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(RE)Configured-Assemblage / WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC and XP& Architecture

Courtesy of WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC and XP& Architecture
Courtesy of WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC and XP& Architecture

WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC, in collaboration with XP& Architecture, shared with us their proposal for a sustainable mixed-use development project, aimed to be a developmental landmark, using reconfigured traces of shipping containers. They will do so through diligently reconnecting, revitalising, and humanizing the accessibility of the City of Long Beach, Long Beach Blvd and the Broadway Area. More images and a brief description after the break.

Lamar Advertising Headquarters / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

© Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
© Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Lamar Advertising Headquarters, as designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, is a reaction against the standard office environment; it is a collaborative administrative center, a proposal planned to strengthen a culture of openness. This refurbishment of a 1970’s office building reinvented a segmented office plan into a communal arena to connect colleges and contribute to the communicating whole. More of Lamar Advertising Headquarters after the break.

The University of Miami Frost College of Music Center for Experiential Music / Performance Architecture

© Performance Architecture
© Performance Architecture

Performance Architecture shared with us their design for the University of Miami’s Frost College of Music Center for Experiential Music. The performance building is foreseen as a “jewel” on Lake Osceola, and its design is a pure reflection of the University’s innovative teaching philosophy. Collaborative teaching and learning are fully facilitated by this proposed structure, which allows multiple facets of interaction among its inhabitants. Learn more about The University of Miami Frost College of Music Center for Experiential Music after the break.

Recovery Park Urban Farming / Detroit Collaborative Design Center

Courtesy of Detroit Collaborative Design Center
Courtesy of Detroit Collaborative Design Center

RecoveryPark is a collaborative effort of neighborhoods, policymakers and designers that will include urban farming, education, commercial and housing development in Detroit, Michigan. SHAR, Inc. (Self Help Addiction Rehabilitation) teamed up with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture to create a community design process to develop land-use proposals and speculate on what a resuscitated urban environment might look like. Read on for more after the break.

Why Politics Matter: Le Corbusier, Fascism, and UBS

Le Corbusier on the Swiss 10 franc banknote, © Will's Online World Paper Money Gallery
Le Corbusier on the Swiss 10 franc banknote, © Will's Online World Paper Money Gallery

Le Corbusier’s politics are a divisive issue for architects and rightly so: his work is still highly influential, in both adoration and enmity, and his expressed political views are at odds with contemporary western democratic values. It’s easy for the discussion of those views to lapse into a sort of ethical debate by-proxy, devolving into a discussion about whether or not Le Corbusier should continue to be included in the canon of twentieth century architects considering his apparent anti-Semetism and sympathy for the Nazi party. Such narrow and moralistic inquiry negates other issues pertinent to Le Corbusier’s  place in history. It is possible to both be aware of Le Corbusier’s political affiliations and to discuss his work as an architect, urbanist, and designer for its own merits. By way of explanation, I would like to revisit a recent controversy concerning Le Corbusier.

Antelope Valley Reflecting Wall / Min | Day

© Min | Day
© Min | Day

  The Antelope Valley Reflecting Wall is a proposal by architecture office Min | Day to alter the face of an existing retaining wall in Lincoln, Nebraska and enliven the adjoining land. Min | Day describes the Antelope Valley Reflecting Wall as a new horizon in Lincoln, Nebraska. Although an 18 foot by 1000 foot retaining wall, the structural base of the project, already exists, the area is unimpressive and underused. Min | Day’s additions to the structure and to the space would transform the floodwall and its surroundings into a fresh new urban space for the city and the neighborhood.

Eight Thousand Two Hundred Fifteen / Studio BONNER & Stayner Architects

Courtesy of Studio BONNER & Stayner Architects
Courtesy of Studio BONNER & Stayner Architects

Designed by Studio BONNER & Stayner Architects, Eight Thousand Two Hundred Fifteen is a proposal for an entrance plaza and children’s play area for Zoo Miami and Miami-Dade Art in Public Places. Emerging from the uncontrollability of hydrology and urbanism, the 80,000 ft2 paving system is comprised of thousands of pre-cast and cast-in-place concrete surfaces that mutate from horizontal to vertical at key points, both adaptive and constantly changing. More images and architects’ description after the break.

DigitalFUTURE Exhibition

The work of Wendy W Fok (WE-DESIGNS, LLC) & CUHK students (Summer 2011 – Relational Modularity Studio) will be exhibited at the DigitalFUTURE Exhibition in Shanghai, China alongside other pioneering international design practices, including but not limited to: Zaha Hadid Architects, UNStudio, Greg Lynn FORM, SPAN, Evan Douglis Studio, Aranda/Lasch, among many others.

Update: New Database for Stalled Projects + ABI June

ABI June Chart via CalculatedRiskBlog
ABI June Chart via CalculatedRiskBlog

The architectural profession has been greatly influenced by the recession that began over three years ago.    With hundreds of projects, on a variety of scales, being stalled or completely canceled, and firms forced to lay off extreme numbers of employees, many estimate that our profession has taken one of the hardest hits of this economic downturn. We are constantly, and optimistically, seeking that metaphorical silver lining to get back on our feet hoping our industry will revive itself.  Yet, back in March of this year,  the Chief economist for the AIA, Kermit Baker, warned, “We’ve been preaching patience and cautious optimism for a full recovery because there continues to be a wide range of business conditions for architecture firms that are also influenced by firm size, practice specialties and regional location. We still expect the road to recovery to move at a slow, but steady pace.” More after the break.

Oak Forest Library / Natalye Appel + Architect Works, Inc., + James Ray Architects

  • Architects: Natalye Appel , Architect Works, Inc.,, James Ray Architects
  • Location: Houston, Texas, United States
  • Architect: Natalye Appel + Associates Architects, Architect Works, Inc., James Ray Architects
  • Project Team: Natyle Appel, FAIA, Donna Kacmar, FAIA, James Ray, AIA, Alan Creech, AIA, Stuart Smith, AIA
  • Area: 1115.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of natalye appel + associate architects

Courtesy of  natalye appel + associate architects Courtesy of  natalye appel + associate architects Courtesy of  natalye appel + associate architects Courtesy of  natalye appel + associate architects

AD Classics: AD Classics: Palace of the Assembly / Le Corbusier

© Nicholas Iyadurai © Nicholas Iyadurai © Nicholas Iyadurai © Nicholas Iyadurai

One of Le Corbusier's most prominent buildings from India, the Palace of the Assembly in Chandigarh boasts his major architectural philosophies and style. Le Corbusier's five points of architecture can be found within the design from its open plan to the view of the Himalayan landscape. The program features a circular assembly chamber, a forum for conversation and transactions, and stair-free circulation. 

House in Yotsukaido / Studio NOA

  • Architects: Studio NOA
  • Location: Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects: Studio NOA Architect & Associates
  • Area: 160.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of studio noa

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Joukowsky Institute / Anmahian Winton Architects

  • Architects: Anmahian Winton Architects
  • Location: 60 George St, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA
  • Architect: Anmahian Winton
  • Project Team: Nick Winton AIA(principal in charge), Alex Anmahian AIA(consulting principal), Aaron Bruckerhoff AIA, LEED AP(project manager), Joel Lamere (project architect), Makoto Abe (project designer), Aaron Stavert AIA
  • Consultants: RDK Engineers, Richmond So Engineers, GZA, Shawmut Design & Construction, Hines Wasser Associates, LAM Partners
  • Area: 15000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Peter Vanderwarker

© Peter Vanderwarker © Peter Vanderwarker © Peter Vanderwarker © Peter Vanderwarker

Garay House / Swatt | Miers Architects

  • Architects: Swatt | Miers Architects
  • Location: 1600-1698 Juanita Ln, Tiburon, CA 94920, USA
  • Architect: Swatt | Miers Architects
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Russell Abraham

© Russell Abraham © Russell Abraham © Russell Abraham © Russell Abraham

Twins: Houses in Five Parts / William O'Brien Jr

© William O'Brien Jr rendering by Peter Guthrie
© William O'Brien Jr rendering by Peter Guthrie

Architects: William O’Brien Jr. LLC Location: Upstate New York Design Principal: William O’Brien Jr Project Team: Bhujon Kang Project Year: 2009-2011 Visualization: Peter Guthrie

© William O'Brien Jr rendering by Peter Guthrie © William O'Brien Jr rendering by Peter Guthrie © William O'Brien Jr rendering by Peter Guthrie © William O'Brien Jr rendering by Peter Guthrie