The Take

Cutting commentary from those who know the most.


Hidden White House exposed! (Will Congress obstruct?)

A new book recounts the unsung history of President Truman's White House, which was completely gutted and rebuilt -- rather than bulldozed, abandoned or relocated.


San Francisco's secret architectural wonders

Two design shows in the City by the Bay elevate never-built and speculative concepts that would truly benefit San Francisco if they are ever constructed.


Modeling gets real, and really reliable, for architecture

Some stumbling blocks associated with building information modeling may be removed by a new framework called Levels of Development (LOD), which specifies how detailed the models are.