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John M. Roll US Courthouse / Ehrlich Architects

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AD Interviews: Will Bruder / Will Bruder Architects

A self-trained American architect residing in Phoenix’s urban desert, Will Bruder, FAIA, has built a reputation for being one of Arizona’s most prized place-makers. For more than 40 years, Bruder has refined his craft with the completion of over 500 commissions ranging from large-scale civic and cultural projects to private residences and multi-family housing. 

Construction Begins on Miami’s Tallest Tower

Construction has begun on Miami’s tallest tower: SkyRise Miami. Standing 305 meters above the Biscayne Bay, the waterfront tower will offer three viewing decks, a restaurant, nightclub, ballroom, exhibition space, and even the chance to bungee jump off its upper floors. 

It’s designers, locally based arquitectonica, hope SkyRise will achieve LEED Gold upon completion in mid-2017.

Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care

Organized by the New York School of Interior Design, and curated for CMOA by Raymund Ryan, curator of architecture, Carnegie Museum of Art is hosting a new exhibit: Maggie's Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care. Opening September 13, the exhibit showcases the extraordinary Maggie's Centres, works of integrated architecture designed to address essential human needs and the everyday challenges of cancer patients undergoing treatment. The work of Frank Gehry, Piers Gough, Steven Holl, Rem Koolhaas, and Richard Rogers have been selected to be included in the exhibition, and provide insight into how some of the most influential architects of our age have sought to positively alter the look, and more significantly, the feel, of healthcare facilities.

David Page, Page\Page Architects - Maggie's Highlands, 2005; Landscape - Charles Jencks. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art Piers Gough, CZWG Architects - Maggie's Rotterdam, 2011. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners, LLP - Maggie's Dundee, 2003. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners, LLP - Maggie's Hong Kong, 2013. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

Architect Magazine’s Top 50 US Architecture Firms

Architect Magazine has released its list of the 50 best architecture firms in the US, with Westlake Reed Leskosky, William Rawn Associates and Gensler taking home the top three slots in the overall ranking. The ranking is based on three key factors: business, design and sustainability. Westlake Reed Leskosky also ranked number 1 in the Best in Business category, along with HDR and Spector Group in second and third place, respectively. NADAAA, Behnisch Architekten and Payette were the top three firms in the Best in Design category, while EYP Architecture & Engineering, William Rawn Associates and Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects were ranked as the top three in the Best in Sustainability category. For the full list visit Architect Magazine

AD Classics: SC Johnson Wax Research Tower / Frank Lloyd Wright

The next time you catch the scent of a Glade air freshener or evade pesky mosquitoes thanks to Off!, think of Frank Lloyd Wright.  His 1950 building for the SC Johnson Research Tower at their headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, was home to the invention of many of their landmark products. 

View of tower during construction. Image © SC Johnson Grand skylight above reception area of advertising department. Image © Ezra Stoller/Esto Section and Elevation Preliminary perspective view in which tower tapers towards the base

Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft

The Architectural League hosts the design party of the year at its annual Beaux Arts Ball on September 20. Held in the recently restored, exquisite interiors of Williamsburg’s Weylin B. Seymour’s, the Ball will feature a projection installation by Nuit Blanche New York that reflects on the theme of “Craft.” In addition to the installation, a series of digital presentations and photographic essays will reveal more information about the building and the team of artisans and consultants behind its restoration. 

Michael Graves 50 Year Retrospective to Open in October

An exhibition celebrating one of North America's foremost postmodern architects will open this October, marking 50 years of Michael Graves' practice. Past as Prologue maps the evolution of Graves' work in architecture and product design through an array of media including sculpture, painting, furniture, drawings and models. The comprehensive exhibition will begin with Graves' work from 1964 and conclude with works currently in progress. The exhibition will be hosted by Grounds for Sculpture with a mission to provide insight into the five-decade progression of Graves' unique design process. More on the exhibition after the break.

GoDaddy Silicon Valley Office / DES Architects + Engineers

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AD Classics: North Christian Church / Eero Saarinen

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Just off the highway that leads to the town of Columbus, Indiana, the most slender of spires shoots upward from the tree line. With only a small gold cross at the top suggesting its purpose, the spire seems to belong to another world, an expressive gesture reaching into the sky that extends far beyond its visible tip. As visitors approach, the base of the spire fans out and merges with the ground, subsuming it and metaphysically bridging the distance between the heavens and the Earth. This is the famous North Christian Church, Eero Saarinen’s stunning discourse on God, nature and architecture. 

Oculus. Image © Flickr user noktulo © Hassan Bagheri © Hassan Bagheri Roof Plan

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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