Architects: Roger Ferris + Partners
Location: Sag Harbor, NY, USA
Design Team: Roger Ferris, AIA, RIBA, Robert Marx, AIA, Myron Mirgorodsky, AIA, Tiziano Fabrizio
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
Mechanical: D’Antonio Consulting Engineers
Area: 6,400 sq ft
Photographs: Arch Photo Inc, New York
As a follow up to a previous post we recently published regarding the positive look on the Architecture Billings Index (ABI), forward-looking indicators for building and construction activity have been turning increasingly positive over recent months, which is the good news. Current market conditions for architecture and the near-term outlook for the construction industry in the US is a two-sided story, with forward-looking indicators showing steady improvement but serious concerns arising out of an impending ‘fiscal cliff’. To be sure, the good news is not evenly spread across sectors and regions. Buoyed by lower interest rates, growing demand for rental accommodation and the progressive subsiding of the mortgage crisis, the residential building sector (57.3) is improving quickly whereas activity in commercial and industrial building remains flat. More information after the break.
Rob Ford, the Toronto Mayor famous for making enemies of “urban thinkers, designers and practitioners,” has been ousted from office for violating a conflict-of-interest act (he spoke and voted on a matter which allowed his own Football Foundation to financially benefit).
While Ford is still gearing up his appeal, which must be prepared by December 10th, many Torontonians are rejoicing in the hopes that Ford’s removal could signal a new era for Toronto. The Star‘s Architecture writer, Christopher Hume, sees Ford’s ousting as an opportunity for Toronto’s next mayor to leave behind the city’s car-centered policies and champion public space/transit.
As he puts it: “The problems that plague Toronto — and virtually every other city in the country — are built into a political system stacked against cities. Our next mayor has to join this fight, perhaps lead it, as the future prosperity of Canada depends upon a more equitable fiscal arrangement.[...] Toronto needs a mayor [...] clever enough to see that the city belongs to all its residents, not just drivers. Just as we must share the public realm, we must share the streets and open them up for cyclists and pedestrians, who represent the wave of the future.”
Architects: Jorge Bolio Arquitectura
Location: Mérida, México
Design Team: Jorge Bolio, Jesús Sosa, Erika Novelo
Photography: David Cervera Castro
High profile architects BIG (Bjarke Ingels) and OMA (Rem Koolhaas) are in a close battle to win the redevelopment competition for the design of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Recently put on hold by a corruption probe and procedural concerns, Miami Beach’s ambitious plans to create a 52-acre convention center district are again progressing toward a crucial vote by elected officials. The committee’s recommendations will be reviewed by interim City Manager Kathie Brooks, who will issue her own recommendation to city commissioners. Commissioners could vote on the project and development teams Dec. 12. More information after the break.
David Adjaye, the British architect chosen to design Washington DC’s Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, is currently one of the UK’s most successful talents. This year he topped the PowerList 2013, naming him Britain’s most influential black figure, coming in ahead of Olympic star Mo Farah and actor Idris Elba. The award, he says, is a double edged sword. In this film Adjaye reflects on its significance and and as a result explores wider themes of history heritage and culture within the arts.
Previously limited to particular locations, Naver App was delivered all around the nation using a ‘kit-box’ concept. With the addition of a ‘kinetic’ element to the existing over-sized delivery box concept, the new Naver App Square, designed and constructed by…
In a world of “dumbed-down,” down-right boring playgrounds, the colorful, architectural masterpieces of Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam stand apart. The Japanese artist knits her amazing projects by hand – her most famous project, for example, inside the “Woods of Net” Pavilion at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan, took her about a year to complete.
We took a moment to speak with Ms. Horiuchi MacAdam about the Pavilion and her other works, how they bridge the worlds of art and architecture, and how they irresistibly invite the world to play. You can read our interview, and see more images of her fascinating work, after the break…
Last week I asked how architecture can ramp up its efforts to do all it can to help limit climate change. Sandy is a turning point. It will take action on the part of the profession and its members to make this turning point meaningful. Turning points are easily forgotten after the panels have been convened and the articles written. The vicarious thrill of crisis abates and everyone returns to business as usual, feeling better for having contributed to the discussion. If we listen to the scientists, we must not lose that sense of crisis and we must do more.
The recently-released World Bank report “Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided” indicates the magnitude of the problem. It is so vast and deep that it easily overwhelms individuals. As they discuss in the report, only collective, international action will lead to measures substantial enough to make a change in the trajectory the planet is headed for. Architecture can be a powerful collective in the face of such a challenge.
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Architects: Mata y Asociados
Location: Salamanca, Spain
Architect: Salvador Mata Pérez
Design Team: Myriam Vizcaino Bassi, Javier Encinas Hernández, Eduardo García García, Jaime Pedruelo Sánchez, Stefania Augliera, David Emiliano Fernández Mateos (model),
Engineers: Euroestudios, A2V ingenieros
Photographs: Juan K. Ayala
Building on a previous piece entitled “Suspension Bridge, the passage”, Olivier Grossetête…’s ‘Pont de Singe’ in the UK is a model of floating bridge attached to helium balloons, thus taking literally the term “suspension bridge “. The object aims