Aaron Smithson

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Hatchet NYC brings the sunshine into a narrow Brooklyn rowhouse

When a young, design-savvy family bought a 1930 rowhouse in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint, they set out to reconfigure the two-family...

Stayner Architects brings Rome-inspired materials to a new restaurant in Echo Park

Los Angeles is a city better known for wide-open beaches and expansive freeways than hole-in-the-wall trattorias. But for Stayner Architects, based in...

Why do glassy towers keep killing so many birds?

When Melissa Breyer, a photographer and volunteer with NYC Audubon’s Project Safe Flight, made her rounds at the World Trade Center complex...

New York’s Rockaway Peninsula will be home to the city’s first net-zero development

Earlier this month, developers officially closed on a $31.3 million financial package to fund the construction of Arverne East, a master-planned community...

SoHo/NoHo rezoning puts Elizabeth Street Garden on rockier footing

If there is one predictable constant among the many recent transformations of New York City’s built environment, it is the remarkable speed...

Harvard’s new Science and Engineering Complex is wrapped in a shimmering second skin

Revision and tweaking are central to the architectural process, but it is not often that a practitioner gets the chance to design the same...

Sasaki’s extensive renovation of Boston City Hall Plaza is moving along

When Boston City Hall first opened in February 1969, replacing a confined Civil War–era facility just down the street, New York Times architecture critic...

How sustainable really were the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

In 1896, when Athens staged the first modern edition of the Olympics, fewer than 300 athletes from 12 nations descended on the Greek capital to compete...

Denver slashes minimum parking requirements for new developments to boost affordable housing

Late last month, in a series of zoning code changes that prompted praise from dozens of local nonprofits and businesses, the Denver City Council...

HUD proposes looser safety requirements in public housing despite tenant concerns

In a sweeping, long-awaited overhaul of the inspection process for federally-subsidized public and low-income housing developments, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...

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