©  AIA Detroit Chapter’s Urban Priorities Committee
© AIA Detroit Chapter’s Urban Priorities Committee

Knight Cities Challenge Selects 126 Finalists

Last week, the Knight Foundation announced the 126 finalists for its Knight Cities Challenge. This Challenge was an open call for ideas on how to invigorate the 26 US communities that receive funding from the Foundation. Over 7,000 submissions were received, with ideas ranging from the installation of street arcades to the transformation of vacant city lots. The Knight Foundation chose submissions from each of the 26 communities, selecting those that best encouraged community engagement, provided economic opportunity, and made the city a more attractive place to be. See the full list of finalists, here!

Utopia Arkitekter Designs Apartment Block with Rooftop Park for Stockholm

One of three new housing blocks in Hornsbruksgatan. Image ©

The Södermalm district of Stockholm will be receiving a unique new addition to its collection of residential housing. Utopia Arkitekter has proposed a redevelopment plan along Hornsbruksgatan that will include three apartment buildings and a new metro station. In total, the plan will create 29 units: twelve and seventeen town houses. Rising two to three stories above the street, the connected roofs of each of these buildings will act as an extension to the nearby Högalid Park.

© Julius Shulman Institute
© Julius Shulman Institute

Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light

In the wake of her selection as the recipient of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award for 2015, Hélène Binet‘s work will be exhibited at the Woodbury University Hollywood (WUHO) Gallery in Los Angeles, California. The exhibition, entitled Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light, will be open from February 28, 2015 to March 29, 2015, showcasing the highlights of the artist’s career as a renowned architectural photographer. The exhibition will be initiated with an opening reception and award ceremony on February 28, 2015 to honor Binet for her achievements. Continue after the break to learn more. 

House In Vilnius / Aketuri Architektai

© Norbert Tukaj

Architects: Aketuri Architektai
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Architect In Charge: Milda Rekevičienė, Alda Tilvikaitė, Lukas Rekevičius
Area: 247.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Norbert Tukaj

Video: Hawkins\Brown Go Underground with Crossrail

After more than two decades of planning and development, the design for London’s Tottenham Court Road tube station by Hawkins\Brown has been revealed. Part of the Crossrail project and described as a “dream project” for the firm, the £375m upgrade will see a complete overhaul of the station’s interior and accessibility points.

In this video from Crane.tv, Roger Hawkins explains ’s collaborative design approach, identifying the project as an “opportunity to rework the space…as a plaza, as a public space, but fundamentally [as] an access site.” has since been commissioned to upgrade the Liverpool Street and Bond Street tube stations.

6 Modern Pyramids that Show Timeless Geometry is Here to Stay

The Louvre Pyramid / . Image © Greg Kristo

If you were a Greek tourist in the 1st century BCE you would likely have had something in your hand that would be quite familiar here in the 21st century. A guide book. The most popular guide book of the Hellenic world listed seven wonders of the world that should be visited by any Greek traveler.

Of those seven wonders, six no longer exist. The Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus were lost to natural causes, the Temple of Artemis and Statue of Zues destroyed by human hands, and no one knows what happened to the Hanging Gardens. The remaining wonder is the Great Pyramid of Giza. This colossal Egyptian structure is so grand a work that even today, 4,500 years after its construction, it is still considered by some to be the most impressive civil engineering project in history, beating out feats like the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The pyramid isn’t just an ancient wonder. Just as the Great Pyramid has managed to survive into modern times, so has our love affair with the simple but powerful angled shape. Modern architects and engineers continue to build pyramids. These modern pyramids may not be stone tombs to ancient pharaohs, but are no less stunning for all that. Read on after the break for six examples.

Vodafone CEC / IO Studio

© Alexander Doborvotský

Architects: IO Studio
Location: Vinohradská 2356/168, 130 00 Praha-Praha 3,
Architect In Charge: Luka Križek, Radek Bláha
Year: 2011
Photographs: Alexander Doborvotský

Courtesy of Artplace
Courtesy of Artplace

Artplace Offering Grants for Cultural Installations

Artplace America is offering up to $3 million in funding to an applicant non-governmental organization (NGO) in six different regions of the US as a part of its Community Development Investments program. Artplace will select these six organizations based on their interest in “sustainably incorporating arts and cultural strategies into the organizations work.” If selected, NGOs will work with financial advisement teams, as well as creative consultants to make the best use of the grant money. To see if your organization is eligible, click here!

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Coop Housing at River Spreefeld / Carpaneto Architekten + Fatkoehl Architekten + BARarchitekten

© Ute Zscharnt

Architects: Carpaneto Architekten, , BARarchitekten
Location: Berlin,
Collaborators: Die Zusammenarbeiter, Christian Schöning, Angelika Drescher
Area: 7400.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ute Zscharnt, Daka, Michael Matuschka, Andreas Trogisch, Eric Tschernow, Johannes Dumpe

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Lighthouse And Museum Of Jara Cimrman / Hut Architektury Martin Rajnis

© Radka Ciglerova

Architects: Hut Architektury Martin Rajnis
Location: Czech Republic
Investor: Aleš Voverka, Pension u Čápa, Příchovice
Contractor: NAGA – Václav Horecký
Area: 162.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Radka Ciglerova, Andrea Thiel Lhotakova, Josef Pour

Illkirch-Graffenstaden City Hall / Atelier Filippini

© Christian Creutz

Architects: Atelier Filippini
Location: 181 Route de Lyon, 67400 Illkirch-Graffenstaden,
Agent Architect: Renato Filippini architect
Engineering Consultant: OTE Ingénierie
Environmental Engineering Consultant : OTELIO
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christian Creutz

Boonah House / Shaun Lockyer Architects

© Scott Burrows Photography

Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: Queensland,
Architect In Charge: Shaun Lockyer, Jennifer Negline, Lucy Hyndman
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Scott Burrows Photography

H71a / Studio Granda

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Architects: Studio Granda
Location: Hverfisgata, Reykjavík, Iceland
Area: 231.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Granda, Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson

Archiculture Interviews: David Byrne

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“Architecture affects how we see ourselves fitting into a city, and how we relate to one another.” In this latest video from Arbuckle Industries following its release of Archiculture, David Byrne, known for his music, writing, and art, provides his perspective on some of the issues facing architecture today. In the interview, he addresses the need to rethink design practice as an all-encompassing approach, and advocates the tailoring of designs for their specific purposes. Byrne also discusses the problem of the “starchitect” phenomenon, the relationship of people with the built environment, and the resulting atmospheric effects that spatial and acoustic qualities can impart.

Roebourne Children and Family Centre / Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects

© Peter Bennetts

Architects: Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects
Location: WA 6718,
Design Team: Finn Pedersen, Adrian Iredale, Martyn Hook, Vincci Chow, Nikki Ross, Melissa Loong, Rebecca Angus, Khairani Khalifah, , Mary McAree, Drew Penhale, Matthew Fletcher
Photographs: Peter Bennetts, Courtesy of Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects

Yoko Ono and Project 120 Collaborate to Reimagine Chicago’s Jackson Park

Aerial View of the Park. Image Courtesy of Project 120 Chicago

Chicago’s is expected to see some big changes in the coming years. Nonprofit organization Project 120 is working to revitalize the park, restoring many of the design aspects implemented by its landscape architect, the famous Frederick Law Olmsted. Alongside this restoration, the park will also receive a new Phoenix Pavilion, homage to Japan’s gift to the US for the 1893 Columbian Exposition. An outdoor performance space will be added to the park, as will an installation funded by musician and activist . See the details, after the break.

PilMa House / Azootea

© Paula Arroyo

Architects: Berta González Salinero, Alegría Zorrilla Miras
Location: 28511 Valdilecha, Madrid,
Project Area: 236.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Paula Arroyo

Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts Reveals Expansion Plans with Buildings by Steven Holl and Lake|Flato

The Fayez S. Sarofim Campus. Image © Steven Holl Architects

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston () has released plans for an ambitious $450 million expansion that will transform it into one of the largest art campuses in the US. The 14-acre masterplan will include three new buildings – one by Texas-based Lake|Flato Architects and two others by museum aficionado Steven Holl Architects - connected by a pedestrianized landscape of reflecting pools and gardens.

The first scheduled to break ground (this year) is the Steven Holl-designed, 80,000-square-foot new home for the Glassell School of Art. The L-shaped, pre-cast concrete structure will, as MFAH describes, pride itself as an extension of the campus landscape, featuring a stepped amphitheater that leads up to a walkable, trellised roof garden.