Mies’ IBM Building Gets Lavish Refurbishment

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Mies van der Rohe’s last constructed skyscraper, the IBM building in Chicago, recently underwent a significant transformation: the modernist office building is now a 316-room luxury hotel. An interesting post on the ArchitectureChicago Plus blog weighs in on the building’s history and ponders: will Mies’ minimalist aesthetic be compromised by its new lavish furnishings? Read it all here.

Can Craft Beer Rebuild Neighborhoods?

Brooklyn , Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Courtesy of Flickr User Wally Gobetz

Gentrification has been a running theme in the social and economic fluctuations that occur in . Between housing booms and busts, the revitalization of small manufacturing and the shifting populations of grow and change organically, subject to a variety of trends.

Recently on Business Insider, Tali Arbel traced urban revival by following the successes of craft breweries that have sprung up in desolate and blighted neighborhoods. In many cases, brewers have found a home in cities full of abandoned warehouses and factory buildings where real estate is available and affordable.  As these neighborhoods become more affluent, rising in trendiness and popularity, they are beginning to price out these same businesses that helped establish them. This leads to the question, “Where are these businesses to go and how can gentrifying neighborhoods protect social and economic diversity?” (more…)

‘Sa(ndy)licornia’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Daniel J Wilson

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The ’Sa(ndy)licornia’ proposal, which was one of the selected entries in the MOMA PS1 Call for Ideas, is a reaction to the fact that in many ways Sandy, effectively, became a brand, and in doing so it provided all sorts of people with various sorts of “meaning”. From this point of view, architect Daniel J Wilson focuses on how disasters can be understood to provide a form of social glue, clear-eyed perspectives about “what really matters”, and the possibility of rebuilding something from scratch, only better. More images and architects’ description after the break.


Architecture 101 Lecture Series

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Taking place during the National Building Museum‘s Summer Block Party, the Architecture 101 lecture series explores iconic styles during significant periods in architectural history. The two lectures, titled ‘Miesian’ (July 20) and ‘Expressionism’ (July 27) will serve as a refresher course for the professional or student or providing the novice with a chance to learn more about the world of architecture.  More information after the break.


LOST UTOPIAS: Photographer Jade Doskow’s Kickstarter Campaign

Montreal 1967 World’s Fair, “Man and His World,” Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome With Solar Experimental House, 2012. Image © Jade Doskow

UPDATE: goal met! Since 2007, Jade Doskow has been photographing the remains of World’s Fair Sites: once iconic spots that displayed the ambitions/ideals of their eras, now, often forgotten and left to decay. Now, for the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair in New York (in just a few weeks time), Doskow has a new goal: to shoot all the iconic North American fair sites – from Seattle’s Space Needle to San Francisco’s Treasure Island. To do so, she’s launched a Kickstarter campaign: LOST UTOPIAS. See more of Doskow’s stunning images, and find out how to support her Kickstarter campaign, after the break…


Dyv-net, Dynamic Vertical Networks Proposal / JAPA Architects

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JAPA Architects shared with us their proposal, Dyv-net, Dynamic Vertical Networks, which deals with the development of modern, efficient and environmentally acceptable farming structures. Located in the Tai Po District, the second largest administrative district in , the architects foresee a paradigm shift to vertical agriculture structures which can be integrated into a territorial network along the country. More images and architects’ description after the break.


‘Yona on the Beach’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Stephen Yablon Architect

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One of the selected entries in the MoMA PS1 Call for Ideas, Stephen Yablon Architect’s “Yona on the Beach” accepts the inherent and increasingly dynamic weather conditions of barrier islands. Their idea is a new model for barrier island settlements; entire beach neighborhoods are raised high above the 100 year flood plain so that the barrier island below can naturally shift and change during storms with minimal impact to human habitation. More images and architects’ description after the break.


Have Your Work Published on TiP – Open Competition

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TiP, an online magazine that explores the latest thinking across architecture, art and science, just launched a competition which encourages all to push forward your agenda and have your ideas reach the world. If you have a fascinating issue you would like to investigate or have been working on some exciting research in architecture, design, art or science, enter our competition to be in with the chance of having your work published exclusively on TiP. All of the articles will be judged by a panel including TiP’s Editor in Chief, Sarah Gormley, and members from Balmond Studio in London. The submission deadline is September 10. More information after the break.


Shortlist Revealed for Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station Competition

and Flinders Street; Courtesy of the Victorian Coalition Government

The Victorian Coalition Government’s design competition to re-imagine Flinders Street Station in Melbourne has entered its final phase with the six shortlisted competitors submitting their final designs. Selected from 117 entries, the shortlist includes the following Australian and international firms:


Houses for Change Competition

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IE University just announced its first competition initiative “Houses for Change,” hosted by IE School of Architectureand Design. The purpose of the competition is to consider housing as an urgent and basic component of improving urban environments for the poor and at risk and to propose viable housing alternatives for those often neglected or left out. Architecture students and recent graduates of architecture, along with peers from other fields forming multidisciplinary teams, have a unique role to play in suggesting solutions and approaches in response to the housing crisis facing many today. Registration is free, and the deadline for submissions is December 16. More information after the break.


The City of Chicago Gets 3D Printed

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We’ve talked at length about the future potential of 3D Printing for Architecture – from rapidly producing emergency shelters to putting structures on the moon - but The Chicago Architecture Foundation has already found a way to make practical for architects – today. Since 2009, the foundation has been using to make models of all the buildings of the city of Chicago (that’s over 1,000 buildings in a 320 sq ft area). The idea is to let native Chicago-ans and tourists alike get a better sense of the city, seeing the city grid, the relationship of heights between the tall buildings, its patterns of development.”

As 3D Printing technology gets more and more sophisticated, it’s easy to imagine that every architect will soon have a 3D printer that could do the same – allowing him/her to instantly visualize not just his/her design-in-progress, but every surrounding building as well.

Check out some cool videos of this 3D printed Chicago, after the break…


“Women In Architecture” Dollars, Hours Away From Reaching Campaign Goal

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UPDATE: “WIA” has now reached its goal. A group of women fed up with the state of architecture today have started a campaign to transform the profession, to “redefine the ideas of success and compensation within our discipline [..., to create] healthful trends both within the academy and profession with real life/work balance [..., and] create more women leaders within the discipline.” As they put it: “We want an approach appropriate to this century.” The campaign, run by Nina Freedman, the Director of Projects for Shigeru Ban Architects, and Lori Brown, an architect, author and associate professor at Syracuse University, needs to earn only a few hundred dollars more to reach their $7,000 dollar goal. However, only 35 hours remain – if you’re interested in learning more, check out their video here.

Gateway of Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology Proposal / penda

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Titled ‘Between earth and sky’, this proposal for the new Gateway of Southern University of Science and Technology by penda is a metaphor of formal contrasts to design a campus landmark. Their design for an entrance sculpture at the University is a connection of 2 opposites: the fluid, lower part connects the gate to the gentle hills of the landscape in the background and carries a grid of lights, which can be seen as a connection to the cosmos – a contrast of the earth and the sky. More images and architects’ description after the break.


Odintsovo 2020 Eco-City Proposal / de Architekten Cie.

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With the potential to become one of the most attractive in the greater Moscow region, the proposal by de Architekten Cie. for Odintsovo integrates dispersed urban fragments and the landscape into a harmonious whole. By injecting the iconographic urban fabric, cultivating existing greenery, enabling forest to penetrate to the center, forming green rooms, and greening (planting trees) on existing boulevards, the scale of the city is formatted on a human scale. More images and architects’ description after the break.


Royal Adelaide Hospital Open Ideas Competition

Open to registered architects and landscape architects in Australia, and internationally, the Royal Adelaide Hospital Site International Design Competition is a two-stage process for the redesign of the current hospital site, which will be vacated in 2016. The challenge focuses on creating an iconic place within the Greater Riverbank Precinct of Adelaide. Stage One (18 July – 28 August) will see competitors anonymously submit initial design concepts while Stage Two (16 September – 8 November) is the opportunity for the shortlisted teams to further develop their Stage One submission. More information after thebreak.


‘Occupy the Dune’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Balmori Associates

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Recently chosen as one of the selected entries for the MOMA PS1 Call for Ideas, the ‘Occupy the Dune’ proposal by Balmori Associates focuses on an infrastructure as the center for civic activity, protecting the community while connecting it socially and ecologically. Vegetation that colonizes the dunes surface is the most critical part of the ecosystem, adding strength and stability to blunt extreme winds and storm surge. More images and architects’ description after the break.


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

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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.   (more…)

‘Cristal – The Dead Sea Gem’ Winning Proposal / Sitbon Architectes

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Sitbon Architectes shared with us their proposal for a leisure center in the Dead Sea which was recently awarded the 1st prize for the “Best unbuilt competition entry” as well as the “People’s choice winner” of the international competition AZ Awards 2013. Titled ‘Cristal – The Dead Sea Gem,’ the purpose of their design is to sensitize people to the interpretation of its specific nature. Like a sculpture, its volume is inspired by the salt cube structure, the symbol of the Dead Sea. All the steps remind us consequences of time. It means that we need to take care of everything: our body, our mind, our environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.