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  • Woods Bagot to design Australia's AUD $1.85 billion World Trade Center

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    World Trade Centers aren't just for the northern hemisphere anymore: Perth, Australia will become the recipient of a two-towered, $1.85 Australian dollar World Trade Center designed by Woods Bagot. The uneven towers (one tops out at 36 stories, the other 75) still need official approval by the State Government, which plans to thoroughly vet both the proposal and the backers themselves in the more severe sounding Stage Two section of the process. However, by virtue of clearing Stage One, things are looking good for the buildings (and, let's face it, for Woods Bagot).

  • ADEPT Behind Largest Urban Development In Budapest For 30 Years

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    The local municipal authorities recently approved the ambitious design for the ‘Budapart’ neighborhood, the largest singular urban development in Budapest for almost 30 years. ADEPT won the commission to design the new urban area with a masterplan based on a distorted grid structure with references to both historic and modern parts of the city. Construction of the first buildings have already started in the 54 ha mixed-use neighborhood, where built property will count 600.000 m2 total.

    Located on the bank of the Danube River, the Budapart masterplan aims to create a green and human scaled neighbourhood rather than just another new modern development. The fantastic location on the waterfront, the existing characteristic landscape qualities and the close vicinity to the central city are the main attractions that each generate huge potential to make the new neighborhood an epicenter of its own. By celebrating these attractions through a series of elaborate strategies and by meeting chal...

  • Robert Adam awarded 15th Richard H. Driehaus Prize

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    Robert Adam, founder of ADAM Architecture, has been named the recipient of the 15th Richard H. Driehaus Prize, an award given each year to an architect "whose work has had positive cultural, environmental and artistic impact in keeping with the highest ideals of classical architecture in contemporary society." Alongside a bronze miniature of the Choregic Monument of Lysikrates, the award comes with a $200,000 prize.

    “Robert Adam has made seminal and sustained contributions to his discipline by establishing a dialogue between the traditional and modern modes of architecture,” states Richard H. Driehaus, founder, chairman and chief investment officer of Chicago-based Driehaus Capital Management LLC. “He has had tremendous success by experimenting with contemporary materials and methods within the context of local and regional traditions.”

    Adam was educated at Westminster University and was a Rome Scholar in the early '70s. In 1977, he founded ADAM Architecture. In addition to his design...

  • Is Snøhetta's "7th room" 2017's coolest (literally and figuratively) treehouse?

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    Snøhetta's "7th Room" is an addition to the previously existing Treehotel in Northern Sweden. The tree-canopy-level, snow-blanketed room features a pretty cool assortment of sleek furnishings and views, whether you're standing on the ground looking up, or lounging on the fur-lined chairs looking out. 

    In addition to the tree that grows through the cabin, the arrangement of the rooms, centered around a netted terrace, gives "7th Room" a hyper-sophisticated treehouse vibe. 

  • Trump may eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts — here's why that matters for architecture

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    According to a report published by the Hill, President-elect Trump is planning significant cuts to federal programs, including the departments of Transportation, Commerce and Energy. What else is on the chopping block? The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. And, according to the report, they’re not just going to get budgetary cuts—they’re going to be eliminated. This matters.

    The United States already barely supports the arts at all in comparison to other developed countries. But still, the NEA and NEH are crucial for the survival of arts and cultural organizations around the country. Best known for supporting the fine arts, these organizations also support many architectural initiatives under the rubric of “Design”, a category which here covers: “architecture, communications and graphic design, fashion design, historic preservation, industrial and product design, interior design, landscape architecture, planning, universal design, social i...

  • Exquisite play on materiality defines "Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert" by Stendardo Menningen Architectes

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    Designed as an easily accessible community center that, according to its architects, would preserve "a logical continuity and preservation of the existing landscape as well as construct synergies with the surrounding buildings," the Maison de Quartier de Chatelaine-Balexert benefits from a sophisticated material interaction.

    The visual interplay between the concrete and wood, along with the angular, Dan Flavin-meets-Daniel Libeskind-interior lights, creates an exquisite structural passageway. It functions both as an intriguing space in itself and a facilitator of its surrounds.

    Designed by Geneva-based Stendardo Menningen Architectes, the building was commissioned by the client Ville de Vernier and completed in 2016.

  • 144 finalists advance in 2017 Knight Cities Challenge

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    Now in its third edition, the Knight Cities Challenge asks one question: “What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?”. Every year the Challenge's national call for ideas attracts a staggering number of applicants, who submit their strongest written ideas that they believe can improve everyday living in cities across the U.S. — particularly the 26 Knight communities. Out of more than 4,500 hopeful ideas, the jury narrowed down the competition pool to 144 finalist ideas.

    Check out the full list of finalists on Bustler.

  • Atelier Mob designs a flood-resistant canoeing station in Portugal

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    The town of Alvega, Portugal is located on the banks of the Tejo River. Following a public competition, Atelier Mob was selected to design a canoeing station on a beach along the river. The building, which contains storage facilities, changing rooms, a cafeteria and a dock, had to be designed to withstand regular winter flooding as well as minimize soil degradation.

    From the architects:

    The building is divided into three parts, separated by circulation lanes, which result from the different programs. To the east, the largest body is the storage space of the vessels and storage compartments, relating directly to the dock area (which already existed in the northeast end of the intervention area). The middle body agglutinates the sanitary facilities and changing rooms. Finally, to the west, in the smaller scale body, is located the cafeteria. These three bodies are installed on a concrete platform supported on pillars, which extends north and west, giving rise to an esplanade that was co...

  • The Proust Questionnaire: Daniel Libeskind

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    In architecture, the personal tends to be prohibited. "Starchitects” might have notoriously big personalities, but how much do we actually know about them? Enter the personality quiz, a favorite pastime of young adults and, as it turns out, the architect Daniel Libeskind, who agreed to be the first in our new series, the Proust Questionnaire.

  • House of Pure Vin by M1/DTW

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    HOUSE OF PURE VIN is a 3000 SF wine shop on in downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue. An existing, and heavily contorted retail space was reconfigured into a sequence of smaller discrete spaces to simply the experience and unfold the spatial sequence more slowly. 

    The organization of the majority of the product is displayed and inventoried into a fifty foot long ‘Library Wall” which displays nearly 300 individual bottles at eye level by cantilevering them from the bottle’s neck while storing the remaining 11 bottles in an array of industrial core tubes generally used for manufacturing applications involving rolls of fabric or paper. While providing a striking visual appearance, the tubes also provide protection from light while ensuring the bottle remains sideways, maintaining a wet cork.

    As the space unfolds, a climate-controlled champagne room and tasting room appear. Key surfaces throughout the space, including the face of the cash wrap, are clad with post-industrial recycled wine co...

  • 1250 Wenslauer House by 31/44

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    This new house replaced a dilapidated workers cottage that was built around the turn of the century. It forms an infill house within a surprisingly irregular street – the conventional image of Amsterdam being one of homogeneity. This eclectic street quality was borne out of the historic conditions – the area was Amsterdam’s builders yard. A wide canal at the end of the street was used to bring materials into the city on large barges from the surrounding countryside and sea ports. These materials were then offloaded and stored in large warehouses. Plots of land were divided up along the polder where, gradually, the tradesmen built workshops with their living accommodation above. This gave a distinctive character to the street of non-uniform buildings built of relatively cheap materials.

    Our proposal reinforces this atmosphere whilst referencing the townhouse typology of the centre of the city. A reflection of the neighbourhood becoming more ‘upscale’ – this area of Amsterdam is adopti...

  • Get Lectured: Columbia GSAPP, Spring '17

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    Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session for Winter and Spring 2017. Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!

    Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

    The Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation kicks off their Spring 2017 events with lectures, exhibitions, a symposium, book launches, and discussions — including a timely series called “The First 100 Days”. Starting January 20, the series will provide opportunities for students and faculty to discuss, organize, and plan for the changes to come during the Trump administration.

    Unless noted*, lectures take place on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall.

    Jan 20*, 1 p.m. at Ware Lounge, Avery Hall
    The First 100 Days: ...

  • Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #119

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    Looking for a job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of active listings on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our FacebookEmployer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

    In case you missed them, here are some of the most recent EOTD-featured firms:

    1. Grimshaw (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    2. bonetti/kozerski architecture (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    3. S9 Architecture (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    4. Chango & Co. (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Experienced Interior Design Project Manager

    5. Drake/Anderson (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Junior to Mid-level Architectural CAD Designer

    6. LUXIGON_LA (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: 3D Artist

    7. Andrew Franz Architect (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    8. Waechter Architecture (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: E...

  • Architecture Billings Index in December ends year with sharp uptick

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    The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) concluded the year in positive terrain, with the December reading capping off three straight months of growth in design billings. [...] (AIA) reported the December ABI score was 55.9, up sharply from 50.6 in the previous month. This score reflects the largest increase in design services in 2016 (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 57.2, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.

    “The sharp upturn in design activity as we wind down the year is certainly encouraging. This bodes well for the design and construction sector as we enter the new year”,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “However, December is an atypical month for interpreting trends, so the coming months will tell us a lot more about conditions that the industry is likely to see in 2017.”

    The AIA reports these key ABI highlights for the month of December:

    • Regional averages: Midwest (54.4), Northeast (54.0), South (53.8), West (48.8)  
    • Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (54.3), institutional (53.3), mixed practice (51.9), multi-family residential (50.6)  
    • Project inquiries index: 57.2  
    • Design contracts index: 51.2

    All graphs represent data from December 2015 - December 2016, images via

  • In Hong Kong, a housing shortage is leading people to live in 25 sq. ft. "space capsule pods"

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    Hong Kong is a crowded city. According to census figures reported by Quartz, 57,100 households live in spaces between 75 and 140 sq ft. And, for the most part, the conditions of these tiny homes aren’t exactly great. Enter Sandy Wong, the inventor of a “space capsule pod”, a 25 sq. ft., ventilated, room rents for about $400-650 per month.

    Space capsule-type dwellings aren’t exactly new. In Japan, for example, capsule hotels have been around for ages. These ones are pretty nice—they come replete with a computer, a TV, a bed, and a fire extinguisher. Residents share a kitchen and bathroom, which is already a norm in Hong Kong.

    And, apparently, they’re a hit. Wong reports renting out the first ten capsules in a mere 15 days. Now he plans to build 1,000 more.

  • Donald Trump taps two of the richest developers to oversee infrastructure plan

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    Donald Trump has chosen Richard LeFrak and Steve Roth, “two of the wealthiest men in real estate” according to Forbes,  to head a “council of builders and engineers”. This new council will be tasked with overseeing Trump’s plan to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure. As Archinect previously reported, the Republican infrastructure plan relies heavily on private-public partnerships, so it’s not really a surprise that developers will be involved. That being said, scant details have been provided on how Trump plans to shore up the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

    Roth founded Vornado, one of the most prominent real estate trusts in New York and Washington. Tornado is merging with JBG Smith, which is one of the short-listed bidders for the development of a new FBI headquarters—a $2 billion contract. The LeFrak family has played a sizable role in developing New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Miami.

    In the past, the president had little to do with real estate decisions. That will likel...

  • Maryam Eskandari on Weaving Together Her Islamic Faith with Architecture Practice

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    Recently, Archinect has been taking a look at the relationship between faith and architecture. In this interview, we speak to Maryam Eskandari, Principal of MIIM Designs and Adviser in History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. A practicing Muslim, Eskandari views her practice as an extension of her faith—which means, basically, to make "good architecture" for the 99%.

  • This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events

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    Things have come back to full swing now that we're already(!) halfway through the first month of 2017. Planning for another week in New York City? If you're curious about where design-inclined folks are gathering around town, Archinect and Bustler have compiled a snappy list of local architecture and design events that are worth checking out.

    Check back regularly so you don't miss out. Have a look at our latest NYC event recommendations.

    Current Work: Glenn Murcutt | January 17, recommended by Justine Testado

    Facade of Kakadu Visitor Centre, designed by Glenn Murcutt.

    In this conversation with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Pritzker laureate Glenn Murcutt will talk about his collaborative design process with architect Hakan Elevli on the Australian Islamic Centre, which is considered to be one of Australia's largest mosques. The discussion will take place at The Cooper Union's Great Hall.

    Salon Series: Urban Data Operations | January 18, recommended by Justine Testado

    Image from "Local Co...

  • Deborah Berke-designed stylish, sustainable tower opens in Indianapolis

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    Nine glassed-in, metal-fin bearing stories make up the new Deborah Berke Partners-designed Cummins Indy Tower, which officially opens this month. With its "projections and inflections," the building simultaneously juts and struts through the metropolis, creating a slender and ecologically conscious corporate HQ.

    Referring to Cummins' past collaborations with architects like Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche, Deborah Berke notes that “over the decades, Cummins has demonstrated a commitment to great design that benefits its employees, its customers, and the community. This building carries that legacy forward with an environmentally sustainable design that dignifies the work going on inside while enhancing the urban realm.

    The building’s articulated facades and distinctive form serve a purpose—to create a comfortable, light-filled work environment for employees that adds to the vitality on Market Street. Adding some muscle to the great bones of downtown Indianapolis, the park is a public am...

  • Do architecture awards matter?

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    Almost singing the refrain, "What do awards have to do with it?" writer Ben Willis investigates the disconnect between the plethora of architectural awards, both those that recognize aesthetics and those that focus on data-driven technical specs, and the public's (and for that matter, other architects') incomprehension of what these prizes mean. With so many awards and so many buildings that fellow professionals have never visited or heard of before the merit is given, what exactly is the value of an architectural award? Using an Oscar analogy, Willis explains just what he's talking about:   

    Whereas non-filmmakers have access to nearly all of the films considered for major film awards, most non-architects don’t have first-hand experience with any of the buildings and designers being considered for awards. Many casual movie-goers know what defines an award-winning movie, and yet the criteria used to define award-winning buildings are often so disconnected from the public’s experience...

  • Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara to curate 2018 Venice Biennale

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    The Board of the Venice Architecture Biennale appointed Grafton Architects co-founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara yesterday as the curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, which will take place May 26 to November 25 in 2018.

    UTEC campus in Lima, designed by Grafton Architects.

    The Venice Biennale is familiar ground to Farrell and McNamara, who participated in the Biennale in 2002 and won the Silver Lion in 2012, where they presented their project for the UTEC campus in Lima — the winner of the inaugural RIBA International Prize. Grafton Architects was represented at the 2016 Biennale under the title, “The Physics of Culture”.

    Farrell and McNamara will continue to address similar humanitarian themes set forth in Alejandro Aravena's “Reporting from the Front” last year. President Paolo Baratta, chair of the Board of the Venice Biennale, released the following statement on their appointment:

    “The Exhibition curated by Alejandro Aravena offered visitors a critica...

  • Norman Foster and RIBA announce 2017 "survival of cities" traveling scholarship

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    For the tenth year in a row, RIBA and Norman Foster are offering a traveling scholarship in the form of €7,000 (an increase over last year's €6,000) to the destination of the winning student's choice. Students can't enter directly: RIBA and CAA validated schools are allowed to submit only one application each for one student by April 28th, whose merits will then be judged by a panel consisting of both financial backer Norman Foster and RIBA members. In a quasi-apocalyptic vein, the student's proposed research topic should "relate to the survival of our cities and towns and fall under one of the following themes: 

    • learning from the past to inform the future
    • the future of society
    • density of settlements
    • sustainability
    • use of resources
    • quality of urban life
    • transport"

    The full details of the application can be found here.

  • Revised design for the Eisenhower memorial released

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    The road to a Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial has been anything but smooth. Frank Gehry’s original plans for the project were nixed by critics—most notably, the Eisenhower family. But, finally, all parties reached an agreement last fall and the project is going forward. Now, Gehry and Partners and AECOM have released images of the (hopefully) final design, which will be presented publicly later this month.

    The revision include changing the image depicted on the massive 440 ft.-long woven-metal tapestry. Previously, the image was going to depict Abilene, Kansas, where Eisenhower grew up. Now it’s going to show an aerial view of Normandy, site of the D-Day invasion. Additionally, a statue of a young Eisenhower was moved from the center of the site to its margins.

  • As the UK and US shift rightwards, architects react

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    The last year has seen a dramatic political shift to the right in the Western world (and elsewhere), marked in particular by Brexit and the election of Donald J. Trump. Alongside the former, the Tories secured a firm grip on the UK, with Prime Minister Theresa May stepping in to fill the void left after David Cameron’s departure. In the United States, the Republican party has an equally secure hold over the country and its future, controlling all three branches of government.

    With this turn to the right, the built environment will undoubtedly change significantly. Cuts to government-subsidized housing are expected in both countries. Meanwhile, much-need infrastructural updates may—or may not—be on the horizon in the U.S., as they were one of the primary campaign promises of the President-elect.

    Therefore, it’s not really a surprise that architects on both sides of the Atlantic have voiced opinions on the direction their countries are heading. Two architectural organizations have just ...

  • When you cut funding and abandon people, surprises happen

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    Detroit, once one of the 20th century’s top three thriving U.S. metropolises, has been a case study in ruin and decay for nearly half a century. “Detroit is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City of the Industrial Age,” a new book of photographs and nuanced essays by Camilo Jose Vergara, delves into this culture of ruin, offering architects and urban planners an intriguing (and often surprising) pictorial atlas of what happens to a civilization during uncivilized times.

  • The Curve by CZWG Architects

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    A dynamic team of architects, designers and consultants are celebrating the completion of the £22m cultural hub project, The Curve, located in the centre of Slough, Berkshire, UK. The Curve is the flagship public building and the key community amenity in the on-going regeneration of Slough’s town centre, where over £45m of public investment has already been spent or committed to create an entirely new commercial district – The Heart of Slough. Housing a library, a 280 seat multi-purpose performance venue, and spaces for council meetings and exhibitions, the 4,500 sq m building consolidates disparate community functions and registrar services across the centre of Slough.

    Working on behalf of Morgan Sindall and Slough Urban Regeneration, bblur architecture was responsible for the external architectural design, and CZWG Architects LLP led the design of the interiors. Working closely with both partners, Colorminium was responsible for the specific design of the total envelope of the sche...


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    SANDBOXING is a pavilion/game designed by Quilian Riano (DSGN AGNC) for the New Cities Future Ruins** convening in Dallas, TX in which players are asked to playfully negotiate two key resources for the future of the southwestern city: land (sand) and water. This all happens in a pavilion, installed in Old East Dallas’ Jubilee Park, made up of a sandbox designed to change as players negotiate space and a structural dew-catcher canopy — a passive system used in arid climates to extract water particles from the atmosphere. Without any outcome prescribed, players are left to make the choices of sharing collectively or further restricting access to ever diminishing resources.

    Let’s negotiate sand and water!

    On Architect's Newspaper: 
    This architect turns Sun Belt battles over land and water into a provocative game

    **New Cities Future Ruins is a four-year curatorial initiative inviting artists, designers, and thinkers to re-imagine and engage the extre...

  • Light Box by Aaron Neubert Architects

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    On a gritty stretch of Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles, the PSPMLA office sits on a previously vacant 2,500 sf infill commercial parcel. Dubbed the “Light Box” for its simple geometry slotted in acknowledgement of the natural solar conditions, the 2,200 sf office for a boutique property management firm discretely slips into the streetscape of tightly packed auto body shops, neon sign fabricators, digital printers, and various light commercial businesses. The design expands upon the urban texture of the street, while also carving out a bright, naturally illuminated respite for the office staff and their clientele.

    The project is composed of two primary furniture elements, a double height rift sawn white oak clad spatial volume and a white lacquered cluster of seating modules, inserted into a 25’-0” wide X 66’-6” long X 22’-6” tall building envelope. To maximize the useable area of the narrow lot, the exterior walls were assembled and waterproofing installed horizontally on site and th...

  • New Learning Hub a pulsing heart of activity for school community by Wilson Architects

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    Wilson Architects has designed a new Learning Hub for St Andrew’s Anglican College – a rapidly-growing school on the Sunshine Coast.

    The Learning Hub incorporates primary and secondary school libraries, multiple collaborative teaching spaces, staff offices, professional development care, several student lounges and an expansive outdoor
    learning area.

    St Andrew’s Anglican College Principal Chris Ivey says the Learning Hub has seamlessly integrated with the school, and students are taking full advantage of the learning opportunities it presents.

    “I have spent chunks of time each day in the Hub, observing the way our students are using the facility, and it is wonderful to see them using it as if it has always been there,” Chris says.

    Wilson Architects’ design intent was to give the school a learning heart, and provide a highly-flexible space that could be used for a full spectrum of activity. From concerts and large gatherings to small group meetings and quiet study sessions.

    Internally, con...

  • Geoff Manaugh takes a look inside LAX's impressive airport security apparatus

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    In the summer of 2014, Anthony McGinty and Michelle Sosa were hired by Los Angeles World Airports to lead a unique, new classified intelligence unit on the West Coast. After only two years, their global scope and analytic capabilities promise to rival the agencies of a small nation-state. Their roles suggest an intriguing new direction for infrastructure protection in an era when threats are as internationally networked as they are hard to predict.

    Being the world's fifth-busiest airport (74,937,004 travelers passed through LAX in 2015) makes this infrastructure megaproject one of the top-ranked terrorist and aviation targets in the country. With billions of dollars spent on the usual airport expansion and modernization projects in recent decades came also the need for enhanced anti-terrorism capabilities that gave birth to its own classified intelligence unit.

    "Under the moniker of “critical infrastructure protection,” energy-production, transportation-logistics, waste-disposal, and other sites have been transformed from often-overlooked megaprojects on the edge of the metropolis into the heavily fortified, tactical crown jewels of the modern state," Manaugh writes. "Bridges, tunnels, ports, dams, pipelines, and airfields have an emergent geopolitical clout that now rivals democratically elected civic institutions."