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AD Classics: Thorncrown Chapel / E. Fay Jones

Hidden in the middle of the forests surrounding Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, Thorncrown Chapel rests amongst the oaks, pines and maples. The humble chapel, designed by Euine Fay Jones, is less than 35 years old – yet it’s on the U.S. Historic register, has been named one of the AIA’s top ten buildings of the 20th century, and has even been called the best American building since 1980.

© Randall Connaughton © Randall Connaughton © Randall Connaughton © Randall Connaughton

Weston Residence / Specht Harpman Architects

© Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen

City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6 / Behnisch Architekten + Studio Jantzen

  • Architects: Behnisch Architekten, Studio Jantzen
  • Location: 1431 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
  • Architects in Charge: Behnisch Architekten, Studio Jantzen, IPD International Parking Design
  • Area: 2250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: David Matthiessen

© David Matthiessen © David Matthiessen © David Matthiessen © David Matthiessen

Godfrey Hotel / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

  • Architects: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
  • Location: Chicago, IL, USA
  • Architects Personnel: Joseph Valerio, FAIA; David Jennerjahn, AIA; Louis Ray, AIA; Steve Droll, AIA; Brad Pausha, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Kurt Volkman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Robert Webber, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Kathryn Soven, LEED AP BD+C; Lauren Shelton, AIA, LEED AP
  • Area: 53839.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Steve Hall - Hedrich Blessing

© Steve Hall - Hedrich Blessing © Steve Hall - Hedrich Blessing © Steve Hall - Hedrich Blessing © Steve Hall - Hedrich Blessing

Mothersill / Bates Masi Architects

  • Architects: Bates Masi Architects
  • Location: Water Mill, NY, USA
  • Area: 6027.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects

Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects

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

© Tucker Bair © Tucker Bair © Tucker Bair © Tucker Bair

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