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Red Rock House / Anmahian Winton Architects

  • Architects: Anmahian Winton Architects
  • Location: Red Rock, NY 12060, USA
  • Design Team: Nick Winton, AIA, Alex Anmahian, AIA, Makoto Abe, Project Architect; Sydney Thiel, LEED AP, Mazen Sakr
  • Landscape: Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture
  • Area: 6400.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jane Messinger

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​In Residence: Ray Kappe

As part of NOWNESS’ latest In Residence series, American architect Ray Kappe takes you on a tour through his glass and redwood “treehouse” on Los Angeles’ Rustic Canyon hillside. Built some 50 years ago, the house is considered to be one of the greatest modern residences in Southern California. 

Michael Rotondi to Receive Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence

Michael Rotondi, principle of Los Angeles-based RoTo Architecture and former student of Cal Poly Pomona, has been selected to receive the Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence from the College of Environmental Design at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Co-founder of SCI-Arc and long-time architectural educator at Arizona State University, Rotondi was selected for his “commitment to architectural education, for the concern he shows in his work for society and the environment, and for the inventiveness of his architecture,” says Cal Poly Pomona professor Sarah Lorenzen.

The Principals Install Sound Reactive, Silver-Coated "Quilt" at Neuehouse

Commissioned by Sonos to create a sound reactive installation in collaboration with the musician Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), The Principals created a 16-foot-tall canopy, 8-feet-wide by 36-feet-long covering the performance and grand stand seating area of the private workspace collective Neuehouse. Inspired by the work of Arthur Rimbaud, The Principals chose the name Ancient Chaos, a phrase from his poem Matinée d'Ivresse which speaks to a basic force of wonder within all of us at the hidden patterns of nature. The installation, both a sonic composition and a physical structure, creates sounds that verge on the architectural and architecture that verges on the fluid.  

More information and a video of the installation in motion, after the break.  

Copper House / Charles Rose Architects

  • Architects: Charles Rose Architects
  • Location: Belmont, MA, USA
  • Project Year: 2004
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Charles Rose Architects

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Corporate Headquarters / Moody Nolan

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Studio Gang Reveals 14-Story Residential Tower Planned for Miami Design District

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Studio Gang Architects has released designs for a 14-story residential tower in the Miami Design District. Anchored by ground floor retail and topped with a resident lounge and swimming pool, the tower will, as the architects describe, “demonstrate Studio Gang’s principle of exo-spatial high-rise design in which the inside extends to the outside in a dynamic spatial arrangement.”

Each of the building’s 76 residential units will frame panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and surrounding Buena Vista neighborhood with Studio Gang’s contemporary reinterpretation of a “Florida Room.”

Pediatric Emergency Department At Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center / Mahlum

  • Architects: Mahlum
  • Location: 101 West 8th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Gerald (Butch) Reifert, FAIA
  • Project Manager: Gary Signs, AIA
  • Project Designer: Pierce McVey, AIA, LEED AP
  • Area: 28000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ben Benschneider

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Erie Elementary Charter School / John Ronan Architects

  • Architects: John Ronan Architects
  • Location: 1405 North Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
  • Design Team: John Ronan FAIA, Lead Designer; Evan Menk, Senior Technical Coordinator; Gregory Pinter AIA, (design team); Tom Lee, Marcin Szef , John Trocke
  • Area: 17470.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

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La Brea Affordable Housing / Patrick Tighe + John V. Mutlow

  • Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture, John V. Mutlow
  • Location: West Hollywood, CA, USA
  • Area: 50000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Patrick Tighe Architecture / Bran Arifin, Art Gray Photography

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Prairie Logic / el dorado

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September ABI Indicates Robust Conditions for US

The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) has indicated a “heightened level of demand for design services” throughout the US. As the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reports, all regions and project sectors have shown positive conditions and the September score was 55.2, up from a mark of 53.0 in August. The new projects inquiry index was 64.8, following a mark of 62.6 the previous month.

“Strong demand for apartment buildings and condominiums has been one of the main drivers in helping to keep the design and construction market afloat in recent years,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “There continues to be a healthy market for those types of design projects, but the recently resurgent Institutional sector is leading to broader growth for the entire construction industry.” 

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Interview: Brian MacKay-Lyons on the State of Architectural Education and the Architect's Role

Brian MacKay-Lyons is the founding partner of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, a professor at Dalhousie University and the founder of Ghost Lab - the now legendary 2-week summer design/build program that took place on his family farm in Nova Scotia from 1994 to 2011. While relentlessly local, Brian's work has been recognized internationally with more than 100 awards, 300 publications and 100 exhibitions. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects recognized the collective work and influence of Ghost with an Institute Honor Award for Architecture.

On August 22nd, 2014 Brian hopped off his tractor and wiped the diesel fuel off his hands to discuss architectural education with Keith and Marie Zawistowski, co-founders of the design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech and partners of OnSite Architecture. Here is an excerpt from their conversation, which was originally published on Inform:

Keith Zawistowski: Your contributions to the discipline of architecture have been both in practice and in education. In 1994, you founded Ghost, an international laboratory that influenced all generations of architects with its simplicity and this affirmation of timeless architectural values of place and craft. It was a pretty bold move and it seems for us like it was a direct reaction to your discontentment with academia and the way architects were being educated. Do you still feel that strongly about the state of architecture education and the profession?

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center / Gould Evans

  • Architects: Gould Evans
  • Location: 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
  • Associate Architect: Delawie
  • Area: 124000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Assassi Productions, Ace Aerial Photography

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What Should Obama's Presidential Library Look Like?

Barack Obama still has two years left in his presidency, but speculative planning for his Presidential Library has already begun for each of the four possible final locations. Just as the election of President Obama broke down historical precedents for who could hold office, could the design of his dedication library represent an architectural shift from previous libraries? This article by Lilah Raptopoulos from The Guardian presents four unofficial visions for the design of the new library, each of them from award-winning architects. Their bold design sketches expand our perceptions of what a presidential library could be, and explore new ways in which these libraries could serve their communities. See all four designs and read the full article from The Guardian entitled, “Obama's presidential library: four radical visions of the future from top architects.”

Nathan Hale High School Modernization / Mahlum

  • Architects: Mahlum
  • Location: 10750 30th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98125, USA
  • Area: 204000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

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Judith Edelman, A “Firebrand for Women in Architecture, Dies at 91

Judith Edelman, FAIA, an American architect and feminist who hoped to rid architecture of its “gentleman’s club” status, has passed away at 91. Starting her career in an era when hiring “girls” wasn’t the norm, Edelman’s work to elevate women in architecture has paved the way for many of today’s leading architects; She was the first woman ever elected to the executive committee of the AIA’s New York chapter and she helped co-found the Alliance of Women in Architecture in 1972. Edelman’s built work, also highly admired, ranged from affordable housing to schools and health clinics, mostly in the New York City area. You can read Edelman’s obituary here

Rogers Partners and PWP's Constitution Gardens Redesign Approved for National Mall

Rogers Partners (formally known as Rogers Marvel Architects) and PWP Landscape Architecture’s redesign for the National Mall’s neglected Constitution Gardens has received unanimous approval from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC). The 50-acre project, which was originally won through a competition in 2012, will now move forward with its first phase.