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  • From 'Seedbed' to 'Lobby for the time being'

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    As far as the art world was concerned, his leap into architecture — designs for things like public parks, airport rest areas and a man-made island — was almost as if Mr. Acconci decided to enter the witness protection program. But he disappeared right in the art world’s midst, continuing to teach generations of art students

    On the occasion of Vito Acconci's first retrospective in the United States, in more than three decades, Randy Kennedy held a series of interviews over three months with the artist. 

    See also; in the News: (via The Architect's Newspaper, the J. Crew catalog and a Vice/VBS.TV six part interview) or Lian Chikako Chang's live-blog of a lecture he gave in Piper, back in 2011)

  • "Emergence: Home Beyond Boundaries" – a reader submission on Domesticity

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    As one of the submissions to our Open Call for July's theme of "Domesticity," Duha Al Nasir tackled the challenge of envisioning her version of the next Case Study home, riffing on the realtor "ad" prompt with a rumination on the very nature of home. Al Nasir locates the essential home within the nexus of experience, likening it to an "emotional suitcase" and concluding that ultimately, one's home is not a physical enclosure but a metaphor for a sense of self.

  • Inside the MVRDV House, the firm's new family home-style office

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    MVRDV settled into their new office headquarters inside the remodeled Het Industriegebouw, nestled in the heart of Rotterdam. Now dubbed by the firm as the MVRDV House, the building was originally designed by iconic Dutch architect Hugh Maaskant in 1952. The new 2,400 square-meter interior is modeled like a family home, filled with ample working and gathering spaces that reflect the “work hard, play hard” balance many firms strive for in their office's design.

    Photo © Ossip van Duivenbode.

    Now with 140 employees based in Rotterdam, “[t]he expanding MVRDV family needed a new house,” says MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs. MVRDV's new office has “everything that [a] home requires, a living room, a dining room, a sofa for the whole house to sit together,” he described. Surrounded by various creative start-ups and design firms, MVRDV believes they fit right in their new neighborhood.

    Photos © Ossip van Duivenbode.

    The Family Room serves as the firm's main communal space for social interaction...

  • Proyecto Chacras: a house built in ten days with only recycled materials

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    Built in a scant ten days, “Proyecto Chacras” is described as “pop-up productive housing.” The 30 square meter home was designed by Natura Futura Arquitecture and Colectivo Cronopios out of donated materials and tools, with volunteer labor. Located in Chacras, Ecuador, it houses a family who lost their previous home in an earthquake last April.

    The structure has a concrete and brick base that supports modules made of pine palettes. Windows were made from strips of recycled waste and wood. The roof, which was put on last, is zinc sheeting. The house includes two bedrooms and one kitchen-cum-living room.

    h/t Architecture in Development

  • Executive Director of Open Architecture Collaborative responds to lawsuit against Architecture for Humanity

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    Whatever the outcome, we will learn from their actions. I am confident that those who committed wrongdoing will be held accountable, and that any malfeasance will come to light. I am also confident that the final story will adequately celebrate all the good that AFH did.

    Garrett Jacobs, executive director of the Open Architecture Collaborative, responded to the $3M lawsuit against AFH via a statement on medium, taking care to make clear as crystal the fact that while OAC grew out of AFH, it is "unequivocally an independent organization, a California LLC and Public Benefactor Corporation, and is pursuing our own 501(c)3 federal nonprofit status." As such, OAC won't be affected by the lawsuit.

    After AFH shuttered and announced bankruptcy in early 2015, many volunteers felt as if the rug had been pulled underneath them, unsure of what led to such an end. About a year later, the OAC was founded on the basis of the strong community of volunteers who hoped to continue AFH's mission. While the lawsuit may not affect the OAC structurally or its members directly, it could certainly change the way the volunteers regard AFH—potentially compromising its much-lauded reputation as a non-profit focused on humanitarian design.

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  • 2016 INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors shortlist highlights

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    If you're all about staying updated on the most talented interior designers around the globe, look out for the INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors. Returning this fall, the just-as-popular sister event to the World Architecture Festival recognizes some of the most outstanding projects in the international interior design scene from the last 12 months.

    Most recently, INSIDE revealed a competitive shortlist of 63 projects. Get a glimpse of some of the projects below:

    Bar & Restaurants: MARU | Taipei, Taiwan by Chen Interior Design

    Creative Re-use: Riverside Centre | Brisbane, Australia by K.P.D.O.

    Hotels: Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Spa | Playa del Carmen, Mexico by Sordo Madaleno y Asociodos SC

    Office: MIDWEST INLAND PORT FINANCIAL TOWN | Xi'an, China by Hallucinate

    Civic: METEOR CINEMA | Guangzhou, China by One Plus Partnership Limited

    Office: Auer | New Taipei City, Taiwan by X-Line Design Co. Ltd.

    Hotels: Ovolo Woolloomooloo | Sydney, Australia by HASSELL

    Residential: SP Penthouse | São P...

  • Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Minimalism" 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 Minimalism.

    LAGO_apartment in Milan, Italy by cristianavannini | arc; Photo: Saverio Lombardi Vallauri

    House M in Bielefeld, Germany by Wannenmacher-Möller Architekten GmbH

    Conservatoire of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts in Belfort, France by Dominique Coulon & associés; Photo: Eugeni Pons

    Kantine - Herkules Maschinenfabrik in Meuselwitz, Germany by Ian Shaw Architekten

    Hedge House in Wijlre, the Netherlands by Wiel Arets Architects

    Folds House in London, UK by Bureau de Change

    Bowtie in Toronto, Canada by rzlbd; Photo: borXu Design

    BE36 by Arshia Architects

    Loft in Colorno, near Parma, Italy by Arrigo Strina Architect


  • Watch seventy years of Downtown LA's architecture compared side-by-side

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    Bunker Hill, an area of roughly five square blocks in downtown Los Angeles, holds a place in city lore similar to that of the water wars or the construction of Dodger Stadium: beginning in 1959, it was the subject of a massive urban-renewal project, in which “improvement” was generally defined by the people who stood to profit from it [...] subject of this short film by Keven McAlester, which compares what the same streets in downtown Los Angeles looked like in the nineteen-forties and today.

    Stills via YouTube.

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  • Contemporary art + gentrification = 'artwashing'?

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    Artwashing. What a great new political watchword. As in, watch out that your neighbourhood doesn’t get “artwashed” too. Just look how Tate Modern has wrecked London and how the Guggenheim trashed Bilbao. Get away, ye galleries! Let’s keep urban wastelands as bleak as they already are! It’s a neat reversal of the thinking that has seen cities all over the world embrace art galleries, museums and biennials in pursuit of regeneration.

    The editorial hones in on struggles by residents of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights to push back against a rapid influx of galleries, which they view as the avant-garde of gentrification.

    For more on the community's efforts to resist becoming the next Silverlake/Echo Park/Culver City/etc., check out these links:

  • Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects seeking Senior Architect - Commercial / Hospitality in Los Angeles, CA, US

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    Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects is currently looking for an enthusiastic and highly-motivated Senior Architect to join our studio. Candidates should be able to exhibit the following qualifications:

    • 10 + years of experience.     
    • Professional degree in architecture and California Licensure required.
    • Demonstrates ability to lead a large project team and collaborate closely with Senior Management.
    • Strong project management skills preferred.
    • Excellent communication skills are essential.
    • Experience working on all phases of an architectural project, including construction administration.
    • Technical detailing experience for Type I and Type II construction.
    • Experience working with local permitting agencies and working knowledge of current building codes.
    • Experience coordinating with consultants. 
    • 5+ years professional Revit experience is required.
    • Salary shall be commensurate with skill level and experience.

    Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects (formerly Ehrlich Architects) is a 40 person architect...

  • Design leads environmentally friendly education for Hertfordshire pupils

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    Howe Dell Primary in Hatfield could well be the UK’s most eco-friendly school. It has toilets that flush using rainwater, sedum roofs made of plants and vegetation, and classroom sink-tops made from recycled yoghurt pots. But the school’s design doesn’t just help protect the environment, it also uses nature to improve children’s academic performance and behaviour.

    Howe Dell Primary’s £10 million, eco-friendly design is used by teachers to promote sustainability to a new generation of pupils. Capita Architects were given free reign to push the limits of sustainable design in the project, which was funded by the council, and that was exactly what they did. The school features solar panels, a wind turbine, and a heating system that uses a series of pipes just below the surface of the school playground for passive gain that is then utilised to heat the school. 

    This groundbreaking design was awarded ECO Green Flag accreditation (the highest level awarded to sustainable schools in the UK) and places pupils in close proximity to nature. To this end, the design’s wetland area and sedum roofs are used to study birds and the school places sustainability at the core of the curriculum. This learning is even extended to the playground where learning stations allow pupils to examine the habitats of micro-beasts. In this way, the whole building is understoo...

  • Salvaged Love: Archinect Sessions #73 with Michael Bricker, founder of People for Urban Progress, the Indianapolis non-profit repurposing architectural trash into local treasures

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    When Indianapolis began demolishing its RCA Dome in 2008, Michael Bricker saw a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To save the stadium's white, Teflon-coated fiberglass roof from the landfill, Bricker salvaged 13 acres of it, and turned it into shade structures for the city, as well as locally-designed accessories. With this project, People for Urban Progress was born.

    Bricker is the Founder and Executive Director of People for Urban Progress, aka PUP, based in Indianapolis. The non-profit is focused on diverting building materials from wasting away in landfills, and repurposing it for local improvements. Trained as an architect and also working as a production designer, Bricker has gone on with PUP to turn old stadium seats into bus stops, and fabric from Superbowl XLVI into handbags. Sessions' own Donna Sink is a board member at PUP, and Bricker joined us on the podcast to discuss the organization's goals and design ethos.

    As a bonus for Sessions listeners, get 15% off anything in PUP'...

  • Automating busy work with a 'robot intern'

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    If you're a designer who works with clients, here's something you're probably familiar with: the project that never ends. The actual designing may take a matter of hours, but presenting the idea to a client, making little tweaks and edits, finding a middle ground between your vision and theirs? That process can take months [...] For his graduate project, Ingemann Breitenstein spent time in product design studios across London researching the inefficiencies in that designer-client process.

    "The result is an algorithm that takes a basic idea for a product and generates countless variations on its design—as directed by a physical controller. Ingemann Breitenstein calls the machine the Unpaid Intern—a tongue-and-cheek nod to the mindless photoshopping and last minute tweaking it could conceivably reduce."

    For more on the automated world-to-come, check out these links:

  • Bjarke builds a model! (and explicates his design process)

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    Proving that he can hold his own against 8 to 14-year old contenders, Bjarke Ingels demonstrates some model-building basics by participating in the "Build Your Own Pavilion" challenge, whose participants are usually still in grade school. Admittedly, Bjarke's nimble paper crinkling is integrated seamlessly into an explanation of the design concept behind his "unzipped" Serpentine Pavilion. Here's the full video:

  • On decentralizing the Olympics

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    More broadly, this reconfiguration would make the games, for the first time, a truly global event. Dozens of countries that could never afford to host the Olympics in their current form – Kenya, Thailand, Chile, to name a few – might easily host a single Olympic sport. Rather than being an occasion for nationalistic displays by a single, powerful host country, the Olympics would become a celebration of human diversity.

    With overwhelming evidence that hosting the Olympics is a huge burden for several cities, Paul Christesen, a Professor of Classics at Dartmouth, makes a case for the possible advantages of having Olympic sports competitions take place in different cities throughout the globe. He also makes suggestions on how decentralizing the Games can be carried out to other aspects of the event.

    More on Archinect:

    Rio mayor admits Olympics were a “missed opportunity”, but believes the city has been unfairly portrayed

    The rapid gentrification of Rio's favelas in advance of the Olympics

    California pledges to pick up (some of the) cost overruns of LA 2024 Olympic bid

    Logo design chosen for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    Tokyo Olympics refusing to pay Zaha Hadid for work on the national stadium

  • Take a look at Herzog & De Meuron's Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg

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    The Elbphilharmonie, a massive building complex by Herzog & De Meuron, will open in early January 2017. Set on the banks of the Elbe River in Hamburg, the complex contains three concert halls, a hotel, 45 private apartments, and "the Plaza," a public viewing area.

    The main attraction of the Elbphilarmonie a 2,100 seat, world-class "Grand Hall," situated some 50 meters off the ground. The concert hall is detached from the rest of the building for acoustic reasons. The acoustic design of the concert hall was by Yashuhisa Toyota.

    The Elbphilharmonie is located at the center of a rapidly transforming area of Hamburg. Dubbed HafenCity, the waterfront area, surrounded by both the Elbe and Alster rivers, is Europe's largest inner-city development project. When completed, the district will be home to about 12,000 people. 

    The project drew controversy a few years ago for cost overruns – the total cost almost tripled from initial estimates – and construction delays. German taxpayers are expected...

  • Christopher Hawthorne on the Republican National Convention's architecture: "It’s as if a bunch of mud-covered actors from 'Game of Thrones' or 'The Crucible' wandered into an Apple store."

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    the set is a shotgun marriage of Star Trek and Macbook modern, with perhaps a touch — in the rounded stairs, lighted from below — of Art Deco. [...] The goal seems to be a series of smooth surfaces to which none of the more direct ad hominem verbal attacks or accusations of plagiarism might stick — a slate that can be wiped clean whenever a change in tone or direction is wanted. Call it Teflon minimalism.

    Hawthorne's Teflon comparison is particularly evocative, given one of the latest incidents last night at the RNC, when Ted Cruz didn't endorse Trump during his primetime address. He was booed off the stage.

    The Republican National Convention's last day in Cleveland is today, themed "Make America One Again", with speakers Peter Thiel, Tom Barrack, Ivanka Trump and the one, the only, Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

    More News from the 2016 Presidential campaign:

  • Chinguacousy Park Redevelopment by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA)

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    OVERVIEW The Chinguacousy Park Redevelopment project is comprised of a new Ski Chalet / Clubhouse for the ski hill, outdoor volleyball complex, skateboard park, and bmx park; the renovation and addition to the Tennis / Curling Club, and a new Boat Pavilion, integrated into the water course within the park. The new facilities are all linked by new landscaping and pedestrian pathway system.

    CONTEXT Chinguacousy Park is a civic landmark in Brampton, Ontario, a local and regional destination, with numerous park activities throughout. The new facilities are a core group of structures within the larger park system, designed to modernize the park, develop a consistency in the park architecture, and link the program areas.

    APPROACH The redevelopment goal is to create a welcoming community hub capable of sustaining year-long recreational activity, and to transform the park into a beautiful sequence of indoor and outdoor spaces. The new facilities have been designed using a consistent vocabular...

  • Does Jeanne Gang's architecture inspire social justice?

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    In this New York Times interview with Ginia Bellafante, Jeanne Gang discusses the importance and challenges of designing work that isn't simply aesthetically pleasing, but that influences positive changes in social behavior and policy. In addition to her work on waterways, she discusses her idea behind designing a fire rescue station in one of New York City's poorest and most violent neighborhoods:

    You feel like you trust a firefighter, a rescue worker. And those doors on the building are often open. And we even put a bench in the front of the building so people can actually sit there instead of taking this approach of creating a fortress, which I think is a contrast to what we see in the design of police stations.

    And so really designing this Fire Rescue 2 started me thinking about, are there ways that design could help improve the relationship between community members and police if we looked at the architecture? Not that it can solve everything. But I think, you know, maybe it can ...

  • Regent Park Aquatic Centre by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA)

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    Regent Park Aquatic Centre has been conceived as a ‘Pavilion in the Park’, very open at the base, and bisected lengthwise by a ‘dorsal fin’ of aquatic hall sky lighting. The building form was shaped to utilize its solar orientation. A large canopy to the south forms a generous public verandah at the main entrance, while a low continuous window overlooking the park to the west provides views, while minimizing heat gain from the afternoon sun. Replacing an existing outdoor pool, the project captures a feeling of transparency and connection to the outdoors. The aquatic centre has sliding glass doors off the main pool hall for access to the park-side terrace, as well as natural ventilation opportunities. Responding to the views from the new high-rise towers surrounding the park, the building’s Green Roof is designed as a fifth elevation integrating with the building features and park setting.


    In the last three decades, Regent Park has become an immigrant settlement community. As such, t...

  • Home away from home: an interview with the curators of the Oslo Architecture Triennale

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    Sometime in the last few years, your couch became a rentable asset; your bedroom, a factory; your taste, a commodity; your doorstep, the final destination for a package that has more freedom of movement than most of the world’s population. What, then, does it mean to be at home today?

  • An Eco-Building Toolkit

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    **I'm truly impressed that Mr Open Source Ecology & Ms Open Building Institute got married and built a house...Of course it's an open-source house that's all makered-up from straw, wood and brick from their neighborhood - Bruce Sterling

    Kelly McCartney highlights the work of Marcin Jakubowski and Catarina Mota, who decided to reinvent the home-building wheel a few years back.

    For more check out the Open Building Institute and/or contribute to their Kickstarter

    h/t @Bruce Sterling

  • Gruen Associates, Mia Lehrer, Oyler Wu appointed to design L.A. River Greenway in San Fernando Valley

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    Mayor Eric Garcetti's office released a statement yesterday announcing that Gruen Associates, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Oyler Wu Collaborative, and civil and structural engineering firm Psomas will design the final 12 miles of the San Fernando Valley portion of the Los Angeles River Greenway. The Greenway would allow Angelenos to walk or bike from Canoga Park to Elysian Valley.

    No project renderings for now, as the designers will begin conducting a feasibility study over the next nine months. According to the press release, the Greenway “will address important objectives” in both the City’s/Frank Gehry's (still yet to be revealed) Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan as well as L.A. County’s River Master Plan, their Bicycle Plans, and Mayor Garcetti's Sustainable City pLAn.

    The mayor and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl will jointly fund the project, along with additional support from City Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez and David Ryu, and the Depart...

  • WOO by Domaen LTD

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    Existing residence remodel in Beverly Hills.

  • VIL by Domaen LTD

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    A 6000sf existing commercial building is converted to an creative office for a production firm with headquarters in Portland and Los Angeles. In close collaboration with the client domaen designed a practical and socially engaging interior that fits the clients aesthetic needs and exhibits a "sense of wonder" the client requested early on.

    This is achieved through careful selection of material and a central workspace design that seamlessly integrated conference spaces that both fulfill needs for privacy and exposure at the same time. both conference spaces are developed from a 2 part ceiling piece that folds and inflates around the space, seemingly tearing at seams to allow glimpses into the spaces.

  • Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #101

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    Heads up to all you job seekers and active employers. Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up is up and running once again. If you've been following the feature on Archinect's FacebookEmployer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

    Stay up to date by following the new Archinect Jobs Instagram!

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

    1. Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Experienced Design Architect

    2. Gustafson Porter (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    3. The Office of Charles F. Bloszies (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Project Architect

    4. Allen + Killcoyne Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Architectural Designer/Project Architect

    ]5. Design Within Reach Inc. (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    Keep track of Employer of the Day by liking Archinect's Facebook page, or by following the Employer of the Day Pinterest board and th...

  • Yeah, so about Melania Trump's architecture degree...

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    When Melania Trump’s much-anticipated address at the Republican National Convention on Monday provoked outrage for plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, the typically demure member of Trump’s campaign suddenly became the center of a lot of negative press.

    The ensuing wave of critical attention towards Melania Trump dug up other questionable details about her position in the campaign—among them, its claim that she obtained “a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia”, according to her bio in the GOP Convention’s program. The same information appears on Melania Trump’s official website.

    An obvious red flag, pointed out by, is that “There is no ‘University in Slovenia,’ nor is there a ‘University of Slovenia.’” Previous to the RNC, multiple profiles of Melania Trump (including those for GQ and The New Yorker) had looked into her academic background and reported that she did indeed attend the school of architecture a...

  • A bridge 57 years in the making, designed by Steven Holl

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    In 1959, Edward Durell Stone had envisioned a pedestrian walkway connecting his unbuilt design for the Kennedy Center to the Potomac River, but it was not until this year that Steven Holl Architects gained approval for the bridge, which is part of the firm's larger expansion design for the center. The bridge will not only provide a tangible connection between the facility and the landscape, but allow opportunities to visit a cafe and view outdoor art events, including an exterior wall which will double as a site for broadcasts and simulcast performances. 

    “This is a joyful moment for a public space which will be shared and enjoyed by many in the future,” said Steven Holl in a press release. “After thoughtful review by these regulatory agencies, we have achieved complete approval for our Kennedy Center Expansion project and its public access to the Potomac Riverfront.”

    Want to work at Steven Holl Architects? They're currently hiring a Senior Architect: 8 years of experience for their B...

  • Daniels Lane by Blaze Makoid Architecture

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    Sited on a narrow, one acre, oceanfront lot, the design of this house was one of the first projects in the Village of Sagaponack to be affected by the 2010 revision to FEMA flood elevations, requiring a first floor elevation of approximately 17 feet above sea level with a maximum height allowance of 40’ and all construction required to be located landward of the Coastal Erosion Hazard Line.  The location, within a high velocity (VE) wind zone, added to the planning and structural challenges.    

    Nearby inspiration came from both the 1979 Tarlo ‘Wall’ House by Tod Williams and Norman Jaffe’s Perlbinder House, completed in 1970. The two story travertine entry façade is highlighted with a single opening accentuated by a cantilevered afromosia stair landing that hovers off the ground.

    A ‘cut and fold’ in the wall plane bends to allow for one large glass opening, from which an over scaled, wood aperture containing the main stair landing cantilevers.  In a nod to Louis Kahn’s Richards Labor...