Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Controversy

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recently gave the National Park Service 30 days to revise a truncated and controversial quote inscribed on the newly built .[1] The inscription, paraphrased by architect Ed Jackson Jr. and artist Lei Yixin, turns a speech about humility into a quote that makes MLK look like, in the words of Maya Angelou, an “arrogant twit.”[2] Thankfully this will be corrected, but it remains unclear to me how the design team will satisfyingly right this wrong.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial / ROMA Design Group

Courtesy of ROMA Design Group

This past Fall, ROMA Design Group proudly announced the completion of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in In 2000, ROMA won the international design competition among nearly 1,000 entries. ROMA Design Group worked for several years to develop the design. The memorial has now been built and was officially dedicated by President Obama on October 16, 2011.

Architect: ROMA Design Group
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Illustrations: Christopher Grubbs
Photographs: Courtesy of ROMA Design Group

Video: James Corner / TIME Magazine Game Changers

Check out this great video on one of our favorite landscape architects, James Corner.  Named one of Time Magazine’s Game Changers - “innovators and problem-solvers that are inspiring change in America” – thousands have enjoyed Corner’s work on the High Line, and we are excited to monitor the progress of Corner’s recent joint win with SOM on Cornell’s NYC Tech Campus.  The video sheds light upon Corner’s philosophy on landscape and how public spaces are a defining component of urban spaces.   “…As designers, you bring an incredible sense of optimism and faith….and the capacity of good design to transform what may be perceived as negative to something very positive,” explained Corner.  Overall, we found the video inspiring and we hope you enjoy it!

Morrissey Hotel / Aboday

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Considering the site potential above, and its contribution towards urban character development, the design approach for the Morrissey Hotel by Aboday pushes the limit beyond merely business hotel that hardly pay attention to issues other than pragmatism. In the long run it tries to inject a seed of change that will reconstruct the surrounding area. In short, it tries to deconstruct the concept of a three-star business hotel. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Architects: Aboday
Location: Jakarta,
Partner in Charge: Rafael David
Team Members: Ary Indra, Johansen Yap, Andry Syawalza, Edward Budi Lesmana, Rahmi Sofiyanti, Anjar Widaningsih
Land Size: 12000 m2
Gross Floor Area: 12000 m2
Photographs: Happy Lim, Relan Masato

GC Prostho Museum Research Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates

© Daici Ano

Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: 2-294 Torii Matsu Machi, Kasugai-shi, Aichi Prefecture,
Client: GC Corporation
Site Area: 421.55 sqm
Built Area: 233.95 sqm
Total Floor Area: 626.5 sqm
Cooperation for Design: Design Department of Matsui Construction
Structural Design: Jun Sato Structural Design
Photographs: Daici Ano

Courtesy of NAP

Europan 11 Proposal: ‘Dornröschen’ / NAP

Through a range of strategies and carefully selected interventions the porcelain-city of Selb in the Fichtelgebirge region in Germany will be elevated to a regional center for art, trade, tourism, and culture. The winning Europan 11 proposal, titled Dornröschen –…

Aker Brygge / Lendager Arkitekter + Arcgency

Courtesy of Lendagar Arkitekter,

Architect: MAPT = Lendager Arkitekter, Arcgency
Local Architects: Alliance arkitekter
Location: Aker brygge,
Built: 2010-2011
Client: Norwgian Property
Site Area: 2000 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Jiri Havran, Enya Aspen

Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial / Tilt-Up Concrete Association

© Dror Baldinger, Courtesy of Powers Brown Architecture

In September of 2011, the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated at a ceremony in Washington Square Park in Kansas City, . The project, which started as an effort to demonstrate the benefits of Tilt-Up concrete construction as part of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s (TCA’s) annual convention, quickly turned in to something so much more. Not only is the project a testament to the versatility, applicability and beauty of Tilt-Up construction, it is a demonstration of the generosity, pride and good will of TCA members. Most importantly, it continues the legacy of Korean War Veterans and recognizes those who paid the supreme sacrifice and gave their lives in defense of South Korea. More images and project description after the break.

Lucien Pellat-Finet Shinsaibashi / Kengo Kuma & Associates

© Daici Ano

Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Location: Osaka,
Client: Coronet Corporation
Total floor area: 133 sqm
Each floor area: B1F/21sqm, 1F/39 sqm, 2F/39 sqm, 3F/34 sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Daici Ano

TEDx Danubia: Children of the Industrial Revolution / Rachel Armstrong

In this TEDx sponsored talk, Rachel Armstrong - co-director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) in Architecture and Synthetic Biology at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL) – speaks about the dangerous relationship that we have developed with machines since the industrial revolution and ways we can break that habit. Along with her research on “living materials” and “synthetic biology”, Armstrong is looking for ways to rebuild the relationship between our reliance on machines and the systems of nature and our ecologies that are often neglected.

More on this talk after the break.

Kimball Art Center / Will Bruder+PARTNERS

Courtesy of Will Bruder and Partners

The Kimball Art Center design proposal by Will Bruder+PARTNERS focuses on the nature of “exhibition” in the context of history. Taking a cue from the “colorful prehistoric petroglyphs and pictographs” of ’s canyons along with its abundance of formally expressive Victorian architecture, the proposal takes on the role of expression and education through color and craft. This sensitivity to the history and propogation of exhibition is instantly understood with the facade walls of Main and Heber Streets.

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Roku Museum / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

© Masumi Kawamura

Architect: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
Location: , Japan
Site area: 705.13 sqm
Building area: 106.91 sqm
Total floor area: 99.95 sqm
Structure: Wooden structure
Height of the building: 6.50 m
Completion: October 2010
Photographs: Masumi Kawamura

Station 20 Proposal / Peter Ruge Architekten

view from main plaza

The Metro Station 20 proposal by Peter Ruge Architekten on Metro Line 1 in , acts as a primary metro connection between Sofia’s city center and the airport, and the hub of a major commercial redevelopment plan. Their design seeks to establish clear pathways, form active connections and harmonize architecture and landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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‘La Casa’ Permanent Supportive Housing / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture + Leo A Daly

Studio Twenty Seven Architecture, along with joint venture partner Leo A Daly…, are continuing to develop their design for the District-owned “La Casa” supportive housing project. The project is an important milestone for the District in their efforts

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Call for Papers: 5th issue of HORIZONTE

HORIZONTE, a journal for architectural discourse just announced its latest Call for Papers for their 5th issue dealing with the topic “Fetish”. The journal is an interdisciplinary and collaborative effort of students from the School of Architecture, the School of…

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modeLab Agent Forms Workshop

Studio Mode / modeLab… is pleased to announce the modeLab 2012 Spring Workshop Series. The series starts off with the Agent Forms, a two-day intensive design and programming workshop to be held in Brooklyn during the weekend of February 04-05.

CTBUH International Student Tall Building Competition

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is announcing its second annual student competition for “Reimagining Tall”.  The competition will be held in conjunction with CTBUH 9th World Congress Shanghai 2012.  Competition chair William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox noted that the competition hopes to give new meaning to “the tall building” and move it “away from just an instrument of financial exploitation and toward a development highly concerned with its impact on the city, the environment, and the urban habitat”.  The competition is seeking proposals that address the building’s relationship with the urban fabric, integrate existing street life and reflect their environment in a productive way. This should be an interesting competition considering we are entering the era of the megatall.

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Kimball Art Center / Sparano + Mooney Architecture

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The Kimball Art Center in , Utah is hosting a competition for a transformation of the “non-profit center for the arts in the heart of ’s historic and vibrant art community”. The list of architects competing to transform this cultural space is selective.  Among them is Sparano + Mooney Architecture, an internationally recognized firm with offices in Park City, Utah and Los Angeles, .   The competition submissions for Stage II will be presented on February 2nd, but until then here is a preview of Sporano + Mooney’s Proposal!

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