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Construction Halted on SHoP Architects' Atlantic Yards Housing Project

00:00 - 5 September, 2014
Construction Halted on SHoP Architects' Atlantic Yards Housing Project, © SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

The saga of the long-awaited housing component in SHoP Architects' Atlantic Yards masterplan in Brooklyn took a dramatic turn this week, as contractor Skanska USA decided to halt all construction on the B2 BKLYN project, the first of 14 planned apartment buildings at the site. The decision is the result of a long-running dispute between Skanska and the developer Forest City Ratner (FCR) over the slow pace of construction, with only 10 of the building's 32 stories constructed so far - despite the project's initial deadline having passed three months ago.

The project was lauded before construction began in 2012 for its plan to use a system of fast and cheap modular construction. However Skanska claims that the design of this system, which was developed by SHoP Architects in collaboration with Arup, was flawed. With both the contractor and developer claiming that the other is to blame for cost overruns into the tens of millions of dollars, Richard Kennedy of Skanska told the New York Times that they "came to the decision to stop work on the project until our significant commercial issues are resolved."

More on the dispute after the break

Textured Tower / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Textured Tower / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Miribilla, 48003 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Juan Coll-Barreu, Daniel Gutiérrez Zarza
  • Area

    556.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Juan Rodríguez

AIA Rewards 11 Projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
AIA Rewards 11 Projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award, Raisbeck Aviation High School / Bassetti Architects. Image © Benjamin Benschneider
Raisbeck Aviation High School / Bassetti Architects. Image © Benjamin Benschneider

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 11 exemplary educational projects to receive its 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Awards. Representing projects from across the United States, the eleven projects also include a variety of types of educational facility, including a child development center, elementary schools, high schools, college and university buildings and a library.

The AIA awards projects which it believes "further the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client's educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability."

Check out all the winners after the break

PAVE Academy Charter School / Mitchell | Giurgola Architects, LLP. Image © Albert Vecerka / Esto James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University Raleigh / Clark Nexsen + Snøhetta. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto Coastline Community College, Newport Beach Campus / LPA, INC. Image Courtesy of LPA inc. Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus / SmithGroupJJR. Image © Bill Timmerman +33

New Mahle Distribution Center / LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +16

It's "Time For Strategic Architecture"

00:00 - 5 September, 2014
It's "Time For Strategic Architecture", Bolling Municipal Center - Roxbury, Boston (MA). Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Sasaki Associates
Bolling Municipal Center - Roxbury, Boston (MA). Image Courtesy of Mecanoo / Sasaki Associates

In an article for the New York Times, Alexandra Lange discusses a number of US projects which are "transforming, but not disrupting," their respective communities. In this vein, she cites Mecanoo and Sasaki Associates' new Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Roxbury, Boston, as a prime example of a new kind of architecture which "comes from understanding of past civic hopes, redesigning them to meet the future." Examining some of the key concepts that make for successfully integrated community buildings, such as the creation of spaces that actively forge personal connections, Lange concludes that perhaps it is now "time for strategic architecture."

Final Design Concepts Unveiled for Arizona’s Mesa City Center

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Design by Colwell Shelor + West 8 + Weddle Gilmore. Aerial Context Future Growth. Image Courtesy of West 8
Design by Colwell Shelor + West 8 + Weddle Gilmore. Aerial Context Future Growth. Image Courtesy of West 8

The final design concepts for the redesign of Arizona’s Mesa City Center have been unveiled by the competition's three finalist design teams: Colwell Shelor + West 8 + Weddle Gilmore; Woods Bagot + Surface Design; and Otak + Mayer Reed.

The Mesa City Center redesign project aims to develop an 18 acre site in the city’s downtown and enhance the urbanization of the area. When complete, the city center will be transformed into a public space with both programmed and passive space that can be used for informal gatherings as well as events. “The signature public space will be a key element in the activation of the downtown core and will be a catalyst for high intensity redevelopment surrounding City Center with a variety of uses that activate the public space,” the competition website states.

Read on after the break for descriptions and images from the architects of their design proposals…

AD Classics: North Christian Church / Eero Saarinen

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
© Hassan Bagheri
© Hassan Bagheri

Just off the highway that leads to the town of Columbus, Indiana, the most slender of spires shoots upward from the tree line. With only a small gold cross at the top suggesting its purpose, the spire seems to belong to another world, an expressive gesture reaching into the sky that extends far beyond its visible tip. As visitors approach, the base of the spire fans out and merges with the ground, subsuming it and metaphysically bridging the distance between the heavens and the Earth. This is the famous North Christian Church, Eero Saarinen’s stunning discourse on God, nature and architecture. 

Oculus. Image © Flickr user noktulo © Hassan Bagheri © Hassan Bagheri Roof Plan +12

Houseboat / Mjölk Architekti

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Houseboat / Mjölk Architekti, Courtesy of Mjölk architekti
Courtesy of Mjölk architekti

Courtesy of Mjölk architekti Courtesy of Mjölk architekti Courtesy of Mjölk architekti Courtesy of Mjölk architekti +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    K Vltavě, 143 00 Prague-Prague 12, Czech Republic
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Mjölk architekti

Pies Descalzos School / Giancarlo Mazzanti

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Pies Descalzos School  / Giancarlo Mazzanti, © Sergio Gomez
© Sergio Gomez

© Sergio Gomez © Sergio Gomez © Fundación Pies Descalzos © Fundación Pies Descalzos +41

ProfMedia Management / UNK project

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
ProfMedia Management / UNK project, © Sergey Ananyev
© Sergey Ananyev

© Sergey Ananyev © Sergey Ananyev © Sergey Ananyev © Sergey Ananyev +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Nikolay Milovidov, Anna Dykhanova, Sergey Markin, Tatyana Kulikova
  • Area

    2270.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Casa Sierra Leona / José Juan Rivera Río

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Casa Sierra Leona / José Juan Rivera Río , © Nasser Malek Hernández
© Nasser Malek Hernández

© Nasser Malek Hernández © Nasser Malek Hernández © Nasser Malek Hernández © Nasser Malek Hernández +26

Frank Gehry’s Design for Ground Zero Arts Center Shelved

00:00 - 4 September, 2014
Frank Gehry’s Design for Ground Zero Arts Center Shelved, Original Proposal. Image © Gehry Partners
Original Proposal. Image © Gehry Partners

Frank Gehry’s design for the performing arts center at ground zero in New York has been shelved and the planning board will instead select a design from three other finalist architects, the New York Times has reported. This follows on reports from February that Frank Gehry’s original design was being revised and his plans for an initial 1,000 seat center were being abandoned. “We’re in the process of selecting a new architect,” said John E. Zuccotti, the real estate developer who is the chairman of the arts center’s board. “Three architectural firms are being considered.” Gehry, however, has said that he’s heard “zero at ground zero” and hasn’t been informed of the board’s decision. To learn more about the plans for the performing arts center see the full article from the New York Times.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights Exhibit Design / David Rockwell

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
National Center for Civil and Human Rights Exhibit Design / David Rockwell, © Albert Vecerka / ESTO
© Albert Vecerka / ESTO

© Albert Vecerka / ESTO © Albert Vecerka / ESTO © Albert Vecerka / ESTO © Albert Vecerka / ESTO +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pemberton Place, 121 Baker Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States
  • Area

    53000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Incineration Line in Roskilde / Erick van Egeraat

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
© Tim Van de Velde
© Tim Van de Velde

© Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde © Tim Van de Velde +34

D&P Residence / Atelier Paralelo

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
D&P Residence  / Atelier Paralelo, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília - Distrito Federal, Brasil
  • Author

    Thiago de Andrade
  • Collaborators

    Arquiteto Andrea Denza, Arquiteta Larissa Lessa, estagiárias Alice Menezes e Natália Costa
  • Project Area

    592.5 m2
  • Project year

    2013
  • Photographs

Video: JS Dorton Arena, the Fairground Pavilion That Was a Modernist Marvel

00:00 - 4 September, 2014

The JS Dorton Arena, originally designed as a livestock judging pavilion for the North Carolina fairgrounds, was a deliberate political statement for the North Carolina State University about the courage of progress and value of taking risks. The architect, Matthew Nowicki, imagined a symphonic spatial experience where design, material and construction are choreographed in a highly challenging and sweeping, ambitious vision. Foregoing interior columns, the building combines intersecting parabolic arches of reinforced concrete with a grid of draped tension cables inspired by the tension system of the Golden Gate Bridge to support the entire span of the roof - the first of its kind.

Spotlight: Daniel Burnham

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
Spotlight: Daniel Burnham, © Wikimedia Commons
© Wikimedia Commons

The impact Daniel H. Burnham had on urban planning and the American city is still felt today, many years after his death, on what would have been his 168th birthday. Over the course of his lucrative career, Burnham pioneered some of the world's first skyscrapers, inspired the City Beautiful Movement with his vision for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and created urban plans for numerous cities before urban planning even existed as a profession. Burnham said of his unusual large scale thinking, "Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men's blood."

LOISIR / Nordic Bros. Design Community

01:00 - 4 September, 2014
LOISIR / Nordic Bros. Design Community, Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community
Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community

Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    7 Itaewon-ro 55na-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge

    Yong-hwan Shin
  • Constructor

    Nordic Bros. Design Community / Seong-Won Park
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Nordic Bros. Design Community