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BIG, West 8 + Atelier Ten Unveil Masterplan for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District

BIG, West 8 and Atelier Ten have revealed their masterplan design for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill district, just outside the city's downtown region. Located on the former site of Pittsburgh's Civic Arena, which was demolished in 2012 and has since left a significant hole in the city's fabric, the design will bring 1,200 residences and over 1 million square feet of retail space to the area, while reconnecting the wider Hill District with the downtown core by reinstating the city's road grid, overlaid with a series of pedestrian footpaths, public plazas and green spaces.

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Housing in Paris / Projectiles

  • Architects: Projectiles
  • Location: Avenue de France, 75013 Paris, France
  • Area: 1250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Vincent Fillon

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Sneak Peek: UNStudio’s Arnhem Station to Open to the Public Tomorrow

Underway for 19 years, the UNStudio-designed Arnhem Central Station in The Netherlands will officially open to the public tomorrow. Carried out in collaboration with engineering firm Arup, the project has been underway since 1996, when UNStudio was awarded the contract for the Arnhem Central masterplan, which includes the development of office space, shops, housing units, a new station hall, a railway platform and underpass, a car tunnel, bicycle storage and a large parking garage.

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Cozzi House / Germán Müller

  • Architects: Germán Müller
  • Location: San Justo, Provincia de Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Project Area: 80.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Federico Cairoli

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Atelier 2B's "Soft in the Middle" Rethinks Modernism for An Age of Collaboration and Sharing

In his book We Have Never Been Modern, philosopher Bruno Latour concludes that an inability to make humanity and nature inherently separate is one of Modernism’s most misguided tropes. Thus, contemporary designers that hope to riff on or have continuity with modernism must understand that architecture, even at its most aestheticized, is not hermetically sealed off from the outside world - and that therefore modernism is not a plateau of design, but another base camp on the road to further refinement.

In Chicago, the city where Modernism reached both its metaphoric and physical peak, Atelier 2B, a team of Yewon Ji, Nicolas Lee, Ryan Otterson, recently shared the top-five prize of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's ChiDesign Competition (part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial) for their project Soft in the Middle: The Collaborative Core. Indebted to the legacy of Mies and the International Style, Atelier 2B proposed a Modernist-tower-redux that (externally at least) is composed of three stacked rectangular volumes bisected with terraces, set back from the street by a large public plaza. The project brief called for “a new center for architecture, design and education,” in a competition judged by critics including Stanley Tigerman, David Adjaye, Ned Cramer, Monica Ponce de Leon, and Billie Tsien.

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Hill Studio House / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica

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See “More Sky” with These Collapsible Window Seats

“Imagine feeling relaxed in your own private space but getting all the natural light from above your head. Imagine being warm and dry while looking at the raindrops falling on your head. Imagine resting on the windowsill, having a cup of tea while looking at people walk by on the street. Imagine having a small place to meditate, where the view is unique and temporary, and it is only used for that purpose, and then you can put it away. That is what More Sky is about.”

With the parameters of Brooklyn’s construction and regulations in mind, architect Aldana Ferrer Garcia has created a series of windows called "More Sky" for her Masters of Industrial Design thesis project at Pratt Institute. Using existing window mechanisms, More Sky seeks to promote a healthier and happier home life by connecting users with the outdoors and offering a glimpse of the sky from a different viewpoint.

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KUAN Architects’ Intellectual Property Office Headquarters Design is Inspired by Traditional Chinese Paintings

Addressing the budding concept of intellectual property in China, KUAN Architects has revealed their proposal for the Intellectual Property Office Headquarters at the Beijing TBD. The project sits at the crossing of the North-South axis of the Badaling Expressway and the East-West axis of the TBD, an irregular quadrilateral footprint among several rectangular developments. Both sides of the main axis of the TBD are divided into 5 parcels - simple, concise shapes that balance the irregularity of the site and reconcile its plan with the surroundings. Using these building volumes, a plaza is created in the centre.

Five New Partners Appointed in Rogers Stirk Harbour as Mike Davies Steps Down

London-based practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) have announced the elevation of five associates to partner level while Mike Davies CBE, who has worked alongside Lord Rogers for more than forty years, will be reducing his roles. Davies has been involved in some of the practice's most significant projects including the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Lloyd's of London, the Millennium Dome, and Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow Airport. As a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Davies is currently the project director for Grand Paris, the masterplan for Greater Paris 2025 which was commissioned by former President Nicolas Sarkozy. According to RSHP, Davies "will remain employed in a part-time role."

The Woodland Cabin / De Rosee Sa Architects

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House in Kharkiv / Sbm studio

  • Architects: Sbm studio
  • Location: Kharkiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine
  • Architects in Charge: Olga Kleytman, Kateryna Ahafonova, Anna Verizhenko, Valeriia Ahafonova
  • Engineer: Sergij Stribul
  • Area: 460.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko

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Bubup Nairm Children's Centre / GHD Woodhead

  • Architects: GHD Woodhead
  • Location: 171 Chapel St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia
  • Photographs: Martin Saunders Photography

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Kindo / Anagrama

  • Architect: Anagrama
  • Location: Monterrey, N.L., Mexico
  • Collaborators: Roberto Treviño, Carla Baca, Sebastian Padilla, Andrea Benavides, Xavier Doria
  • Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Estudio Tampiquito

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Collective-LOK Designs Mirrored, Ring of Hearts Pavilion for Times Square

Collective-LOK’s design for a circular pavilion made up of giant mirrored hearts has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Times Square Valentine Heart installation. Their "Heart of Hearts" proposal features a faceted ring made up of nine mirrored, golden hearts that will “create an alternative pavilion that reflects and multiplies the pulsating activity of Times Square.” Spaces within each heart will form “kissing booths where couples will find their activities mirrored, allowing both privacy and publicity.”

Back of the Yards High School / STL Architects

  • Architect of record: STL Architects
  • Location: 2111 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
  • Area: 215000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ignacio Espigares/STL Architects

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