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National Center for Civil and Human Rights Exhibit Design / David Rockwell

  • Architects: David Rockwell
  • Location: Pemberton Place, 121 Baker Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA
  • Area: 53000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Albert Vecerka / ESTO

© Albert Vecerka / ESTO © Albert Vecerka / ESTO © Albert Vecerka / ESTO © Albert Vecerka / ESTO

Keck Institute for Space Studies / Lehrer Architects

  • Architects: Lehrer Architects
  • Location: California Institute of Technology, 1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
  • Area: 7200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Benny Chan

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan

Olson Kundig Architects Reinvents Site of Expo '74 World's Fair for 40th Anniversary

Forty years ago, the Expo '74 World's Fair opened in Spokane, Washington to great fanfare as the world's first environmentally themed Expo. Perhaps equally as momentous, the former Soviet Union participated for the first time since World War II, and 5.6 million people attended throughout the course of the six month long Fair. This year, Olson Kundig Architects, led by design principal Tom Kundig, partnered with the City of Spokane to reinvent the original park with new concept designs for its structures, program, and facilities.

Concept design for Air Pavilion on Canada Island, night rendering. Image © Olson Kundig Architects Concept design for Water Pavilion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects Concept design for Earth Pavilion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects Concept design for Air Pavilion on Canada Island, day rendering. Image © Olson Kundig Architects

Skow Residence / Colorado Building Workshop + DesignBuildBLUFF

  • Architects: Colorado Building Workshop, DesignBuildBLUFF
  • Location: Navajo Mountain, Navajo Mountain, UT 86044, USA
  • Faculty Team: Rick Sommerfeld, Director Colorado Building Workshop, Hank Louis, Director DesignBuildBLUFF, Andrew Foster, Craig Harren
  • Student Team: Ellen Adams, Brett Blackmon, Lura Blumfield, Jay Burkhalter, Glen Camuso, Jacob Ebling, William Koning, William Murray, Rebecca Sockwell, JD Signom
  • Structural Engineer: Christopher O’Hara Studio NYL
  • Area: 882.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jesse Kuroiwa

© Jesse Kuroiwa © Jesse Kuroiwa © Jesse Kuroiwa © Jesse Kuroiwa

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center / DesignGroup

  • Architects: DesignGroup
  • Location: 1415 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, OH 43119, USA
  • Designer: Michael Bongiorno
  • Project Architect, Sustainability Manager: William Keoni Fleming
  • Project Associate: Joseph Mayer
  • Area: 14000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

© Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf © Brad Feinknopf

Lions Park Scouts / Auburn University Rural Studio

  • Architects: Auburn University Rural Studio
  • Location: Lions Park, Greensboro, AL 36744, USA
  • Student Design/Build Team: Tyler Allgood, Sarah Al-Rukkhayes, Benjamin Pendergraft, Elizabeth Whitlock
  • Architect of Record: David Hinson, FAIA
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley

Sky Loft / KUBE architecture

© Greg Powers Photography © Greg Powers Photography © Greg Powers Photography © Greg Powers Photography

PortMiami Tunnel / ArquitectonicaGEO

  • Architects: ArquitectonicaGEO
  • Location: Miami, FL, USA
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Robin Hill

© Robin Hill © Robin Hill © Robin Hill © Robin Hill

VARA / Studio O+A

  • Architects: Studio O+A
  • Location: 1880 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Jeorge Jordan, Will Chu, Alma Lopez, Caren Currie, Olivia Ward, Justin Ackerman, Al McKee
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

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

Montagnaro House / Mapos

  • Architects: Mapos
  • Location: Ghent, NY, USA
  • Area: 325.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: James Chororos

© James Chororos © James Chororos © James Chororos © James Chororos

Tigertail / Patrick Tighe Architecture

  • Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture
  • Location: Brentwood, CA, USA
  • Collaborators: C.M. Peck Structural Engineer
  • Area: 3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Art Gray Photography

© Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography

US ABI Hits Highest Level Since 2007

The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reached 55.8 in July  - its highest level since 2007. The score reflects what has been a steadily increasing demand for design services over the past three months, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports. The AIA’s new projects inquiry and design contracts indexes were also strong at 66 and 54.9, respectively.

“Business conditions for the design and construction marketplace, and those industries associated with it, appear to be well-positioned for continued growth in the coming months,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The key to a more widespread boost in design activity continues to be the institutional sector which is starting to exhibit signs of life after languishing for the better part of the last five-plus years.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Regional Averages:

Trahan Ranch / Patrick Tighe Architecture

  • Architects: Patrick Tighe Architecture
  • Location: Texas, USA
  • Collaborators: Joseph Perazzelli Structural Engineer
  • Area: 3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Art Gray Photography

© Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography © Art Gray Photography

Florida Polytechnic Sciencie, Innovation and Technology Campus / Santiago Calatrava

  • Architects: Santiago Calatrava
  • Location: Lakeland, FL, USA
  • Architect of Record: Alfonso Architects
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava

© Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava © Alan Karchmer for Santiago Calatrava

Museum of Tolerance, Anne Frank Exhibit / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

© Benny Chan
© Benny Chan

© Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan © Benny Chan

Cities Need Big Changes to Become Bike Friendly

A new study has found that cities need to make big infrastructural changes, rather than small ones, in order to become more bike friendly. As this article from Fast Company explains, small increases in bicycle usage lead to more accidents, which in turn makes others afraid to make the switch from driving to riding. However, the study found that heavy investment in cycling infrastructure brings an economic benefit to cities in the long run, largely thanks to savings from reduced healthcare costs. To learn about the long-term benefits of big biking investments, click here.