Retail in the Time of COVID-19

With the advent of the COVID-19 virus, everything in our world changed. One thing that is very different is the nature of shopping. This has been undergoing change with the rise of the internet but the pandemic accelerated this change. Gone are the days when shopping...

Advances to the Newport North End Plan

The staff of A4 Architecture and the members of the Newport Architectural Forum were given the opportunity to see a preview of the North End Master Plan being conducted by NBBJ. Through a Zoom call held on Tuesday, June 30th, Principal Alan Mountjoy showed the...

The Positive Impact of Sustainable Architecture

We live in a time of change and challenge. Things around us seem overwhelming and beyond our control. Between an unseen virus, long and simmering societal tensions, and global climate change, we seem buffeted at all sides. But there are things each of us can do to...

Newport North End Design Guidelines

Newport is currently undergoing a design process for one of the most significant planning initiatives to occur since the construction of the Pell Bridge and the insertion of the America’s Cup Avenue through the city’s historic waterfront in the late 1960’s and early...

The House of the Future

Few things in our culture have changed as little or as slowly as the construction of houses. As was the case fifty years ago, a set of paper plans is made into a real building by a set of contractors with tape measures using wood 2×4 studs. The workmen of 1920...