The Astute Architect

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


Dutch materials feast for architects

Columnist C.C. Sullivan drops in on Material Xperience 2012 in Rotterdam to discover new materials and design ideas that could change how architects work.


Back against the wall: A new energy crisis

New energy codes are radically changing building design, often in unseen ways, says SmartPlanet's resident architecture columnist, C.C. Sullivan. Will the changes be permanent?


Good Design awards: Too much of a good thing?

No so good? A critique of the Chicago Athenaeum's "Good Design" awards by SmartPlanet columnist C.C. Sullivan suggests a way to make the good a little better.