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Six Young Practices Selected As Winners Of The Architectural League Prize 2015

Besler & Sons, The Entire Situation. Image © Joshua White
Besler & Sons, The Entire Situation. Image © Joshua White

The Architectural League of New York has announced the winners of its 2015 Prize for Young Architects + Designers. Launched in 1981 and organized by a committee comprising League Programs Director Anne Rieselbach and a selection of winners from last year, the Architectural League Prize is one of the United States' most prestigious awards for young architects, recognizing provocative work and offering a platform for the winners to disseminate their ideas. This year's theme, "Authenticity," asked designers how technological changes in computation, visualization, material intelligence, and fabrication technologies are altering our perception of design and the role of the architect.

The jury for the prize consisted of Keller Easterling, Sanford Kwinter, Michael Meredith, Lyn Rice, and Billie Tsien, as well as previous winners Carrie Norman, John Rhett Russo, and Jenny Sabin. As part of their prize, in June the six winning practices will present a series of lectures, and their work will be on display in an exhibition during the summer.

Read on for the complete list of winners.

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Collector’s Pavilion / Vetter Denk Architects

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AKQA / GBD Architects

  • Architects: GBD Architects
  • Location: Portland, OR, USA
  • Designer: Craig Norman, Agustin Enriquez V
  • Area: 11600.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Peter Eckert

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The Whitney Museum / Renzo Piano Building Workshop + Cooper Robertson

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Open Call: Peace Corps Host National Competition for Washington DC Memorial

The Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation (Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation">PCCF) is sponsoring a two-stage, national design competition to select an artistically exceptional design concept for a permanent commemorative work in the heart of Washington DC. This competition will provide designers from all across the United States an opportunity to create a compelling work of public art that will be bold and inspirational. The design should focus on and express American ideals and values that are the essence of the Peace Corps and Peace Corps service. It should be about America and our aspirations as a people, and about the Peace Corps as a manifestation of those aspirations. Submissions are due June 12, 2015. More information can be found here

Davis Brody Bond to Expand Baltimore's National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

Davis Brody Bond's plan to expand Baltimore's National Great Blacks in Wax Museum has been approved. As the Baltimore Business Journal reports, the $75 million overhaul hopes to foresee a significant increase in attendance, bringing in more than 500,000 visitors annually. 

A destination for both tourists and locals, the expanded museum will open itself to the surrounding community beyond normal operating hours. It will house a multi-purpose space, retail, orientation theatre, changing gallery and educational programs as well as the museum and a bus drop-off on the main thoroughfare. 

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Renzo Piano's First US Residential Tower to Rise in New York

According to the New York Post, Renzo Piano has been commissioned by Michael Shvo and Bizzi & Partners to design his first US residential tower. Planned to rise in the southern Manhattan district of Soho at 100 Varick Street, the Piano-designed tower will include up to 280,000 square-feet of housing and reach nearly 300 feet. Featured amenities include a "gated private driveway" and "automated parking." Stay tuned for more details. 

ArchDaily Founders to Discuss Globalization and "Going Viral" at AIA Convention 2015

A week from today the 2015 AIA National Convention will kickstart in Atlanta, Georgia. With a plethora of options to consider, we encourage those attending to sign up for the hour-long discussion "Going Viral: Blurred Borders and Globalization." Presented by ArchDaily co-founders David Basulto and David Assael, and organized by the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee, "Going Viral" will discuss how you can take your practice (and profits) to a global level. The discussion will occur at 5PM on Friday, May 15th. Sign up for the course here, using the code "FR418."

Janet Echelman Suspends Massive Aerial Sculpture Over Boston's Greenway

Janet Echelman's latest aerial sculpture has been suspended 365 feet above Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway. On view through October 2015, the monumental installation spans 600 feet, occupying a void where an elevated highway once divided the city's downtown from its waterfront. 

"The sculpture’s form echoes the history of its location," describes Echelman. "The three voids recall the 'Tri-Mountain' which was razed in the 18th-century to create land from the harbor. The colored banding is a nod to the six traffic lanes that once overwhelmed the neighborhood, before the Big Dig buried them and enabled the space to be reclaimed for urban pedestrian life."

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University of Chicago Selected to Host Barack Obama Presidential Library

According to Forbes, the University of Chicago has been selected to be the official home of the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum. The proposal, selected over sites at Columbia University, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, will be built in the city's South Side Hyde Park, near a home owned by the Obamas. 

Dwell on Design LA Returns to the LA Convention Center, May 29-31

Dwell on Design LA, America’s Largest Design Event, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center, May 29-31 celebrating its 10th year. Over 30,000 people are expected to attend this three-day wonderland of modern design.

Thousands of the best modern products across five design zones will be on display, including Furniture & Accessories, Kitchen & Bath, Design Materials, Dwell Outdoor and International Design, in addition to hundreds of brands such as Bugaboo, Cosentino, Hansgrohe, Lutron, Marvin Windows & Doors, Miele, Panasonic, TOTO, and Sunbrella.

Filler Residence / PIQUE

  • Architects: PIQUE
  • Location: Bend, OR, USA
  • Contractor: High Timber Construction
  • Area: 4845.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Alan Brandt

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11 Projects Win Modernism in America Award

Eleven buildings have been announced as winners of Docomomo US' 2015 Modernism in America Awards (#ModernismAwards), of which includes the Frederick Dunn-designed Lewis and Clark Branch Library that is currently scheduled to be demolished. Each awarded project is "emblematic of the work going on all over the country and represent buildings and building typologies of postwar society in the United States." It is hoped that these awards will shed light on the importance of preserving modern architecture. Take a look at the winners, after the break. 

Nahahum / Balance Associates

  • Architects: Balance Associates
  • Location: Cashmere, WA 98815, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Tom Lenchek AIA
  • Project Architect: Kyle Zerbey AIA
  • Structural Engineers: Harriott Valentine Engineers
  • General Contractor: Fred Dowdy
  • Area: 1650.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Steve Keating Photography

© Steve Keating Photography © Steve Keating Photography © Steve Keating Photography © Steve Keating Photography

Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building / Mecanoo + Sasaki Associates

  • Architects: Mecanoo, Sasaki Associates
  • Location: Roxbury, Boston, MA, USA
  • Area: 16700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Mecanoo

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Residential Design Innovation in Downtown Kirkland / Medici Architects

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Hattiloo Theatre / archimania

  • Architects: archimania
  • Location: 37 Cooper Street, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
  • Area: 11041.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hank Mardukas Photography

© Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography