On Architecture

ONARCHITECTURE- Float their boat: 'Learning Barge' teaches lessons
Published on Jul 6th, 2006
2 comments They've designed solar houses, affordable green modular housing, projects to help rebuild the Gulf Coast, and are redesigning Campbell Hall, but the UVA School of Architecture's most recent design-...
ON ARCHITECTURE- You façadist! Views collide over First & Main
Published on Jun 29th, 2006
0 comments As the Downtown Mall celebrates its 30th birthday, a fierce debate is brewing over the direction it will take in the next 30. On one side are preservationists who want to retain the Mall's historic...
ON ARCHITECTURE- Myth buster: Bill Lucy asks the hard questions
Published on Jun 22nd, 2006
0 comments Bill Lucy has a soft-spoken, unassuming manner, but his ideas are anything but. Armed with statistics, a keen analytical mind, and a taste for irony, the 67-year old UVA architecture professor of...
ON ARCHITECTURE- Church sale: God's will or downtown parking issue?
Published on Jun 15th, 2006
0 comments If you've been browsing for properties near the Downtown Mall lately, you may have stumbled upon an unusual offering: a 110-year-old late Gothic Revival-style church, yours for only $2.8 million....
Fifeville blitz! Six houses up in six days!
Published on Jun 8th, 2006
0 comments On Saturday morning, June 3, the start of the "Blitz," six foundations lined the new, still-dirt Nunley Street– created and named to honor the Nunley family, owners of Better Living Inc., who...
Cox's army: UVA team has winning coast design
Published on May 25th, 2006
0 comments It's been a big year for UVA architecture professor and ex-Charlottesville mayor Maurice Cox. Last November, Cox was invited to serve on the Mayors' Institute on City Design for the Gulf Cities...
ON ARCHITECTURE- Hey, architects!: Brad Pitt needs your help
Published on Apr 27th, 2006
0 comments New Orleans has no shortage of potential celebrity saviors. Actor Sean Penn took a beating in the press for his boat rescue of Katrina victims, most reports chiding it as an egotistical publicity...
ON ARCHITECTURE- Am not! Are so!: Architects scrap over South Lawn project
Published on Apr 20th, 2006
0 comments In 2001, when UVA hired the Polshek Partnership to design the new South Lawn project, it appeared the powers that be had something really exciting and innovative in mind. After all, the firm was well...
ON ARCHITECTURE- Little High Noon: Neighbors, Region Ten square off
Published on Apr 13th, 2006
0 comments Pragmatism and idealism have always been warring elements of architectural design, but like a marriage, it's the blending of the two that makes a project work. After all, what good is an inspired...
ON ARCHITECTURE- Courthouse collapse: Engineers' time to shine (a light)
Published on Apr 6th, 2006
0 comments Last week, the entire northeast corner of the old Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court building fell off. While no one was hurt in the March 30 structural mishap, the incident could drive up the...
ON ARCHITECTURE- Retrofit: Are SIPs the new way to build?
Published on Mar 30th, 2006
0 comments Like solar heating technology, Aerosmith, hip-hugging jeans, big belt buckles, long hair, and other artifacts from the '70s, insulated panel construction is making a big comeback. "I'll never do...
ON ARCHITECTURE- Tower power: Staunton's signature timepiece
Published on Mar 23rd, 2006
0 comments Unlike Charlottesville– which is architecturally identified by Monticello or the Rotunda, buildings at a certain remove from the actual town– Staunton's architectural emblem is a downtown...
Giant symbols: Belmont manor plays its part
Published on Mar 16th, 2006
0 comments When Rock Hudson came to Charlottesville to shoot the opening scenes of George Steven's classic 1955 movie, Giant, he landed at a luxurious Keswick mansion that was supposed to speak volumes about...
Giant symbols: Belmont manor plays its part
Published on Mar 16th, 2006
0 comments   When Rock Hudson came to Charlottesville to shoot the opening scenes of George Steven's classic 1955 movie, Giant, he landed at a luxurious Keswick mansion that was supposed to speak volumes...
ON ARCHITECTURE- Urban hustle: Ready for <I>two more</I> Malls?
Published on Mar 9th, 2006
0 comments For readers who don't know, Albemarle Place is Charlottesville's biggest test case for new urbanism a development scheduled to rise up at the intersection of Route 29 and Hydraulic Road that will be...
Urban hustle: Ready for <I>two more</I> Malls?
Published on Mar 9th, 2006
0 comments   For readers who don't know, Albemarle Place is Charlottesville's biggest test case for new urbanism a development scheduled to rise up at the intersection of Route 29 and Hydraulic Road that...
ON ARCHITECTURE- Glory days? Staunton bets its future on the past
Published on Mar 2nd, 2006
0 comments Nothing illustrates Staunton's past glory, decline, rebirth, and new ambitions better than the renovation of the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Built in 1924 at a cost of $440,000, the 96-room colonial-...
Glory days? Staunton bets its future on the past
Published on Mar 2nd, 2006
0 comments   Nothing illustrates Staunton's past glory, decline, rebirth, and new ambitions better than the renovation of the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Built in 1924 at a cost of $440,000, the 96-room...
ON ARCHITECTURE- Tripped up: Locust sidewalk curbed for now
Published on Feb 23rd, 2006
0 comments Three years ago, the Locust Grove Neighborhood Association voted to use a big chunk of its federal block grant to extend Locust Avenue's sidewalk south down to Smith Street. According to the City's...
ON ARCHITECTURE- Name recognition: Using TJ as a marketing tool
Published on Feb 16th, 2006
0 comments Unbeknownst to him, Thomas Jefferson has sold a lot of real estate in this town. Using the name of Charlottesville's most celebrated citizen– not to mention architect and designer– as a...
Name recognition: Using TJ as a marketing tool
Published on Feb 16th, 2006
0 comments Unbeknownst to him, Thomas Jefferson has sold a lot of real estate in this town. Using the name of Charlottesville's most celebrated citizen– not to mention architect and designer– as a...
ON ARCHITECTURE- RiverBluff: Green or slick marketing scheme?
Published on Feb 9th, 2006
0 comments At first glance, "smart growth" trends in urban planning seem pretty, well, smart. Take the rural development model called "conservation subdivisions," for example. Introduced in the early '90s, it'...
ON ARCHITECTURE- Historic treatment: Staunton commits to Western State
Published on Feb 2nd, 2006
0 comments You'd have to be crazy to buy a condo, rent office space, or open up a nice boutique in a former insane asylum and prison, right? Maybe, but developers in Staunton are banking that folks will....
Historic treatment: Staunton commits to Western State
Published on Feb 2nd, 2006
0 comments You'd have to be crazy to buy a condo, rent office space, or open up a nice boutique in a former insane asylum and prison, right? Maybe, but developers in Staunton are banking that folks will....
Jefferson's jail: Lovingston's new discovery
Published on Jan 26th, 2006
0 comments   For generations, rumor had it that the Nelson County Courthouse in Lovingston was designed by Thomas Jefferson. So what else is new? As UVA architecture professor Richard Guy Wilson jokes, "...
Parking pleasure: New Street garage wows Staunton
Published on Jan 19th, 2006
0 comments This is the second in a series of occasional stories about Staunton.   In the early-1970s, the old Strand Theater in Staunton was torn down to make room for a parking lot. The Strand, a Mission...
Wall of shame or honor?: Locals test-drive the free speech wall
Published on Jan 12th, 2006
0 comments   Who would have thought that one of Charlottesville's most provocative architectural projects would be a solitary wall? Yet the bold and simple design that local architects Peter O'Shea and Rob...
Eye candy: Staunton cures visual blues
Published on Jan 5th, 2006
0 comments One of the guilty pleasures of architecture is simply looking at it. Recent projects like Norman Foster's Hearst Tower in New York City or Bernard Kohn's Meteor subway line in Paris are marvels of...
ecoMOD lands: Modular model makes waves
Published on Dec 22nd, 2005
0 comments Last week we highlighted the Piedmont Housing Alliance's collaboration with the Charlottesville Community Design Center in creating three modular houses in the 10th and Page neighborhood. Now the...
Mod squad: Designers, PHA go modular
Published on Dec 15th, 2005
0 comments Just before Thanksgiving, three houses built in a factory in just seven days were driven to a lot near the intersection of 10th and Page Streets. Then the three 1,200 square-foot modular houses...