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Open Call: "Off the Rails" Design Competition

03:30 - 29 April, 2016
Open Call: "Off the Rails" Design Competition

Fort Collins, Colorado is a city on the rise, with a rapidly-growing population, a thriving local arts, music and craft brewing scene, and a stunning natural setting at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. But it has a problem: the BNSF railway has left behind a legacy that is a nuisance to many: a right-of-way that shares Mason Street, a major downtown route, with automobile, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Diesel freight trains rumble down the street multiple times a day, causing traffic delays, safety concerns and prompting patrons at nearby sidewalk cafes to plug their ears in dismay.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Reveals Concept Designs For US Olympic Museum

11:00 - 15 May, 2015
Diller Scofidio + Renfro Reveals Concept Designs For US Olympic Museum, Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Diller Scofidio + Renfro has released the first images of their design for the US Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs, close to the United States Olympic Committee headquarters. The firm was selected last October, collaborating with Denver practice  to design the $60 million museum which will host a hall of fame, a theater, and a 20,000-square-foot exhibit hall and retail space to showcase the history of the Olympic and Paralympic games.

How Americans Get to Work

00:00 - 25 January, 2015
How Americans Get to Work, Interactive: How Americans Get to Work. Image Courtesy of flowingdata.com
Interactive: How Americans Get to Work. Image Courtesy of flowingdata.com

In the US, most people drive alone to work. This isn’t surprising, considering car culture has been a staple of American life since the end of World War II. However, with the potential of high speed rails making way in California and the push for public transit in many other states, it will be interesting to see how this map may (or may not) change over the next decade. 

Diller, Scofidio + Renfro to Design Colorado Springs' Olympic Museum

00:00 - 28 October, 2014
Diller, Scofidio + Renfro to Design Colorado Springs' Olympic Museum, Downtown Colorado Springs via Wikipedia
Downtown Colorado Springs via Wikipedia

The US Olympic Museum committee has selected Diller, Scofidio + Renfro to design a $60 million museum in downtown Colorado Springs. The New York-based practice will collaborate with Anderson Mason Dale Architects of Denver and exhibit designer Gallagher & Associates to showcase the Olympic and Paralympic's history through exhibits and artifacts. Once complete by early 2018, the museum will include a hall of fame, theater, a 20,000-square-foot exhibit hall and retail space. Designs are expected to be released by mid-2015. 

Imagine 2020: Denver Launches Arts-First Public Policy

00:00 - 10 March, 2014
Imagine 2020: Denver Launches Arts-First Public Policy, Screen shot from Cristobal Palma's documentation of Denver's Biennial of the Americas 2013 exhibition. Click the image to view.
Screen shot from Cristobal Palma's documentation of Denver's Biennial of the Americas 2013 exhibition. Click the image to view.

The City of Denver has launched “Imagine 2020,” a pro-arts cultural plan that will pave the way for more city-wide “art opportunities” over the next seven years. According to the Denver Post, this initiative will include the revision of “plans, permits and codes” to allow for more installations, offer small micro-art grants for residents and neighborhoods, and establish large public gathering places throughout the city. You can learn more, here

Olson Kundig Architects to Design Kirkland Museum in Downtown Denver

00:00 - 29 January, 2014
 Olson Kundig Architects to Design Kirkland Museum in Downtown Denver, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art Conceptual Sketch. Image © Olson Kundig Architects
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art Conceptual Sketch. Image © Olson Kundig Architects

Seattle’s Olson Kundig Architects has been tapped to design The Kirkland’s new headquarters in downtown Denver, just a block from Daniel Libeskind’s Denver Art Museum and Allied Works’ Clyfford Still Museum. The commission, which is expected to cost “tens of millions,” will double the museum’s gallery space and be used to display  Colorado’s largest repository of art that includes a collection of 15,000 objects by Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Andy Warhol, Eero Saarinen, Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe. 

Tiny Houses: Downsizing The American Dream

00:00 - 30 November, 2013

In the wake of the housing crisis and Recession, the "American Dream" of a super-sized home in the suburbs has lost its appeal; today, it's the "tiny house" that seems more aligned with America's readjusted ideals. Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller, a couple out of Colorado, are just one example of people taking the "tiny" leap - they began the construction of their 124 sq ft. home back in 2011, and their journey has been documented in a new film called "TINY: A Story About Living Small," which premiered on Al Jazeera America last Sunday. 

Biennial of the Americas 2013: Draft Urbanism

00:00 - 21 August, 2013
© Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma

Colorado’s Biennial of the Americas has invited artists and architects from across the Americas to participate in the second edition of Draft Urbanism: a citywide exhibition that examines the evolving relationship we have with our cities. This year, four architects - plan:b arquitectos (Colombia), Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Chile), June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge&Chermayeff (New York/Berlin), and Alex Schweder (New York) - were commissioned to each design and build a large-scale installation that address site-specific urban challenges and key planning issues presently facing downtown Denver. 

With urban challenges ranging from Denver’s over abundance of surface parking lots to the effects of an 8-lane thoroughfare that splits the downtown core, these four installations aim to portray a deep understanding of the city’s history while proposing innovative ways in which art can address our urban future. 

Read on to learn about the installations and view a short film for each by Cristobal Palma

Update: Aspen Art Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects

17:30 - 10 August, 2013
© Shigeru Ban Architects
© Shigeru Ban Architects

With ever-expanding traveling exhibitions attracting over 35,000 yearly visitors from around the globe, the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) has outgrown their cozy 9,000 square foot facility in which they have called home since their established in 1979. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been commissioned to design the new museum, being the first museum he has constructed in the U.S. The project is set for completion in August 2014. Continue reading for more information.

Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Transform Denver Parking Lot into Outdoor Classroom

00:00 - 18 May, 2013
Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Transform Denver Parking Lot into Outdoor Classroom, Courtesy of Kickstarter
Courtesy of Kickstarter

Architecture for Humanity-Denver is seeking to raise money for the transformation of a museum parking lot into an outdoor classroom for children in need. The goal of Denver's Museo de las Americas is to educate the community about the diversity of Latino Americano art and culture from ancient to contemporary through innovative exhibitions and programs, but the museum is lacking the necessary space for its increasingly popular youth summer camp. 

'Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight' Exhibition

11:00 - 17 February, 2012
© 2012 Now Boarding
© 2012 Now Boarding

The ‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + the Architecture of Flight’ exhibition, opening July 15 until October 7 at the Denver Art Musuem, will take visitors on a multi-media tour of airport design of the past, present and future. Visitors will journey through six airports designed by Denver-based Fentress Architects, encountering sketches, renderings, photographs, video installations and large models of these technically advanced public spaces. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude "Over the River" Project - Approved to Stretch Across Arkansas River

13:00 - 19 November, 2011
Photo: Wolfgang Volz // © 1999 Christo
Photo: Wolfgang Volz // © 1999 Christo

Controversial artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude – known for making large-scale architectural interventions in urban and rural environments – have finally gotten approval from the Bureau of Land Management to construct their most recent project “Over the River”, which will stretch along 5.9 miles along the Arkansas River in Southern Colorado.

Read on for details of the project and more images!

Target Tower / Belzberg Architects

18:00 - 23 August, 2011
rendering
rendering

Architect: Belzberg Architects Location: Belmar Center, Lot 1 Lakewood, Colorado, 80226, USA Renderings: Courtesy of Belzberg Architects

The Eco Tent / The Neenan Company

20:00 - 17 July, 2011
© Yann Ropars
© Yann Ropars

The Neenan Company, an integrated architecture and construction firm based in Fort Collins, Colorado, partnered with the EMU Festival, an eco-conscious music festival held in Snowmass, Colorado, to re-invent the traditional music festival tent.

Neenan employees were invited to participate in a contest to create the world’s first sustainable festival tent. The goal of the contest was to create a portable structure that could be installed on a city street as easily as it could at the top of a mountain. Materials for the tent were required to be biodegradable, recyclable, or have a sustainable end-of-life plan, so none of the pieces would end up in a landfill. In addition, the design needed to be easy-to-assemble, so that the tent could be put together by a few people with minimal or no tools.

© The Neenan Company © Yann Ropars © Yann Ropars © Yann Ropars +12

Designer: Ben Shepard, 3D Animator, The Neenan Company Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA Collaborators: Randell Johnson, AIA, Vice President Business Development, The Neenan Company; Timothy Wooster, Founder, EMU Festival Project Year: 2011 Renderings: The Neenan Company Photographs: Yann Ropars and The Neenan Company

V Tower / Meridian 105 Architecture

12:00 - 15 June, 2011
Courtesy of Medridian 105 Architecture
Courtesy of Medridian 105 Architecture

V Tower is a residential high rise positioned atop of a base of retail, restaurant, cafe, and parking designed by Meridian 105 Architecture.  The tower provides an urban park for the neighborhood in Denver, Colorado while establishing a new ground plane for street-life to develop at the site.

Read on for more on this project after the break.

Clyfford Still Museum / Allied Works Architecture

16:00 - 11 June, 2011
© Allied Works Architecture
© Allied Works Architecture

Architects: Allied Works Architecture Location: Denver, Colorado, USA Project area: 28,500 sqm Project year: 2011 Renders and drawings: Allied Works Architecture

Lincoln Mixed Use / Meridian 105 Architecture

12:00 - 8 April, 2011
Courtesy Meridian 105 Architecture
Courtesy Meridian 105 Architecture

Chad Mitchell, president of Denver based Meridian 105 Architecture, has shared with us his proposal for a planned mixed use complex in downtown Denver Colorado. After the break, be sure to look over the proposed passive wall systems used throughout the design proposal  in addition to the rest of the renderings and description from M1A.

Architecture City Guide: Denver

09:35 - 16 March, 2011

This week our Architecture City Guide heads to the “Mile-High City”. In the shadows of the Rocky Mountains, Denver’s architecture can be as dramatic and serene as its surrounding landscape. From the moment your plane touches down at the Denver International Airport you are immersed in state-of-the-art architecture. We have included a dozen places to go once you arrive. Where else would you visit? Please leave suggestions of buildings a Denver visitor shouldn’t miss.

The Architecture City Guide: Denver list and corresponding map after the break!