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Replacing a parking lot in Pioneer Square, a designated historic district, required the developer to clear many hurdles. The design went through several versions before it won the approval of city officials, who vetted materials, signage and even color choices. In one concession, the sides of the Weyerhaeuser building were made of hand-laid brick, to help the structure blend with its neighbors.
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Visionary plans, policy, and infrastructure have all played crucial roles in the development of the city and consequently in the definition of its edge. Today, conflicting interests regarding ownership, use, and value of the Lakefront have produced a stalemate of what this civic treasure could become.
A hotspot for land-use disputes, the urban development of Chicago's Lakefront is the subject of the 2016 Chicago Prize competition, "On the Edge”. Launched on November 29 by the Chicago Architectural Club and the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the competition seeks speculative architectural interventions for the Lakefront “in consideration of the stated issues that imagine and speculate its scape” — as exemplified in recent situations like the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the Barack H. Obama Presidential Library, or the impacts of Lake Shore Drive.
The Chicago Lakefront. Photo: Payton Chung/Flickr.
The CAC asks: “Would new strategies of zoning recharge this long strip of stand-alone city-land? Can architectural interventions function as a framework for the excitation of the edge? How will the collision of the metropolis and the lake create a radical emergence of the unimaginable?”
There is no set program for this competition. A Question-and-Answer period is open now until December ...
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Kicking off our celebration of all the great work that came out of 2016, we have some personal favorites from our writers and editors. We'll take the time to toast the prize-winners later, but for now, these are a few of the projects that we just loved from 2016:
Big idea intangibles can often result in a pass/fail situation for architects; either they create something astonishing, or something astonishingly bad. OMA's attempt to tackle grief in this joint work with an artist provides the right mix of personal interactivity and procedure while simultaneously giving form and a kind of comfort to an experience we invariably all must tackle at some point.
Steven Holl is one of my all-time favorites because his works usually always enhance qualities already present in the site. His mastery of natural light distinguishes him, and is on prominent display here: the entire building serves as a kind ...
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I’ve been privileged to interview Craig Dykers, founding partner in the extraordinary global architecture firm Snøhetta, on several occasions and walked away each time incredibly inspired by the breadth and depth of their creativity and innovation approaches. [...] Analyzing their innovation process can yield important lessons for companies. Here are some highlights.
The Forbes list of Snøhetta innovation lessons and glimpses into the firm's intercontinental problem-solving process includes flat hierarchies, embrace of contrasts across a variety of sectors, an internal podcast, and celebration of good news, among many others.
Other Snøhetta stories on Archinect:
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This windswept outcropping, peering over the Atlantic, was a Gilded Age haven where the wealthy built mansions known by their names, not addresses: The Elms, Marble House and, most famous of all, The Breakers... Newport has cared deeply about appearances ever since. So when large steel beams rose high in the air between the city’s most storied thoroughfares, framing a mansion that will have an unusual, many-sided shape and a flat roof, neighborhood residents and observers were aghast.
More on the architecture of the mega-rich:
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Missed out on Next Up: The LA River, Archinect Sessions' podcasting event? Now you can listen to the whole thing, released in two parts on One-to-One. Last week, we released the first half of the interviews, and this week we've got the rest.
This week's playlist of live recordings features interviews with:
Lou Pesce (designer with Metabolic Studio)
Renee Dake Wilson (partner at Dake Wilson Architects and VP of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission) and Alexander Robinson (assistant professor of architecture at USC and principal at Office of Outdoor Research)
Mia Lehrer (founder and president at Mia Lehrer + Associates)
Individual episodes are available on Archinect Sessions. Listen and subscribe here.
Listen to One-to-One #48, featuring the last four interviews from Next Up: The LA River:
- iTunes: Click here to listen, and click the "Subscribe" button below the lo...
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Take a breather at an art exhibition as the holiday frenzy begins. LA is abuzz with creative folks expanding the possibilities of how architectural design and practice can be reinterpreted, bringing attention to what in the urban environment is constantly overlooked. Archinect and Bustler compiled a snappy list of noteworthy happenings around town that are worth checking out.
Check back regularly so you don't miss out on our latest event recommendations. Here are this week's LA picks.
Fast Forward: Future of Play | December 8, recommended by Amelia Taylor-Hochberg
In the rapidly expanding markets of VR and robotics, interactions based on play and, well, fun are increasingly scrutinized for marketable potentials. Hear representatives from Disney and Mattel discuss the future of play in our Internet-of-Everything world, and its implications for early childhood development.
The Human Beast: Art of Maxine Kim Stussy & Jan Stussy | Opening on December 10, recommended by Alexander Walter
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Take a breather at an exhibition or a panel discussion as the holiday frenzy begins. As always, New York City is abuzz with creative folks expanding the possibilities of how architectural design and practice can be reinterpreted, bringing attention to what in the urban environment is constantly overlooked. For anyone curious about what local happenings to fit into your weekly schedules, Archinect and Bustler have compiled a snappy list of events in New York City that are worth checking out.
Check back regularly so you don't miss out. Have a look at our latest selection of NYC events.
Camilo Vergara Book Talk: “Detroit Is No Dry Bones” | December 6, recommended by Justine Testado
Having spent the last 25 years documenting the city of Detroit, ethnographer and photographer Camilo José Vergara will talk about his latest book, “Detroit Is No Dry Bones”, at The Skyscraper Museum. Vergara's photographs in this book focus on Detroit's urban revival, from its repurposed buildings to its local ...
... the dual Canadian-American citizen expressed serious concerns about the incoming commander-in-chief. “I don’t know whether we should get into politics here because some of you may think Trump is OK, but I’m very worried about him,” said Gehry, 87. “I remember in 1937 and being in Canada and listening to Hitler’s speeches on radio – and this resounded similar to me. It’s just frightening.”
Quoted above from a recent discussion at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Frank Gehry told the audience that he was not leaving the U.S. for France, while facing the imminent future of a "frightening" Trump presidency. In a previous interview with Le Figaro, a French newspaper, Gehry had mentioned French president Francois Hollande's offer for him to seek self-exile in France.
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At a perfect time of year to take stock (the 'silly season' of parties hasn't quite started, but we are quickly moving towards the year's close), this week provides a series of events focusing on reflection. From collections showing the life works of iconic creators to a discussion on how we continue to work in the city; and from looking at the concept of the city itself from a different (sweeter) angle, to challenging our consumer society through craft.
Image: Museum of Architecture
The Museum of Architecture are opening The Gingerbread City this week, a new, annual competition where practices have designed and created gingerbread plots, which come together to create an entire city of sugar. Different city zones had different briefs, ranging from Unite d’Hobnob (high density, central urban a...
Ceren Bingol has been named as the interim Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, according to a statement released today by Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, and the school’s Board of Governors. Starting January 6, 2017, Bingol will replace outgoing Architect-in-Residence, Bill Massie. Bingol will serve in this position for the rest of the 2017 academic year, as well as into 2018.
According to the press release, Bingol will be working alongside Dan Kinkead of SmithGroupJJr during the spring 2017 semester. Kinkead, whose work with Detroit Future City “highlights his strong connection to Detroit”, will be helping students with project work based in the city. Next year, he’ll continue to work with the school in an advisory capacity.
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How does one design tangible structures for that most intangible of qualities, faith? More to the point: how does one renovate an existing place of worship to suit a new dogma? Johnson Fain’s renovation of Philip Johnson and John Burgee’s Crystal Cathedral is the culmination of metaphor, media, and the historical Christian tradition of repurposing.
M.Arch Students at Rensselaer Architecture: Specializing in a Professional Degree, A Discussion on Environmental Sciences and Technologyabout 18 hours ago from archinect.comThis post is brought to you by Rensselaer Architecture
The practice of architecture in the twenty-first century is increasingly driven by heightened cultural, social and environmental issues demanding that a greater degree of specialized knowledge be accessible in professional degrees. Rensselaer’s Master of Architecture program responds to this challenge with the integration of cutting edge research study into its coursework and studios, where students directly confront the most relevant contemporary ecological issues. The M.Arch program also offers minors in specialized areas, and enrollment into Master of Science research programs upon completion of the Master of Architecture degree.
The Master of Architecture engages innovative building science research with a full semester residency at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) located within Skidmore Owings and Merrill’s [SOM] New York City office. The residency offers M.Arch students firsthand experience in researc...
RIBA is taking a little more time in revealing the shortlist for the 2016 House of the Year award. Most recently, RIBA announced that DSDHA's Covert House and the Murphy House by Richard Murphy Architects have made it onto the shortlist, along with the Outhouse and Ansty Plum revealed last week.
Covert House, Clapham, South London by DSDHA
Murphy House, Edinburgh by Richard Murphy Architects
Find more details about each project on Bustler.
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Moreau Kusunoki, winners of Guggenheim Helsinki competition, respond to rejected plans: "an extraordinary adventure despite the disappointing result"
Now that Helsinki's city council has rejected the latest round of financing plans for the Guggenheim outpost, it appears that the winning design by Moreau Kusunoki most certainly won't be built. We reached out to the architects for comment, and they provided the following statement:
Guggenheim Helsinki was an extraordinary adventure despite the disappointing result of the vote from the City Council of Helsinki.
The reflections we had in conceiving the 21th-century museum in Helsinki were thought-provoking and revelatory, such as the participatory and social dimensions of the museum, the studies on in-between spaces and flexible use, and the use of charred-wood cladding.
This journey was also an opportunity to meet exceptional professionals, whose commitment to promoting art and architecture we deeply admire.
We are confident that this project represents a stepping stone and the possibility of an exciting future for our firm and for the field of architecture. It encourages new thoughts ...
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In the three months since our last update, progress has been moving along at the site of the Bjarke Ingels-designed Vancouver House. The soon-to-be iconic 49-storey mixed-use tower by Westbank is beginning to rise above grade [...]. Designed in conjunction with Canadian firms Dialog Architects and James KM Cheng Architects, Vancouver House has been described as a "living sculpture," and the tower's signature twist will soon become a staple of the newly minted Beach District neighbourhood.
The tower and other Vancouver-related stories in the Archinect news:
At nearly 350 square miles, [Berlin is] a difficult city to tour without some guidance. Its vastness is doubly inconvenient for architecture buffs...The [Modern Berlin Map] documents 50 buildings, selected by Berlin-based journalist Matthew Tempest. Unfolded, the front of the guide displays the landmarks on a map of Berlin, while the reverse catalogues the buildings in chronological order. This provides a unique lens through which to track the city’s political shifts.
Want more travel tips for Berlin? Check out Archinect's Berlin Travel Guide, which features recommendations from Jürgen Mayer H:
OMA's three-piece project for Miami's new, billion-dollar arts neighborhood, Faena District Miami Beach, had its coming out party this past Monday, christening the start of the city's Art Basel. OMA's work consists of the Faena Forum, Faena Park, and Faena Bazaar (the last one doesn't open until March of next year), located right by the beach, and linked by a series of public spaces.
The Forum is a 42,565 square-feet arts venue, accommodating a flexible set of art and performance styles. The two main levels of the building are allowed vast stretches of column-free space, supported by a "structural facade of 350 distinct windows". The top floor is capped by a 40-foot-high dome, with a spiraling balcony arising from the street affording plentiful views of the city.
Faena Park, which OMA's press release refers to as "a state-of-the-art parking structure," doesn't hold a lot of cars (capacity for 81, stacking two per space) but its 28,000 square-feet prioritizes retail space instead. The ...
‘Les Closiaux’ gymnasium, pupil information and guidance centre, and staff accommodation in Clamart
The building is located in a 1950s residential area in the Paris suburbs. The large sports hall is positioned at the far end of the site, giving the street a degree of amplitude and generating a public space which reinforces the building’s status as a community facility. The volume of the accommodation is in keeping with the houses in the neighbourhood. The fragmentation of the programmes produces a displacement between the two volumes, offering glimpses of the central part of the site and opening up views towards the gardens.
This dispersion of volumes is contradicted by a continuous canopy which breaks up the perspective by obliquely distorting and twisting the vanishing lines. As it unfolds, it creates an invisible balance between the various points of tension the length of the canopy.
The displacement of the volumes expands the space and sets up contradictory vanishing lines. This op...
Throughout school and my professional career people have always told me that being a licensed architect through the AIA (I am in the US) is very important. I understand some of the best "architects" are not licensed and licensure doesn't really define your abilities as someone who designs space. I am wondering if there is a downside to being licensed other than fees and not being able to stamp your own drawings? It seems you have nothing to lose by being licensed, but it also feels strangely like institutional dogma at times, more so after the AIA Trump press release fiasco. Anyone here concentiously unlicensed? Why?
Plus, Julia Ingalls wrote about Faulders Studio's Wynwood Facade and how it Highlights Street Art in Miami's Dynamic Parking Structure Scene. While Fred Scharmen really loved "the drawing that shows the lines of the city crawling up to compose the facade…" it seemed nonetheless a "Nice idea and a beautiful drawing, but...post-rationalization."
Which caused a huge uproar. null pointer spoke for many "I'm not renewing my AIA membership next year. Fuck both of these assholes."
Others like Bryan Lee (Place + Civic Design Director for the Arts Council of New Orleans and member of Nat...
Even if the townhouses look alike and they’re next to each other, they don’t always have the same floor levels. So we’ll have to find a way to eliminate the party wall between them. It’s really taking apart both houses and rebuilding them as one. If the client wants these big open spaces, we have to dismantle the interior of these buildings and then rebuild them together as a 40-foot-wide building
S. Jhoanna Robledo reviews the latest trend in urban living for the wealthy, the Frankenmansion.
As part of this year’s Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, the Brazilian megacity drafted a proposal for a digital interchange platform designed to connect vendors with restaurants, markets, and other retailers in an effort to make it easier for them to sell their wares. On Wednesday, São Paulo’s proposal was named the winner of the third ever Mayors Challenge, which gives it a $5 million cash prize to implement the idea.
"Four other cities will also receive $1 million each to implement their respective proposals. The winners include two Colombian cities, Medellín and Bogotá, as well as Santiago, Chile, and Guadalajara, Mexico."
Click here to learn more about the winning proposal "São Paulo: Growing Farmers’ Income, Shrinking Urban Sprawl."
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HUD-winked: Ben Carson takes on housing for Trump and ZHA distances itself from Patrik Schumacher on Archinect Sessions #90, ft. special guest Marc Miller
When president-elect Donald Trump nominated Ben Carson to lead the department of Housing and Urban Development, the response was resoundingly: huh?
The neurosurgeon came onto the national political scene in 2015, during his run for the Republican nomination, but after Trump took the presidency and started throwing around the idea of offering a Cabinet position to Carson, a spokesperson said "Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency." Despite all that, Carson is now (almost definitely officially) secretary of HUD (which he knows just enough about to seriously backtrack the agency's work as pushed by Obama). So here we are.
Special guest Marc Miller joins us on the podcast to discuss the implications of Carson's inexperience for HUD, as well as chew on the latest Schumacher-induced controversy: when the architect promoted the privatization of public space an...
Searching 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 Facebook, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.
Here are some of the latest EOTD-featured firms:
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Five different statues have been revealed, but only one - a depiction of Britannia with her hips to one side - will be handed out to winners at the February ceremony. [...] Brit Awards chairman Jason Iley said: "We are delighted with the finished statues. "Like Zaha, they are innovative and original and have gone well beyond our expectations to create something special that will progress the award into the future."
Last month, the Brit Awards revealed Zaha Hadid's concept sketches for their 2017 statuette. The finalized design will be given out at the BRITs ceremony on February 22nd in London.
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For those who are interested in seeing Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future (reviewed here on Archinect), they'll have their chance on December 27th when PBS airs the documentary as part of its American Masters Series. The film, which charts both Eero's professional and personal stories, will officially be released on DVD on January 3rd, 2017 from PBS distribution. In the meantime, here's a clip from the film where Eliel Saarinen finds out it is not him but his son Eero who has won the competition for St. Louis memorial design:
Guggenheim Helsinki plans nixed by city, citing "the project’s excessive cost for the Finnish taxpayer"
The mix of private and public funding for the Guggenheim Helsinki has officially been rejected in a city council vote, meaning that the plans for the museum designed by Moreau & Kusunoki are unlikely to ever be built. A new financing plan that drew the bulk of public funding from the city and the rest from private fundraising had been approved by the city board in November, but was vetoed by the larger city council last night. According to The New York Times, Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York, said about the vote that “I suppose that it was a reaction to a sense of engulfing internationalism, or a reaction against globalism. That’s how I’m explaining it to myself.”
Meanwhile, Helsinki City Council member and Guggenheim opposer Osku Pajamaki said that “I’m exhausted but relieved. Instead of buying a subsidiary of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, we can now focus on creating unique local cultural attractions in Helsinki.”
Rotterdam is the hometown and European headquarters of OMA and has many significant buildings by the firm. Now, it’s set to get a new major project. The Mayor and Aldermen of the city just approved a major new masterplan for Feyernoord City, home of the Feyenoord football team. Sited next to the Maas river in Rotterdam-Zuid, the plan includes a new stadium for the team alongside a redevelopment of the neighborhood and the existing stadium, De Kuip.
According to a press release, the 63,000 seat stadium will be the “landmark of Feyenoord City” and a catalyst for future development. The old stadium will be converted into apartments, commercial space and an athletics sports center. An 800m long boulevard, dubbed the Strip, will connect the former stadium to the new one. Additionally, the masterplan includes an 89,000 square meter park and 700 new residential unites.
“With the development of Feyenoord City, OMA contributes to the next phase of development for the city of Rotterdam, our hom...