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Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) / Diamond Schmitt Architects & Edward J. Cuhaci And Associates Architects Inc.

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Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects & Edward J. Cuhaci And Associates Architects Inc.
Location: Ottawa,
Project Area: 194,000 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photos: Tom Arban

Dogfish Head Brewery / DIGSAU

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Architect: DIGSAU
Location: , Delaware
Project Team: Jules Dingle, Jeff Goldstein, Mark Sanderson, Jamie Unkefer, Aaron Jezzi
Structural Engineer: Baker, Ingram & Associates
Contractor: Lighthouse Construction, Inc
Interior Casework and Work Stations: Fleetwood Fixtures
Steampunk Treehouse: Sean Orlando and 5TC
Project Area: 26,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photos: Pixelcraft Inc. / Roman Torres

AD Classics: Chandigarh Secretariat / Le Corbusier

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This AD Classic was done in collaboration with John Rizor.

Taking over from Albert Mayer, produced a plan for on the foothills of the Himalayas that conformed to the modern city planning principles of Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM), in terms of division of urban function, an anthropomorphic plan form, and a hierarchy of road and pedestrian networks, Inherently, the Secretariat building is the largest edifice in the Capitol Complex and is the headquarters of both the Punjab and Haryana governments.

Le Corbusier’s plan for the capitol consisted of four buildings (or “edifices”) and six monuments arranged on a single site, loosely conceptualized as three interlocking squares. Only three of these four buildings were ever realized (the High Court, the Legislative Assembly, and the Secretariat) and were designed to represent the major functions of democracy — the fourth building, the Governor’s Palace, was never built.

More information after the break.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty Branch Addition and Renovation / EDGE Studio

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Architect: EDGE Studio
Location: , Pennsylvania
Project Team: Anne Chen AIA LEED AP, Jonathan Eggert AIA, Amanda Markovic, Stephen Mrdjenovich, Matthew Manzo
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ed Massery

2011 matR Project: “The Passage”

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A team of graduate students recently created a temporary installation on the University, campus in Ohio. The project grew out of an internal challenge in the matR design competition. Designed by graduate students Brian Thoma, Carl, Veith, Victoria, Capranica, Matt Veith, and Griffin Morris, the tunnel-like structure called “The Passage” was a study to support the conceptualization and actualization of innovative and experimental material research. The students created the initial form in Rhinoceros with a couple Grasshopper definitions as a waffle structure of 26 vertical ribs and 24 horizontal struts. More images and information after the break.

In Progress: Gateway Center Station / EDGE Studio, Pfaffmann & Associates

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Architect: EDGE Studio, Pfaffmann & Associates
Location: Pittsburgh,
Design Team: Gary Carlough AIA, Jonathan Golli, Matt Fineout AIA, Stephen Mrdjenovich
Pfaffmann & Associates Design Team: Rob Pfaffmann AIA, Carl Bergamini RA, Erik Hokanson
Completion Date: 2011
Photography: Carl Bergamini, Pfaffmann & Associates

AD Classics: Hiroshima Peace Center and Memorial Park / Kenzo Tange

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On August 6th, 1945, a B-29 bomber dropped the first atomic bomb in history over , Japan, targeting the intersection of over the Honkawa and Motoyasu rivers. The bomb devastated Hiroshima within a radius of 5 km, resulting in 140,000-150,000 deaths by December of that year.  Kenzo Tange was commissioned with the challenge of designing the reconstruction of Hiroshima. By designing the Hiroshima Peace Center and Memorial Park, Tange expressed the solidarity of human kind as well as symbolizing a commitment to peace. More after the break.

The Pros and Cons of Cargo Container Architecture

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With the green premise growing in popularity across the globe, more and more people are turning to cargo container structures for green alternatives. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on shipping docks taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers back to their origin. In most cases, it’s just cheaper to buy new containers from Asia. The result is an extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just waiting to become a home, office, apartment, school, dormitory, studio, emergency shelter, and everything else. More information after the break.

August Wilson Center for African American Culture / Perkins+Will

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Architect: Perkins+Will
Location: ,
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Civil Engineer: ATS Chester Engineers
Lighting: Studio i
Acoustics: ArupAcoustics
Project Area: 64,500 gsf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Steinkamp Photography, VEKA Marketing, Joshua Franzos Photography

Cassie Campbell Community Centre / Perkins+Will

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Architect: Perkins+Will
Location: Brampton,
Project Area: 165,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Lisa Logan Architectural Photography

Atrisco Heritage Academy / Perkins+Will and FBT Architects

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Architect: Perkins+Will, FBT Architects
Location: , New Mexico
Project Team: Eric Brossy de Dios, Angela Kunz, Ann Knudsen, Charlene Martin, Kevin Mereness, Ashley Stoner, Nathan Wilcox
Executive Architects: Fanning Bard Tatum Architects AIA, Ltd.
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: New York Focus Photography

AD Classics: Bank of China Tower / I.M. Pei

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When commissioned to design the Bank of China Tower on an intricate inland site, was requested to create an unavoidably tall unique headquarters in a typhoon-prone region that would represent the aspirations of the Chinese people yet also symbolize good will toward the British Colony. The solution assimilates architecture and engineering simultaneously, involving an asymmetrical tower that informs both skyline and street. The Bank of China Tower stands 70 stories tall, reaching a height of 1,209 feet. At the time of its opening in May 1990, it was the tallest building in Asia and still remains one of the tallest in .

RWU North Campus Residence Hall / Perkins+Will

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Architect: Perkins+Will
Location: ,
Project Area: 120,000sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Christian Phillips Photography, Anton Grassl/Esto,

Kirkwood Public Library / ikon.5 architects

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Architect: ikon.5 architects
Location: New Castle, Delaware
Project Area: 22,500sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: James D’Addio

Venice: City in Peril

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is commonly regarded as one of the wonders of the world, attracting over 17 million tourists each year. However, the city of faces ongoing problems that threaten its ability to stay above water. The city’s issues are notorious around the world. Every year water surges through its legendary labyrinth of streets wreaking havoc on architectural gems such as the Palazzo San Marco. With its architecture under threat, and dwindling population as many young people flock to the mainland, it is appropriate to think of as a dying relic.

Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation / EDGE Studio, Nbbj

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Architect: EDGE Studio, Nbbj
Location: Pittsburgh,
Project Team EDGE Studio: Gary Carlough AIA, Jeff King AIA, Mick McNutt AIA, Stephen Mrdjenovich
Project Team : Doug Parris AIA, A.J. Montero AIA, Kathy Kelly AIA
Project Area: 22,000sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ed Massery

Hockessin Public Library / ikon.5 architects

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Architect: ikon.5 architects
Location: New Castle,
Project Area: 15,000sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: James D’Addio

Eastside Addition / 3six0 Architecture

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Architect: 3six0 Architecture
Location: Providence,
Project Team: Kyna Leski- Principal, Christopher Bardt AIA- Principal, Jack Ryan RA- Senior Associate & Project Architect, Curtis Boivin, Kelly Ennis, Yu Morishita, Michael Williams
General Contractor: Golden Rule Construction Company
Structural Engineer: Wilbur Yoder
Lighting Consultant: Hogan Macaulay, Architecture + Light
Project Area: 1,100 square feet
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: 3six0 Architecture, John Horner