Committee on Design


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  • Sacred spaces and places have for millennia been the targets of manmade and natural disasters; our own age has been marked by tragedies at religious buildings and sites around the world. How do we make our sacred places and spaces more safe and secure...

  • I wish CMs would take responsibility for the construction instead of passing it to the subs. They may be subs that are low bidders and have never done such projects. I wish CMs would remember or learn how to be a (real) General Contractor which has...

  • The construction process is linear! The design process is not! This represents a huge difference in how architects and builders process information and complete work. Designing a building is like writing a novel. One does not start writing the...

  • I have been invited to panel discussions in the past by contractors and I have given this some thought. As architects we are in the business of creating something that may be new and never drawn before. Perhaps provide an explanation of the need for...

  • What do you wish CMs, GCs, and subcontractors knew about architects, the design process, and the practice of architecture? I have the opportunity to propose a new elective graduate course for the Construction Management program at Central Connecticut...

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  • In a similar fashion as the leading international sporting events, the Olympic Games that alternate with the Summer and Winter Games, the architecture world has its own version embodied in the Venice Architecture Biennale . As with the Summer Game,...

  • What would you do if you found yourself with an abandoned airport on 1000 acres of formerly beautiful land surrounded on three sides by a fjord---AND it's on the outskirts of a city which also happens to have a housing shortage? If you're the city...

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  • COD members who attend the Norway conference in June will be treated to an in-person overview of current work there but for those who can't wait, or who can't attend, one of the best resources online is Architecture Norway, the NAL's (the Norwegian...

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  • We'll be visiting the Rundeskogen housing designed by Helen & Hard on the Stavanger segment of COD's upcoming Norway conference in June. COD Chair Jim Childress says, "It makes you look at everything differently afterwards. They're pushing the...

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  • This past May, the Committee on Design's Spring Conference in New York featured many outstanding tours, including the first two segments of the High Line. The third and final segment of the elevated greenway has recently opened, linking 22 blocks...

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