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Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) Chosen as Landscape Architect for Menil Collection Master Plan

In another pleasing step forward in its ultimate execution of David Chipperfield‘s master plan for the museum campus, the Menil Collection has hired Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to design a new landscape for the 30-acre neighborhood that connects more than a half-dozen museum buildings.  

Domino Sugar Factory Master Plan Development / SHoP Architects

© SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

Last Summer, Two Trees bought the Domino Sugar Factory site in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to be developed into a new mix-use master plan. The previously proposed scheme by Rafael Viñoly Architects (seen here) consisted of four large towers along the East River water front, but the design was largely disliked by the community, and as a result Two Trees hired SHoP Architects along with James Corner Field Operations to have a go at the design. The result is a wildly different scheme, consisting of five towers with 60% more open space along the water front, 631,000 square feet of new office space (versus the previous 98,000 square feet), and over two-thousand new apartments. This marks a huge change for what could be considered as the most important waterfront real estate in Brooklyn, and potentially become the new image of Brooklyn for the whole world.

Asia Society Texas Center / Yoshio Taniguchi

© Paul Hester
© Paul Hester

Architect: Taniguchi and Associates Location: HoustonTexasUnited States Architect of Record: Kendall/Heaton Associates Project Manager: Project Control Contractor: W. S. Bellows Construction Corp. Consultants: GBA Architecture, Ingenium Inc., CHPA Consulting Engineers, Walter P. Moore, Office of James Burnett, Fisher Marantz Stone, Minor Design Group, Theater Projects Consultants, Inc., Waterscape Consultants, Inc., Shen Milsom Wilke, CDC Curtain Wall Design and Consulting, Persohn/Hahn Associates, Ulrich Engineers, Inc. Project Area: 3,716 sqm Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Hester & Hardaway

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VINCI Partners International Headquarters / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

© Richard Meier & Partners
© Richard Meier & Partners

With Brazil at the center of such current worldwide attention, renowned architecture firms have been flocking to the country for work; partly to be associated with the upcoming 2014 World Cup and/or 2016 Summer Olympics, but also because Brazil’s current economy allows for booming architectural possibilities. The new Leblon Offices for VINCI Partners in Rio de Janeiro will be a historic first step for Richard Meier & Partners as their first architectural undertaking in South America, and it certainly lives up to the hype.

Downtown Houston Central Station Design Competition Shortlist /

  • Location: Houston, TX, USA
  • Photographs: Unknown photographer

© Unknown photographer © Unknown photographer © Unknown photographer © Unknown photographer

Francis Parker School / Lake|Flato Architects

  • Architects: Lake|Flato Architects
  • Location: San Diego, CA, USA
  • Architect: Lake|Flato Architects
  • Project Team: Greg Papay, FAIA, Brandi Rickels, Betsy Johnson, AIA, Kristin Wiese, AIA, Matt Burton, Brantley Hightower, AIA, LEED AP, Vicki Yuan, LEED AP, Laura Kaupp, AIA, Lewis McNeel, Joe Farren and Jeremy Fields
  • Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer: Randall Lamb & Associates
  • Mechanical Engineer: Randall Lamb & Associates
  • Civil Engineer: RBF Consulting
  • Landscape Architects: Ivy Landscape Architects
  • Acoustical: Acoustic Dimensions
  • Construction Manager: HR Weatherford Company
  • General Contractor: Rudolph & Sletten
  • Code Consultants: Schirmer Engineering Corporation
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs:  Hester + Hardaway Photographers, Frank Ooms

© Frank Ooms ©  Hester + Hardaway Photographers ©  Hester + Hardaway Photographers © Frank Ooms

AD Classics: AD Classics: Villa Tugendhat / Mies van der Rohe

AD Classics: AD Classics: Villa Tugendhat / Mies van der Rohe © Simonma / Wikimedia Commons © Daniel Fišer / Wikimedia Commons

Dr. Keith Gibson DDS Clinic Renovation / Fitzsimmons Architects

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AD Classics: De La Warr Pavilion / Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff

  • Architects: Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff
  • Location: Sussex, England
  • Architect: Erich Mendelsohn, Serge Chermayeff
  • References: De La Warr Pavilion, A Field Guide to Landmarks of Modern Architecture in Europe, Wikipedia
  • Project Year: 1935

AD Classics: De La Warr Pavilion / Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff

Barndominium / LoJo

  • Architects: LoJo
  • Location: Chappel Hill, Texas, United States
  • Project Team: Jason Logan, Josh Robbins
  • Area: 731.5 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Blue Lemon Photography 

© Blue Lemon Photography  © Blue Lemon Photography  © Blue Lemon Photography  © Blue Lemon Photography 

Solar Shade Tree / UH GDBS

  • Architects: UH GDBS
  • Location: Houston, TX, USA
  • Architect In Charge: University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
  • Design Team: Graduate Design-Build Studio program
  • Project Team: Cindy Bang, Cord Bowen, Mark Dillon, Erin Ferguson, Jazel Fontanilla, Bradly Hirdes, Joseph Hyslop, Micah Jacobson, Fritz Kraft, Adam Nguyen, Patrick Peters, LEED AP, Director, Michael Rhodes, Ryan Slattery, Allison van Heugten, Bricio Vasquez, Michael Viviano, Amy Vo
  • Consultants: Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP, George Kingsley, III, Kevin Conlin, Keiji Asakura, Margaret Robinson, LEED AP, Joe Colaco, PhD, PE
  • Area: 152.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: 2011 McReynolds Middle School Solar Shade Tree © Erin Ferguson, 2011 McReynolds Middle School Solar Shade Tree © Patrick Peters

© 2011 McReynolds Middle School Solar Shade Tree © Patrick Peters © 2011 McReynolds Middle School Solar Shade Tree © Patrick Peters © 2011 McReynolds Middle School Solar Shade Tree © Erin Ferguson © 2011 McReynolds Middle School Solar Shade Tree © Patrick Peters

Review: De Stoel van Rietveld: Rietveld's Chair, book + film by Marijke Kuper & Lex Reitsma

© Jules Gianakos
© Jules Gianakos

“It is hard to tell what the value of something eventually will be” – Gerrit Rietveld, 1937. This new insight into a classic illustrates Gerrit Rietveld’s transition from humble cabinet maker’s son to Architect and leading designer in the De Stijl movement. The book and film compliment each other nicely, covering several different furniture designs both preceding and subsequent to the famed Red Blue Chair, including alternate versions of that particular design (unpainted, arm rest panels, etc.).

Texas Society of Architects' 25-Year Award Presented to I. M. Pei & Partners' Fountain Place

© Andreas Praefcke / Wikimedia Commons
© Andreas Praefcke / Wikimedia Commons

Each year the Texas Society of Architects recognizes a building that was completed 25-50 years ago which they believe has “stood the test of time by retaining its central form, character, and overall architectural integrity”.  This year, the prestigious honor is awarded to Fountain Place, designed by Henry Cobb of I. M. Pei & Partners and completed back in 1986 in Dallas, Texas.

School of Nursing and Student Community Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston / Lake|Flato Architects and BNIM Architects

  • Architects: Lake|Flato Architects and BNIM Architects
  • Location: Houston, TX, USA
  • Project Team: Steve McDowell, FAIA; Kimberly Hickson, AIA; Chris Koon, AIA; David Immenschuh; David Lake, FAIA; Greg Papay, AIA; Kenny Brown
  • Consultants: BNIM Architects, Jaster Quintanilla & Associates, Carter Burgess, Inc., Ferguson Consulting, Inc., Supersymmetry, Clanton Associates, Epsilon Engineering, Walter P. Moore, Coleman & Associates, Apex Busby, Rolf Jenson & Associates, Philo & Wilke Architects, Arup, Pelton Marsh Kinsella, Worrell Design Group, Lerch Bates & Associates, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, Rocky Mountain Institute, Elements
  • Contractor: Jacobs/VaughnGreg Papay, FAIA
  • Area: 18023.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 0
  • Photographs: Hester + Hardaway

© Hester + Hardaway © Hester + Hardaway © Hester + Hardaway © Hester + Hardaway