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adAPT NYC Request for Proposals

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is inviting developers to submit proposals for a new construction project in Kips Bay, Manhattan. Developing housing that meets the needs of how New Yorkers live today is critical to the City’s future economic success. Currently, the City’s housing stock is misaligned with the changing demographics of its population. There are 1.8 million one- and two-person households (more than 60 percent of New York City households) and only one million studios and one-bedrooms to meet this housing demand. According to the 2010 Census, the growth rates of the one- and two-person household populations exceed the growth rate of households with three or more people. adAPT NYC seeks to create additional choice within New York City’s housing market. Submissions are due no later than September 14 with a pre-submission conference to be held on July 31. To register and for more information, please visit here.

Alfonso Architects Awarded Tampa International Airport Expansion

Alfonso Architects, along with The Beck Group, have been awarded $17 million to design-build the expansion of the Tampa International Airport in Florida.  The existing complex will be expanded with an additional 30,000 square feet and will include the renovation of 40,000 sq ft of existing space at Airside F. Project. The terminal, which originally opened in 1987, handles most of the international flights including daily non-stop service to London and four weekly flights to Cuba.  The first phase will begin this month and be completed by the end of 2012 with an ultimate completion date of August 2013.

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Robert Venturi: An Icon Retires; A Firm Rebrands

Robert Venturi © Frank Hanswijk
Robert Venturi © Frank Hanswijk

After practicing for over fifty years as one of the world’s most preeminent architects, Robert Venturi, FAIA, has retired. The Philadelphia-based, American architect became known as the father of postmodernism and, together with his wife and partner, Denise Scott Brown, FAIA, he changed how the world perceives architecture with his maxim, “Less is a bore.” Now, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, which Venturi co-founded with his wife, has relaunched as VSBA under the new leadership of president and principal Daniel K. McCoubrey, AIA. Together with principal Nancy Rogo Trainer, FAIA, McCoubrey will continue to build under the founders’ values – “bringing creative design, thoughtful analysis, and responsive service” to each client. Meanwhile, Scott Brown will continue publishing and presenting her work. Continue after the break for more details.

AASH11 Workshop - "City on the Sea"

Courtesy of Daniel Gillen
Courtesy of Daniel Gillen

70.8% of the earth’s surface is water and Shanghai is approaching a point of overflow. Future development will require the inhabitation of this surface area. In addition to a fascinating physical property caused by the surface tension of water, the meniscus is a strikingly relevant metaphor for the urban predicament of contemporary. As an urban metaphor, the meniscus is associated with periphery, threshold, development, and tension.

'A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion' Exhibition

Courtesy of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF)
Courtesy of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF)

In 1953, six years before the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened to the public, two of his structures—a pavilion and model Usonian house—were built on the future site of the museum to house a temporary exhibition displaying the architect’s lifelong work. From July 27, 2012, to February 13, 2013, the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum will present A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion, an exhibition comprised of selected materials from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, highlighting the first Wright buildings erected in New York City. Text Courtesy of: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF). More information on the exhibition after the break.

Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery / Wodiczko + Bonder

© Philippe Ruault / Julian Bonder
© Philippe Ruault / Julian Bonder

Located along the Loire riverfront in the center of the city of Nantes, this memorial, designed by Wodiczko + Bonder, is a metaphorical and emotional evocation of the struggle for the abolition of slavery. With the aim of being above all historic, the project still continues into the present and proposes a physical transformation and symbolic reinforcement of 350 meters of the coast of the Loire along Quai de la Fosse. This working memorial includes the adaptation of a pre-existing underground residual space, a product of the construction of the Loire embankments and port during the XVIII, XIX, and XX Centuries. It provides space and means for remembering and thinking about slavery and the slave trade; commemorating resistance and the abolitionist struggle; celebrating the historic act of abolition; and for bringing the visitor closer to the continuing struggle against present-day forms of slavery. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Housing Vitrolles / MDR Architectes

  • Architects: MDR Architectes
  • Location: Vitrolles, France
  • Design Team: Matte Devaux, Frédéric Devaux, Arnaud Rousseau
  • Area: 5315.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau

Eden House / The Practice of Everyday Design

  • Architects: The Practice of Everyday Design
  • Location: Mississauga, ON, Canada
  • Architects: The Practice of Everyday Design
  • Design Team: Antoine Morris, David Long, Melanie Morris
  • Area: 550.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Chris Shepherd, Courtesy of the practice of everyday design

Courtesy of the practice of everyday design © Chris Shepherd © Chris Shepherd © Chris Shepherd

Sauder School of Business / Acton Ostry Architects

  • Architects: Acton Ostry Architects
  • Location: The University of British Columbia, 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
  • Client: UBC Property Trust
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Martin Tessler

© Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler

Bromont House / Paul Bernier Architecte

  • Architects: Paul Bernier Architecte
  • Location: Bromont, QC, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: Paul Bernier
  • Structural Engineer: Alain Mousseau
  • Area: 3925.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: James Brittain

© James Brittain © James Brittain © James Brittain © James Brittain

WohnWerk / Christ & Gantenbein

  • Architects: Christ & Gantenbein
  • Location: Basle, Switzerland
  • Design Team: Julia Tobler, Tabea Lachenmann, Berend Frenzel, Nicole Ritschard, Marcus Kopper, Anette Schick
  • Client: Verein Jugendfürsorge
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Roman Keller

© Roman Keller © Roman Keller © Roman Keller © Roman Keller

Bureau 100 / NFOE et Associés Architectes

  • Architects: NFOE et Associés Architectes
  • Location: Montreal, QC H2Y 2W7, Canada
  • Project Manager: Masa Fukushima, Rafie Sossanpour
  • Project Architects: NFOE Team
  • Design Team: NFOE Team
  • Area: 1015.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Stéphane Brügger

© Stéphane Brügger © Stéphane Brügger © Stéphane Brügger © Stéphane Brügger

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Building for Nanjing University / HDR

HDR was recently chosen by Nanjing University to provide conceptual and schematic design services, as well as a masterplan, for its new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences building. The facility will house four academic departments (material science and engineering; quantum electronics and optical engineering; biomedical engineering; and energy science and engineering), six interdisciplinary research centers, a state-of-the-art conference center, as well as common areas for student and faculty gatherings. The building, which is expected to be completed in 2014, will be over 650,000 square feet and accommodate more than 1,600 students and faculty on a daily basis. More architects’ description after the break.