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Capitol Hill Loft Renovation / SHED Architecture & Design

  • Architects: SHED Architecture & Design
  • Location: 1310 East Union Street, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
  • Contractor: Dolanbuilt Construction
  • Area: 1702.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Mark Woods, James F. Housel

© Mark Woods © Mark Woods © Mark Woods © Mark Woods

AIA Awards Two with 2015 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

The Lyceum Fellowship Inc. and Transsolar KlimaEngineering have been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement. The annual award is intended to “recognize and encourage distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.” Both winners will be honored at the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. 

Golden View Residence / Workshop AD

  • Architects: Workshop AD
  • Location: Anchorage, AK, USA
  • Area: 5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Kevin Smith

© Kevin Smith © Kevin Smith © Kevin Smith © Kevin Smith

Two Architects Selected to Receive the 2015 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Thomas E. Lollini, FAIA, and Thomas Luebke, FAIA, to receive the 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, recognizing their excellence for architectural advocacy and achievement. This year’s award recipients will be honored at the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. Learn more about the winners, after the break. 

OMA Designs Food Port for West Louisville

OMA has unveiled plans for a mixed-use project that will consolidate facilities for the growing, selling and distribution of food for local farmers in Louisville. A collaboration with the non-profit Seed Capital Kentucky, the 24-acre “Food Port” will transform a former tobacco plant into an “active economic and community hub” that shapes a “new model between consumer and producer.”

“The diversity of program reflects the full food chain, as well as a new foodscape of public spaces and plazas where producers and consumers meet,” said OMA’s Partner-in-Charge Shohei Shigematsu, who is also leading the Alimentary Design research studio at Harvard University. “The Food Port acts as a catalyst to activate the surrounding neighborhoods, exemplifying one of the complex urban relationships between architecture and food that our studio is investigating.”

The expandable campus, which is expected to break ground this summer, will include an urban farm, edible garden, market and food truck plaza, retail space, classrooms, a recycling facility, and more. Continue after the break to learn more. 

Roof Plan. Image Courtesy of OMA Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of OMA Jefferson County Extension Office, Demonstration Farm. Image Courtesy of OMA Rooftop Plaza. Image Courtesy of OMA

Win a BIG Trip to Copenhagen

Daydreaming about a trip to Copenhagen? Now is your chance to go. As part of BIG’s HOT TO COLD exhibition on view at the National Building Museum, Visit Denmark is hosting a sweepstakes for two to see the architectural and cultural sights of Denmark’s capital. All you need to do is watch the video above, find out which seaside museum Bjarke Ingels believes to be one of the world’s greatest (hint: take a look after the break), and enter your answer here (click "Win a trip to Copenhagen!"). Only US residents are eligible. 

Empty Nester Residence / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

© Hoachlander Davis Photography / Anice Hoachlander © Hoachlander Davis Photography / Anice Hoachlander © Hoachlander Davis Photography / Anice Hoachlander © Hoachlander Davis Photography / Anice Hoachlander

Populous Unveils Plan to Redevelop Jacksonville's Shipyards District

Populous' has released plans to redevelop Jacksonville, Florida’s riverfront Shipyards district into a massive recreation and entertainment hub. Unveiled by the Jacksonville Jaguars' team owner Shad Khan and president Mark Lamping, the property will be injected with life to better stimulate economic activity in the area and make the forgotten plot a bustling destination for locals and tourists alike.

Read on after the break for more information and an animation of the Shipyards vision.

Shipyards "Stay" quadrant. Image Courtesy of Populous Shipyards "Work" quadrant. Image Courtesy of Populous Shipyards "Live" quadrant. Image Courtesy of Populous Shipyards "Live" quadrant. Image Courtesy of Populous

Ocean Deck House / Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects

© Matthew Carbone © Matthew Carbone © Matthew Carbone © Matthew Carbone

560 Vinson / Modus Studio

  • Architects: Modus Studio
  • Location: Fayetteville, AR, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Chris Baribeau
  • Area: 2158.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley

January ABI Falls into the Red

After nine consecutive months of growth, January’s Architecture Billing Index (ABI) reported a “softening” in US design activity. According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the January ABI score was 49.9, down from a mark of 52.7 in December. This score reflects a “very modest decrease” in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.7, down from the reading of 59.1 the previous month.

“This easing in demand for design services is a bit of a surprise given the overall strength of the market over the past nine months,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Likely some of this can be attributed to severe weather conditions in January. We will have a better sense if there is a reason for more serious concern over the next couple of months.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Pace Gallery / HS2 Architecture

  • Architects: HS2 Architecture
  • Location: 510 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001, USA
  • Principal In Charge: Thomas Hut
  • Project Architect: Timothy McQuestion
  • Area: 10000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Rafael Gamo

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo

Make It Right Releases Six Single-Family House Designs for Manheim Park Community

Make It Right, the organization formed by Brad Pitt that builds affordable and sustainable houses for people in need, has released a series of new single-family home designs by local architects to expand their efforts in Kansas City, Missouri. The new homes will become part of Make it Right's established work in Manheim Park, complementing the affordable housing and community complex opened by the organization in 2013. 

View the designs, after the break.

Home design by BNIM. Image Courtesy of Make It Right Home design by KEM Studio. Image Courtesy of Make It Right Home design by Pendulum Studio. Image Courtesy of Make It Right Home design by El Dorado Inc.. Image Courtesy of Make It Right

Celebrate Presidents Day with Five Presidential Libraries

President’s day marks a moment of reflection in the United States, where citizens acknowledge the contributions of US presidents to the politics and culture of the nation. While some of these men are still with us, the majority are represented only by the monuments and buildings they left to posterity. Indeed, the legacy of a United States President has come to be embodied in a very specific type of building—a library. The last 13 presidents have commissioned national libraries to be built in their name, marking the end of their service. Libraries have also been posthumously dedicated to presidents who did not erect such monuments during their own lifetimes. In either case, recording the lives and legacies of these great men has made for some fantastic architecture. See some of our favorites, after the break!

Video: The Northparker / Jonathan Segal

"The beauty of [architecture] is the payoff. That building has created a better place for people to live and a better lifestyle for people." A mixed use building that brings together craft beer, street tacos and modern housing, California developer Jonathan Segal's "The Northparker" has helped transform the once blighted area Northpark into one of San Diego's most up-and-coming neighborhoods. Breadtruck Films shares just how a single building created community and changed a city in the video above. 

MoMA PS1 YAP 2015 Runner-up: Drones' Beach / Brillhart Architecture

One of five shortlisted finalists who competed for the Young Architects Program (YAP) in the recent 2015 MoMA PS1 competition, ultimately awarded to Andrés Jaque of Office of Political Innovation, Drones' Beach by Brillhart Architecture explores the idea of a multi-sensory setting with a tropical theme as the basis for a performance and public space.

Read more about the proposal and watch the visionary video about Drones' Beach after the break.

Drone Nest. Image Courtesy of Brillhart Architecture Courtesy of Brillhart Architecture Concept Model. Image Courtesy of Brillhart Architecture Courtesy of Brillhart Architecture