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on 7/18/16
Our second student-design-build project in as many weeks (see last week's Girl Scouts Cabins) consists of fourteen cabins on a steep hillside in a Colorado pine forest. Built on-site in less than a month, the cabins feature steel frames and interiors fitted out with plywood...
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on 7/12/16
Denise Scott Brown's 2013 comments about a "Pritzker inclusion ceremony," acknowledging her role alongside partner Robert Venturi, brought gender inequality within the architecture profession to the fore. She is hardly alone in demanding more representation by women in...
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on 7/5/16
Responding to the need for contemporary buildings "to protect and temper with as little energy and resources as possible," Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects covered the facade of the 8 Octavia residential building with louvers that each occupant operates. Primarily facing west...
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on 6/20/16
Text by Eduard Kögel
Reviews
on 6/20/16
Lawrence is a city of about 90,000 people in northeast Kansas, best known as the home of the University of Kansas (KU). The university's presence means Lawrence has a thriving downtown, one that stretches along Massachusetts Street. Near the north end of the street is the Lawrence Public...
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on 6/13/16
This 55-square-foot (5.1-sm) backyard retreat in Brooklyn is a site of experimention for architect Nicholas Hunt, who covered the walls inside and out with salvaged fencing and salvaged cedar siding, respectively, and put a planted roof and skylight overhead. In his words, "It...
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on 6/6/16
Amidst the suburban sprawl of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area sits the Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building, home to the FBI's regional offices. Unlike the surrounding developments, the project designed by Chicago's Krueck + Sexton Architects is a...
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on 5/30/16
The newest national pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale is Australia's, completed last year in time for the Art Biennale. For this year's Architecture Biennale, the pavilion is the setting for "The Pool," curated by Isabelle Aileen Toland, Amelia Sage...
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on 5/30/16
As an elementary school was closing with a 126 year-history since its establishment, proposals for utilizing it as a regional urban interaction facility were collected, and a proposal by a joint venture composed of four design offices was selected among them. The purpose was to revive it as a...
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on 5/23/16
The Sharon Fieldhouse is the latest project by the design/buildLAB, an experiential learning program based at Virginia Tech until 2015. It is also the fourth design/buildLAB project that World-Architects has featured as a Building of the Week. Like the other projects* the fieldhouse...
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on 5/16/16
When the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, designed by Moshe Safdie, opened in November 2011, it turned Bentonville, Arkansas, into a destination for art and architecture. Four years later the Scott Family Amazeum joined the museum with offerings for families. Located adjacent to the...
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on 5/9/16
Chicago's Lakeshore East development consists primarily of high-rise residential towers oriented about a central green space just steps from Millennium Park and the Loop. At one corner of the park is the ten-story GEMS World Academy, the first of two planned school buildings designed by...
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on 5/2/16
World-Architects was there in November 2014 when the Fulton Center opened to the public in Lower Manhattan. The $1.4 billion project consists of a new head house building, station...
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on 4/25/16
Dattner Architects and WXY architecture + urban design were hired to design two buildings on Manhattan's West Side for the New York City Department of Sanitation: a Sanitation Garage and a Salt Shed. The latter, though far more diminutive in size, is the more striking of the two, thanks...
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on 4/18/16
Photovoltaic panels distinctively wrap this recently completed public school in New York City's borough of Staten Island, a project we first learned about during a studio visit to...
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on 4/11/16
The Wild Walk lifts visitors above the treetops of The Wild Center and the surrounding Adirondacks in Upstate New York. Designed by Linearscape and open since July 2015, the Wild Walk echoes the surrounding pine trees through the form of Cor-ten steel posts that support the walkways. The...
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on 4/6/16
Text by Eduard Kögel
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on 4/4/16
Like a flashback to America in the 1950s and 1960s, Chioco Design's design for Torchy's Tacos latest Austin outpost is unabashedly retro. Its angled columns, scalloped roofs and prominent signage harks back to the roadside architecture of those doo-wop decades. Chioco Design answered...
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on 3/28/16
A palette of brick, wood, glass and translucent wall panels defines the enclosure of Neumann Monson Architects' elegantly simple Career Academy of Pella in Iowa. The building is the first piece – and a very promising...
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on 3/21/16
A precedent photo from LEVER Architecture shows a tree in the process of being felled, an angular chunk removed from its trunk. This image resonates with the section of the TreeHouse, which contends with a sharp drop from one side of the site to the other by a bridge and a glazed wrapping...
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on 3/14/16
Nashville, Tennessee, is world renowned for its country music scene. It's no surprise that it carries the nickname Music City, and it's also no surprise that a world-class amphitheater is a major component in a new riverfront park. Designed by California's Hodgetts+Fung,...
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on 3/9/16
The Orthopedic Clinic located in Ushiku city, Ibaraki prefecture, was designed by Matsuyama Architect and Associates. We asked design principle Masakatsu Matsuyama about the project.
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on 3/7/16
A parking lot in the center of Stanford University's campus has been admirably transformed into a place of calm for students, faculty and the larger community. Aidlin darling design describes the Windhover Contemplation Center as "a unification of art,...
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on 2/29/16
"Dead malls" are an unfortunate side effect of the United States' mix of sprawl, auto dependence and short-lived retail trends. They are also opportunities for developers and architects to create new places built upon the malls' old bones. In Glastonbury, Connecticut, this...
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on 2/22/16
A series of one-story volumes covered in a varied material palette gives this one-story house near the Pacific Ocean its distinct, village-like character. The design takes advantage of its natural setting through large openings and numerous terraces. The architects at Wnuk Spurlock answered a...
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on 2/15/16
At first glance, this 8,000-square-foot house in Beverly Hills, California, does not appear to be nearly as large as its size indicates. This stems from the fact architect Noah Walker and his design-build Walker Workshop placed two-thirds of the house below-grade, in order to protect trees on...
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on 2/8/16
In name, this house recalls Little House on the Prairie, the books and television series about one family's life in the American Midwest in the late 1800s. It's fitting then that Little House on the Ferry is composed of three separate volumes rather than one: moving from...
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on 2/1/16
Studio Twenty Seven Architecture and Leo A Daly formed a joint venture to realize “La Casa,” the first permanent supportive housing project for the District’s Department of Human Services. A lively facade of glass and two types of wall panels makes the building...
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on 1/28/16
In 2009 the central government began the so-named Go West campaign to improve infrastructure and stimulate industrial growth in western inland provinces. Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province, is one of the centres identified by this campaign. More than ten million inhabitants live in this...
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on 1/25/16
The expansion of the private Khabele School's campus in Austin, Texas, started modestly for architect Tim Derrington: "simple additions, small permitting projects, even the design of a perimeter fence." But it blossomed into the school's first new building,...
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on 1/18/16
The 20th century witnessed the development of a number of philosophical movements addressing early childhood education, such as the Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches, both born in Italy. In the latter, teachers facilitate the children's creative learning in environments that enable...
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on 1/11/16
The aptly named Tree House, designed by Matt Fajkus Architecture for a site in South Austin, wraps itself around a sizable oak tree, making it an integral part of the owners' daily lives. The architect sent us some photographs and drawings, and answered a few questions about the house.
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on 1/4/16
Rising like crystals from its lakeside landscape, Taylor and Miller's Lake House appears to close itself from its surroundings. Actually the striking, contemporary home opens itself up strategically to frame vistas near and far and connect the residents to the Berkshires landscape. The...
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on 12/17/15
Architectural Lighting Group (ALG), the firm behind the lighting design at Toshima Ecomusee Town, frequently works collaboratively with architects to develop architectural lighting that is fully integrated with structures. This time, ALG joined forces with Kengo Kuma, an architect that the firm...
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on 12/13/15
On 12 May 2008 the devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province of China destroyed thousands of lives within minutes. The affected area lies just a little more than one hundred kilometres north of Chengdu at the foot of the Himalayan Mountains. More than 70,000 people were killed and an additional...
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on 11/16/15
Not many buildings require a ballistics consultant, but it is a necessity when it comes to shooting ranges. Berlin's magma architecture completed their second one this year, for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games (TO2015), following the shooting venues they...
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