A4 Architecture Blog

Evolution of Windows

Evolution of Windows

Among the most central features that help define the style and character of a building are its windows. The size, number, shape, and construction of the windows each play a part in the perception of the building from outside the building and determine its connection...

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HVAC Technology for Old Buildings

HVAC Technology for Old Buildings

Even in old buildings, new technologies can be extremely beneficial. One relatively new HVAC technology that is becoming more popular each year is called “Ground source geothermal heat pump.” Rather than drawing its heat from either electricity or a fuel source, it...

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2020 Doris Duke Preservation Awards

2020 Doris Duke Preservation Awards

Newport is fortunate to not only have buildings by many notable architects, but to have some of their very best works as well.  But because Newport was graced with so many beautiful, old buildings, the care and maintenance of these structures has fallen heavily upon a...

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Virtual Spaces

Virtual Spaces

In the midst of the COVID pandemic everything seems to be virtual. Virtual school, virtual work, and virtual meetings now dominate many of our lives. This has been made possible largely by the development of the high-speed internet and servers powerful enough to...

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Newport’s Lost Grand Hotels

Newport’s Lost Grand Hotels

Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Newport is in the middle of a building boom with multiple hotel proposals before the various boards and commissions of Newport and Middletown and two new hotels, Hammett’s Wharf and The Brenton, have just recently opened...

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The Newport Casino

The Newport Casino

Newport is a treasure trove of architecture from multiple eras including the Colonial, the Victorian, and the Gilded Age. If one had to pick a single building that most epitomizes the city's history and character you would be hard pressed to make a better selection...

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Lost Newport County Theatres

Lost Newport County Theatres

As we huddle in our homes waiting for the COVID-19 pandemic to end, it is inevitable that we think back on all the things we have been denying ourselves with a romantic nostalgia. One of those things is going to the theatre in a throng of people, gazing about with...

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Innovative Designs Responding to COVID

Innovative Designs Responding to COVID

The first real impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States came barely four months ago with a huge spike of cases in New York City, resulting in an economic shut down and closing of in person classes at most schools and colleges. It almost seems like years...

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The Philosophy of Architecture

The Philosophy of Architecture

Architecture has a vocabulary and grammar. Architecture is a craft. Architecture is a profession. Architecture is an art. But at its very foundation, architecture must be based on a core philosophy upon which options must be reviewed and decisions selected. Vitruvius...

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The Value of Design

The Value of Design

Many people mistakenly think that design is simply the decoration that is added on top of a project to help make it beautiful.  Design is, in reality, the planning that makes a building or space function well, last longer and cost less to operate.  While the average...

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