Blog / News

In Search of Timeless Design The Avanti is not your father’s Oldsmobile by: Paul Lukez Regarding the definition of pornography, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously said: “I know it when I see it.” While we will not take on anything quite so lurid this week, one wonders if the same answer might apply to the question of what defines “timeless” design. This was precisely the experience I had on a recent visit to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, to see an extraordinary exhibit on William Turner, a painter of extraordinary vision and virtuosity. His experiments … Continued

20140831_143601-crop

Last Friday, PLA team members Matt Uminski and Josh McDonald were generously invited by Worthington-Armstrong Joint Venture (WAVE) (also knows as ‘Armstrong World Industries’)  to visit their manufacturing facility in Baltimore, Maryland (www.armstrong.com). Josh and Matt flew down to Baltimore for a great tour of the plant and learn more about the Armstrong line of products. In addition, they were invited to see at Red Sox / Orioles game at Camden Yards.  After a great game and overnight stay at one of Baltimore’s downtown hotels, they flew back to Boston, all courtesy of WAVE.  Here is a big THANK YOU … Continued

IMG_0843

Landscape Urbanism Revisited I had the good fortune to go to Vancouver, Canada, recently to meet a new client. This beautiful city is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities, offering a high quality of life. One reason for this is Vancouver’s remarkable natural setting. The central city is bounded by water on three sides, farms to the south and west, and towering mountains to the north. The climate nurtures lush forests and vegetation, which are richly intertwined with the urban landscape. But a great natural setting alone does not make a great city. The planet is … Continued

Erickson - 4

A little over four years ago, we were asked to design a large multi-use project (H-MAX) in ShoaXing, China, the home of some of the nation’s most famous poets. ShaoXing is also the birthplace of Zhou Enlai, Premier of the People’s Republic of China from 1949 to 1976, who met with U.S. President Richard Nixon during his 1972 visit to China and helped to improve US-Sino relations. The 1.5 million-square-foot H-MAX encompasses a variety of uses, including hotels, theaters, restaurants, teahouses, retail, housing, and even a luxury car showroom. Its sheer size and strategic urban location offered us an opportunity … Continued

Shoaxing_6

With a chance to gain some fresh air and head out of the office for a day, the PLA crew (missing a few key members due to sporting injuries) were anxious to head up the 2,005 ft. high mountain. Climbing one of New England’s many mountains provided PLA staff members the opportunity to bond with colleagues, while also getting some healthy exercise. Luckily, it was not as HOT as the office hike from 2013 (98 degrees Fahrenheit!) to Mount Monadnock, the staff were able to enjoy a more mild hike this time around. As part of PLA’s annual tradition, we … Continued

boston
Page 1 of 812345...Last »