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  • Boeri Studio wins over OMA, Jean Nouvel, and Steven Holl for International Highrise Award 2014

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    Now in its sixth year, the International Highrise Award 2014 went to Bosco Verticale in Milan, Italy by Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri Architetti and Barreca & La Varra) with developer Hines Italia SGR. The biennial award recognizes high-rise towers around the world that are considered to best combine exterior + interior, sustainable, and social aspects. Buildings had to be at least 100 meters tall and commissioned within the last two years.

    by Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri Architetti and Barreca & La Varra)

    Related: Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale in Milan makes the forest tower fantasy a reality


    “De Rotterdam”
    by Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

    “One Central Park” by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

    “Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel” by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

    Sliced Porosity Block by Steven Holl Architects

    More photos and other details on Bustler.

  • Looks Like Calatrava Won't Get Paid for His Chicago Spire Work

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    Back in 2008, architect Santiago Calatrava placed an $11.34M lien on the Chicago Spire in the hope of being paid for his work on the project, which officially died in November, having never amounted to anything more than a hole in the ground. Now, Crain's Chicago reports that Calatrava may have missed the two-year window he had to file a lawsuit to enforce his claim.

    Previously: Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava and Chicago Spire developer wants to resume project

  • Josef Albers's Manhattan mural could return to New York

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    Josef Albers’s Manhattan, a mural that enlivened the lobby of New York’s Met Life (previously the Pan Am) Building from 1963 until its controversial removal in 2000, could make a triumphant return to the city. Possible sites include the World Trade Center Transit Hub, The Art Newspaper understands. Finding a suitable home for the work is not the only obstacle: the original mural is in a landfill site in Ohio.

  • Building Design from the Inside Out: RISD’s Interior Architecture department

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    This post is brought to you by the RISD Interior Architecture Department

    At the intersection of architecture, conservation and design, RISD’s Interior Architecture department takes an innovative approach to the reuse and transformation of existing buildings. Advanced design studios focused on adaptive reuse are central to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. And unlike the fields of interior design and decoration, interior architecture looks less at the application of surface materials than at understanding the design of buildings from the inside out.

    In the studio, students use digital and manual means to research and recommend design alterations and renovations that give existing buildings new life. Studios focus on a wide range of approaches, from domestic to retail design to theater/production design to issues of preservation and conservation.

    Image: Heekyung Kim, Space for Water, MDes 2014

    “Students in our department are engaged in a rich and expansive discipline focusing...

  • Paul Katz, President of KPF, dies at 57

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    Bridging the aspirations of developers and the firm’s architects, Mr. Katz negotiated into existence some of the tallest mixed-use buildings in the world, among them the Shanghai World Financial Center and the International Commerce Centre in HK. His other projects for KPF included Roppongi Hills, a huge complex in Tokyo encompassing an office tower, apartments, shops and restaurants, movie theaters, a museum, a hotel, a television studio, parks and an outdoor amphitheater.

  • Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 2: Haunted Houses, Living Buildings, and Other Horror Stories

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    In horror fiction, a house is usually haunted in one of two ways: either a building is inhabited by the ghosts of dead humans, or the structure itself is animated by a strange, non-human life. Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of Usher,” an influential achievement of the genre, falls into the latter camp; the horror of the House of Usher can never be properly pinned down because it pervades the setting itself. But what’s so scary about a living building?

  • Cuts and gains: Weekly News Round-Up for November 17, 2014

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  • “Serra Gate” salutes to Taksim Square protests in Istanbul, will tour city next year

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    Nodding to the Taksim Square political protests in May 2013, the Serra Gate installation by Istanbul practice GAD Architecture artistically interprets and also invites passers-by to examine the influence of urban interventions in the public realm. Serra Gate, which was inspired by the large-scale sculptures of artist Richard Serra, highlights how protesters created makeshift living spaces inside the park and the streets...

    Learn more about the project on Bustler.

  • Emperor's New Clothes: Money Lacking for Facade of Berlin's New Palace

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    The plans call for nothing less than the rebirth of the Prussian-era heart of Berlin. A new palace is currently under construction on the German capital's famous Museum Island to replace the Berlin City Palace, or Stadtschloss, the erstwhile residence of Prussian kings and German emperors that was demolished by the communists soon after the end of World War II. [...] But completion of the exterior may be in doubt.

  • Kathryn Gustafson, Yaohua Wang, Renzo Piano, and Eckersley O’Callaghan are among this week's winners

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    Every Monday, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on Bustler from the previous week that are worth checking out.

    Here's Recap #36 for the week of Nov. 17-21, 2014:

    The Glass Lantern at Apple Store Istanbul named as Structural Awards 2014 grand prize winner

    A dozen projects were awarded in this year's Structural Awards 2014. Engineering design practice Eckersley O'Callaghan won the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence for their work on The Glass Lantern at the Apple Store in Istanbul.

    CALL FOR ENTRIES: What do you think the Obama Presidential Library should look like?

    The Chicago Architectural Club launched its 2014 edition of the Chicago Prize ideas competition: design the Barack Obama Presidential Library! Entrants are welcome to submit their ideas on how the U.S. Presidential Library building typology should be reinvented. Now's the time to bring those clever ideas to the table.

    Yaohua Wang...

  • Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts

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    First, parking structures need to be used for longer periods of the day and for different purposes, both public and private. [...] Second, parking structures need to be designed as flexible structures that can accommodate transitions from parking alone to a variety of other uses as parking ratios decline with further mixed-use development and increased use of shared parking facilities and transit.

    Related on Archinect: The Life of a New Architect: Elizabeth Christoforetti

  • Invasion: A First-Hand View of Gentrification in San Francisco

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    A recent Bay Area transplant sees old and new duke it out over the Bay Area's shifting public-private fault line.

  • Unforgettable_House in Pohang by studio_GAON

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    This project is a 'House within a house', which is built in a 20-year-old warehouse. A year ago in October, a young couple in their late 20s, visited our studio to build their house to live after their wedding. They were the youngest clients who required our design. 
    The couple was about to get married next year (2014), and they were thinking of renovating the concrete warehouse in the bride's hometown as their new house. They said they want to fix it and take it as the starting point of their new life. 
    Her hometown was a small town next to East Sea, between Pohang and Gampo, which is 380km far from Seoul. Listening to their story, we could foresee the difficulties of the project and trying to come up with excuses to refuse politely. But when we saw the photographs of the old concrete warehouse standing inside the rice paddy and field, like a magic, it was like hearing the sound of a Pied Piper.  We already answered that we'll take the project. 
    The warehouse was built 20 years ago by...

  • In Residence: Ray Kappe

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    A modern masterpiece of glass and redwood, the home of architect Ray Kappe is often referenced as one of the greatest residences in Southern California, looks much the same today as it did a half-century ago—a contemporary extension of the early SoCal glass-house tradition, begun decades earlier by architects like Rudolph Schindler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, and Harwell Hamilton Harris.​

    I remember writing this back in 2006 for an AIA convention piece.

    "Kappe Houses are interesting in that they visually take you to places without you physically moving an inch. His spaces don't stop. You can look but you won't see a line that doesn't depart, travel, connect or fly away into the canyons. He is daringly modern, moving you through the bottlenecks of organized combustion before dropping you in his poetry of space, architectural construction, scale, light and experiment."

  • Kathryn Gustafson wins 8th Obayashi Prize

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    Landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson of Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and London's Gustafson Porter recently received the eighth annual Obayashi Prize in Tokyo. Established by the Obayashi Foundation, the prize is awarded to a recipient whose work is in tune with the Foundation's mission of supporting interdisciplinary design research in relation to cities and urbanism.

    Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC by GUSTAFSON GUTHRIE NICHOL

    Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park, London UK by GUSTAFSON PORTER

    Find out more on Bustler.

  • Latest NCARB survey indicates architecture is a growing profession in the U.S.

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    The architecture profession is back on the rise as the American economy recovers, according to NCARB's 2014 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards. For starters, the number of architects has grown by 3.1 percent since 2011.

    Collecting data from all 54 U.S. territories (including District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), the 2014 survey states that there are 107,581 architects in the U.S., which is a 1.6 percent increase from last year. California is listed with the highest total number of added architects at 20,595, followed by New York at 16,809. Data collected for the fall 2014 survey also reflect registration levels from July 2013 to June 2014.

    Findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show similar upward trends. In just the last two months, architecture and engineering services added 5,000 new jobs in September and 2,900 new jobs in October.

    Earlier this year, NCARB made major announcements regarding licensure upon graduation as well as major mo...

  • Art + Architecture: Refik Anadol at Walt Disney Concert Hall

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    The billowing wood panels of the concert hall imploded before my eyes, as if physically ripped apart by the thundering crescendos of Edgard Varèse’s Amériques. One moment the massive organ was radically disfigured to the point of unrecognizability; the next, its forms re-emerged beneath the luminous, moving mesh mapped onto the structure by the artist Refik Anadol. For less than a half hour, the Walt Disney Concert Hall was transformed in an exhilarating synthesis of architecture, music and digital art: the first iteration of in/SIGHT, a series of ongoing collaborations between video artists and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

  • Reading Room: A Catalog of New York City’s Branch Libraries

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    Between 2008 and 2013, I photographed the branch libraries of New York City’s three public library systems: 212 branches in all[1], spread across the five boroughs. Through arrangements with each of the library systems, I worked mornings before the branches opened to the public. I traveled by subway and bus and made six to twelve pictures of each branch, interiors and exteriors, using a 4×5 inch view camera. My archive, to date, holds over 2,000 negatives.

  • Street view: a virtual tour across Russia by remote camera

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    The idea for Yandex. Street Photographer came to Daniill Maksyokov on a Friday night, while he was surfing the internet [...] “In Yandex.Maps there’s an analogue of Google Street View called Panoramas but it only has views of Russian cities and some former-Soviet countries [...]” say Maksyokov. “What’s more, faces, labels, registration numbers of vehicles and other personal data are not blurred … As a result you have a complete sense of presence and can see everything from a fresh perspective.”

  • Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Architect Sure!" Pinterest Board

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    In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles.

    (Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)

    Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board Architect Sure!.

    Mondrian's Window in San Francisco, CA by Form4 Architecture

    Harrison Street in San Francisco, CA by Dawson and Clinton

    Torre Cervantes in Mexico City by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

    NIK - Office Building in Graz, Austria by Atelier Thomas Pucher in collaboration with BRAMBERGER architects

    Urban Reflections in Vienna, Austria by HOLODECK architects; Photo © Pasteiner

    McElroy Residence in Laguna Beach, CA by Ehrlich Architects

    Municipal Offices in Breda, the Netherlands by KAAN Architecten; Photo: Christian Richters

    Elk Valley Tractor Shed in Hood River, OR by FIELDWORK Design & Architecture; Photo: Bria...

  • Archinect's Lexicon: "Duplitecture"

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    duplitecture [d(y)o͞oplətek(t)SHər], noun: an intentional, functioning copy of a pre-existing, and often familiar, piece of architecture. For example, "Hangzhou's replication of Venice takes duplitecture to the city-level." This definition is Archinect's own wording.

    A few examples in China, the site of the term's inspiration, include an Eiffel Tower in Hangzhou and Shanghais' "Thames Town" (images here). Ranging from single structures to entire communities, duplitecture is distinguished from mere models or miniatures (as are common in theme parks or historical institutions) by its use – duplitecture is not decorative or merely artistic.

    The term was coined by Bianca Bosker in her 2013 book, Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China. She points out that while China is notorious for knocking off intellectual property (in the case of consumer technology and fashion as well as duplitecture), copying isn't considered bad in and of itself. In Chinese aesthetic tradition,...

  • Editor's Picks #394

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    The latest edition of Working out of the Box: featured Hendo Hoverboard inventor and co-founder of Arx Pax, Greg Henderson. You can hear the full interview with Greg with his wife Jill, co-founder of Arx Pax, as part of episode 4 of Archinect Sessions here.  Click here to subscribe.

     Meanwhile, the latest Showcase:  - No.4 High School Fangshan Campus is located in Beijing and designed by local firm OPEN Architecture.


    On episode 5 of Archinect Sessions co-host/NJIT grad Ken Koense took issue with NJIT's statement against Kean University's upcoming Michael Graves School of Architecture. Listen to Koense's take on NJIT's statement, or download the whole episode here

    Sebastian Mlekicki argued "Including NJIT there are already 7 NCARB accredited architecture schools in a 25 mile radius of NJIT,  and there here have been less students signing up for architecture in NJ all together. How is adding another program economically feasible?".

    On a visit to Cleveland, Monica Ponce de Leon made...

  • Smart Cities - called "smart" but condemned to being stupid

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    The rhetoric of smart cities would be more persuasive if the environment that the technology companies create was actually a compelling one that offered models for what the city can be. But if you look at Silicon Valley you see that the greatest innovators in the digital field have created a bland suburban environment that is becoming increasingly exclusive

    Back in September Rem Koolhaas gave a talk at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, 24 September 2014. During the talk he asked what really makes a city "smart", and argued that it's critical for smart cities and governments to converge again.

     h/t @Bruce Sterling

  • Tracking economic conditions with satellite imagery and shadows

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    Proving that some market somewhere will find a value for anything, a company called Orbital Insight is now tracking "the shadows cast by half-finished Chinese buildings" as a possible indicator for where the country's economy might be headed.

  • Renzo Piano will design the new Kum & Go corporate HQ in Iowa

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    Renzo Piano Building Workshop will be the design architect for the new corporate headquarters of Midwest convenience retailer chain Kum & Go. The 120,000 sq.foot building will be located at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. After competing teams submitted written proposals, six finalists were interviewed last month before RPBW won the project. In the next few months, a local architect and general contractor will be chosen as the design process begins.