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Update: MOCA / Farshid Moussavi

© Dean Kaufman/Courtesy MOCA Cleveland
© Dean Kaufman/Courtesy MOCA Cleveland

Just a short time since its public opening celebration, Farshid Moussavi’s Museum of Contemporary Art is already a dynamic hub of activity for the city of Cleveland.  A three-day festival in early October welcomed museum members, out-of-town guests and the general public with a series of art installations, music and entertainment, to showcase the city’s newest icon.  Moussavi joined in the festivities and was honored for her sleek faceted form at the museum’s three-tiered party.   Although we have been following the progress of the project since its conceptual phases, we have yet to see what the mysterious black cube has to offer in terms of interior gallery spaces and public gathering zones… until now! Check out a great series of interior photos plus beautiful exterior photos by photographers Dean Kaufman and Duane Prokop to compliment our set from the summer time. More after the break. 

Re:think Housing Competition Entry / Jessie Andjelic, Albert Dijk and Philip Vandermey

With the aim to generate a broader discussion of possibilities for Vancouver’s affordable housing crisis, Jessie Andjelic, Albert Dijk and Philip Vandermey submitted their Meta Vancouverism and Vancouver Islands proposal for the Re:think Housing competition held by the City of Vancouver. These concepts are focused on on being grenade projects in response to perceived contradictions within dominant themes of Vancouver urban planning – affordability, sustainability, nature, speculative urbanism, sprawl and the condo rush. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Haileybury Astana School / Çinici Mimarlık

© Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden

Architects: Çinici Mimarlık Location: Astana, Kazakhstan Project Manager: Mert Göktürk, Birkan Küçük Project Year: 2009 Photographs: Cemal Emden

© Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / PRAUD

With the role of the library changing in recent years, a library functions as more of a community center with less concern in collection space. In their proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library, PRAUD‘s concept focuses on creating flexible and generous space in user oriented space, and on housing collection space into certain area. Basically, collection spaces are located in between two major cores, that are also major structural supports of the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Taiyuan Archaeological Museum / Paul Andreu Architecte

© Paul Andreu Architecte
© Paul Andreu Architecte

Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte Location: Taiyuan, Shanxi, China Project Year: 2007 Project Area: 50,000 sqm Photographs: Paul Andreu Architecte

© Paul Andreu Architecte
© Paul Andreu Architecte
© Paul Andreu Architecte
© Paul Andreu Architecte
© Paul Andreu Architecte
© Paul Andreu Architecte
© Paul Andreu Architecte
© Paul Andreu Architecte

In Progress: Theatre at Nathan Phillips Square / Perkins+Will

  • Architects: Perkins+Will
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Area: 910.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Steven Evans

© Steven Evans © Steven Evans © Steven Evans © Steven Evans

ZAJC Showroom and Production Hall / IPNOTIC Architecture

  • Architects: IPNOTIC Architecture
  • Location: Poznań, Poland
  • Design Team: Ewelina Jankowska, Katarzyna Pucek, Wojciech Gruszczynski
  • Area: 1175.4 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Norbert Banaszyk, fotoarchitektura

© fotoarchitektura © Norbert Banaszyk © fotoarchitektura © fotoarchitektura

DAGA Cafe / ///byn

  • Architects: ///byn
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Principals: Nicolas SALTO DEL GIORGIO & Bittor SANCHEZ-MONASTERIO
  • Collaborators: Audrius LIAUGMINAS, Luke WEBSTER, YAO Yi & LI Min
  • Construction: SHANGHAI LAIJIANG DECORATE DESIGN CO, LTD
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: JIANG Yong

© JIANG Yong © JIANG Yong © JIANG Yong © JIANG Yong

Video: 'Lost Rivers' Trailer

Written and directed by Caroline Bâcle and produced by Katarina Soukup of Catbird Films, Inc., the official trailer for ‘Lost Rivers’ focuses on why rivers have disappeared throughout the course of time and the possibility of them coming back. The documentary tries to find answers by meeting visionary urban thinkers, activists and artists from around the world.

Capitol Hill Residence / Balance Associates Architects

  • Architects: Balance Associates Architects
  • Location: Seattle, WA, USA
  • Design Team: Balance Associates, Tom Lenchek AIA, Lauren Tindall Crocco, Kelby Riegsecker
  • Landscape Architect: Allworth Design
  • Structural Engineers: Harriott Valentine Engineers, Inc.
  • Mechanical Engineers: Ecotope
  • Geotechnical Engineers: Nelson Geotechnical Associates, Inc.
  • Solar Consultant: Solterra Systems
  • General Contractor: Charter Construction
  • Site Area: 4815 sqf
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Steve Keating Photography

© Steve Keating Photography © Steve Keating Photography © Steve Keating Photography © Steve Keating Photography

Cornell releases preliminary renderings of NYC Tech Campus

The central campus esplanade with large open space, a key feature of the proposed campus plan. © Kilograph
The central campus esplanade with large open space, a key feature of the proposed campus plan. © Kilograph

To celebrate the start of a seven-month land use review process, Cornell has released preliminary renderings of the first academic building planned for Cornell Tech – the new world-class technology and entrepreneurship campus in New York City that was masterplanned by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). The modern campus strives to rethink academic workspace, prioritize environmental performance, and exploit the unique urban condition of Roosevelt Island. In May, Pritzker Prize laureate Thom Mayne, founder of Morphosis, was appointed as architect of the first landmark building, which will set the stage for the carbon positive campus. Continue after the break to learn more.

Fumihiko Maki to design Cultural Center and University in London

Fumihiko Maki © Imogene Tudor
Fumihiko Maki © Imogene Tudor

Japanese modernist Fumihiko Maki has been chosen to design a cultural and university complex on a 67-acre Kings Cross development in London. As reported by the Evening Standard, the 84-year-old, Pritzker Prize-winning architect will design two buildings for the Aga Khan Development Network – an organization who leads the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims. The two projects are among five, totaling a half million square feet, that are being commissioned by the Network at Kings Cross. It is unsaid of who will design the other three buildings. However, preliminary designs studies are under way and formal appointments will be announced shortly.

The London 'LidoLine' - Swim to Work on Y/N Studio's Proposal

Courtesy of [Y/N] Studio
Courtesy of [Y/N] Studio

Join us after the break for more.

Matter @ Context: Contemporary Chilean Architecture at the IIT

Starting today, “Matter @ Context: Contemporary Chilean Architecture” will feature an interesting group of Chilean practices whose work represent the new architecture of the country. The Exhibit Organized by the Universidad Finis Terrae de Chile and the Illinois Institute of Technology will be on display at the Crown Hall, IIT, until October 22nd. A lecture, with Alberto Moletto, Ignacio Volante and Felipe Assadi, will take place on the 16th at 6PM. The book “Matter @ Contex” published by UFT will also be launched at the event. More about the curation and images of the selected projects after the break:

SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion Competition Library Exhibition

Courtesy of Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich of PATTERNS
Courtesy of Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich of PATTERNS

Opening this Friday, October 19th, at 7pm in the SCI-Arc gallery, the Graduation Pavilion Competition Exhibition documents the four faculty entries in the competition organized this past summer to select a winning design for the ArtPlace-funded outdoor pavilion, scheduled to be completed in spring 2013. SCI-Arc invited faculty members Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Elena Manferdini, Marcelo Spina (winning entry) and Tom Wiscombe to submit concepts for a design of an innovative, technically implementable, and visually remarkable multi-purpose pavilion. The resulting stage is set to host several upcoming graduation ceremonies, noteworthy symposia and presentations, as well as outreach cultural events developed in partnership with the surrounding Arts Community. The exhibition is on view until December 2. More images and architects’ description of their proposals after the break.