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3 Finalists Emerge in St. Petersburg Pier Redesign Competition

17:25 - 14 April, 2015
3 Finalists Emerge in St. Petersburg Pier Redesign Competition, © The Pier Park / Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith
© The Pier Park / Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith

After deliberating over eight shortlisted proposals to reimagine the St. Petersburg Pier, the Pier Selection Committee has narrowed the competition down to three designs. Though the proposals vary widely in aesthetics, the finalists all approached the project as an opportunity to express the past while embracing modern forms and incorporating strong public programs.

Next on the agenda, the Pier Selection Committee will conduct an initial public meeting on April 23 in which finalists will present clarifications on their designs, followed later that day with a second meeting to announce the teams' rankings. Based on these proceedings, one design will be chosen for further development, in collaboration with the city. Check out the three finalists, after the break.

Novopie Podiatric Clinic / Estudio de Arquitectura Antonio Jurado

16:00 - 14 April, 2015

Courtesy of Antonio Jurado Courtesy of Antonio Jurado Courtesy of Antonio Jurado Courtesy of Antonio Jurado +29

Princeton St. Bungalow / Ruben S. Ojeda Architects + Koning Eizenberg Architecture

14:00 - 14 April, 2015
Princeton St. Bungalow / Ruben S. Ojeda Architects + Koning Eizenberg Architecture, © Shawn Bishop
© Shawn Bishop

© Shawn Bishop © Shawn Bishop © Shawn Bishop © Shawn Bishop +28

Studio Gang Goes Public with Chicago's Newest Tower: Wanda Vista

13:00 - 14 April, 2015
Studio Gang Goes Public with Chicago's Newest Tower: Wanda Vista, © Studio Gang Architects
© Studio Gang Architects

Studio Gang Architects has gone public with what will be Chicago's third tallest tower, Wanda Vista. The massive mixed-use development, planned to open adjacent to the Chicago River in the city's Lake Shore East community by 2019, will reach 1100 feet (335 meters) and encompass more than 1.8 million-square-feet of residential and hotel space. 

Defined by three vertical elements, the tower is shaped to maximize resident views of the city and river below. 

Cordoba-ReUrbano Housing Building / Cadaval & Solà-Morales

12:00 - 14 April, 2015
Cordoba-ReUrbano Housing Building / Cadaval & Solà-Morales, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +32

Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India's Ancient River

09:30 - 14 April, 2015
Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India's Ancient River, © Anthony Acciavatti
© Anthony Acciavatti

Few geographies in the world nurture such a rich and complex imaginary as the Ganges River Valley. The heart of Indian Culture, and home to over one quarter of India’s population, the Ganges is one of the most fertile and infrastructure-heavy river valleys in the planet. Its many physical, historical and spiritual natures defy a single interpretation: always in flux, source of life and destruction, and venerated as a Hindu Deity, the Ganges fully embodies the complexities and excesses of the Indian Civilization.

In “Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River,” Anthony Acciavatti orchestrates a magnificent portrait of the Ganges River Basin, and its continuous reinvention as a test-bed for infrastructural innovation. Through the hybrid genre of the Atlas-Almanac-Travelogue, the book unfolds the many nested spatial and temporal scales that characterize this highly contested territory. Those captivated with the planetary urbanization of water will find in this book a timely and relevant volume of encyclopedic ambition and exquisite design.

© Anthony Acciavatti © Anthony Acciavatti © Anthony Acciavatti © Anthony Acciavatti +12

Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum / Teeple Architects

10:00 - 14 April, 2015
Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum  / Teeple Architects, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Tom Arban  © Tom Arban  © Tom Arban  © Tom Arban  +29

Winner of Yeats2015 "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" Announced

08:00 - 14 April, 2015
Winner of Yeats2015 "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" Announced, © shindesignworks
© shindesignworks

Yong ho Shin and John Randle of shindesignworks have been announced as the winners of "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," a design competition held earlier this year as part of the Yeats2015 festival. Based in London and Daegu, South Korea, the pair of architects proposed "Square Moon," a light-based installation for the Irish Island about which Yeats wrote his eponymous1892 poem, and from which the competition took its name.

Living-Garden House In Katowice / KWK PROMES

06:00 - 14 April, 2015
Living-Garden House In Katowice / KWK PROMES, © ​Jakub Certowicz
© ​Jakub Certowicz

© ​Jakub Certowicz © ​Jakub Certowicz © ​Jakub Certowicz © ​Jakub Certowicz +21

RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows UK Public Sector Workloads Dip

04:00 - 14 April, 2015
RIBA Future Trends Survey Shows UK Public Sector Workloads Dip, Courtesy of RIBA
Courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Future Trends Survey for February 2015 has revealed continued optimism, although the public sector workload forecast has dipped with uncertainty about spending commitments ahead of the UK General Election in May. The workload index fell back slightly to +26 (from +29 in January) and workload forecast balance figures have remained high, the highest numbers being reported from practices in the Midlands and East Anglia (+43) and in Wales and the West (+39). In addition, practices have reported that they are now employing 16% more Part 1 (undergraduate) and Part 2 (postgraduate) students than they were twelve months ago.

Old Mill Hotel Belgrade / GRAFT Architects

04:00 - 14 April, 2015
Old Mill Hotel Belgrade / GRAFT Architects, © Tobias Hein
© Tobias Hein

© Tobias Hein © Tobias Hein © Tobias Hein © Tobias Hein +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bulevar vojvode Mišića, Beograd, Serbia
  • Managing Directors

    Lars Krueckeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit
  • Project Manager

    Konstantin Buhr
  • Project Team

    Andrea Göldel, Sascha Krückeberg, Sebastian Gernhardt, Stephen Molloy, Denis Leo Hegic, Sonja Wedemeyer, Alice Mayer, Antonio Luque, Tade Godbersen
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Take an Architectural Tour of Milan with ParkMapp

02:30 - 14 April, 2015
Take an Architectural Tour of Milan with ParkMapp, Courtesy of Park Associati
Courtesy of Park Associati

Released in time for the opening of the Milan Furniture Show at EXPO 2015, ParkMapp is the ultimate guide to Milan's modern and contemporary architecture. An ongoing project by local architecture and design firm Park Associati, ParkMapp is a mobile app that identifies and geo-locates significant landmarks across the city. The app's sleek and legible interface is divided into modern and contemporary architecture, and features pictures and short descriptions of Milanese landmarks. A "lifestyle" section recommending cultural, retail, and dining attractions rounds out what Park Associati envisions as an "active map" for new and returning visitors alike. ParkMapp is available for download via the Apple App Store, or on Google play for Android devices.

PUBLICIS GROUPE / VOX Architects

03:00 - 14 April, 2015
PUBLICIS GROUPE / VOX Architects, © Alexey Knyazev
© Alexey Knyazev

© Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Leningradskiy prospekt, Moskva, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Boris Voskoboynikov, Maria Akhremenkova
  • Area

    6500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Blue Bottle Coffee Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Roastery & Cafe / Schemata Architects

23:00 - 13 April, 2015
Blue Bottle Coffee Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Roastery & Cafe / Schemata Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Chome-4-8 Hirano, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0023, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Jo Nagasaka
  • Design Team

    Ryosuke Yamamoto
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Green Collection / RT+Q Architects

21:00 - 13 April, 2015
Green Collection  / RT+Q Architects, © Albert Lim KS
© Albert Lim KS

© Albert Lim KS © Albert Lim KS © Albert Lim KS © Albert Lim KS +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sentosa, Singapore
  • Design Team

    Rene Tan, TK Quek, Chua Z-Chian, Melvin Keng & Jes Ang
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Erik Andersson Designs Carbon Fiber Pedestrian Bridge for Gothenburg

18:00 - 13 April, 2015
Erik Andersson Designs Carbon Fiber Pedestrian Bridge for Gothenburg, © MIR
© MIR

The City of Gothenburg has commissioned Erik Andersson Architects to design a new pedestrian bridge in the city's historic Haga district. The circular bridge, connecting streets Haga Kyrkogata and Arkitektgatan, will be made of carbon fiber, allowing for a narrow profile that seemingly floats over the water. It is envisioned that the landscape the crosses inside the circular form can be used as an amphitheater for riverside performances. 

St John the Apostle / Baldasso Cortese Architect

18:00 - 13 April, 2015
St John the Apostle / Baldasso Cortese Architect, © Peter Clarke
© Peter Clarke

© Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke +19

Leonardo DiCaprio Taps Jason McLennan to Design "Restorative" Eco-Resort in Belize

16:00 - 13 April, 2015
Leonardo DiCaprio Taps Jason McLennan to Design "Restorative" Eco-Resort in Belize, Rending of one of 48 private houses planned to be sold on the island. Image © McLennan Design via The New York Times
Rending of one of 48 private houses planned to be sold on the island. Image © McLennan Design via The New York Times

Founder of the Living Building Challenge, sustainability aficionado and architect Jason McLennan has been commissioned by famed actor Leonardo DiCaprio to design a 68-vila eco-resort on a private island in Belize. As The New York Times reports, the ambitious 42 hectare (104 acres) "Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island" will be carried out by New York developer Delos by 2018. 

The resort will feature an arc of floating suites built over the water and a network of artificial reefs and fish shelters, along with 48 millionaire villas and an indigenous plant nursery focused on manatee conservation.

“My goal was always the fact that I wanted to create something not just environmental, but restorative,” said DiCaprio to the newspaper. “A showcase for what is possible.”