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A4 Spotlight: Best of Newport

A4 Spotlight: Best of Newport

Each year since 1997 the readers of the Newport Life Magazine and now the Newport Daily News, it’s sister publication under the same ownership, have been invited to vote on their favorite restaurants, stores, and professional service providers in Newport County. “It...

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A4 Spotlight: US Gill Flagship Prototype

A4 Spotlight: US Gill Flagship Prototype

When A4 Architecture began the design process for the first flagship store for Gill Marine North America, our challenge was to try to capture both the innovation of the company’s technologic approach to apparel but also the longstanding tradition of yachting which...

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A4 Spotlight: RWU School of Architecture

A4 Spotlight: RWU School of Architecture

Rhode Island is perhaps most noted for being geographically the smallest state in the union. It is 1214 square miles (sm) in size with 1055 sm of land and 169 sm of water. The state has over 400 miles of coastline and thereby earns its nickname “The Ocean State” for...

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A4 Spotlight: Newport Armory

A4 Spotlight: Newport Armory

Thames Street in Newport has long been the ‘main street’ of the city’s waterfront since its settlement in 1639. Blessed with a perfectly protected deep water harbor just off the Atlantic Ocean routes connecting New York, Boston, and Charlestown, Newport quickly grew...

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A4 Spotlight: Arbor Day

A4 Spotlight: Arbor Day

There are many high technology solutions to help fight climate change, but one of the best is also one of the oldest: to plant trees. According to Wikipedia, the first communal celebration of planting trees happened in 1594 in the Spanish village of Monoñedo, where...

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A4 Spotlight: Entrained Energy

A4 Spotlight: Entrained Energy

As each year passes, it becomes clearer and clearer that humanity is facing a serious climate crisis.  Temperatures in the Arctic and Antarctic have been measured 70 degrees above normal for this time of year.  The problem often seems so large and intractable that it...

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A4 Architecture Spotlight: Carriage Houses

A4 Architecture Spotlight: Carriage Houses

In Newport Rhode Island we do not only have the great Gilded Age houses. We also have a wide variety of accessory buildings that were a part of these estates including Gatehouses, Gardener Cottages, and Carriage Houses. As it has been noted in previous articles, many...

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A4 Perspective: Change is the Constant

A4 Perspective: Change is the Constant

Change happens, whether you want it to or not. That is perhaps one of the principal laws of the universe and it is certainly true in the world of architecture. The partial collapse and subsequent emergency demolition of 41-45 Franklin Street, up the hill from the...

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