Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero / Steven Spielberg

Tune into the Discovery Channel tonight at 8 E/P for executive producer ’s .  This two part 6-hour documentary (the second installation will run September 1st) will take viewers on the journey of the process and struggles behind constructing One World Trade Center.  As George Pataki, former New York governor, explains, the construction site is vastly different from any other site as it is hallowed land.  Working to keep the memory of those fallen alive, and provide a symbol of strength, the rebuilding process continually faces challenges as the complex’s four skyscrapers, transportation hub, museum and memorial are “all being constructed at the same time and on the same location.”  Watching this short clip we spotted on The Hollywood Reporter gave me chills – especially the part about “Big Red” and its fallen ones.   Let us know what you think of the documentary this evening; we are sure it won’t disappoint!

Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts / Randy Brown Architects

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Architect: Randy Brown Architects
Location: , Nebraska,
Project Team: Randy Brown, Brian Kelly, Neil Legband, Nathan Vanzuidam, Workshop – RBA student summer design/build paid internship
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Farshid Assassi

Artist Kent Bellows left a legacy of artwork behind after his early death in 2005. The Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts protects his memory and creates opportunities for his work to be inspiration for generations to come. Randy Brown Architects has adapted Bellows’ former studio into a place to respect his memory, and to continue his legacy through future generations of Omaha artists.

Busan Metropolitan Opera House Competition Proposal / INDEX Architecture

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The Metropolitan Opera House competition provides an opportunity not only to develop a new performing arts hub for south-eastern Korea, but also to re-consider the icon in architecture and its presence in the 21st century city. The contemporary understanding of the opera house is as a monumental object that is detached from the city, and designed to be appreciated through selected vistas. In the opposite of this, ‘Intermezzo’, designed by INDEX Architecture, seeks to adopt a language of continuity with its context. More images architects’ description after the break.

Seismic Considerations in New York City and Washington DC

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The U.S.G.S. recently reported that an earthquake struck the Washington, D.C. area with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 (later updated to 5.9). Initial reports of damage are minor however the National Cathedral’s central tower sustained some damage. “It looks like three of the pinnacles have broken off the central tower,” spokesman Richard Weinberg said of the tower, the highest point in Washington, D.C.

Update: The Cathedral has sustained some substantial damage due to the earthquake, and experts are currently assessing the structural and aesthetic damage. For a video of the Cathedral damage, or to help join the efforts of preserving the Cathedral click here.

Update: You can also see the effects of the earthquake on a building in here.

Felt in Philadelphia, North Carolina, Boston, , Martha’s Vineyard, and even Wheeling, West Virginia, the tremor raises questions of the importance of seismic considerations particularly in .

Although earthquakes are not something a typical New Yorker would have cross their mind in comparison to other parts of the world such as Japan (8.9 magnitude in 2011) and Chile (8.8 magnitude in 2010), the overal size and density of NYC puts it at a high risk for extensive damage.

More photographs of the Washington National Cathedral and discussion regarding seismic considerations following the break.

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Wexford County Council Headquarters / Robin Lee Architecture

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Architects: Robin Lee Architecture
Location: Wexford County,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 11,500 sqm
Photographs: Andrew Lee

New Headquarters for GEPS Proposal / Tomoon & HAEMA

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Architecture and Engineering firm, Tomoon, in collaboration with HAEMA, shared with us their winning competition entry for the New Headquarters for GEPS in , South Korea where the city is a gently sloping area located between the old city and new city in Seogwipo and know to be an international trade base and a city of education. Their future-oriented concept is designed by four directions considering sloping ground, wind, scents and views and territoriality. By using this approach, they create an eco-friendly and energy saving building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House of Kashiba / Horibe Naoko Architect Office

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Architects: Horibe Naoko Architect Office / Naoko Horibe
Location: , Japan
Project Area: 85.58 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Kei Sugino

Jacobson Carriage House / Robert Gurney Architect

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Architect: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
Location: ,
Project Architect: Brian Tuskey, Associate AIA
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Hoachlander Davis Photography


[Un]Restricted Access Competition / Architecture for Humanity

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Architecture for Humanity has recently launched a graphic design competition to identify a compelling logo for the 2011 Open Architecture Challenge called [Un]Restricted Access. This year’s challenge is focused on re-purposing vacant military structures and sites. It will catalyze awareness, ideas, and most importantly – action.

Through a global forum, designers and architects will develop solutions that reconnect military and civilian communities. The history of these important spaces will be highlighted and hidden potential uncovered. The goal? Utilize these sites and structures for the greater good. But first things first.

Submissions are due no later than August 26 at 24:00 PST. You can enter here and find all necessary guidelines and information on the Open Architecture Network. The reward is $500 USD and a pair of night vision goggles. Yes, they’re for real.

331 Foothill Road Office Building / Ehrlich Architects

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Architect: Ehrlich Architects
Location: Beverly Hills, California
Project Year: 2009
Client: City of Beverly Hills
Contractor: Bayley Construction
Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates Inc.
MEP Engineer: IBE Consulting Engineer
Civil Engineer: KPFF
Landscape Design: LRM Inc.
Acoustic Consultant: Schaffer Acoustics Inc.
Lighting Consultant: HLB Lighting Design
Cost Estimation: C.P. O’Halloran Associates
Specifications: CSI Specifications
Photography: RMA Architectural Photographers


AD Classics: Olivetti Showroom / Carlo Scarpa

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The Olivetti Showroom by has recently come full circle. In the late 1950s Adriano Olivetti commissioned Scarpa to design a display space for his Olivetti products. The resulting Olivetti Showroom was a beautiful space used for decades by Olivetti before changing owners. In April of 2011 Scarpa’s Olivetti Showroom re-emerged once again as the display space for Olivetti products. Though this time Scarpa’s design of the space is what is truly on display.  More after the break.

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Block of Flats / Znameni Ctyr Architekti

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Architecture: Znameni Ctyr Architekti
Location: ,
Client: Nad Malovankou s.r.o.
Project Area: 1588 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Znameni Ctyr Architekti

Architecture City Guide: Beijing

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This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to . has a range of architectural styles, but the three most prevalent are the traditional imperial style (the Forbidden City), the “Sino-Sov” style (boxy structures built between the 1950s and 70s), and lastly the explosion of a modern corporate style that is punctuated with Starchitect buildings like ’s CCTV TV Station HQ. We put together a list of 12 modern/contemporary buildings that we feel provides a good starting point. It is far from complete. There are dozens of other great buildings that are not our list, and we are looking to add to the list in the near future. Please add your favorites in the comment section below so we can add them on the second go around. Again thank you to all our readers who sent in their suggestions and photographs. The city guides would not be possible without your help.

To check out other cities visit our world map or our Architecture City Guide page.
The Architecture City Guide: Beijing list and corresponding map after the break.

De La Beche Manor / VW+BS

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Architects: VW+BS
Location: ,
Main Contractor: Vitpol Building Services
Structural Engineer: Elliott Wood Partnership
Project Area: 700 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Ioana Marinescu, Michael Franke

Arizona Science Center Phase III / Architekton

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Architect: Architekton
Collaborators: Kendle Design Collaborative + Robert Morris Design Studio
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Cost: $4.1M
Client: City of Phoenix
Interior Design: Robert Morris Design Studio
Contractor: Brycon Construction
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: Henderson Engineers Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Henderson Engineers Inc.
Structural Engineer: Paragon Structural Design Inc.
Civil Engineer: David Evans & Associates
Photography: www.architekton.com


In Progress: King’s Cross Station / John McAslan + Partners

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“It’s incredible to watch the reinvention of the station taking shape into a compelling piece of place-making for . You can already see how the Western Concourse – Europe’s largest single span station structure and the heart of the development – reconnects this much-loved Victorian terminus to its context. It’s immensely satisfying to see the project move forward at such pace and we look forward to celebrating the project’s completion in 2012 for the Olympics.”-John McAslan, Chairman

Architect: John McAslan + Partners
Location: London, England
Photographs: Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners, Hufton Crow, John Sturrock

Video: AECOM 2016 Olympic Park Masterplan Rio de Janeiro

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We reported earlier this week that AECOM will be designing the Olympic Park Masterplan for the 2016 Olympics that will be held in Rio de Janeiro, . The international competition winning entry’s concept of operation, separate access for athletes and the audience, logistics for the transport system, the viability of implementation and unique access for parking, made it stand out amongst the other submissions.

School of Sciences / DCOOP

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With its varied courtyards, terraces, columned halls, entries and playful movements, the School of Sciences is a journey of discovery. While the solemn front of the structure conveys the image of serious academic pursuit that the university stands for, the building itself is centered around its users–faculty and students.

Architect: DCOOP (Design Cooperative)
Location: , Andhra Pradesh, India
Project Team: Shilpa Ranade and Quaid Doongerwala with Abhijit Doshi, Shweta Ketkar
Structure: Sanjay Chikermane
Plumbing & Electrical: Synergy Consultants
Contractors: SVEC Hyderabad
Project Management: University Engineering Dept.
Site Engineer: Mohammed Nawaz
Project Area: 18000 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photography: Rajesh vora