Great Design: Our Promise and Commitment

At Amenta Emma, we believe great design contributes to a better world. Architecture solves problems and presents solutions that are functional, sustainable, healthy, and beautiful. A very attractive building that is functionally deficient, not resilient or sustainable, isn’t a successful piece of architecture. The opposite is also true. A building can be high functioning, but […]

New Urbanism for Suburban Retail

Acton Plaza – Acton, Massachusetts (photo credit: Jorge Salcedo) (Excerpted from article published in the New England Real Estate Journal April 27-May 3.) The paradigm shift that has occurred in retail, including the death knell for many major shopping malls, is not news. But how to create the next big successful thing is a challenge. […]

The Total Lobby Experience

Recently updated “Gold Building” Lobby – Hartford, Connecticut Office lobbies used to be places you passed through on your way to an elevator in dripping soggy boots. Not anymore. Yoga class anyone? Movie night? Happy hour? In an effort to attract specific growth industries to their buildings, landlords are following a trend started largely by […]

Building a Better Burb

Our country’s rich land holdings are both a blessing and a curse. We haven’t been as careful or as thoughtful as we should have been when planning development in sprawling suburban areas. This was reinforced at a recent conference of the Southern New England American Planning Association (SNEAPA) held in Providence, RI. Attendees submitted questions […]