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Yelp Headquarters / Studio O+A

  • Architects: Studio O+A
  • Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Verda Alexander, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Steve Gerten, Elizabeth Guerrero, David Hunter, Alma Lopez, Renee Laput-Mendoza, Sarunya Wongjodsri, , Jeorge Jordan, Olivia Ward, Kroeun Dav, Chase Lunt, Amie Zemlicka, Maleesa Pollock, Will Chu
  • Area: 106000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad

Wieden+Kennedy NY / WORKac

  • Architects: WORKac
  • Location: 150 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, USA
  • Architects In Charge: Amale Andraos, Dan Wood, Sam Dufaux
  • Area: 50000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Bruce Damonte, Raymond Adams

© Raymond Adams © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte

May ABI Shows Return to Growth in US Market

The US Architecture Billings Index showed a significant improvement in May, jumping to a score of 52.6 and showing some growth after two consecutive months of contraction. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, its two new measures of growth also showed positive results: the Project Inquiries Index rose to 63.2; and the Design Contracts Index - despite dropping slightly from last month's 54.6 - still showed growth at 52.5 points.

"Volatility continues to be the watchword in the design and construction markets, with firms in some regions of the country, and serving some sectors of the industry, reporting strong growth, while others are indicating continued weakness," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "However, overall, it appears that activity has recovered from the winter slump, and design professions should see more positive than negative numbers in the coming months."

A breakdown of regional and sector highlights, after the break

Exhibition / Conceptions of Space: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Architecture

Focusing on recent acquisitions in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, Conceptions of Space addresses how contemporary architects continue to embrace spatial creation as a fundamental focus of their work. The exhibition reveals how, beyond formal traits and functional needs, the conception and articulation of architectural space still defines architecture as an artistic endeavor, and a response to wider cultural issues.

The Levitt Pavilion / WRT - Wallace Roberts & Todd

© Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol

David Adjaye's Sugar Hill Development: A New Typology for Affordable Housing

Adjaye Associates' latest development has opened in the historic neighborhood of Harlem, New York: a complex that aims to combat poverty and revitalize the community by bringing together affordable housing (including housing for homeless New Yorkers), a Preschool, and a 17,000 square foot cultural institution -  the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. The “school in a museum” is designed to engage students and foster a new generation of Sugar Hill artists and innovators.

“The Sugar Hill Development is a new typology for affordable housing, with its mixed program of museum space, community facilities, offices and apartments,” David Adjaye noted at yesterday's opening press conference, “My hope is that the building—perched high on Coogan’s Bluff—will offer a symbol of civic pride and be a valued new resource for the neighborhood.”

The architect's description of the project, after the break.

Sugar Hill Development / Adjaye Associates

  • Architects: Adjaye Associates
  • Location: Harlem, New York, NY, USA
  • Area: 191000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Conversation / Soft Footprints: Works by SO – IL

The Parrish Art Museum is pleased to present Soft Footprints: Works by SO – IL as the fourth installment of Architectural Sessions—an ongoing series co-presented with AIA Peconic that explores the connection between art and architecture, and how both disciplines elicit conversation about space, form, materials and aesthetics. On June 6, host architect Maziar Behrooz, AIA, will moderate a discussion with SO – IL co-founders Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu about their design philosophy, inspiration, and interdisciplinary approach to architecture and designing spaces for art.

AIA Names its 2014 Small Projects Awards Winners

Small House / Cooper Joseph Studio. Image © Elliot Kaufman
Small House / Cooper Joseph Studio. Image © Elliot Kaufman

The American Institute of Architects () has selected ten recipients for their 2014 Small Projects Awards, which recognizes design excellence in projects with a budget of up to $1.5 million and with a floor area less than 5,000 square feet. The award "strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to all project types, including renovations and additions, no matter the limits of size and budget."

This year's awards include 5 houses, 2 pavilions, 2 installations and a cafe. See all 10 awarded projects after the break.

Redaction House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects. Image © John J. Macaulay Pure Tension Pavilion / Synthesis Design + Architecture. Image © Fabric Images / © Volvo Italy Head in the Clouds Pavilion / STUDIOKCA. Image © Chuck Choi Topo House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects. Image © John J. Macaulay

2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Announced

Hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council, the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards has recognized three dozen of the year’s best architecture and design projects in Greater Los Angeles. From Morphosis' Emerson College to the Los Angeles River project, each recipient has been awarded for their excellence in design, sustainability and community impact. 

The 2013 Los Angeles Architectural Award Winners are...

Topo House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

  • Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
  • Location: Blue Mounds, WI 53517, USA
  • Area: 2940.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: John J. Macaulay

© John J. Macaulay © John J. Macaulay © John J. Macaulay © John J. Macaulay

Memphis Slim Collaboratory / brg3s Architects

  • Architects: brg3s Architects
  • Location: 1130 College Street, Memphis, TN 38106, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Jason Jackson
  • Area: 2100.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ken West

© Ken West © Ken West © Ken West © Ken West

Exhibition: Five Proposals for the Future of the Atlantic Yards

Warehouse 623 Gallery is pleased to announce "Five Proposals for the Future of the Atlantic Yards", an exhibition of alternative architectural schemes for the Atlantic Yards site. "Abstracts of New York", a selection of photographs by Jean-Marc Bellaiche, will be shown concurrently.

OMA & BIG among 6 Winners in Rebuild By Design Competition

Yesterday, US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced OMA, BIG and four other teams as the winner of "Rebuild by Design", a competition aimed at rebuilding areas affected by Hurricane Sandy focusing on resilience, sustainability and and livability.

In total, HUD have allocated $920 million to the six projects in New York, New Jersey and Long Island to enable the completion of this vision.

Read more about the winning schemes after the break

New Medowlands: Productive City + Regional Park, by MIT CAU, ZUS, Urbanisten. Image Courtesy of rebuildbydesign.org Living, Growing Breakwaters: Staten Island and Raritan Bay, by SCAPE / Landscape Architecture. Image Courtesy of rebuildbydesign.org Living with the Bay: Resiliency-Building Options for Nassau County’s South Shore by Interboro Team. Image Courtesy of rebuildbydesign.org The BIG U, by BIG. Image Courtesy of rebuildbydesign.org

Revised Renovation Plan Released for New York Public Library

Details have been released on the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) plan to renovate its Mid-Manhattan branch, while creating more public space within its flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The news comes shortly after Foster + Partner’s redesign of the the Beaux-Arts landmark was scrapped due to concerns of a ballooning budget. The revised $300 million overhaul suggests a more affordable option of relocating Schwarzman’s main stacks beneath Bryant Park, while establishing a more campus-like connection with a fully renovated Mid-Manhattan branch. All the details, here