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Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Research Tower to Be Restored

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Research Tower to Be Restored, SCJ Research Tower / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © SC Johnson
SCJ Research Tower / Frank Lloyd Wright. Image © SC Johnson

Partially credited to the spotlight cast by MoMA’s "Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal" exhibition, SC Johnson (SCJ) has agreed to restore their 15-story Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower as a museum and corporate office in Racine, Wisconsin. Wright’s only constructed taproot-core, the 1950s tower is “an inspiring example of cantilever construction with an inner core extending 50 feet into the ground that provides support for the 16 million pound structure,” described SCJ. “The taproot core bears a strong resemblance to the lily pad-like columns seen throughout SC Johnson’s Administration Building, another Wright-designed facility.” 

Courtyard House / DeForest Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Courtyard House / DeForest Architects, © Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

© Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider +19

Park Passive House / NK Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Park Passive House / NK Architects, © Aaron Leitz
© Aaron Leitz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Madison Park, Seattle, WA 98112, United States
  • Area

    2710.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Aaron Leitz © Aaron Leitz © Aaron Leitz © Aaron Leitz +17

Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine / Little

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine / Little, © Mark Herboth
© Mark Herboth
  • Architects

  • Location

    Buies Creek, NC 27546, United States
  • Area

    96500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth +14

Arquitectonica Proposes Beckham MLS Stadium for Port of Miami

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
© 360 Architecture and Arquitectonica
© 360 Architecture and Arquitectonica

Miami-based Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture have unveiled preliminary details for a 25,000-seat, open-air Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium at the Port of Miami. One of 30 locations currently being reviewed as a potential site, the downtown location could serve as the home for David Beckham’s MLS expansion team as early as 2018. 

Amarin Apartment Village / 3LHD

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Amarin Apartment Village / 3LHD, Courtesy of 3LHD
Courtesy of 3LHD
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ulica Giosue Carduccia 4, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Courtesy of 3LHD Courtesy of 3LHD Courtesy of 3LHD Courtesy of 3LHD +21

From #Baffled to #BanstheMan! Twitterverse Reacts to Shigeru Ban's Pritzker Win

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
From #Baffled to #BanstheMan! Twitterverse Reacts to Shigeru Ban's Pritzker Win

We culled the Twitterverse looking for reactions to Shigeru Ban's Prizker win - from readers and critics alike. While the responses were generally positive, some were less so. 

See our favorite responses - from #baffled to #goodenough to #Banstheman! - after the break.

Reconstruction of the the Ederly People Association / Nicolas San Architecte

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte
Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte
  • Architects

  • Location

    Seysses, France
  • Area

    90.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte

Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte Courtesy of Nicolas San Architecte +17

Post 2 PP Interview

00:00 - 25 March, 2014

Last week we had the opportunity to interview this year's Pritzker Prize winner, Shigeru Ban, within his Metal Shutters Houses in New York City. The Japanese architect, who was a member of the Pritzker jury from 2006-2009, gave us his thoughtful, humble response to receiving architecture's most prestigious prize, saying the win is an "encouragement for me to continue working to make great architecture as well as working in disaster areas."

When we asked him how he remains so committed to humanitarian efforts, balancing them with his other commissions, he explained: "I also like to make monuments because monuments can be wonderful treasures for the city, but also I knew many people were suffering after the natural disasters, and the government provided them very poor evacuation facilities and temporary housing. I believe I can make them better." 

Read the entire interview transcript, in which Ban discusses his innovative use of materials and gives us a few anecdotes about studying in the US, after the break.

Critics and Peers Comment on Shigeru Ban's Pritzker Prize

00:00 - 25 March, 2014
Critics and Peers Comment on Shigeru Ban's Pritzker Prize

Yesterday we asked some prominent critics and a few of Ban's peers to weigh in on the Japanese architect's Pritzker win. Curators, architects, and writers praised Ban's approach and conviction, describing what Ban's work signifies to the architecture community. Read on for comments from Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair, MoMA curators Barry Bergdoll and Pedro Gadanho, Cooper Union classmates Nanako Umemoto and Jesse Reiser, of Reiser + Umemototo, and more.

"We are very proud of Shigeru as the first Pritzker Prize Winner to have graduated from Cooper Union. Shigeru continues to embody the independent thinking that was highly emphasized through our education. We met Shigeru in 1979, and can speak to his dedication to humanity from the beginning. As we recall, each design problem for Shigeru became an occasion to explore the work of what he considered to be the master architects as a way of developing his own voice. It has become fashionable to connect architecture to social causes; however, Shigeru has never seen it as a trend, but rather something fundamental to his design practice. Unlike those in the discipline who conflate their social and political commitments with architecture, he happens to be a very fine architect. As a result of his education abroad and his inclination to define a unique practice, Shigeru has always been viewed as an independent within the Japanese scene. We are very excited that Shigeru's work is being honored."
Nanako Umemoto and Jesse Reiser 
Founders of Reiser + Umemototo, RUR Architecture PC

Stackyard House / Mole Architects

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Stackyard House / Mole Architects, © David Butler
© David Butler

© David Butler © David Butler © David Butler © David Butler +11

Life of an Architect Launches 3rd Annual Playhouse Competition

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
Life of an Architect Launches 3rd Annual Playhouse Competition, Courtesy of Life of an Architect
Courtesy of Life of an Architect

Life of an Architect’s Bob Borson has launched the 3rd annual Architect Playhouse Design Competition - a (free) competition open to all that benefits the abused children of Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Entirely funded by Borson, the competition challenges participants to design a creative playhouse under $4,000 USD. The top two winning entries will be constructed then displayed and raffled at the nonprofit organization; All proceeds will be donated to Dallas CASA. Registration is now open and all submissions are due by May 12th. See last year’s winners, after the break, and register here to participate

SXSW Features Parametric Vault Designed by OTA+ and UT Students

01:00 - 25 March, 2014
© Casey Dunn
© Casey Dunn

From the architect. If you made it to South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin this year there is a good chance you were drawn to this 11-foot, steel vaulting structure known as Caret 6. Designed by OTA+ principle Kory Bieg and his 2013 design-build studio from the University of Texas’ (UT) Austin School of Architecture, the CNC-fabricated structure was originally conceived to exhibit the prototypes and winning project from the TEX-FAB's 2013 SKIN Competition before being reassembled as part of the Next Stage and Renegade Craft Fair at the annual interactive, music, and film festival. 

Grounded by a central catenary vault, the diamond-celled structure supports two cantilevering arms and a third cascading vault that forms a base for showcasing exhibition content. More information from the design team, after the break...

UIA's "Healthcare Otherwhere" Student Competition

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
UIA's "Healthcare Otherwhere" Student Competition

The UIA (International Union of Architects) is inviting architecture students to enter its "Healthcare Otherwhere" competition, part of their World Congress in Durban, South Africa this summer. Against a backdrop of poor health outcomes caused by poverty, the competition challenges students to propose how architecture might be involved in promoting good health by designing a building in the Warwick Junction area of Durban. Registration has been extended to April 17th. You can register here.

New Images of the Frank Gehry Facebook Campus Released

00:00 - 24 March, 2014
New Images of the Frank Gehry Facebook Campus Released, Design of Facebook Campus by Frank Gehry. Image Courtesy of Facebook Corporate Communications
Design of Facebook Campus by Frank Gehry. Image Courtesy of Facebook Corporate Communications

After Facebook assumed the former Sun Microsystems complex in Palo Alto in 2011, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg set out to find an architect capable of handling a grand design for its main main headquarters building. Zuckerberg chose world famous architect Frank Gehry for the job (amid major concessions to the city of Palo Alto).

If he was looking for impact, Zuckerberg could have made no better choice. Gehry's past designs have become renowned tourist attractions, like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. They are considered some of the most important works of contemporary architecture on the planet.

Photos of the Gehry model that will become Facebook's new HQ have been floating around for a couple of years. But with the building slated for completion next year, Facebook provided these new, exclusive images to Business Insider of what the world can expect from Gehry's latest design:

J. Mayer H. Designs Interactive Playscape for Children

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
J. Mayer H. Designs Interactive Playscape for Children, © Uwe Walter for Autostadt Wolfsburg
© Uwe Walter for Autostadt Wolfsburg

An expansion to their permanent Level Green exhibition at Volkswagen Autostadt visitor’s center in Wolfsburg, J. MAYER H. has completed a “playful learning landscape”  of inhabitable solid wood sculptures that allow children to explore various aspects of sustainability. From the “issue of mobility” to cooking courses, the “MobiVersum” is designed to challenge children’s motor skills and imagination. 

The Humanitarian Works of Shigeru Ban

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
Cardboard Cathedral. Image © Stephen Goodenough
Cardboard Cathedral. Image © Stephen Goodenough

Pritzker Laureate Shigeru Ban may be as well known for his innovative use of materials as for his compassionate approach to design. For a little over three decades, Ban, the founder of the Voluntary Architects Network, has applied his extensive knowledge of recyclable materials, particularly paper and cardboard, to constructing high-quality, low-cost shelters for victims of disaster across the world - from Rwanda, to Haiti, to Turkey, Japan, and more. We've rounded up images of Ban's humanitarian work - get inspired after the break. 

Paper Log House India. Image © Kartikeya Shodhan Hualin Temporary Elementary School. Image © Li Jun Onagawa Container Temporary Housing. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai Cardboard Cathedral. Image © Stephen Goodenough +26

242 State Street / Olson Kundig

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
242 State Street / Olson Kundig, Courtesy of Olson Kundig. Image © Bruce Damonte
Courtesy of Olson Kundig. Image © Bruce Damonte

Courtesy of Olson Kundig. Image © Bruce Damonte Courtesy of Olson Kundig. Image © Bruce Damonte Courtesy of Olson Kundig. Image © Bruce Damonte Courtesy of Olson Kundig. Image © Bruce Damonte +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    242 State Street, Los Altos, CA 94022, United States
  • Design Principal

    Tom Kundig, FAIA
  • Project Manager/Project Architect

    Michael Picard, AIA LEED AP
  • Gizmo Designer

    Phil Turner
  • Area

    2500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs