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US, Canada and Mexico Agree to Recognize Architect Credentials

A tri-national agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico will now allow architects to work across borders in North America. As reported by the US National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), in conjunction with the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) and the Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica Mexicana (FCARM), representatives from the architectural regulatory authorities in all three countries have agreed to mutually recognize architect credentials. 

Designs Unveiled for Foster + Partners' "Health Education Campus" in Cleveland

Foster + Partners has submitted plans for a new “Health Education Campus” in Cleveland, Ohio. The 485,000-square-foot quadrangle building is designed to foster collaboration between the students of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic on the medical campus’ existing 11-acre parcel at East 93rd Street between Euclid and Chester Avenues. 

FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE Reveals Latin American Art Museum for Miami

On the heels of President Barack Obama’s recent decision to reform US immigration policy, FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE has released designs for a new Latin American Art Museum (LAAM) in Miami. The four-story museum, characterized by elongated, cantilevering terraces and sculpture gardens, hopes to become “the most significant institution for displaying Latin American art in America.” Continue reading to learn more. 

© FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE © FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE © FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE © FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE

Gross-Flasz Residence / One d+b Miami

  • Architects: One d+b Miami
  • Location: Harbor Island, North Bay Village, FL 33141, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Hugo Mijares
  • Collaborating Architects : Francisco Llado, Robert Moerigh, Xavier Garcia Sr, Xavier Garcia Jr.
  • Area: 750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Fabio Ventresca

© Fabio Ventresca © Fabio Ventresca © Fabio Ventresca © Fabio Ventresca

The Last Stop: Documenting North America’s Disappearing Rest Areas

Rest stops are a disappearing sight in North America. Brought by tight highway budgets, and the increasing number of off-exit fast food outlets and gas stations, these roadside oases may soon become extinct. Photographer Ryann Ford wants to make sure they’re documented before this happens. Her project, “The Last Stop” is a series of photographs taken of unique rest stops across the nation. A Kickstarter campaign has been started to fund Ford’s work, and the ensuing publication of her photographs. Learn more, after the break!

Juan Santa Cruz Picnic Area – Tucson, Arizona. Image © Ryann Ford Galveston, Texas. Image © Ryann Ford Near Big Bend National Park, Texas. Image © Ryann Ford Near Abiquiu, New Mexico – U.S. 84. Image © Ryann Ford

New York’s $4 Billion Train Station Takes Shape

Santiago Calatrava’s head-turning World Trade Center Transportation Hub has assumed its full form, nearly a decade after its design was revealed. In light of this, the New York Times has taken a critical look at just how the winged station’s budget soared. “Its colossal avian presence may yet guarantee the hub a place in the pantheon of civic design in New York. But it cannot escape another, more ignominious distinction as one of the most expensive and most delayed train stations ever built.” The complete report, here

Madison Park Tree House / First Lamp

  • Architects: First Lamp
  • Location: Madison Park, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
  • Contractor: First Lamp
  • Area: 3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Tim Bies Photography

© Tim Bies Photography © Tim Bies Photography © Tim Bies Photography © Tim Bies Photography

University of Illinois at Chicago Daley Library IDEA Commons / Woodhouse Tinucci Architects

© Christopher Barrett © Andy Tinucci © Christopher Barrett © Christopher Barrett

Kimmelman Reviews the One WTC: An Emblem of New York’s “Upside-Down Priorities”

Nearly a month since the official (and somewhat mundane) opening of New York’s One World Trade Center, New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman has published a scathing review of the SOM-designed tower, claiming it to be a “flawed” emblem of the city’s “upside-down priorities.”

Aranguren & Gallegos to Design Museum for ICA Miami

Madrid-based Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos has been tapped to design their first US project, a permanent museum building for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami). The 37,500-square-foot building, planned to open in time for Art Basel 2016 on Northeast 41st Street in Miami’s Design District, will feature three stories of exhibition space and a 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden. Final designs will be released in early 2015. Groundbreaking is expected to occur in the summer 2015.

Compartes Melrose / AAmp Studio

  • Architects: AAmp Studio
  • Location: Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
  • Designers: Andrew Ashey, Anne-Marie Armstrong
  • Area: 500.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Andrew Ashey

© Andrew Ashey © Andrew Ashey © Andrew Ashey © Andrew Ashey

Grajo Residence / Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design

© Feinknopf Photography © Feinknopf Photography © Feinknopf Photography © Feinknopf Photography

Gehry Sides with MAD, Defends Lucas Museum from Critics

With criticism forcing progress on MAD’s “mountainous” Lucas Museum to come to a standstill, Frank Gehry has released a statement on the Chicago Tribune urging critics to “take the proper time to review” the museum before dismissing it. 

“Chicago is a great city for architecture and has historically supported innovative, forward-looking work. There is a natural impulse to deride a project in the early stages of design, particularly one that has a new shape or expression. This is not a new concept,” says Gehry, citing that both the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall were shrouded in criticism before becoming “great assets to their mutual cities.”

McElroy House/ Ehrlich Architects

© Miranda Brackett © Miranda Brackett © Roger Davies © Miranda Brackett

Cristina Parreño Investigates the Tectonics of Transparency With Glass Wall Prototype

Architect and MIT Lecturer Cristina Parreño has created this new prototype for a self-supporting glass facade, entitled "The Wall." The design is the first in Parreño's "Tectonics of Transparency," a series of planned prototypes that will "explore the relationship between formal design, spatial perception, structural efficiency and systems of fabrication."

More details about Parreño's prototype after the break

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Peloton C / Bernheimer Architecture

© Eric Hwang © Eric Hwang © Naho Kubota © Naho Kubota

Milken Institute School of Public Health / Payette

  • Architects: Payette
  • Location: Washington, DC, USA
  • Area: 161100.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Robert Benson

© Robert Benson © Robert Benson © Robert Benson © Robert Benson

Revitalizing Olmsted Center / BKSK

© Raimund Koch
© Raimund Koch
  • Architects: BKSK
  • Location: Parks Department, 156th, Bronx, NY 10455, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Joan Krevlin
  • Design Team: Harpreet Dhaliwal, Jennifer Preston, Christian Eusebio, Ivan Chabra
  • Photographs: Raimund Koch

© Raimund Koch © Raimund Koch © Raimund Koch © Raimund Koch