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University-driven Urban Economies Proposer, based on Brookings Institution Report

Think the best way to promote the economic and creative development of a city is to build stadiums and and shopping malls? Think again. In a recent article in the New York Times, Steve Lohr reveals the findings of a study from the Brookings Institution that looks into where and why specific cities emerge as hubs of creativity and innovation.  By studying the patent filings of the United States' 370 metropolitan areas, the study revealed that cities with the most innovation were centers of education and research.  San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California; Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont.; Rochester, Minnesota; Corvallis, Oregon; and Boulder, Colorado topped the list as the "output of innovation.  Lohr suggests that this data can help promote policies that encourage urban development for economic feedback.

More after the break.

Foster Responds to Kimmelman’s “Offensive” Diatribe Regarding the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg.
The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg.

When applying “major surgery” to a beloved, 20th century “masterpiece”, you’re going to face some harsh criticism. Such is the case for Norman Foster, as the legendary British architect has been receiving intense backlash from New York’s toughest critics for his proposed renovation to the New York Public Library. First, the late Ada Louise Huxtable exclaimed, “You don’t “update” a masterpiece.” Now, the New York Time’s architecture critic Michael Kimmelman claims the design is “not worthy” of Foster and believes the rising budget to be suspect. 

More on Kimmelman's critique and Foster’s response after the break...

Hillside Hall / LLB Architects

© Burk & Jagger
© Burk & Jagger
  • Architects: LLB Architects
  • Location: Hillside Hall, 140 Campus Avenue, University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown, RI 02881, USA
  • Associate Architect: Mackey Mitchell Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Carol R. Johnson Associates
  • Structural Engineer: Odeh Engineers
  • Contractor: KBE Building Corporation
  • Area: 122725.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Burk & Jagger

© Burk & Jagger © Burk & Jagger © Burk & Jagger © Burk & Jagger

World Stage Design 2013 Festival: Sustainable Theatre Design Competition

Online application is now open for a competition to design a temporal sustainable theatre, to be built in Cardiff, as part of the World Stage Design 2013 festival. Open to students and emerging practitioners from across all related disciplines, the winning design will be built in the courtyard of the Anthony Hopkins Centre and will be used as a major venue to house performances, presentations and seminars during the World Stage Design 2013 festival. The deadline for submissions is March 15. For more information, please visit here.

Towers and Flagship Hub Proposal / mæ

architects recently announced that they were selected to design a ‘split-site’ elderly housing and healthcare hub project in Lisson Grove, Central London. Intended for City West Homes, on behalf of Westminster City Council, the housing scheme, which will be designed to HAPPI recommendations (Housing for an Aging Population Panel for Innovation), will bring contemporary, socially-orientated architecture to a deprived community which is desperately in need of re-invigoration. Construction is due to start at the end of 2013 and will be completed in two phases. More images and architects’ description after the break.

National Graphene Institute Winning Proposal / Jestico + Whiles

Jestico + Whiles’ design for the new £61m National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester has recently been granted planning consent. The new facility will be designed with the goal to be the world-leading research and incubator center dedicated to the development of graphene, helping the UK to remain at the forefront of the commercialization of this revolutionary material. The project will be housed within a compact 7,600m2 five-storey building, with the main cleanroom located on the lower ground floor to achieve best vibration performance.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Final Preservation: What Cinema Has That Architecture Doesn't

Casa Malaparte, given new life by Jean-Luc Godard’s film Contempt. Image © Flickr User CC Sean Munson
Casa Malaparte, given new life by Jean-Luc Godard’s film Contempt. Image © Flickr User CC Sean Munson

This article comes courtesy of our friend and cenephile Charlotte Neilson, the author of the fascinating design blog Casting Architecture, which discusses architecture and production design. 

The life of a building - a few hundred years, if a building is lucky - is just a blip when compared to the billions of years required to shape the natural landscape. Even briefer is the work of a film maker: a pursuit created for momentary entertainment, which reaches completion in just a couple of hours. Strange then, that film has often stepped in to preserve buildings who have met an early demise.

While Architecture and Film have always had an uncomfortable relationship (be it the movie industry’s portrayal of modern buildings as cold and soulless - and usually associated with less than savory occupants or the stereotyping of Architects themselves as delicate, impractical types), the inclusion of a building in a feature film can often become an important part of a building’s story. And sometimes its last bastion.

More on Architecture preserved on Film, after the break...

Yacht House / Robin Monotti Architects

  • Architects: Robin Monotti Architects
  • Location: Crimea, Ukraine
  • Design Team: Robin Monotti Graziadei, Fannar Haraldsson
  • Structural Engineer: Gennadiy Gyrushta
  • Main Contractor: Igor Shutkin
  • Area: 875.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ioana Marinescu

© Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu © Ioana Marinescu

SCAPE/Landscape Architecture Wins Competition for Lexington Masterplan

SCAPE's Masterplan for Lexington, Kentucky's Town Branch Commons. Image © SCAPE/Landscape Architecture
SCAPE's Masterplan for Lexington, Kentucky's Town Branch Commons. Image © SCAPE/Landscape Architecture

New York-based SCAPE/Landscape Architecture has beat out 4 national/international firms, including JDS Architects, to design a Masterplan for the Town Branch Commons, a two-mile linear stretch of green space that will connect the eastern and western sections of downtown LexingtonKentucky. The Competition has garnered attention for its interesting challenge: to bring the Town Branch Creek, a river which has been underground for over 100 years, to the surface. 

Jeff Fugate, President and COO of the Lexington Downtown Development Authority, which sponsored the competition, noted that “The [five-person] jury had five excellent choices, but SCAPE clearly was above the competition.” Aaron Betsky, the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum and the jury chairman also explained the choice: “As a jury, we felt inspired and excited by the breath of the designers’ vision, while we felt confident that they would be able to implement their plan." 

Kate Orff, founder of SCAPE, notes that the firm is looking forward to working with the community to make the vision a reality: “SCAPE is so thrilled to be a part of this exciting initiative to revive Town Branch, make new connections downtown, and improve the quality of life in Lexington. We’ve been inspired by the realities and conditions on the ground and by the potential of water to inform the design of new urban landscapes.”  

Find out more about the Masterplan, after the break... 

Art Barn / Robert Young

  • Architects: Robert Young
  • Location: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Robert Young
  • Project Architect: Aaron Cattani
  • Project Team: Kiyomi Troemner, Jason Shannon, Eleanor Lee, Shea Murdock
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Michael Moran, Frank Oudeman

© Frank Oudeman © Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran

Lloyd Holiday House / Bonnifait + Giesen

© John Girdlestone
© John Girdlestone
  • Architects: Bonnifait + Giesen
  • Location: Kapiti, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Main Contractor: Duncan Construction Ltd.
  • Property Owners: Heather and Trevor Lloyd
  • Area: 140.0 sqm
  • Photographs: John Girdlestone

© John Girdlestone © John Girdlestone © John Girdlestone © John Girdlestone

Kashi-Kobo Yodogawa / aoydesign

  • Architects: aoydesign
  • Location: Komatsu, Japan
  • Project Team: Shigeo Aoyama, Yukiko Sumitani
  • Contractor: Support Plus
  • Area: 39.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of aoydesign

Courtesy of aoydesign Courtesy of aoydesign Courtesy of aoydesign Courtesy of aoydesign

Ecumenical Forum HafenCity / Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch

  • Architects: Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch
  • Location: Shanghaiallee 12, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
  • Architect In Charge: Wolfgang Lorch, Andrea Wandel Prof.
  • Project Manager: Florian Gotze
  • Collaborators: Dirk Lang, Bruno Di Franco, Kimberly Rubert, Nikolaus Hirsch, Andreas Schmalz, John Vogt
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Wandel Hoefer + Lorch

Courtesy of Wandel Hoefer + Lorch Courtesy of Wandel Hoefer + Lorch Courtesy of Wandel Hoefer + Lorch Courtesy of Wandel Hoefer + Lorch

bam! Wins YAP MAXXI 2013

Courtesy of MAXXI
Courtesy of MAXXI

With an intention to attract and impress viewers with his massive scale, He has been selected as winner of the 2013 Young Architects Program (YAP) MAXXI in Rome, an annual competition that promotes and supports young and emerging architects in collaboration with MAXXI Architettura, MoMA/MoMA PS1 of New York, Constructo of Santiago and, for the first time, Istanbul Modern, Turkey.

Turin-based studio bam! bottega di architettura sostenibile, designed He as a grandiose and buoyant installation that transforms the concrete MAXXI facade and expansive piazza into a visual spectacular, while offering a shady escape from the Summer heat.

The 2013 Architect’s Eye Photography Competition

Organized by International Art Consultants (IAC) and supported by The Royal Photographic Society, the Architect’s Eye competition has been celebrating and encouraging architects’ passion for photography since 2007. Now, in its fourth edition, UK architects are challenged to submit photos into two distinct categories: Architecture and Place and Architecture and People. The former focuses solely on the aesthetics of the architecture and places it creates, while the latter explores and celebrates the interaction of people with the environments created by architects. There are no restrictions on which buildings qualify for the competition.

Breathing Prototypes Workshop

Parametrica [Digi Fab School] invites you to BREATHING PROTOTYPES Workshop (19-25 February 2013) to participate in the digital design build workshop, seeking to create an inventive collaborative environment. The workshop is part of a series of PARAMETRICA events aimed in promoting and exploring the world of parametric design. 

The workshop is aimed at: students, postgraduates, architects, interior, product and urban designers, engineers, anybody interested. All the details after the break.

Kromhout Barracks / Karres en Brands + Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten

  • Architects: Karres en Brands, Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten
  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Design Team: Bart Brands, Sylvia Karres, Lieneke van Campen, Jeroen Marseille, Uta Krause, Paul Portheine, Joost de Natris, Jim Navarro
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jannes Linders, Aeroview

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders

Childminders Centre (Haus der Tagesmütter) in Selb / TallerDE2 Arquitectos + Gutiérrez-delafuente Arquitectos

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda