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Dunham Pavilion at Aurora RiverEdge Park / Muller&Muller

  • Architects: Muller&Muller
  • Location: 360 North Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505, USA
  • Architect in Charge: David Steele, Mark Vrba, Susan Johnson
  • Area: 1733.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Muller&Muller

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6 Ways to Repurpose the Chicago Spire "Hole"

With Santiago Calatrava’s unfulfilled Chicago Spire amounting to just a (costly) depression along the Chicago River, what was to be the second-tallest building in the world certainly has not established the legacy it intended. However, following the site’s relinquishment to local developers Related Midwest, it may yet have a meaningful impact on its community. Six Chicago-based firms of various disciplines have developed designs to make use of the "hole" by injecting a public program into the abandoned site.

Check out the inventive proposals, with ideas from firms including UrbanLab and Solomon Cordwell Buenz, after the break.

Urban Island / VOA. Image Courtesy of Chicago magazine Birds in Horto / Hoerr Schaudt. Image Courtesy of Chicago magazine Swimming Hole / UrbanLab. Image Courtesy of Chicago magazine Underground Amphitheater / SPACE Architects + Planners. Image Courtesy of Chicago magazine

Video: How Clive Wilkinson Architects' Activity Based Working is Revolutionizing the Office

The latest innovation in workplace design, Clive Wilkinson Architects’ “Activity Based Working” (ABW) has revolutionized the way people go about their daily activities at the GLG Global Headquarters in New York. Broadening the idea of workable area to a number of specialized environments, ABW fosters a new dynamic in office relations, providing spaces for both individualized activity and collaboration. Experience this through the Spirit of Space-produced video above.

Difficult Run Residence / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Westport River House / RUHL WALKER Architects

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Emerson Process Management / HGA

  • Architects: HGA
  • Location: Eden Prairie, MN, USA
  • Principal in Charge: Chuck Cappellin, PE, LEED AP
  • Design Principal: Victor Pechaty, AIA
  • Project Team: Dan Peterson; Matt Dunbar; Dave Kippen, AIA; Chris Willette; Dana Hlebichuk, AIA
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Don Wong

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Cambridge House / Anmahian Winton Architects

  • Architects: Anmahian Winton Architects
  • Location: Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Nick Winton, AIA
  • Consulting Principal: Alex Anmahian, AIA
  • Project Architect: Makoto Abe
  • Designer: Natalie Wong
  • Area: 6300.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jane Messinger

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Student Activity Center / Overland Partners + WTW Architects

  • Architects: Overland Partners, WTW Architects
  • Location: The University of Texas at Austin, 2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712, USA
  • Design Team: Rick Archer, FAIA, LEED AP, Michelle Stedman, LEED AP, Jim Taylor, AIA, LEED AP, Frederick Williams, Fernando Ortega, Joshua Newton, Carolyn Warren, Rebecca Schenker, AIA
  • Area: 156000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Chris Cooper, Fernando Ortega, Florian Holzherr, Paul Bardagjy

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Jesuit High School Chapel of the North American Martyr / Hodgetts + Fung

  • Architects: Hodgetts + Fung
  • Location: JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL, 1200 Jacob Lane, Carmichael, CA 95608, USA
  • Area: 10478.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Joe Fletcher

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Renzo Piano's Columbia University Science Center to Open Next Year

The first phase of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Renzo Piano Building Workshop's (RPBW) expansive Manhattanville Campus plan for Columbia University is making significant progress; completion is nearing on a highly-anticipated portion of the project - RPBW's LEED platinum Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which is scheduled to open in Fall of 2016 just six miles North of the practice's soon-to-open Whitney Museum

More on the mixed-use structure after the break.

South facade. Image © Field Condition Southeast corner. Image © Field Condition Exterior Rendering. Image Courtesy of RPBW Exterior Rendering. Image Courtesy of RPBW

Montee Karp Residence / Patrick Tighe Architecture

  • Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture
  • Location: Malibu, CA, USA
  • Area: 2200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Art Gray Photography, Bran Arifin Photography

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"Urban Platform" Wins First in Lisbon Open Room Competition

Recent graduates Bumjin Kim of MIT and Minyoung Kim of Columbia University have won first place in ARCHmedium's Lisbon Open Room competition for their project "Urban Platform". 

One of 67 teams to enter the competition's "Young Architects" category, the team developed a modular urban intervention for Lisbon, Portugal, with the intention of "[providing] a more flexible space" for the city's urban centre. Learn more about the winning project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim Site History Diagrams. Image Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim

Holleb Residence / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

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AD Classics: AT&T Building / Philip Johnson and John Burgee

It may be the single most important architectural detail of the last fifty years. Emerging bravely from the glassy sea of Madison Avenue skyscrapers in midtown Manhattan, the open pediment atop Philip Johnson and John Burgee’s 1984 AT&T Building (now the Sony Tower) singlehandedly turned the architectural world on its head. This playful deployment of historical quotation explicitly contradicted modernist imperatives and heralded the mainstream arrival of an approach to design defined instead by a search for architectural meaning. The AT&T Building wasn’t the first of its type, but it was certainly the most high-profile, proudly announcing that architecture was experiencing the maturation of a new evolutionary phase: Postmodernism had officially arrived to the world scene.

February ABI Reports "Nominal Increase" in Design Activity

The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has returned to a healthy state, recovering from its first negative score in ten months. Showing a "nominal increase" in design activity, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported February's ABI at a score of 50.4, up from a mark of 49.9 in January. The new projects inquiry index was 56.6, down from a reading of 58.7 the previous month.

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Female Architects Earn 20 Percent Less Than Male Architects in US

In 2013, there were 145,439 full-time, year-round architects in the United States - roughly 31,000 of which were women. Making up just over 21 percent of the workforce, these women were on average paid just 80 percent the salaries of their male counterparts, according to the latest statistics released by the US Census Bureau. This means the median income for male architects was $14,877 more than female architects.