“Ugly” buildings and the importance of mindful communication

One of the most frequently disparaged buildings in recent Ontario history is Toronto’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum (above, photo courtesy of Royal Ontario Museum / Sam Javanrouh). The media have been unrelenting in their criticism of the building. Voting it “worst of the decade,” Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post (“Best […]

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Ross Wimer discusses changing directions for architecture

Photo: NASA Sustainability Base by Cesar Rubio. It seems that many of the architectural trends of the last decade have finally run their course. Ross Wimer, who leads AECOM’s architecture practice for the Americas, discusses new directions with Mike Consol, editor of the Institutional Real Estate Letter for the Americas, in this podcast. These icons will be familiar to anyone who has paid attention […]

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What makes a building iconic?

I recently visited Madrid for a design training workshop, hosted by our Spanish office. Strategy Plus and AECOM colleagues from all over the world came together on a hot summer day of June 2014 and, with a sense of “back to Uni” excitement, began with a tour of 81 Castellana, also known as Banco de […]

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