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The "Open House": From House to Theater in 90 Minutes

01:00 - 21 August, 2013

"Open House" is artist Matthew Mazzotta's latest invention: a compact, faded pink house that unfolds into a ten-piece outdoor theater that seats nearly 100 people. Facing a raised earthen stage, it's a public space made from the remnants of a privately owned blighted property. Reversing the loss of public space that the city of York, Alabama has experienced, Open House has transformed a wasted ruin of a house into an outdoor theatre open to various community events.

July's ABI Jumps Full Point, Indicates National Growth

00:00 - 21 August, 2013
July's ABI Jumps Full Point, Indicates National Growth, July ABI via Calculated Risk
July ABI via Calculated Risk

The July Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has jumped to 52.7, up more than one full point from June's 51.6, indicating "acceleration in the growth of design activity nationally." As any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings, July's score reflects an increase in demand for design services; this increase was seen most dramatically in the area of new projects, which jumped from 62.6 in June to 66.7 in July.

Despite the optimistic results, AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, noted the uneven nature of the growth, and warned that "it is premature to declare the entire sector has entered an expansion phase.”

More statistics from July's ABI, after the break...

308 Mulberry / Robert M. Gurney Architect

01:00 - 21 August, 2013
308 Mulberry / Robert M. Gurney Architect, © Maxwell MacKenzie
© Maxwell MacKenzie

© Maxwell MacKenzie © Maxwell MacKenzie © Maxwell MacKenzie © Maxwell MacKenzie +44

Norman Foster Resigns from Moscow's Pushkin Museum Expansion

00:00 - 21 August, 2013
Norman Foster Resigns from Moscow's Pushkin Museum Expansion, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts via Wikipedia
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts via Wikipedia

Norman Foster has walked away from a $670 million expansion project for Moscow’s largest museum of European art: The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. According to The Art Newspaper, the prized British architect resigned from the project back in June after Moscow’s chief architect, Sergei Kuznetsov issued an ultimatum that demanded Foster either work and defend the project himself or turn it down. 

AD Classics: Niterói Contemporary Art Museum / Oscar Niemeyer

01:00 - 21 August, 2013
Courtesy of wikiarquitectura.com
Courtesy of wikiarquitectura.com

The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, also know as the MAC, was designed by the famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and completed in 1996. This iconic saucer-shaped structure, situated on a cliffside above Guanabara bay in the city of Niterói, brilliantly frames the panoramic views of the city of Rio De Janeiro and encapsulates the simple, yet brilliant signature aesthetic of Niemeyer.

© Gili Merin © Gili Merin Sketch by Oscar Niemeyer. Image Courtesy of wikiarquitectura.com Courtesy of wikiarquitectura.com +14

Brooklyn to Transform Canal Into "Sponge Park"

00:00 - 20 August, 2013
Brooklyn to Transform Canal Into "Sponge Park", Courtesy of dlandstudio
Courtesy of dlandstudio

One of the United States’ most polluted bodies of water is about to receive a much needed make-over: In early 2014, construction will begin on a pollution-preventing greenscape that will run alongside Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. The proposal, dubbed Sponge Park, was envisioned more than five years ago by Susannah Drake of dlandstudio and has just now “soaked up” enough funds to move forward. 

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' Unveil Homeshell Prototype at London’s RA

00:00 - 20 August, 2013
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' Unveil Homeshell Prototype at London’s RA, © Miguel Santa Clara, via Royal Academy of Arts
© Miguel Santa Clara, via Royal Academy of Arts

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) have unveiled a three story flat-pack house in the courtyard of London’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA). Designed as an answer to the UK’s urgent need for cost-effective housing, the prototype demonstrates a method of building "high-quality, well-designed houses significantly cheaper than other traditional methods of construction."

RSHP, known for their large-scale projects, envisage Homeshell as part of a wider platform which could encompass apartments, schools, factories and healthcare centers.

Landscape Design In Our Time of Climate Change

01:00 - 20 August, 2013
Landscape Design In Our Time of Climate Change, Hudson River Park, Tribeca Section. Image Courtesy of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Hudson River Park, Tribeca Section. Image Courtesy of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

In this article, which originally appeared in Metropolis Magazine's Point of View Blog as "Q&A: Kim Mathews and Signe Nielsen," Susan Szenasy interviews the principals of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects about how climate change has re-focused landscape architecture today on three important issues: Research, Redevelopment, & Resiliency.

In this season of Architecture’s Lean In Moment, I’m asking principals of three successful female-owned firms in architecture, graphic communication, and here landscape architecture, to talk about the work they do, how they connect with their clients (usually in the messy public realm), how they hone their skills and add to their knowledge base—all to provide the essential design services that they set out to do as idealistic young practitioners.

Here the principals of the New York firm, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, Kim Mathews, RLA, ASLA and Signe Nielsen, RLA, FASLA, talk about the evolution of their profession, their commitment to teaching, writing, lecturing, their research-informed work, as well as the new appreciation of design in the public realm. The firm’s new Green Team reports here regularly on topics like the importance of soil composition, working within the urban infrastructure, and waterfront remediation and redevelopment in a time of climate change. 

Holiday Home in Vitznau / alp Architektur Lischer Partner

01:00 - 20 August, 2013
Holiday Home in Vitznau / alp Architektur Lischer Partner, © Roger Frei
© Roger Frei
  • Architects

  • Location

    Vitznau, Switzerland
  • Project Manager

    Nicole Renggli-Frey
  • Planners

    Jung Pirmin, Rain LU / Trachsel AG, Luzern / Appert Zwahlen Partner AG, Cham ZG / Sphinx, Luzern
  • Construction Manager

    Tripol AG, Luzern
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei © Roger Frei +16

Design Republic Design Commune / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

01:00 - 20 August, 2013
Design Republic Design Commune  / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, © Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Partners in Charge

    Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
  • Associate in Charge

    Cai Chun Yan
  • Design Team

    Wang Yan, Fu Ying, Guo Peng, Peter Eland, Jonas Hultman, Markus Stoecklein, Christina Cho, Jeongyon Mimi Kim, Ella Ye Lu, Federico Saralvo, Zhao Lei, Xiao Lei, Darcy Tang
  • Product Team

    Brian Lo, Zhao Yun, Nicolas Fardet, Chen Xiaowen
  • Graphic Team

    Christine Neri, Hao Zhou, Evelyn Chiu, Siwei Ren
  • Area

    2400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute +12

Passion House M1 / Architect 11

01:00 - 20 August, 2013
Passion House M1 / Architect 11, Courtesy of Architect 11
Courtesy of Architect 11

Courtesy of Architect 11 Courtesy of Architect 11 Courtesy of Architect 11 Courtesy of Architect 11 +17

Summerhouse Lagnö / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

01:00 - 20 August, 2013
Summerhouse Lagnö / Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lagnö, Sweden
  • Design Team

    Martin Videgård, Bolle Tham, Anna Jacobsson
  • Structural Engineer

    Sweco, Mathias Karlsson
  • Area

    140.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman © Åke E:son Lindman +23

Saldus Music and Art School / MADE arhitekti

01:00 - 20 August, 2013
Saldus Music and Art School / MADE arhitekti, © Ansis Starks
© Ansis Starks
  • Architects

  • Location

    Saldus, Latvia
  • Architect in Charge

    Miķelis Putrāms, Linda Krūmiņa, Evelīna Ozola, Uldis Sedlovs, Liena Amoliņa
  • Graphic design

    Zigmunds Lapsa
  • Area

    4179.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks +37

MM House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Maria Cristina Motta

01:00 - 20 August, 2013
MM House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Maria Cristina Motta, © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bragança Paulista - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Collaborators

    Carolina Castroviejo, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano
  • Project Team

    Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Glycerio, Lair Reis Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski
  • Area

    715.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra +34

La Cucineria / Noses Architects

00:00 - 20 August, 2013
La Cucineria / Noses Architects, © Vito Corvasce
© Vito Corvasce

© Vito Corvasce © Vito Corvasce © Vito Corvasce © Vito Corvasce +15

Jakub Szczesny's Keret House Open for Residence

00:00 - 20 August, 2013
Jakub Szczesny's Keret House Open for Residence, © Polish Modern Art Foundation / Bartek Warzecha
© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Bartek Warzecha

Would you ever want live in the Keret House - the world's skinniest dwelling - in WarsawPoland? Well, now's your chance. The Polish Modern Art Foundation has announced an open call for resident applications to artists (under age 35) practicing in the fields of architecture, visual arts, literature, music or film. If selected, artists will have the opportunity to live in the Keret House for up to 21 days to realize a project of their own design. The residency aims to foster individual artistic expression, promote creative exchange, and expose artists to the cultural environment of Poland while offering them the chance to experience what many believe to be an "impossible architecture." See if you are eligible to apply here

Public Folly - Water Tower Renovation / META - Project

00:00 - 20 August, 2013
Public Folly - Water Tower Renovation / META - Project, © Chen Su
© Chen Su
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenyang, Liaoning, China
  • Design Team

    Wang Shuo, Zhang Jing, Chang Qianqian, Huang Limiao, Lin Changyan, Tang Heng
  • Client

    China VANKE Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    30.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Chen Su © Chen Su © Chen Su © Chen Su +35

Atriumhaus am Waldrand / Kleboth Lindinger Dollnig

01:00 - 20 August, 2013
Atriumhaus am Waldrand / Kleboth Lindinger Dollnig, Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett
Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett

Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett +18