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Reviews
on 11/26/16

Showa Kodomoen is an integrated kindergarten and nursery located on the campus of Showa Women's University, in Tokyo's Setagaya district. The client requested a facility to serve a total of 223 children divided into 12 classes ranging from infant to 5 years old. The design brought the...

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Reviews
on 11/15/16

Not many architects are given the opportunity to design two buildings whose close proximity can create a dialogue over time. Steven Holl Architects had the chance with the recent Visual Arts Building at the University of Iowa, just steps away from its decade-old Arts Building...

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Reviews
on 11/7/16

Although Sky Stage is a temporary resident – in place from September 2016 to July 2017 – it makes a large impact through its transformation of a historical shell and its provision for all types of community-driven events. Spearheaded by artist Heather Clark, Sky Stage is...

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Reviews
on 11/6/16

Text by Eduard Kögel The suburban New Town of Anting is located in the Jiading District to the northeast of downtown Shanghai. Anting is the centre for the automotive industries and is home to many German-Chinese joint ventures such as Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive....

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Reviews
on 10/31/16

New York's ESI Design is responsible for two office lobby renovations carried out this year for Beacon Capital Partners: Terrell Place in Washington, DC, and 575 Fifth in Midtown Manhattan. Each lobby incorporates LED screens to add some movement and color to the spaces and lift the...

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Reviews
on 10/24/16

The Sante Fe Opera was faced with the need to expand, but when it came time to do so the work had to be done piecemeal, with construction taking place between seasons. Juan Matiz and his firm, MAD, master planned and designed the complex expansion, which consists of numerous public spaces as...

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Reviews
on 10/17/16

The Passive House standard, first developed in Germany in the 1990s, has led to tens of thousands of highly energy efficient buildings, most of them in and around Germany. Its popularity in the United States has been slow, but in recent years the number of Passive House-certified...

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Reviews
on 10/5/16

A quick glance at the front of the residential extension in Texas reveals that something special is going on inside: a bridge leads to a glazed entrance and second floor between two tall tapered volumes. These contain a studio and gallery for the clients, two artists and retired teachers....

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Reviews
on 9/27/16

New York City's first micro-unit apartments were completed earlier this year on the east side of Manhattan. Designed by Brooklyn's nARCHITECTS, the Carmel Place project can also brag of being the tallest modular building in the city. Although the units are intentionally small, in...

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Reviews
on 9/19/16

Princeton University's campus consists of nearly 200 buildings spread across 500 acres. This footprint and large building stock led the school to impose a voluntary carbon tax, which affects the design of new buildings. Accordingly, Studio Ma's design of dorms and townhouses for...

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Reviews
on 9/16/16

Text by Eduard Kögel

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Reviews
on 9/12/16

In the center of Arcadian Food & Drink, a new restaurant in Cleveland's Gordon Square Arts District, is a small outdoor space, no bigger than a walk-in closet. A pane of glass facing the bar reveals the space to be a vertical garden where cooks can grab herbs and lettuces for the...

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Reviews
on 8/29/16

LEED may be the most popular gauge for sustainable architecture in the United States, but its criteria is nowhere near as stringent as the Living Building Challenge, which bills itself as "the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible...

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Reviews
on 8/15/16

The Snøhetta-designed, ten-story expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) opened to the public on 14 May 2016. Involving a transformation of the original Mario Botta building, the project consists of three times more gallery space than before. Snøhetta sent...

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Reviews
on 8/8/16

In the decades since architect Morris Adjmi was partnered with Italian Architect Aldo Rossi, his eponymous, New York-based firm has created a number of buildings in Manhattan that tap into the city's industrial past. Adjmi has taken his contemporary expression of industrial architecture...

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Reviews
on 8/1/16

We learned about Tucson, Arizona's DUST back in 2014 when we featured their Tucson Mountain Retreat as a Building of the Week. Just as that house integrates itself into the desert landscape...

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Reviews
on 7/25/16

Missouri State University is one of a few universities in Springfield in southwestern Missouri, but it is the largest with a student population of over 22,000. A new two-story welcome center designed by Springfield's own DAKE | WELLS Architecture acts as the university's...

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Reviews
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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Reviews
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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Reviews
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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Reviews
on 6/20/16

Text by Eduard Kögel

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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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Reviews
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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Reviews
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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Reviews
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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Reviews
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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Reviews
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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Reviews
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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Reviews
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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Reviews
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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Reviews
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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Reviews
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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Reviews
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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Reviews
on 4/6/16

Text by Eduard Kögel

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Reviews
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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Reviews
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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