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Boston to Represent US in 2024 Olympic Bid

The US Olympic Committee (USOC) has unanimously selected Boston as its applicant city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The culmination of a 22-month evaluation process, Boston was selected over Los Angeles, Washington and San Francisco

“This bid uniquely combines an exciting, athlete-focused concept for hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games with Boston’s existing long-term vision,” says USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “We look forward to working with Mayor Walsh and the Boston 2024 team to fully engage with the local community and identify ways we can make the bid even better.”

Video: Santiago Calatrava On His Design For Ground Zero's Only Non-Secular Building

In a film for the BBC Magazine, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava talks through his designs for the new St. Nicholas Church - the only non-secular building on the 9/11 Memorial site. The building, which broke ground last year, has been described by Calatrava as a "tiny jewel" for lower Manhattan, comprising of a white Vermont marble shrine sat beneath a translucent central cupola that is illuminated from within. The new church, of Greek Orthodox denomination, replaces a church of the same name which was destroyed during the attacks of . It is sited close to its original location on 130 Liberty Street, overlooking the National September 11 Memorial park and museum. With the building set to open in early 2016, Calatrava discusses the key conceptual ideas and references behind its unique, controversial design.

AIA Honors SOM's Broadgate Exchange House with 25-Year Award

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Broadgate Exchange House (1990) in London has been announced as the 2015 recipient of the American Institute of Architects25-Year Award. The first UK project to ever win the award, the ten-story Exchange House was commended for “standing the test of time” with its “simple yet ingenious structural system that unifies design and function in the mid-century Modernist tradition.”

© John Davies © Nick Guttridge © Nick Guttridge © SOM

Nonprofit Group ACDU Seeks to Transform Abandoned D.C. Trolley Station

The Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground (ACDU) has taken on the task of revitalizing an abandoned trolley station beneath Dupont Circle in the Northwest quadrant of Washington D.C. The nonprofit organization recently signed for a 66-month lease of the property with the District of Columbia’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. Within that timeframe, the group will transform the space into a permanent cultural hotspot capable of hosting performances, art exhibitions, and other public functions. Learn more, and contribute to the ACDU’s Fundable campaign for this project, after the break.

California Breaks Ground on America’s First High Speed Rail

California has broke ground on America’s first high-speed rail line in Fresno, six years after voters first approved an almost $10 billion bond act to fund the project. However, along with celebrations comes skepticism; according to an NPR report, fears of the project’s failure have risen due to the rail line only having a fifth of its funding and that its nearly three-hour journey will still take longer than a flight connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco. Despite this, supporters are optimistic that the line will be up and running by 2030. The state will be relying on private investment and revenue from the state’s greenhouse-gas fees to secure the remaining $55 billion needed to complete the $68 billion project. 

Built Nostalgia: Why Some Are Lamenting the Death of the Mall

We have all visited places that linger with us long after we leave them, often drawing us back through the memories we made there. When recalling this memory of place, however, we rarely consider malls to be evocative of such powerful emotional connections. A recent article from The Huffington Post argues that these common shopping centers can incite some of the deepest nostalgia. "Why I'm Mourning The Death Of A Mall" delves into the connection between malls and their inherent qualities of independence, community, and growth, and encourages us to view them from a different perspective, as our increasingly technology-centric society may make the mall a thing of the past. Read the article, here.

IN|OUT / WNUK SPURLOCK Architecture

  • Architects: WNUK SPURLOCK Architecture
  • Location: Stinson Beach, CA, USA
  • Principal In Charge: Joseph E. Wnuk, AIA, LEED AP; Steven L. Spurlock, FAIA, LEED AP
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte

Bill Clinton to Deliver Keynote Address at 2015 AIA Convention

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced that former president Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation, will give the keynote address on May 14 at the 2015 National Convention in Atlanta. Learn more, after the break, and view the convention's complete schedule, here

Chefs Club by Food & Wine / Rockwell Group

  • Architects: Rockwell Group
  • Location: The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012, USA
  • Area: 6000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Emily Andrews

© Emily Andrews © Emily Andrews © Emily Andrews © Emily Andrews

Adaptable Sneaker Boutique / UP

  • Architects: UP
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Concept, Architecture, Design & Motion Graphics : UP
  • Area: 1860.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Carlton Beener

© Carlton Beener © Carlton Beener © Carlton Beener © Carlton Beener

Elizabeth Chu Richter Inaugurated as 2015 AIA President

Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, CEO of Richter Architects in Corpus Christi, Texas, has been inaugurated as the 91st President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), succeeding Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, in representing over 85,500 AIA members. 

“As architects, we use our creativity to serve society—to make our communities better places to live. Through our profession and our life’s work, each of us has shaped and re-shaped the ever-changing narrative that is America in both humble and spectacular ways,” said Richter. “We have created harmony where there was none. We have shown we can see what is not yet there. We have shown we have the courage to grow, to change, and to renew ourselves.”

Read on to learn the three critical issues Richter plans to address during her presidency. 

Demolished: The End of Chicago’s Public Housing

NPR journalists David Eads and Helga Salinas have published a photographic essay by Patricia Evans alongside their story of Chicago’s public housing. Starting with Evans’ iconic image of a 10-year-old girl swinging at Chicago’s notorious Clarence Darrow high-rises, the story recounts the rise and fall of public housing, the invisible boarders that shaped it and how the city’s most notorious towers became known as “symbols of urban dysfunction.” The complete essay, here.

House Renovation in Boston / Intadesign

© Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo
© Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo
  • Architects: Intadesign
  • Location: Boston, MA, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Manuela Mariani
  • Area: 170.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo

© Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo © Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo © Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo © Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo

District Hall, Boston’s Public Innovation Center / Hacin + Associates

  • Architects: Hacin + Associates
  • Location: 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210, USA
  • Landscape Architect: Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Inc
  • Hacin + Associates Team: David Hacin, President; Scott Thomson, Project Architect; Matthew Arnold, Project Manager; Nicole Fichera, Designer
  • Reed Hilderbrand Team: Gary Hilderbrand, Principal; Chris Moyles, Principal/Project Manager; Ryan Wampler, Associate; Leslie Carter, Designer
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo

© Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo © Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo © Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo © Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo

How a Le Corbusier Design Helped Define the Architecture of Southern California

We all know that in architecture, few things are truly original. Architects take inspiration from all around them, often taking ideas from the designs of others to reinterpret them in their own work. However, it's more rare that a single architectural element can be borrowed to define the style of an entire region. As uncovered in this article, originally published by Curbed as "Le Corbusier's Forgotten Design: SoCal's Iconic Butterfly Roof," this is exactly what happened to Le Corbusier, who - despite only completing one building in the US - still had a significant impact on the appearance of the West Coast.

Atop thousands of homes in the warm western regions of the United States are roofs that turn the traditional housetop silhouette on its head. Two panels meet in the middle of the roofline and slope upward and outward, like butterfly wings in mid-flap. This similarity gave the "butterfly roof" its name, and it is a distinct feature of post-war American residential and commercial architecture. In Hawaii, Southern California, and other sun-drenched places, the butterfly roofs made way for high windows that let in natural light. Homes topped with butterfly roofs seemed larger and more inviting.

Credit for the butterfly roof design often goes to architect William Krisel. He began building single-family homes with butterfly rooflines for the Alexander Construction Company, a father-son development team, in Palm Springs, California, in 1957. The Alexander Construction Company, mostly using Krisel's designs, built over 2,500 tract homes in the desert. These homes, and their roofs, shaped the desert community, and soon other architects and developers began building them, too—the popularity of Krisel's Palm Springs work led to commissions building over 30,000 homes in the Southland from San Diego to the San Fernando Valley.

Northwest Corner Building / Moneo Brock Studio

  • Architects: Rafael Moneo Arquitecto + Moneo Brock Studio
  • Location: Broadway y 120th Streett, New York, NY 10010, USA
  • Design Architect: Rafael Moneo Valles Arquitecto, Belen Moneo and Jeff Brock
  • Moneo Brock Studio Project Team: Benjamin Llana, Spencer Leaf, Andrés Barron
  • Associate Architect: Davis Brody Bond, New York, NY, U.S.A. William Paxson, Partner-in-Charge
  • Dbba Project Team: Mayine Lynn Yu, David Haft, Fernando Hausch-Fen, Gene Sparling, Mario Samara, Clover Linne, Dohhee Zhoung, Veronique Ross, y James Paxson
  • Project Management: Columbia University Facilities – Capital Project Management
  • Area: 188000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Michael Moran

© Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran

Rhode Island College Art Center / Schwartz-Silver

  • Architects: Schwartz-Silver
  • Location: Providence, RI, USA
  • Executive Architect: Design Partnership of Cambridge
  • Area: 54000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Schwartz-Silver

Courtesy of Schwartz-Silver Courtesy of Schwartz-Silver Courtesy of Schwartz-Silver Courtesy of Schwartz-Silver

The Broad Reveals Its Honeycomb “Veil”

The final exterior scaffolding has been removed from Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “The Broad” in downtown Los Angeles, revealing its distinctive honeycomb-like “veil.” Comprised of 2,500 fiberglass reinforced concrete panels and 650 tons of steel, the structural exoskeleton “drapes” over the building’s interior “vault,” lifting at its south and north corners to provide two street-level entrances. At its side, the veil is torn by a central “oculus” that provides a direct visual connection between the museum and Grand Avenue. 

“The Broad will be porous and absorptive, channeling light into its public spaces and galleries. The veil will play a role in the urbanization of Grand Avenue by activating two-way views that connect the museum and the street,” described Liz Diller.