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City OKs design of Amazon’s Seattle Headquarters


With a 3-2 vote, Seattle’s Downtown Design Review Board has voted in favor of Amazon’s plans for a three-block, high-rise complex in the Denny Triangle. The board voted after conducting five, comprehensive meetings over the last six months to review Amazon’s evolving NBBJ-designed proposal. Although this design review approval is simply a recommendation to the city’s Department of Planning and Development, it is still a milestone for the ambitious project. The five acre site, roughly located between Sixth Avenue, Blanchard Street and Westlake Avenue, is currently occupied by expansive parking lots, the Sixth Avenue Inn and the King Cat Theater. Continue after the break to learn more.

Panel on Women in Architecture: Today in NYC

Today at 6:30pm in New York City, Design critic Alexandra Lange will moderate a panel of award-winning female architects (Galia Solomonoff, Claire Weisz of WXY Design, and Marion Weiss of Weiss/Manfredi) on “their experiences in a male-dominated field and how the gender landscape has changed since the start of their own careers.” According to an excellent blog post by Lange, she already knows the first question she’s going to ask: How do they feel about Architect Barbie? But the panel will go beyond gendered toys. As Lange points out, many women have been reluctant to discuss the issues facing women in architecture, preferring to let their work speak for itself; however, the reality is that little has changed for women over the last 15 years (As Lange says: “when I graduated from college in 1994 the percentage of female members of the AIA was 15 percent. In 2010, it was 17 percent.”) The time is ripe to truly explore this issue and possible solutions -including systemic change and improved work/life balance (not just for women, but for all architects). If you’re interested in taking part in this panel, you can buy your tickets ($20) here. Story via Design Observer

Video: Tempeliaukkio, Rock Church / The Helsinki Series

Barrier Island House / Sanders Pace Architecture

  • Architects: Sanders Pace Architecture
  • Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States
  • Architect In Charge: Brandon F. Pace
  • Project Team: Michael A. Davis, Shane Elliott, Matt Hutchinson
  • Structural Engineering: ML Engineering, Inc
  • Mep Engineering: Rescalc of Southwest Florida
  • Landscape Architect: Dan Ford & Associates Landscape Design
  • General Contractor: Roth Builders, Inc
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bruce Cole

© Bruce Cole © Bruce Cole © Bruce Cole © Bruce Cole

Smart Growth: Tactical Urbanism Event

Taking place at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on October 11, the Smart Growth: Tactical Urbanism Event features Mike Lydon, the primary author of Tactical Urbanism Volumes 1 and 2. He will discuss chair bombing, site-previtalization, depaving, open streets, intersection repair, and numerous other placemaking tactics at a time when cities and citizens are increasingly using short-term action to spur long-term revitalization. The event, which starts at 12:30pm, is free and presented in association with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Smart Growth Network. For more information, please visit here.  

modeLab Simulation Lab

Taking place October 20-21, modeLab is putting on Simulation Lab, a two-day workshop on the topic of simulation with processing. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, they will cover technical programming concepts such as syntax, control, and modularity. Utilizing a suite of libraries to extend processing’s functionality, they will explore and incrementally develop force-based, physics-based, and agent-based simulations. Additionally, they will examine strategies for visualizing the dynamic nature, unexpected tendencies, and behavioral effects present in our simulations. For more information, please visit here.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Vander Hotel / Sadar + Vuga

  • Architects: Sadar + Vuga
  • Location: Krojaška Ulica, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Area: 220.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: David Lotric, Miran Kambič

© Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič © Miran Kambič

Harbonnieres Residential

© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly

Riverbank High School / Darden Architects

  • Architects: Darden Architects
  • Location: Riverbank, California, United States
  • Principal In Charge: Martin Dietz
  • Project Architect: Antonio Avila
  • Project Designers: Alvaro Velasquez, Martin Illic
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Mullins Studio, Bill Wood

© Mullins Studio © Mullins Studio © Mullins Studio © Bill Wood

In Progress: Erasmus MC / EGM architecten

  • Architects: EGM architecten
  • Location: Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • Client: Erasmus MC
  • Photographs: Courtesy of EGM architecten

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Shih Chien University Gymnasium and Library / Kris Yao | Artech Architects

  • Architects: Artech Architects
  • Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Design Team: Glen Lu, Hua-Yi Chang, Po-Wen Hsiao, Sid Peng, Chao-Li Hsu, Wesley Fang, Wei-Chung Hsu, Liang-Tzu Chen, Jerry Chang, Tzongming Chan, Jun-Ren Chou, Tien-Yu Lo, Jeff Lai, Ming-Chin Li, Peter Chen, Su-Ping Lo
  • Structural: Federal Engineering Consultants, Ltd
  • Site Area: 42,039
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Jeffrey Cheng

© Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng © Jeffrey Cheng

Nanjing Conference and Exhibition Center – South Expansion / tvsdesign

Courtesy of TVS Design
Courtesy of TVS Design

The Nanjing Hexi District recently selected tvsdesign for the south expansion of the Nanjing International Expo Center (NIEC). The goal of this mission was to promote cooperation and exchange between the two cities, and re-emphasize the importance of friendly business relations between China and the United States. Their design will compliment the original master plan and design while embracing the cultural history and beauty of Nanjing, calling upon its dramatic landscape of iconic mountains and scenic waterfronts to enhance architectural roof forms and shape towers that emphasize the importance of the Olympic Axis to the Hexi District. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Nordic Light: Interpretations in Architecture

Nordic Light is a 240-pages book with a wide array of lighting projects in nordic architecture as well as essays about light in late 19th century art form. The book contains architects and comtemporary artists such as Snøhetta, Olafur Eliasson, Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects and Henning Larsen Architects. The graphic elements presented in the book is an interpretation between northern lights and architectural sketching.