Detroit Becomes First City in the US to be Named a UNESCO "City of Design"

14:00 - 26 December, 2015

UNESCO has inaugurated 47 new cities into its Creative Cities Network, with Detroit being selected as the first "City of Design" from the United States. The Creative Cities Network is a selection of cities across the world that promote the creation of creative and cultural industries, within the categories of crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music.

DREAMshop / INTERSTICE Architects

13:00 - 26 December, 2015
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© Cesar Rubio

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Burlington Stores New Headquarters / KSS Architects

13:00 - 24 December, 2015
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20th St. / Mork-Ulnes Architects

11:00 - 23 December, 2015
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© Bruce Damonte

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The Tower at PNC Plaza / Gensler

13:00 - 22 December, 2015
Courtesy of Gensler - Connie Zhou
Courtesy of Gensler - Connie Zhou
  • Architects

  • Location

    300 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Doug Gensler
  • Architectural Design Director

    Hao Ko
  • Project Director

    Lisa Adkins
  • Area

    800000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Gensler - Connie Zhou, Courtesy of Gensler - Chris Leonard

Courtesy of Gensler - Connie Zhou Courtesy of Gensler - Connie Zhou Courtesy of Gensler - Chris Leonard Courtesy of Gensler - Connie Zhou +33

Sun Path House / Christian Wassmann

09:00 - 22 December, 2015
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© Todd Eberle

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4 Shortlisted to Revitalize Los Angeles’ Oldest Park

16:00 - 21 December, 2015
AD Classics: Pershing Square / Ricardo Legorreta + Laurie Olin. Image © Legorreta + Legorreta, photograph by Lourdes Legorreta
AD Classics: Pershing Square / Ricardo Legorreta + Laurie Olin. Image © Legorreta + Legorreta, photograph by Lourdes Legorreta

Four teams have been chosen to move on to the second stage of the Pershing Square Renew competition. Aiming to transform downtown Los Angeles' oldest park, the finalists will now refine their schematic proposals in preparation of a second review in March 2016. The winning scheme will potentially be the five-acre park's sixth iteration, replacing Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta and landscape architect Laurie Olin current design that first opened in 1994. 

The four teams and their preliminary ideas, include: 

UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

13:00 - 21 December, 2015
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One Main Office Renovation / dECOi Architects

11:00 - 21 December, 2015
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© Anton Grassl

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Details Revealed of Renzo Piano’s First US Residential Project at Eighty Seven Park in Miami

08:00 - 20 December, 2015
Courtesy of Terra
Courtesy of Terra

Located in North Beach in Miami, Florida, Eighty Seven Park will be a luxury condominium, and Renzo Piano’s first residential project in the western hemisphere. Set to be completed in 2018, the project seeks to seamlessly blend sky, sea and ground, addressing both the ocean and nearby 35-acre park. Seventy apartments ranging in size from 1400 to 7000 square feet sit atop two lush parks with uninterrupted ocean views. Read more after the break.

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SlrSrf / Open Source Architecture

19:00 - 18 December, 2015
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Chicken Point Cabin / Olson Kundig

11:00 - 17 December, 2015
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© Benjamin Benschneider

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November ABI Takes Another Hit

12:00 - 16 December, 2015
November ABI 2015. Image © CalculatedRiskBlog.com
November ABI 2015. Image © CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has dipped again, this time falling from a mark of 53.1 in October to 49.3 in November. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) report, "this score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicated an increase in billings)." The new projects inquiry index was 58.6, up just a nudge from a reading of 58.5 the previous month. 

“Since architecture firms continue to report that they are bringing in new projects, this volatility in billings doesn’t seem to reflect any underlying weakness in the construction sector,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD.  “Rather, it could reflect the uncertainty of moving ahead with projects given the continued tightness in construction financing and the growing labor shortage problem gripping the entire design and construction industries.”

Film Screening: Design Is One

11:46 - 16 December, 2015

Explore the creative universe of Lella and Massimo Vignelli, two of the most influential and well-known designers of all times. With interviews from luminaries in the world of design—from architects Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman to graphic designers Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, and Jessica Helfand—this film takes the viewer into the Vignellis’ world, capturing their intelligence and creativity as well as their humanity, warmth, and humor.

Studhorse / Olson Kundig

13:00 - 15 December, 2015
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© Benjamin Benschneider

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Mount Sinai Hess Center for Science and Medicine / SOM

13:00 - 13 December, 2015
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© Eduard Hueber | archphoto

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Heatherwick and Diamond Schmitt to Reimagine Lincoln Center's Largest Concert Hall

11:30 - 11 December, 2015
David Geffen Hall. Image © WPPilot licensed under CC BY 4.0
David Geffen Hall. Image © WPPilot licensed under CC BY 4.0

Heatherwick Studio and Diamond Schmitt Architects have been chosen to collaborate on the "renovation and reimagination" of David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center’s largest concert hall in New York City. The team, chosen through a two-year competition and over 100 firms, will design a 21st-century concert hall for the New York Philharmonic home and transform it into a center capable of hosting "a broader, ongoing array of community activities and events."

"The inspiring combination of Heatherwick and Diamond Schmitt will bring contemporary design excellence, respect for the historic architecture of the hall, and extensive experience creating acoustically superb performance halls," said Katherine Farley, chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

The Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm / Holly And Smith Architects

17:00 - 10 December, 2015
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© Marc Lamkin

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