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Cermak McCormick Place Station / Ross Barney Architects

  • Architects: Ross Barney Architects
  • Location: Cermak-McCormick Place, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
  • Design Team: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA; Eric Martin, AIA; Ryan Giblin, AIA, LEED AP; Andrew Vesselinovitch, AICP Mordecai Scheckter, LEED AP; Sung-Joon Kim, LEED AP; Anna Ninoyu; Huili Feng; Monica Chadha; Nicolas Sanchez, LEED AP; Sallie Schwartzkopf, AIA; Amy Chun; Corrine Knight
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Kate Joyce Studios

© Kate Joyce Studios © Kate Joyce Studios © Kate Joyce Studios © Kate Joyce Studios

SO-IL Reveals Plans for New Brooklyn Art Gallery

New York-based SO-IL has unveiled plans for a new Brooklyn art gallery, dubbed Artes Amant. The 1,320-square-meter building will house the production, display and storage of art in a four-story "concrete mass" that is "spatially marked by its industrial past."

"This arts’ building is an exploration in soft form, where a cluster of shells acts to diffuse an exterior presence and shape the building’s interior," says SO-IL. 

Centor Showroom / exexe

  • Interior Designers: exexe
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Architect in Charge: Ligia Krajewska, Jakub Pstraś
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Jakub Certowicz

© Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz

Why Sketchbooks Still Rule in a Digital World

In his articles for ArchSmarter, Michael Kilkelly comes across as something of a technophile: some of his favorite topics include Revit macros, coding, Excel, automation and... Moleskine? In this article, originally published on ArchSmarter as "Why I Still Use a Sketchbook," Kilkelly explains why despite all the technology, sketchbooks remain one of the most important tools at his disposal.

I was in a full panic.

I got to the hotel when realized I left my sketchbook in the cab. I was freaking out. I called the cab company and explained, with a mounting sense of urgency, what happened.

“You forgot your sketchbook? What’s that? Some kind of laptop?”
“No,” I explained. “It’s a notebook with good paper. I sketch in it. You know, with a pen.”
“Why don’t you just use an iPad?”
“But I like to draw. I like the feel of the paper and it never runs out of batteries” I replied.
“Whatever. I’ve got a great sketching app on my iPad. Plus like a thousand games. And I can read the newspaper. And check my email...”

Tozzer Anthropology Building / Kennedy & Violich Architecture

  • Architects: Kennedy & Violich Architecture
  • Location: 21 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
  • Area: 35000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: John Horner, Courtesy of Kennedy & Violich Architecture

© John Horner © John Horner © John Horner © John Horner

US Pavilion Announces Architects for the Venice Biennale 2016

After a selection process involving over 250 submissions, the curatorial team for the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale has selected 12 teams of architects to produce the US exhibition: The Architectural Imagination. The Architectural Imagination will speculate possible architecture projects for four sites in Detroit with an eye for application internationally.

This fall, the teams will travel to Detroit for site visits and community meetings, as well as to meet with faculty and students at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon hope to have selected a team that produces creative and resourceful work to address the social and environmental issues of the 21st century.

See all of the selected teams after the break.

Architectural Festival: Sarasota MOD, Celebrating Paul Rudolph

SarasotaMOD is an architectural festival, this year celebrating Paul Rudolph and the opening of SAF's Walker Guest House Replica at The Ringling Museum of Art. The Guest House was designed by Rudolph in 1952 and the original still stands on Sanibel Island, Florida, USA.

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Baltar School / CNLL

  • Architects: CNLL
  • Location: Baltar, Portugal
  • Architecture Coordinator: Nuno Lacerda Lopes
  • Architecture Collaborators: CNLL I Márcia Areal, Vanessa Tavares, Natália Rocha, Nuna Castro, Hélder Lopes
  • Area: 10261.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido

Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Explores Reykjavík's "Growing Success"

For this week's The UrbanistMonocle 24's "guide to making better cities," Andrew Tuck and David Plaisant broadcast a Reykjavík special with a series of reports from the Icelandic capital. They explore how this city marks its spot on the world map, looking at its high-quality new museums alongside its growing cultural and culinary scene. With around one million tourists visiting the city last year, th Reykjavík is experiencing a boom in popularity — which some describe as "maybe too much". With only around 300,000 inhabitants, Monocle 24 asks how the world's most northerly capital is coping with this growing success.

Interior AK / INT2architecture

  • Architects: INT2architecture
  • Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Area: 62.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of INT2architecture

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Is the Architect an Authoritarian?

Short answer: No. Don’t confuse the responsibility of proposing solutions with the power to execute them.

Long answer: Few things have changed the role of the architect as radically as when many people lost faith in the idea of authority in the 1970s. Nothing was the same after that. Numerous star architects born around the turn of the last century, such as Alvar Aalto, had become a fixture in the architectural firmament, but fell hard to earth when the society that had held him aloft suddenly turned its back on all establishment figures. The revolt against the status quo changed the rules of the game for architects and politicians in particular. And the loss of authority soon led to the loss of self-confidence, but that’s nothing to grumble about now. The days when an architect could lead the way by pointing are long gone; now it’s essential to be enthusiastic and encourage everyone to come together. That works best if architects believe in themselves.

Winery in Oiry / Giovanni PACE Architecte

© Fabrice Dehoche © Fred Laures © Fabrice Dehoche © Fabrice Dehoche

Apartment – House / Kochi Architect's Studio

  • Architects: Kochi Architect's Studio
  • Location: Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Kazuyasu Kochi
  • Area: 177.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Daichi Ano, Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi

Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi © Daichi Ano Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi

Hugg Store / TANDEM design studio

  • Architects: TANDEM design studio
  • Location: 282 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Director in Charge: James Murray
  • Director: Tim Hill
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of TANDEM design studio

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Exhibition: What Moves Us? Le Corbusier & Asger Jorn in Art and Architecture

What moves us humans, physically and emotionally? This is the theme explored by the protagonist of modern architecture Le Corbusier (1887-1965) as well as by the great Danish artist Asger Jorn (1914-1973) in their architecture, art and writings. With the exhibition What moves us? Le Corbusier & Asger Jorn, Museum Jorn brings the two artists and thinkers who both wanted to change the world together again.

Fire Works Villa / TTArchitects

  • Architects: TTArchitects
  • Location: Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Teruki Takayoshi,Kumiko Yamaguchi
  • Area: 124.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Kei Sugino

© Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino © Kei Sugino

GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets for the RISING Conference September in Copenhagen

In less than four weeks, Copenhagen will turn into a big playground for everyone with an interest in architecture and urban design. As RISING Architecture Week unfolds around the theme Growing Cities, more than 50 events throughout the city will explore new ways of thinking about architecture and the future of cities. Movies, walks, bike-rides, runs, boat-trips, swimming, and talks with the themes "Why We Love Trees", "Temporary Urban Spaces, and "Architecture in a Circular Economy," are just a few of the many events.

Among the city-events, RISING will host a 2-day conference at PapirØen (Paper Island). At the RISING conference, you will meet with a big, international audience, develop and exchange ideas across borders, while connecting with future partners. Keynotes and discussants as well as a number of interactive showcases and activities will take you on an educational journey. Your involvement will complete the debates.