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Lowe Campbell Ewald Headquarters / Neumann/Smith Architecture

  • Architects: Neumann/Smith Architecture
  • Location: 2000 Brush Street #601, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
  • Area: 122000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Justin Maconochie

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Wood House / Brininstool + Lynch

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August ABI Remains Strong

Demand for design services in the US continue to increase, as momentum from July’s highest recorded strength since 2007 continues. The American Institute of Architects reported the August Architecture Billings Index (ABI) at 53.0, down from July’s mark of 55.8, and the new projects inquiry at 62.6.

“One of the key triggers for accelerating growth at architecture firms is that long-stalled construction projects are starting to come back to life in many areas across the country,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Long awaited access to credit from lending institutions and an increasing comfort level in the overall economy has helped revitalize the commercial real estate sector in recent months. Additionally, though, a crucial component to a broader industry-wide recovery is the emerging demand for new projects such as education facilities, government buildings and, in some cases, hospitals.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Herzog & de Meuron Designs 28-Story Luxury Tower for Manhattan

Herzog & de Meuron has teamed up with British designer John Pawson to design a 28-story tower for Manhattan’s Bowery district. The raw concrete tower, as developer Ian Schrager describes, will be designed as the “ultimate expression of Uptown meets Downtown.” Eleven luxury residences will top a 370-room hotel, all featuring open plans and mullionless floor-to-ceiling windows that frame unobstructed views of the city. 

Hupomone Ranch / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

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Take a Walk on the High Line with Iwan Baan

View looking west along one of the Rail Track Walks. Image © Iwan Baan, 2014 (Section 3)
View looking west along one of the Rail Track Walks. Image © Iwan Baan, 2014 (Section 3)

Sunday marked the completion of the New York City High Line, a three-phased project that transformed the once disused elevated rail tracks on Manhattan’s West Side into one of the world’s most respected public parks. With the first section opening in 2009, architectural photographer Iwan Baan has been documenting the entire process. Now, for the first time we present to you a photographic journey through the completed High Line designed by James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Take a look, after the break.

Dual House / Dimster Architecture

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Square Headquarters / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

  • Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Design Principal: Gregory R. Mottola, AIA
  • Project Manager: Christopher Orsega, AIA
  • Area: 173450.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Matthew Millman

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Paul Goldberger on the High Line

This past Sunday, New York celebrated the opening of the High Line’s final section. More playful and untamed than its counterparts, the elevated park’s northernmost segment seems to have pleased the critics. As Paul Goldberger explained, the High Line at the Rail Yards is “stunningly refreshing” and “gives you an altogether new, relaxed, low-key way of being on the High Line.” You can read Goldberger’s take on the new portion of the High Line here on Vanity Fair. 

Hughes Warehouse Adaptive Reuse / Overland Partners

  • Architects: Overland Partners
  • Location: 203 East Jones Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78215, USA
  • Principal In Charge: Jim Shelton, AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Team: Patrick Winn, James Beyer, John Burleson, Bess Swantner, Fernando Ortega
  • Area: 22800.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Dror Baldinger, AIA, Scott Adams, AIA

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goCstudio Launches New Kickstarter to Fund Floating Sauna in Seattle

Seattle based firm goCstudio have designed a wood-fired floating sauna, a project resonant with the culture of the Pacific Northwest. Aiming to begin construction in spring of 2015 and open in summer, the firm has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the building of their first model. Easily transportable and accessible by kayak, the floating sauna fits within the dimensions of a standard size trailer. Providing a space of refuge and revitalization, along with a uniquely interactive way to experience the landscape of Seattle, the project, named "wa_sauna", requires $43,000 to become a reality. Learn more about the project and how you can help at the firm's Kickstarter page, here. More images after the break.

Sayres House & Hanging Gardens / Maziar Behrooz Architecture

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Olson Kundig's First Retrospective Opens in Nebraska

Sol Duc Cabin, Olympic Peninsula, WA © Benjamin Benschneider
Sol Duc Cabin, Olympic Peninsula, WA © Benjamin Benschneider

Today, Olson Kundig Architects’ first-ever retrospective Anthology opened its doors at Omaha’s KANEKO. Spanning five decades of Olson Kundig work, the site-specific exhibition will focus on the Seattle-based firm’s unique creative process, showcasing the many influences and design explorations that have shaped the practice over the years. Follow us after the break for more information and a sampling of the firms work. 

Outpost, Central Idaho © Tim Bies Art Stable, Seattle, WA © Benjamin Benschneider The Pierre, San Juan Islands, WA © Dwight Eschliman Pavilion House, Bellevue, WA © Benjamin Benschneider

SCI-Arc Appoints Hernan Diaz Alonso as New Director

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) has appointed Hernan Diaz Alonso as the Los Angeles architecture school’s new Director beginning September 2015. Alonso, principal of Xefirotarch and educator widely credited for spearheading the transition of SCI-Arc to digital technologies, will succeed architect Eric Owen Moss who has served as the school’s director since 2002. Continue after the break to watch Alonso’s “New Director Presentation” and preview a selection of his work.

The High Line’s Third (and Final) Section Opens this Weekend

Fantastic news: the High Line at the Rail Yards - the third and northernmost section of the park - will be opening to the public on Sunday, September 21! Read the full announcement: Photo of the Interim Walkway, one of the new design features in the Rail Yards, by Kathleen Fitzgerald | OCD

This Sunday (September 21), the third and final section of the New York City High Line will open at the Rail Yards. You can expect to see familiar benches morphed into picnic tables and seesaws amongst a lush, diverse and seemingly unkept landscape that is reminiscent of the “forgotten” tracks. As Piet Oudolf - the Dutch garden designer who worked with James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio & Renfro - described, the $75 million northernmost section will be an “introduction to the wild” that responds directly to the public’s desire to “walk on the original tracks.” Stay tuned for more images from the opening. 

University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Building / Perkins+Will

  • Architects: Perkins+Will
  • Location: Gainesville, FL, USA
  • Area: 120000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Robin Hill

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