Jack Balderrama Morley

Managing Editor, The Architect's Newspaper

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In conversation with selgascano

Spanish practice selgascano finds joy in the material economy, a critical skill at a time that could use a lot more of it. Though José Selgas and Lucía Cano founded the firm back in 1998, the studio is only now getting widespread recognition in the United States.

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Tongva Park in Santa Monica is Californian through-and-through

What goes into a park? We dug into the parts and pieces of landscape design to explore and illustrate the forces, material histories, and narratives that hide beneath the surface. This article is the first of three such deep dives, which includes The Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and
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SOM's Tianjin CTF Finance Centre meets the breeze with a biomorphic form

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The Starbucks Visitor Center at Hacienda Alsacia accents the natural landscape

Perched in the verdant hills outside San José, Costa Rica, sits a coffee lover's dream: Starbucks’s Hacienda Alsacia, an experiential visitor center devoted to the caffeinated beverage. Visitors can learn about harvesting and roasting processes, a variety of brewing techniques—and, of course, sip some of the company’s signature drink.…
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bld.us designs paean to sustainable materials in the seat of American democracy

Like the famous Philip Johnson project that its name riffs on, the Grass House is all about transparency—but not the superficial, paranoid kind that relies on open floor plans and full-height glass windows. “This building is really about being as transparent with the construction process, with the material selection process,…