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Despite Controversy, Michael Maltzan Architecture's "Lens" Will Go On

© Michael Maltzan Architecture
© Michael Maltzan Architecture

Despite petitions and pending lawsuits against the project, the St. Petersburg City Council declared last night that Michael Maltzan Architecture's $50 million re-design of the city pier will go on. 

The project, known as "The Lens," has hit speed-bumps due to local dissidents, who have been vocally wary of the new Pier's price-tag/design and have called for a voter referendum. However, the architects have been sensitive to the process; since first winning the competition in January (beating out both BIG and West 8), the firm has taken part in local workshops in order to get community input, making some significant changes to the original design. 

After receiving local criticism that the Pier include more things "to do" and more shading, the firm has adjusted the design to include two restaurants, shaded balconies, and - in order to improve access - a road that can support service vehicles and a tram. Most noticeably, the plan for an underwater reef garden, the signature feature which gave the project its name, has had to be scratched: scientists have determined that a reef garden would be unrealistic with Tampa Bay's dark water

Last night's 7-1 vote determined that the project will now receive funding in smaller, pre-approved increments in order to safeguard against potential legal complications. However, no mater the outcome, the closure and the demolition of the current St. Petersburg Pier will take place between May and August 2013; if all goes to plan for Michael Maltzan Architecture, "The Lens" will open in summer 2015.

See updated Renderings for "The Lens," and a really cool video, after the break...

© Michael Maltzan Architecture According to thenewstpetepier.com, "Adjacent to parking facilities and located on land at the base of the Pier, the Hub will be the primary retail and restaurant destination for the new Pier. An elevated walkway along the water’s edge will offer unparalleled views of the dramatic Pier canopy, and space will be provided for retail, restaurant and other concessions." Photo © Michael Maltzan Architecture. © Michael Maltzan Architecture © Michael Maltzan Architecture

Villa Garavaglia / Buratti+Battiston Architects

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© Marcello Mariana

© Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana © Marcello Mariana

To Enjoy To Listen

To Enjoy To Listen is composed of four chapters: cinemas, theaters, music halls and performing arts centers. The book aims not only visually beautiful, but also indeed practical, telling some design skills of theater buildings with a combination of gorgeous photos, elaborate drawings, a fresh layout and vivid descriptions. It even shows in a particular way with images of auditoriums, stages, foyers and corridors etc. Readers may get a deep understanding of architectural design while enjoying plays and music here.

Techshed / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design

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© Joe Fletcher

© Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher

4 Architects Among Recipients of $50,000 USA Fellowships

Although the amount may be nowhere near a MacArthur "genius grant," the $50,000 Prizes awarded by United States Artists are given on the same, awesome premise: no strings attached. 

This year's 50 recipients included visual artists, dancers, musicians - and 4 architect/designers. Check out the lucky 4, after the break...

2013 Folly Competition

The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park is currently inviting architects to submit proposals for the 2013 Folly Competition, a design/build studio residency, and chance to build an installation at Socrates Sculpture Park, a unique urban waterfront park in Queens, NY. Socrates and the League welcome proposals from all emerging architects and designers for large-scale projects and installations that explore contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly. The deadline for submissions is January 7. For more information, please visit here.

Cabrera / Hauser Ziblat

Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat

Architects: Hauser Ziblat Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina Design Team: German Hauser, Daniela Ziblat Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat

Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat
Courtesy of Hauser Ziblat

NR2 House / Roberto Burneo Arquitectos

© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho

Architects: Roberto Burneo Arquitectos Location: Balcon de Valle, Quito Canton, Ecuador Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 904 sqm Photographs: Sebastián Crespo Camacho

© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho

NYC Plans On Designer Shipping Containers for Next Disaster

Puma City Shipping Container Store  © Danny Bright
Puma City Shipping Container Store © Danny Bright

Shipping container architecture has gained a lot of ground over the past few years for its simplicity, affordability and flexibility.  Yes the very same containers that make transatlantic voyages and are carted around hitched to trucks have become a tool for architects to design restaurants, to serve as retail or pavilions and even homes.  According to an article by Matt Chaban on the New York Observer, NYC plans to prepare for the next disaster with apartments built out of shipping containers to be used as disaster relief shelters. Join us after the break for more.

Kindergarten in Les Planes D`Hosteles / ESTUDI2A2 + M. Riera

© Marc Torra
© Marc Torra

Architects: ESTUDI2A2 + M. Riera Location: Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, Catalonia, Spain Design Team: Cristina Capel, Ma Teresa Solà Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Marc Torra

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© Marc Torra
© Marc Torra
© Marc Torra
© Marc Torra
© Marc Torra
© Marc Torra
© Marc Torra

WorkAC, SO - IL, and Henning Larsen Architects To Compete For UC Davis Art Museum

Viborg Town Hall, by Henning Larsen Architects, one of 4 architectural firms competing to design UC Davis' next Art Museum. © Thorbjoern Hansen Kontraframe
Viborg Town Hall, by Henning Larsen Architects, one of 4 architectural firms competing to design UC Davis' next Art Museum. © Thorbjoern Hansen Kontraframe

The University of California Davis (UCD) has selected three pairings of architects and contractors to compete to design a $30-million art museum, expected to be completed in 2016. The university has decided against a traditional competition in favor of a design-build competition, requesting that each of the prospective architects - WorkACSO-IL (working with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, of Apple store fame), and Henning Larsen Architects - work with specific contractors in order to develop holistically conceived museum schemes. More information after the break.

George Square Redevelopment: Six Firms Shortlisted

Six firms, Agence Ter (France), Burns + Nice (UK), Gustafson Porter (UK), James Corner Field Operations (USA), jmarchitects (UK), and John McAslan & Partners (UK), were recently shortlisted in the project for a major redevelopment of George Square in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland. The 13 statues and monuments that stand in the square are to be moved to other sites in the city while the area is given a makeover ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Planned to submit their plans by the new year, the six designs submitted to Glasgow City Council will be put on public display at the Lighthouse in early January. The design competition winner will then have the prestigious task of redeveloping the square to further enhance Glasgow’s reputation as an international city.

Residence BJ41 / R79

© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro

Architects: R79 Location: Mérida, Yucatán, México Architect In Charge: Roberto Ramírez Pizarro Project Year: 2012 Photographs: David Cervera Castro

© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro

'Phantom. Mies as Rendered Society' Installation / Andrés Jaque

The “Phantom. Mies as Rendered Society” installation by architect Andrés Jaque will be on display from December 13th until February 28th at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. Presented by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation and the Banco Sabadell Foundation, the installation hopes to bring the figure of the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most important icons of the modernist movement, back into the public eye by using objects, elements and materials that will rebuild and bring recognition to Mies’ historical importance. More information after the break.

Tube Tank – TRIWA Pop-Up Store / mode:lina architekci

Located at the Poznań Plaza mall in Polandmode:lina architekci accepted a challenge to create a temporary store for Swedish watch brand TRIWA. Their goals included using renewable materials, low cost, speed of constructing, and most importantly, to further increase global brand awareness. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Construction of Brasilia, photos by Marcel Gautherot

Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil and icon of the brazilian modernism. Initially planned by the urbanist Lúcio Costa for 500,000 inhabitants (now lives more than 2,5 million people). Construction began in 1956 and included the most remarkable buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer, reason why Brasilia is the only city in the world built in the 20th century to be awarded the status of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

To honor the work of Oscar Niemeyer,  we present after the brake some of the photos taken by the franco-brazilian photographer Marcel Gautherot during the construction of Niemeyer's emblematic buildings. Such as the Palácio do Planalto, Palácio de Alvorada (official residence of the President of Brazil), the Cathedral of Brasilia and the National Congress of Brazil.