In Progress: The Art of Memories: A documentary on WTC Steel Memorials / Amanda Lin Costa

The Art of Memories Film. Photographed by Emon Hassan

As the 10th anniversary of September 11th is upon us, we thought it appropriate to share Amanda Lin Costa’s work-in-progress documentary about memorials built from the steel of the World Trade Center.  Hangar 17, an expansive space at JFK Airport, has become the temporary resting place for collected debris from that day….beams, firetrucks, taxis, shoes, etc.   Over the past ten years, select pieces have been distributed upon request to create memorials that are now scattered about world, including all 50 States.   In her documentary, Costa focuses not only on the design of the memorials, such as those in , Saratoga Spings, Westchester and New Jersey, but also their experiential and spiritual quality.

More about the documentary after the break.

Origami Cave (Emergency Shelter) / LAVA

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Architect: LAVA
Location: Sydney,
Photographs: Courtesy of LAVA

Windsor Police Department / Roth Sheppard Architects


The Windsor Police Department is a facility located within a small community of just 20,000 people. The new building by Roth Sheppard Architects satisfies the community’s needs for a new police station, and optimizes the space, taking advantage of available context to be an even broader asset to the local community.

Architects: Roth Sheppard Architects
Location: Windsor, Colorado,
Consultants: Studio NYL, Abeyta Engineering Consultants, R2H, Jim Sell Design, Inc, Specifications by Design
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Roth Sheppard Architects

Courtesy of DCPP Arquitectos

New Taipei City Museum of Art Proposal / DCPP Arquitectos

This proposal for the New Taipei City Museum of Art by DCPP Arquitectos… is an open and welcoming design that erases the barrier of exclusivity normally surrounding the world of art, patrons, and experts. As such, the architecture is one

Judicial Centre in Debrecen / Koller Studio

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Architects: Koller Studio
Location: ,
Project Team: József Koller, László Csatai, László Pethő, László Földes
Client: County Court of Hajdú-Bihar and Supreme Prosecutor of Debrecen
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 6,035 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Koller Studio

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Busan Opera House Proposal / PAPER | TOTEMENT

The shaping concept of the buildings for the Busan Opera House by PAPER | TOTEMENT… is based on placing simple forms together with their capacities and location determined by their functional tasks. The outside shape of the achieved agglomerate is

Emigration Canyon Residence / Sparano + Mooney Architecture

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Architect: Sparano + Mooney Architecture
Location: , Utah ()
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 2,700SqFt
Contractor: Benchmark Modern
Photography: Dustin Aksland


view from park towards Yingge Township

New Taipei City Museum of Art Proposal / Lyons

The new museum proposed by Lyons… has been designed in response to its context – to the park, river, city and the surrounding mountains. The concept connects the building and its spaces with the unique features of the site and

AD Classics: Armenian Opera Theater / Alexander Tamanian

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Opened in 1933 and completed in its current state in 1953, the Armenian Opera Theater was designed by Armenian architect .  The theater is one of Tamanian’s most profilic architectural works, which include a plethora of Armenian architectural icons such as his hydroelectric station (1926), Republic Square (1926–1941) and many others. 

Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings: An Exhibition by Matilde Cassani

Photo by Ivan Sarfatti

Storefront for Art and Architecture will be host to Matilde Cassani’s  Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings, an archive and exhibition that unveils the secret sacred territory throughout New York.  The exhibition will run from September 14 – November 5th with an opening reception on September 13 at 7pm.  Cassani’s work explores the pluralism of religion as it manifests itself in contemporary non-traditional spaces – hidden away in the niches of the contemporary city.  This exhibit will have a collection of analytical and speculative works, to be read as a public archive and exhibition.

Continue after the break for more on this exhibit.

Melfi Headquarters / Medir Architetti

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Architects: Medir Architetti / Roberto Ianigro, Valentina Ricciuti
Location: , Italy
Client: Melfi Srl
Structural Engineer: Sergio Iadanza – Iadanza Engineering Isernia
Mechanical Engineer: Leo D’Antona
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Alberto Muciaccia

World Population Concentrated


What would the world’s landscape look like if it were concentrated into one megalopolis?  This graphic analysis illustrates the amount of land required to accommodate all 6.9 billion people based on the densities of cities across the globe.  The differences illuminate the adverse affects of suburban sprawl.


Julia’s House / Moohoi Architecture

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Architect: Moohoi Architecture
Location: 1487-10 SeoCho-Dong, SeoCho-Koo, ,
Lead Architect: Kim Jae-kwan
Construction: Kim Jae-kwan
Written Material: Kim Jae-kwan
Project Area: 237.69 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Park Young-chae

2011 matR Project: “The Passage”

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A team of graduate students recently created a temporary installation on the State University, campus in . The project grew out of an internal challenge in the matR design competition. Designed by graduate students Brian Thoma, Carl, Veith, Victoria, Capranica, Matt Veith, and Griffin Morris, the tunnel-like structure called “The Passage” was a study to support the conceptualization and actualization of innovative and experimental material research. The students created the initial form in Rhinoceros with a couple Grasshopper definitions as a waffle structure of 26 vertical ribs and 24 horizontal struts. More images and information after the break.

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‘Avant-Garde of Tomorrow?’ Exhibition

‘Avant-garde of tomorrow?‘ which is an exhibition on young Polish architecture, will inaugurate the opening of the Centre for Architecture and Design in Łódź, Poland on October 7th. The exhibition gathers 14 of most promising Polish designers and puts focus…

158 Cecil Street / Park+Associates

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Architect/Interior: Park+Associates Pte Ltd/ 2nd Edition Pte Ltd
Location: 158, Cecil Street,
Area: 3,300 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographers: Edward Hendricks

“Thicket” – Installation / Sanders Pace Architecture

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Architect: Sanders Pace Architecture
Location: Manchester,
Project Team: Brandon Pace, Michael Davis, Michael Aktalay, Larry Davis, Matthew Davis, Carah Ferry, Will Spencer, Garrett Ferry, Ashley Pace, John Sanders, Stephanie Dowdy, David Scott, Shane Elliot, Leslie Smith
Project Area: 900 SF (x2 pods)
Project Year: Summer 2011
Photographs: © Sanders Pace Architecture 

Rocinha Urban Strategy / Kyle Beneventi


Right outside of lies Rocinha, the largest slum in South America. This informal settlement, first occupied by a community of farmers, has quickly developed into one of the most dense living situations on the planet. About half the size of Central Park in New York City, this favela is home to an estimated 150,000 people. With the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games both taking place in , Rocinha will become a hot topic in the next few years. Due to its small size, this project by Kyle Beneventi proposes an urban strategy to make Rocinha a very walkable city, dealing principally with voids to break up the blanket of uniform building mass. More images and project description after the break.