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Kristin

Dispenza

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Architecture & Design Writer

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Art of the Hills

Looking Back: History and the Built Environment, Spring 2010

By Kristin Dispenza

 

Browse through almost any travel magazine, and you’ll see titles such as, “The 10 Prettiest Towns in America,” “Charming Towns of the Midwest,” or, “Best Getaways.” These articles list the top spots to visit, the best venues in which to enjoy arts and culture -- essentially, where to go to enjoy “the good life.” And each year, millions of travelers flock to places like those named in these stories.

 

What criteria are used to select towns for this kind of honor? Beautiful, unique architecture usually heads up the list.

Buildipedia.com

January 2010 – present

Metal Architecture

LEED Moves into New Markets:

Real Estate Company Becomes First  

in the Area to Earn Certification, September 2009

By Kristin Dispenza

In 2007, Russell Chamberlain, owner of the Athens Real Estate Company in Athens, Ohio, discovered that he was in possession of a desirable building spot. He already owned an existing retail/office plaza on a well-traveled arterial street connecting rural areas to Athens' downtown core. Views from the front of the property featured a picturesque river valley, complete with an historic mill and waterfall, and a backdrop of tree-covered hills.

Columbus C.E.O

Executive Estates, September 2008

By Kristin Dispenza

 

From a historic, Spanish-inspired house in Bexley  to a new-build condominium in Marble Cliff, four local execs give a sneak peek at their homes.

Commercial Real Estate Insider

Certified Green Broker: Helping Buyers Find Green Buildings, Summer 2008

By Kristin Dispenza

 

Over the past few years, the building industry has made significant progress in terms of sustainability. In part this is because the public sector has been so supportive of the USGBC’s LEED program. However, further advances in green building depend upon the private sector; in order for the building industry to continue to change, first its market must change.

Green Building Elements

December 2007-

November 2008

Seattle Shopping Mall Evolves into a Mixed Use Village, July 2008

By Kristin Dispenza

The Pacific Northwest has always been progressive. For Seattle in the spring of 1950, that meant the opening of the country’s first mall. According to HistoryLink, Northgate Mall, located on 62 acres outside the city limits, was built to accommodate a total of 80 stores clustered around a “wide shopping walkway,” although it was not fully enclosed and climate-controlled until 1974. (Confused shoppers reportedly parked in the mall space itself when the center first opened.) By 1968, 50,000 cars a day were using Northgate.

Archi-Tech Magazine  

Command and Control: AV Helps Operations Center Field Emergencies, July/August 2007

By Kristin Dispenza

When the twin towers fell on 9/11, they took with them a building space vital to protecting the city: The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

Podcast text developed for New World Design Ltd.

Introduction to "Paris", 2007

By Kristin Dispenza

For centuries, the city of Paris has captured the imagination of the Western world. Rising from Roman ruins, it was a thriving kingdom in medieval times. By the end of the middle ages, it had become an established center for the intellectual and artistic avante garde - a distinction it still enjoys today.

Design Magazine

Ultimate Luxury Column: Stained Glass, January 2003

By Kristin Dispenza

Step inside one of Northern Kentucky's historic homes, and chances are one of the first things to catch your eye will be a stained glass window. These classic elements recapture the elegance and luxury of days gone by, but the beauty of stained glass is no longer restricted to older homes.

Design Magazine

Art in the Garden, July 2002

By Kristin Dispenza

Most of us have already finished our summer gardening ritual - visited local nurseries, planted the attractive annuals that we found there, and taken a stab at fixing the problem areas we've created in years past. We all know what we want to end up with: welcoming gathering spaces interspersed with thriving planting beds and perfectly arranged accent pieces.

The Architecture Reference Collection, Oculus Visualization LLC (1997-1999)

Paris: A Walking Tour of Selected Buildings

Institut du Monde Arabe,

Kristin Dispenza, Contributing Writer

The 1981 competition for the Institut du Monde Arabe initiated President Francois Mitterand's series of Grands Projects. Intended to host educational activities promoting cross-cultural understanding and information exchange, especially in the disciplines of science and industry, it houses a museum, a library, a documentation center, an auditorium, a restaurant, and children's workshops.

In addition to accommodating this diverse program, architect Jean Nouvel and his design team at Architecture Studio were confronted with a series of dichotomies inherent to the unique nature of the project. Stylistically, the building would have to unite themes of western and Arab cultures, as well as themes of modernity vs. historicism. Physically, the site was sandwiched between the very urban faubourg Saint-Germain and the more free-flowing campus of the Université de Jussieu.

Cincinnati Preservation Association Newsletter

Zoning Makes Somewhere Into Nowhere, Nov/Dec 1996

By Kristin Dispenza

Support for historic preservation has been growing steadily in recent years. One reason for this upsurge of interest in historic buildings and older neighborhoods may be a corresponding dissatisfaction with contemporary building and planning practices.

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

One-Stop Shopping is a Growing Trend, July 1994

By Kristin E. Mingus [Dispenza]

In the post-World War II era, America saw a shift in focus from small town streetscapes to "the strip." Here, shopping malls, banks, and restaurants - surrounded by ample parking lots - flanked the roadway. It was a new urban landscape scaled primarily to the automobile, and it provided the type of convenience that the modern consumer was looking for.

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Alternative to Traditional Blasting Techniques, January 1994

By Kristin E. Mingus [Dispenza]

Over the past two decades, products known as Soundless Chemical Demolition Agents, or SCDAs (alternatively called expansive agents, soundless cracking agents, and other variations on the terminology) have attained increased usage in this country for the demolition of rock and concrete structures. Although fairly specialized in their application, these products offer an alternative to traditional blasting techniques.

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Ferry Terminals: Steel Pile Wingwalls Installed, June 1993

By Kristin E. Mingus [Dispenza]

By midsummer, landing structures at several Washington State Ferry (WSF) terminals will have undergone extensive renovation. The traditional timber wingwalls - piles lashed and bolted together to form walls which absorb impact and hold the ferry in place as it docks - will be replaced with steel pipe structures.

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Out with the New, In with the Old, July 1992

By Kristin E. Mingus [Dispenza]

The Securities Building lobby, first built as part of the Washington Securities Building in 1910, has recently undergone restoration and renovation under the direction of Bittman Vammen Taylor Architects. Three years ago, the architects - who are building tenants - and the owner, the Washington Securities Co., started work on the project to restore the lobby's original character (reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance style) after the purity of its design was compromised during remodeling efforts in the early 1960s.

Portfolio

Cincinnati Preservation Association
Arch-Tech Magazine, July/Aug 2007
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Paris at night
The Architecture Reference Collection
Institut du Monde Arabe
In Store Banking
Construction Industry Spotlight
Steel Pile Wingwalls
The Securities Building lobby
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Columbus C.E.O

Designer Digs, October 2011

By Kristin Dispenza

 

Think you know what to expect while wandering through the familiar neighborhoods of Columbus? You might be surprised by what’s hidden just around the corner.

 

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Columbus C.E.O

Cool Offices: Modern Designs Prize Form and Function, March 2011

By Kristin Dispenza

 

Other than housing, perhaps no building type reflects the realities of day-to-day life quite like the office.

 

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