Jeanne Gang Named as a 2011 MacArthur Fellow

, principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, has been named as one of this years prestigious MacArthur Fellows.  The second female recipient in architecture selected for the grant (Elizabeth Diller from Diller Scofidio + Renfro was named a in 1999), Gang is among a total of  22 recipients who will receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years.  The recipients fields are quite broad ranging anywhere from biologist to radio producer, but regardless of their chosen profession all were selected for their ‘creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future’.

“This has been a year of great change and extraordinary challenge, and we are once again reminded of the potential individuals have to make a difference in the world and shape our future,” said Robert Gallucci, President of the MacArthur Foundation. “The MacArthur Fellows exemplify how individual creativity and talent can spark new insights and ideas in every imaginable field of human endeavor.”

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St Antony Industrial Archaeological Park / Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch

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Architects: Ahlbrecht Felix Scheidt Kasprusch
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1007 sqm
Photographs: Deimel & Wittmar

Are College Graduates ready for the working world?

People go to college to learn how to learn and to train their brain to assess problems and determine what possible steps could or should be taken. You go to a technical college to learn how to do a thing or perform a specific job. You want to learn how to work on HVAC equipment there’s a school for that – they’re important – but it’s not the same set of criteria used to measure the success of college graduate from a typical four or five year program.

What I am really talking about is critical thinking – a skill that requires good logic skills but demands that the thinker employ accuracy, relevance, clarity and significance.

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‘Just the Flip Side of the Wall: Post Works at the AF’ Exhibition

For their inaugural show, Just the Flip Side of the Wall, Melissa Appleton and Matthew Butcher (Post Works) will create a new environment within The Architecture Foundation’s Project Space that will act as a frame for a series of events…

In Progress: Georgia Rest Stop / J. MAYER H. Architects

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Architect: J. MAYER H. Architects
Project Team: Jürgen Mayer H., Paul Angelier, Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Marcus Blum, Guy Levy
Architects on Site: Kobulieli and Partners / Ltd.”Alioni 99”
Preliminary Design: 2009
Completion: 2011
Clients: JSC Wissol Petroleum Georgia / Socar Georgia Petroleum
Photographs: J. MAYER H., Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn

Advanced Energy Center, Stony Brook University / Flad Architects

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Architect: Flad Architects
Location: , New York
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Steve Hall of Hedrich Blessing

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5710 Society Lecture Series

5710 (Fifty Seven Ten) Society recently announced their lecture series for 2011-2012. The series kicks off with an opening party on September 29th and runs until April 26th.
The lecture series will be held at The Scott Sutherland School of…

Flashback: Sunset Cabin / Taylor Smyth Architects

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Flashback: One of Archdaily’s goals is to bring you up to date information about projects that are being designed and constructed around the world. We’ve created a new category to cover inspiring projects that were constructed between the 1990′s and the early 2000′s.

Architects: Taylor Smyth Architects
Location: , Canada
Partner in Charge: Michael Taylor
Project Team: Mike Lafreniere
Project Year: 2004
Project Area: 275 sqf
Photographs: Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

Manzana de las Luces and the Environment Proposal / ESTUDIO AISENSON + SMF


ESTUDIO AISENSON + SMF shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the “National Contest of The Apple of the Lights and his Environment.” The construction of a set edilicio in the Apple of the Lights is one of the historical sites of major importance in . They believe that a look that shoud leave a contemporary stamp in the Apple of the Lights, which has been consolidated across diverse centuries of our history, cannot but to be based in recognizing the preexistences, the patrimonial value of the set and each of his parts and in formalizing the simultaneous need to join to the set and to be outlined as intervention. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rishikesh House / Rajiv Saini

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Architects: Mr. Rajiv Saini
Location: , India
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 640 sqm
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

Garden 5 Tool / DeStefano Partners

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Architect: DeStefano PartnersSamoo Architects & Engineers 
Location: , South Korea
Project Year: 2o11
Photographs: Samoo Architects & Engineers 

Originally called the Dongnam Distribution Center (DDC), the recently renamed Garden 5 Tool complex is a mega-shopping center in Seoul, South Korea.  The structure was designed by of Chicago, Illinois in conjunction with Samoo Architects & Engineers as the associate architect.

Football Stadium / DATA Architects

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The aim of this project, designed by DATA Architects, goes beyond a simple sport aesthetic, in wanting a full architectural experience. The two terms can not be separated in their minds. It is as much about the definition and sequencing of internal spaces on the transition between outside and inside. They are interested in all the rigor of the building as a skillful play of proportions in the light. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AD Classics: Xanadu House / Roy Mason

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Heralded as “House of the Future”, the by is a domed structure constructed completely form insulating polyurethane foam. The house was appropriately built less than 30 miles away from Disney World’s “Land of Tomorrow” Epcot Center and the two were opened only a few months apart.

Dragoon / LEVS Architecten

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Architects: LEVS Architecten
Location: ,
Client: Rabo Vastgoed BV, Utrecht
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of LEVS Architecten

Ziggy Stardust Dominates Prahran Apartment Facade

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Melbourne’s neighborhood will soon be home to a five-story block with David Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust emblazoned across the façade. The image will span across four of the levels on the new $10 million Tatu building. Utilizing a perforated metal screen system, the eyes and lips of the facial image will be adjustable when residents shift the screens on their balconies.

Originally rejected by the Stonnington Council, it was overturned by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. While some local residents are speculative of its aesthetics, the bold move made by developer Donald Musto is sure to garner attention.  Whether you are a fan of Bowie or not, the full façade mural is sure to make a mark on Melbourne – even if it does come across as kitschy.

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Le Point du Jour Art center / Éric Lapierre Architecture

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Architect: Éric Lapierre Architecture
Location: 107, avenue de Paris, 50100 -Octeville
Project Team : Yon Chau, Amélie Evrard, Inbum Kim, Eric Lapierre, Guillaume Ramillien
Structure: Batiserf, Pierre-Olivier Cayla, Philippe Clément
Cost Estimation: Bureau Michel Forgue, Aybival Avinal, Michel Forgue
Client: Ville de Cherbourg-Octeville
Area: 600 sqm
Cost: 991 000 €HT
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Hélène Binet, Paola Salerno

1100 First Street / Krueck & Sexton Architects

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Architects: Krueck & Sexton Architects
Location: Washington, , USA
Client: Tishman Speyer
MEP Engineer: Flack + Kurtz
Structural Engineer: Tadjer Cohen Edelson Associates, Inc.
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 355,000 sqf
Photographs: Prakash Patel

Cleveland State University Student Center / Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects with Braun & Steidl Architects

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Architect:Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (Design Architect) with Braun & Steidl Architects (Architect of Record)
Location: Cleveland, ,
Construction Manager: Heery International
Project Area: 138,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf