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Alternate Vision for Fulton Mall

Alternate Vision for Fulton Mall

It was August 27th 2008. We sat in a circle in Elliott Balch’s living room talking about urban planning policies. The purpose was clear yet challenging; develop a sound urban planning and revitalization strategy for Ashley Swearingin’s campaign for mayor of the City of Fresno. Something compelled me about Ashley’s vision then for downtown. It [...]

Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Modesto, CA

Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Modesto, CA

Like many US towns, Modesto experienced a boom post World War II. There was a change in mindset and mobility that fostered the proliferation of modern styles from Art Deco, International Style and a unique form of California modernism with roots in, yet distinct from, the Second Bay Area Tradition. This change was not only skin deep. The materials, building forms, and spatial organization were all in flux. This marked not a fleeting change in taste, but a lasting change in culture.

Visalia’s Secret Sauce

Visalia’s Secret Sauce

Here at Archop.org we are committed to bettering the quality of life in the Central Valley. As planners, architects and designers, we know that beautiful cities and towns are important to quality of life. Right now Fresno and Visalia are going through an important process that has a huge impact on how we inhabit our cities. [...]

Kress Building unveiled after 60 years of hiding

Kress Building unveiled after 60 years of hiding

UPDATE: 4/7/10 The Fresno Bee has caught up with coverage of this fascinating building and interesting sequence of events that led to its discovery. Reporter, George Hostetter wrote the article that is feature on the website and on the front page of today’s paper. Though, you may notice that the story told below starting on March [...]

Decade in Review: Top 10 in Fresno Architecture

Decade in Review: Top 10 in Fresno Architecture

Inspired by an article that John King wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle, we decided to do a Decade in Review article to identify the 10 best buildings representing Fresno architecture. Our parameters were that the buildings be in Fresno County with construction completed between 2000 and 2009. The reviewers were Joe Moore, president of [...]

The road to Fulton Mall

18 February 2014

If given the thoughtful analysis it deserves the Fulton Mall as a historic pedestrian mall will contribute to the revitalization happening in downtown Fresno and not displace current mall businesses and users. Here lies the issue, a restored Fulton Mall has not been given thoughtful analysis through the City led specific plan and design process. [...]

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Venerable Resources

14 December 2012

In response to the City of Fresno’s Historic Preservation Commission nominating three of the YMCA Buildings to the Local Register of Historic Resources, Fresno Bee columnist, Bill McEwen wrote an opinion that blasted the Commission and preservationists. In the column, Bill wrote “”The Historic Preservation Commission and its supporters have lost sight of the fact [...]

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National Architecture Week 2012

National Architecture Week 2012

09 April 2012

- National Architecture Week has come again. This is an annual celebration supported by the American Institute of Architects. This year it landed on 4/8-4/14 but locally we decided to celebrate the following week. National Architecture Week, or ArchWeek, as I like to call it is a time to showcase the positive role architects play in [...]

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Seeing through the Eyes of an Architect

29 February 2012

If you’ve ever known an architect, chances are he or she has some really cool and funky designer glasses. Let me give you some examples: So what makes an architect? Awesome glasses? Definitely. A slick bow-tie or black turtleneck? Check. But being an architect goes beyond the standard issue eye wear. Architects are put through a rigorous [...]

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Architect pledges major gift to Deaf Studies at CSUF

26 January 2012

Architect, Robert Nicol FAIA pledges major gift to advance Deaf Studies What: Fresno State to announce the receipt of the largest gift in the history of the College of Health and Human Services. Robert Duncan Nicol’s gift will support “The Silent Garden,” a project within the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies to cultivate communication [...]

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2012 AIASJ Design Awards

2012 AIASJ Design Awards

12 January 2012

Design Awards Often your peers are the best judge of quality and professional achievement. This is true for actors, writers, and architects, among others. The AIA San Joaquin hosts bi-annual Design Awards Program that recognizes the exemplary architectural design by San Joaquin Valley architects and for work built within the San Joaquin Valley. Local firms and [...]

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