Architecture

, November 2002

“Elevated Study”

Written by Larry Speck

A quiet home addition provides space for contemplation

, September 2001

“Cool Jazz”

Written by Larry Speck

Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam riff on historic New Orleans architecture in their design for a new dormitory at Tulane University.

, May 1, 2001

“Taft Architects”

Written by Larry Speck

Taft Architects develops a new take on the postmodern sensibility that made the firm famous.

, January 1, 2001

“Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse and Federal Building, Beckley, West Virginia”

Written by Larry Speck

CRITIQUE The new Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse and Federal Building in Beckley, West Virginia, is an unapologetic homage to the architecture of another era. The General Services Administration jury that selected its design in a 1995 limited competition lauded its reference to 1930s WPA style, which they considered to produce “an extremely successful […]

, November 2000

“Exploration Place Science and Children’s Museum”

Written by Larry Speck

Moshe Safdie is a refugee from the “style wars” that have swept across the international design landscape over the last three decades. Outspoken in his disdain for movements like postmodernism and deconstructivism, he has fled from trendy skirmishes between “hot” and “not” on favor of an independent career, producing work that is difficult to categorize […]

, January 2000

“Becky’s Birthday”

Written by Larry Speck

As Laugier’s hut contrasted with the excess of its rococo context, so this modest ranch shelter provides an antidote to the intemperance of contemporary architecture. Plagued by an acceleration of excess and bombast, architecture periodically needs a course correction, a return to what is fundamental and authentic. Just as Marc-Antoine Laugier’s primitive hut contrasted with […]

, January 2000

“Back to School”

Written by Larry Speck

Fifty years later, Alvar Aalto’s Baker House still celebrates student life. Lawrence W. Speck visits a campus landmark.

, March 1986

“A Diverse Culture, Memorable Places”

Written by Larry Speck

San Antonio, a city created by “act of will.”

, September 1, 1983

“O’Neil Ford’s ‘Caring Campus’”

Written by Larry Speck

His work for Trinity University spanned a quarter century.