Denver Union Station / SOM

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Architects: SOM
Location: , CO, USA
Design Partner: Roger Duffy
Year: 2014
Photographs: Robert Polidori

Imagine 2020: Denver Launches Arts-First Public Policy

Screen shot from Cristobal Palma’s documentation of Denver’s 2013 exhibition. Click the image to view.

The City of Denver has launched “Imagine 2020,” a pro- 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

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art Conceptual Sketch. Image ©

Seattle’s Olson Kundig Architects has been tapped to design The Kirkland’s new headquarters in downtown , 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. 

33rd Street House / Meridian 105 Architecture

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Architects: Meridian 105 Architecture
Location: Denver, CO,
Architect In Charge: Chad Mitchell
Area: 2,842 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Raul J. Garcia

Biennial of the Americas 2013: Draft Urbanism

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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.

Shield House / Studio H:T

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Architects: Studio H:T
Location: , , USA
Area: 3,250 sqft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Raul Garcia

AIA 2013: Top Ten Lessons of Leadership by General Colin Powell

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“It’s not where you start in life, it’s where you end up and all the places you went in between.” – United States General

For the closing keynote speaker of the stimulating, three-day “Building Leaders” convention in , the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected one of America’s most admired public figures to share wisdom and insight to becoming a great leader.

General Colin L. Powell, a first-generation American born from Jamaican immigrants in 1937, is the epitome of the American dream. Starting life in the South Bronx, Powell paved his way to becoming a highly respected, four-star general in the United States Army and the first African American to serve as Secretary of State. A natural storyteller, Powell effortlessly captivated the audience of architects with a series of experiences and lessons he had learned throughout his lifetime of service.

General Colin Powell’s top ten lessons of leadership after the break…

AIA 2013: Conscious Capitalism and the Future of Business

AIA president Mickey Jacobs © ArchDaily

Thousands have flocked to the Mile High City in Colorado to attend the American Institute of Architects (AIA) . The three-day event was enthusiastically kickstarted this morning by AIA president Mickey Jacobs who honored Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects with the 2013 Architecture Firm Award; highlighted this year’s theme of leadership; and featured words of advice from TOMS founder and chief shoe giver, .

Learn TOMS Founder Mycoskie’s top advice for architects after the break. 

Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Transform Denver Parking Lot into Outdoor Classroom

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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 ’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.

Read more about the project and how you can help after the break.

Shift Top House / Meridian 105 Architecture

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Architects: Meridian 105 Architecture
Location: Denver, ,
Architect In Charge: Chad Mitchell
Structural Engineering: Structural Design Collaborative
Interior Design: Maureen Conway
General Contractor: Caliber Construction
Area: 3,300 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Raul J. Garcia

Colin Powell, Blake Mycoskie, and Cameron Sinclair to Speak at 2013 AIA Convention

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Taking place June 20-22, 2013 in Denver, General Colin L. Powell, (Ret.), former Secretary of State (2001 – 2005), joins Cameron Sinclair, co-founder and chief eternal optimist of Architects For Humanity, and , founder and chief shoe giver of TOMS, as keynote speakers for the 2013 AIA National Convention,. The 2013 “Building Leaders” theme will give architects and design professionals opportunities to learn, share, and demonstrate the essential qualities that define leadership today. Registration opens in January. For more information, please visit here. More information on the keynote speakers after the break.

Eastside Human Services Building / RNL

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Architects: RNL
Location: , CO, USA
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Frank Ooms

‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight’ Exhibition

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The ‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight’ Exhibition, taking place July 15 – October 7 at the Denver Art Museum, will allow visitors a rare opportunity to explore the evolution of airport design and to discover the creative processes that lead to their functionality and beauty. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the history of airports aided by film, digital art, animation, models, drawings, photographs, and full-scale architectural elements. Visitors will travel through six airports designed by Denver-based Fentress architects: Denver International Airport, South Korea’s Incheon International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Mineta San Jose International Airport, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport. For more information, please visit here.

Museum of Contemporary Art / Adjaye Associates

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Architects: Adjaye Associates
Location: , USA
Area: 24,963 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Adjaye Assocates

‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight’ Exhibition

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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 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.

Clyfford Still Museum / Allied Works Architecture

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Architects: Allied Works Architecture
Location: , Colorado, USA
Project Team: Brad Cloepfil, Design Principal Chris Bixby, Project Lead
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 28,500 sqf
Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann

Calatrava Withdraws from Denver Airport Expansion

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It was with much enthusiasm that Denver International Airport officials announced Santiago Calatrava as the architect for the new $650 million expansion that included a hotel, public plaza, and commuter-rail station. However, Calatrava is now withdrawing himself from the project only a year later. Numerous concerns have been cited as the reason for his departure including “financial constraints, unnecessary time delays, and deep divisions” between his design team, DIA, and Parsons International Group as quoted by his wife and business manager Robertina in a letter to DIA manager Kim Day.

Denver Art Museum, Museum Shop / Roth Sheppard Architects

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based Roth Sheppard Architects were hired to redesign the Museum Shop for the recognizable Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind. The original shop’s poor sales and limited foot traffic initiated the project. Roth Sheppard Architects took the challenge of working within the recognizable building, and created a space that not only looks the part, but has significantly increased sales for the museum shop.

Architects: Roth Sheppard Architects
Location: Denver, Colorado,
Consultants: Studio NYL, BCER Engineering, Beaudin Ganze Consulting Engineers, Adoniadis Retail Services, High Country Millwork, Urban Fabrications, NCI Norkoli Construction
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Paul Brokering