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Michele Gusmeri

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Skyscrapers Shedding Ice in NYC

As New York begins to thaw after record breaking winter conditions, city dwellers are forced to be on high alert for falling ice. Streets surrounding the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center have been closed following reports of ice shearing from its surface. Some blame the more energy efficient buildings for the deadly occurrence, believing that because the newer structures are able to hold in more heat their exteriors remain colder which aids the formation of ice. Materials and building form can help prevent this phenomena. You can learn more here.

Petar Zoranić Square and Šime Budinić Plaza / Kostrenčić-Krebel

  • Architects: Kostrenčić-Krebel
  • Location: Trg Petra Zoranića, 23000, Zadar, Croatia
  • Architect in Charge: Aleksandra Krebel, Alan Kostrenčić
  • Design Team: Zoran Šušulić, Jelenko Hercog, Hrvoje Giaconi, Hrvoje Turkulin, Ivan Vadanjel, Darovan Tušek, Bruno Lovrenčić, Slavica Polić
  • Area: 2900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Damir Fabijanić , Courtesy of Kostrenčić-Krebel

© Damir Fabijanić After. Image Courtesy of Kostrenčić-Krebel © Damir Fabijanić © Damir Fabijanić

Mont de Marsan Mediatheque / archi5

  • Architects: archi5
  • Location: Place de la Caserne Bosquet, 40000 Mont-de-Marsan, France
  • Area: 4750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Didier Boy de la Tour, Courtesy of Communauté d’agglomération du Marsan, Gaston F. Bergeret

Courtesy of Communauté d’agglomération du Marsan © Gaston F. Bergeret © Didier Boy de la Tour © Gaston F. Bergeret

Design Writing and Research Summer Intensive

The School of Visual Arts MFA Design Criticism invites you to join them for a two-week intensive to research and write about design. Participants will be introduced to a range of techniques for constructing compelling narratives about images, objects,and spaces. You will experiment with different research methods, writing formats, and complete several projects across media, including a collaboratively produced publication.

Music Academy Of Roubaix / Zig Zag architecture

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DEFAULT!: The Latest Issue from another pamphlet

Last night, another pamphlet launched its sixth issue, DEFAULT!, at New York's Printer Matter, Inc. With contributions from CODA's Caroline O'Donnell (winner of the 2013 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program), critic Sylvia Lavin, Urtzi Grau and Cristina Goberna (of Fake Industries) and others, this installment tackles the presupposition that "design inherently denies the default, and that the default is by definition un-designed." Copies of DEFAULT! are available through their website. More information after the break.

2014 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture Recipients

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected James L. Abell, FAIA, Carole J. Olshavsky, FAIA, and Robert G. Shibley, FAIA, as recipients for the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. The award recognizes excellence in architectural advocacy and achievement in three categories: Private-sector architects who have established a portfolio of accomplishment in the design of architecturally distinguished public facilities (category 1); public-sector architects who manage or produce quality design within their agencies (category 2); and public officials or other individuals who by their role of advocacy have furthered the public's awareness and/or appreciation of design excellence (category 3). Learn more about the recipients, after the break.

Santa Marta de Tormes Town Hall / Sanchez Gil Arquitectos

  • Architects: Sanchez Gil Arquitectos
  • Location: Santa Marta de Tormes, Salamanca, Spain
  • Project Architects: Emilio Sánchez Gi, Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado, Emilio Sánchez Cuadrado
  • Collaborator: Antonio García Villanueva
  • Project Area: 2000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado © Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

Infographic: Building of the Year Awards 2014

The winners of the 2014 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards represent not just an amazing group of buildings, but the best architecture of today. Over four weeks, over 60,000 ArchDaily readers selected 14 stunning winners by up-and-coming architects, like FT Architects, who constructed an intricate Sports facility from locally sourced timber, leaders in community design, like Auburn University’s Rural Studio, who designed and built a civic space for an Alabama community, internationally recognized offices such as BIGWOHA, and Aires Mateus, and more.

Learn more about this year's winners, and the BOTY Awards in general, by checking out our AD original infographic, presented by ArchDaily and our partners at HP, after the break.

House in Milan / Rangr Studio + Charlet Design

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Travelers Tale / Goodnova-Godiniaux

  • Architects: Goodnova-Godiniaux
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge: Sacha Goutnova, Benjamin Godiniaux, Juila Orlova
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Karo Avan Dadaev

© Karo Avan Dadaev © Karo Avan Dadaev © Karo Avan Dadaev © Karo Avan Dadaev

Funeral Parlor / Muñoz Miranda Architects

  • Architects: Muñoz Miranda Architects
  • Location: Guardia Civil Guardia Civil Puesto de Murtas, Calle del Atalayón, 18490 Murtas, Granada, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Alejandro Muñoz Miranda, Jesús M. Muñoz Miranda
  • Civil Engineer: Pedro A. González Garrido
  • Area: 82.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Javier Callejas Sevilla

© Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla

Sala Rattanakosin / Onion

  • Architects: Onion
  • Location: Tha Tian, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
  • Area: 1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Wison Tungthunya

© Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya

Details Emerge on Johnston Marklee’s Design for the Menil Drawing Institute

The Menil Collection has unveiled details of the long-awaited Menil Drawing Institute, designed by Los Angeles-based Johnston Marklee, in Houston, Texas. The modest, $40 million institute is projected to be the first freestanding facility in America dedicated to modern and contemporary drawing, as well as the Menil’s first major expansion under the ambitious 30-acre master plan designed by David Chipperfield Architects. 

Details on the design, after the break...

Low Budget House / Le Atelier

  • Architects: Le Atelier
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge: Sergey Kolchin, Anastasia Kolchina, Alexander Kryloff
  • Design Team: Sergey Kolchin, Anastasia Kolchina, Andrey Adamovich
  • Area: 99.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Lucia Tolstova

© Lucia Tolstova © Lucia Tolstova © Lucia Tolstova © Lucia Tolstova