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Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Gets a Break

The National Capital Planning Commission has granted preliminary approval to a modified version of Frank Gehry’s controversial Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial design, which removed two of the stainless steel tapestries to clear views towards the Capitol. The project, which has remained stagnant since 2011, has been shawled in turmoil largely due to criticism regarding its "grandiose" design and focus on Eisenhower as a boy. The vote will now advance Gehry’s design to the Commission of Fine Arts for approval.

More images of the revised design, after the break.

Modern Barn / Specht Harpman

  • Architects: Specht Harpman
  • Location: Wilton, CT, USA
  • Design Team: Scott Specht, Louise Harpman, Courtney Rice
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Specht Harpman

Courtesy of Specht Harpman Courtesy of Specht Harpman Courtesy of Specht Harpman Courtesy of Specht Harpman

Natural Histories for Los Angeles Presents “Wet Horizons”

An installation and exhibition by Luis Callejas / LCLA office 
Exhibition Opening: October 11, 7—10 pm 
October 11—November 23, 2014
Neutra VDL Research House, Los Angeles, CA 

Energy Positive Relocatable Classroom / Anderson Anderson Architecture

  • Architects: Anderson Anderson Architecture
  • Location: Ewa Beach, HI, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Mark Anderson, Peter Anderson
  • Project Manager: Johnson Tang
  • Design Team: Mark Anderson, Peter Anderson, Johnson Tang, Yevgeniy Ossipov, Gennifer Muñoz, Yingying Xue, Jia Wu, Chris Campbell, Brent Sumida, Matthias Steppuhn
  • Area: 960.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Anthony Vizzari

© Anthony Vizzari © Anthony Vizzari © Anthony Vizzari © Anthony Vizzari

Kent State Breaks Ground on WEISS/MANFREDI-Designed Center for Architecture

© WEISS/MANFREDI (Competition Renderings)
© WEISS/MANFREDI (Competition Renderings)

Ohio’s Kent State is set to break ground tomorrow on its New Center for Architecture and Environmental Design. The $48 million building was designed by New York-based WEISS/MANFREDI following a collaboration with Richard L. Bowen & Associates which won first in the project’s national competition

The design, dubbed the “Kent State Design Loft,” transforms the notion of a continuous studio loft into a three-tiered structure that unites all the college’s programs, including construction management, under one roof. 

New images of the building, after the break.

Mountain View Residence / Atelier Hsu

© Mark Luthringer
© Mark Luthringer
  • Architects: Atelier Hsu
  • Location: Mountain View, CA, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Juliet Hsu, Atelier Hsu
  • Area: 2200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Mark Luthringer

© Mark Luthringer © Mark Luthringer © Mark Luthringer © Mark Luthringer

Guggenheim Considers Competition for Second NYC Location

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is planning to construct a second location in New York City. As reported on the Art Newspaper, the expansion project, known as the “Collection Center,” aims to “consolidate its staff and art storage into one efficient, multi-use building with a dynamic public programming component.” The news broke with the release of a curatorial job position, seeking personnel to assist in the center’s planning and a possible architecture competition that will ensure the “Guggenheim’s reputation for being a visionary architectural patron” is preserved. Meanwhile, the Guggenheim is expected to narrow its selection to six for its new Helsinki location in November.

MIT Beaver Works / Merge Architects

  • Architects: Merge Architects
  • Location: 300 Tech Square, 300, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Elizabeth Whittaker
  • Project Architect : Anne-Sophie Divenyi
  • Area: 4875.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: John Horner Photography , David Bragdon

© John Horner Photography © David Bragdon © John Horner Photography © John Horner Photography

In Progress: Pomona College Studio Art Hall / wHY

  • Architects: wHY
  • Location: Claremont, CA, USA
  • Area: 35000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann, Benny Chan

© Benny Chan © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann

New Practices New York: Upcoming Firms in the Big Apple

WHAT: With its fifth biennial competition and exhibition, the AIANY New Practices Committee is proud to recognize six emerging architecture and design firms working in New York City. These firms will be featured in an exhibition opening on October 1 at 6pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place. This year, the opening of New Practices New York 2014 will also kick off Archtober 2014, Architecture and Design Month.

Los Angeles Rids Itself of Helipad Requirement, Opens City to “Bolder” Skyline

Helicopter landing pads will no longer be required atop new buildings in Los Angeles, California. The rule’s elimination, which was announced yesterday by the city’s mayor and fire chief, allows architects the freedom to break away from LA’s “boxy” skyline. “I want to see innovative design,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “I want to see good design, but we’re going to take the handcuffs off of you when we ask you to do that. I want neighborhoods to look good, and I want our buildings to look iconic.” You can read more about the change, here

Gallery at REDCAT Presents “Small Museum for the American Metaphor”

Continuing a curatorial program of experiments, collaborations and interdisciplinary projects, the Gallery at REDCAT presents Small Museum for the American Metaphor September 27 to November 30, 2014.

Tour a Building a Day Throughout Archtober

If you live in or plan to visit New York City during the month of October, we suggest you set aside some time to participate in one of Archtober’s many events. What is Archtober? Archtober is New York’s official Architecture and Design Month. Hosted by the Center for Architecture and the AIA New York Chapter, the annual festival organizes a plethora of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions to take place throughout city during the month of October. The goal is to raise awareness of the important role design plays in the city, celebrate the richness of New York’s built environment, and simply enjoy some great architecture. 

Archtober highlights include the Architecture & Design Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas; the Municipal Art Society Summit for New York City, featuring over 100 speakers gathered “to debate the future of our city and spark conversations about planning, design, infrastructure, preservation, culture, and development;” the Pratt Institute’s "City by Numbers: Big Data and the Urban Future” symposium; and 31 architect-led “Building of the Day” tours. 

Preview a selection of building’s on tour after the break and find out how to reserve tickets.

Lopez House / Martin Fenlon Architecture

© Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier

Lowe Campbell Ewald Headquarters / Neumann/Smith Architecture

  • Architects: Neumann/Smith Architecture
  • Location: 2000 Brush Street #601, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
  • Area: 122000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Justin Maconochie

© Justin Maconochie © Justin Maconochie © Justin Maconochie © Justin Maconochie

Wood House / Brininstool + Lynch

© Christopher Barrett Photographer © Christopher Barrett Photographer © Christopher Barrett Photographer © Christopher Barrett Photographer

August ABI Remains Strong

Demand for design services in the US continue to increase, as momentum from July’s highest recorded strength since 2007 continues. The American Institute of Architects reported the August Architecture Billings Index (ABI) at 53.0, down from July’s mark of 55.8, and the new projects inquiry at 62.6.

“One of the key triggers for accelerating growth at architecture firms is that long-stalled construction projects are starting to come back to life in many areas across the country,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Long awaited access to credit from lending institutions and an increasing comfort level in the overall economy has helped revitalize the commercial real estate sector in recent months. Additionally, though, a crucial component to a broader industry-wide recovery is the emerging demand for new projects such as education facilities, government buildings and, in some cases, hospitals.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…