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Zuckerman Museum of Art / Stanley Beaman & Sears

Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears
Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears
  • Architects: Stanley Beaman & Sears
  • Location: Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144, USA
  • Design Team: Betsy Beaman, AIA, Steve Denton, RA, Clay Cameron, Josh le Francois, Brian Peterka, Brenda Dietz and Chris Bowles
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears

Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears Courtesy of Stanley Beaman & Sears

2014 ANFA Conference

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) will have their 2nd international conference between September 18 and September 20 in La Jolla, California. 

US ABI Shows Continued Growth in June

The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continued showing significant improvement in June, jumping to 53.5 from 52.6 in May, and hitting new records in the Projects Inquiry and Design Contracts indexes.

As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, the new Projects Inquiry Index surged to 66.4, its highest level in the year to date. In addition, the AIA’s new Design Contracts Index hit 55.7 - its highest mark since the indictor starting being measured in October 2010.

“The recent surge in both design contracts and general inquiries for new projects by prospective clients is indicative of a sustainable strengthening across the construction marketplace,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “With the first positive reading since last summer in billings at institutional firms, it appears that design activity for all major segments of the building industry is growing.  The challenge now for architecture firms seems to be finding the right balance for staffing needs to meet increasing demand.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Clark Art Institute / Tadao Ando Architect & Associates + Selldorf Architects + Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture + Gensler

© Jeff Goldberg - ESTO
© Jeff Goldberg - ESTO

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Exhibition: Total Reset

Mayor de Blasio has declared a “total reset” for public housing in New York. At the same time, the decline of affordable housing options has become New Yorkers' greatest concern.

Herzog & de Meuron Unveils Latest Condo Building in New York

Herzog & de Meuron have unveiled images of their latest project in New York, a 12-story condominium building at 156 Leroy Street with a curved concrete and glass facade. The project is their third major New York building in recent years, following another condo building at 56 Leonard Street and a hotel at 215 Chrystie Street, and once again features a concrete structure which is clearly expressed on the facade.

Read on after the break for more images and description

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Butterfly House / Feldman Architecture

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Streamsong Resort / Alfonso Architects

  • Architects: Alfonso Architects
  • Location: Streamsong Drive, Bowling Green, FL 33834, USA
  • Lead Architect: Alberto Alfonso, AIA
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Albert Hurley

© Albert Hurley © Albert Hurley © Albert Hurley © Albert Hurley

Fermilab Office and Technical Education Building / Ross Barney Architects

  • Architects: Ross Barney Architects
  • Location: Batavia Road, Warrenville, IL, USA
  • Lead Design Architect: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
  • Design Engineer: Arup
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Kate Joyce

© Kate Joyce © Kate Joyce © Kate Joyce © Kate Joyce

Lecture: Architecture as a Way of Life and Placemaking

Rafiq Azam is the principal of SHATOTTO architecture for green living, based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He will introduce us to his work and city, which is also home to works by Louis Kahn. Azam’s “green” is not about global ratings or the current sustainability trend. It is his response to the sky, water, and vegetation that surround him and his city. There is an apparent simplicity in Azam’s work that disguises and belies a complex fabric revealing the wonders of the cosmos.

Studio Gang Architects Reveals Design of Twisting San Francisco Skyscraper

Last night Studio Gang Architects unveiled designs of their first ever building in San Francisco, a 400 foot tall residential tower with an undulating, twisting facade. Inspired by the bay windows of older local buildings such as 450 Sutter Street, Studio Gang have added a twist (literally) to the typology with incremental rotations of the 90-degree bays running vertically up the facade.

Read on for more details of the design

Terence Gower: SuperPuesto

SuperPuesto is a temporary pavilion by Terence Gower commissioned by The Bronx Museum of the Arts in collaboration with the Andrew Freedman Home for Beyond the Supersquare, the first U.S. museum exhibition to examine the complicated legacies of modernist architecture in Latin America and the Caribbean through the perspectives of 30 contemporary artists. With the goal of providing an immersive space for visitors to experience the exhibition’s artistic and architectural themes, SuperPuesto also serves as an annex for educational and public programs related to Beyond the Supersquare.

Framestore LA / DHD Architecture and Design + RAC Design Build

© Art Gray
© Art Gray
  • Architects: DHD Architecture and Design, RAC Design Build
  • Location: Helms Avenue, Culver City, CA, USA
  • Dhd Team: David Howell, Steven Wakenshaw, Melissa Pinto
  • Rac Team: Rick Cortez, Kevin Mulcahy, David Altchech
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Art Gray, Brooke McGowan

© Art Gray © Brooke McGowan © Brooke McGowan © Art Gray

The Crow’s Nest / BCV Architects

  • Architects: BCV Architects
  • Location: Norden, CA 96161, USA
  • Architects In Charge: Hans Baldauf, AIA Principal / Jennifer Smith, Associate
  • Team: Asa Prentice, Senior Designer
  • Area: 5600.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Bruce Damonte

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

AA Studio Designs Redevelopment of Disused Dock Building

AA Studio have revealed their plans for the development of Brooklyn's iconic New York Dock Company building, transforming the 230,000 square foot structure into a mixed-use complex of six commercial spaces on the ground floor, 70 residential loft apartments, and a rooftop deck and gardens above.

The design aims to be as faithful to the original structure as possible, retaining the existing poured concrete columns and walls and exposing the high concrete ceilings. As one of the earliest structures to use the technology, the retention and celebration of these features is a key aspect of the building's conservation.

Read on after the break for more on the design

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