The Astute Architect

The Astute Architect travels the world to unearth the best new products and industry issues in architecture.


Lightfair 2012: LEDs climb higher, switches make energy

SmartPlanet's architecture observer C.C. Sullivan previews Lightfair 2012 in Las Vegas and sees real innovation, including better LED fixtures and wireless lighting controls.


In Milan, sober thoughts temper design impulses

The news from Milan: With noteworthy exceptions, designers and architects see furniture designs with a conscience, for a change, C.C. Sullivan reports.


Solving the next energy crisis, a million houses at a time

Proven ways to solve U.S. energy woes -- and create jobs -- emerge from an efficiency guru's keynote at BEST3, a building conference held this week in Atlanta, reports SmartPlanet's C.C. Sullivan.