El Ray / Simon Conder Associates

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Architects: Simon Conder Associates
Location: Kent,
Design Team: Simon Conder, Pippa Smith
Structural Engineer: Fluid Structures
Environmental Engineer: ZEF
Contractor: Ecolibrium Solutions
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Simon Conder Associates

WEISS / MANFREDI to Design Kent State’s New, $40 Million Architecture Building

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WEISS / MANFREDI has been announced as winner of the international competition to design a new College of Architecture and Environmental Design for State University in . The New York-based practice, in collaboration with the local architect of record Richard L. Bowen & Associates, was one of four national finalists selected from a competitive list of 37 applicants.

The winning proposal, dubbed the Kent State Design Loft, transforms the notion of a continuous studio loft into a three-tiered structure that opens to the city, connects to the public esplanade and surrounding landscape, and provides an abundance of creatively designed, flexible learning spaces that can be easily transformed to accommodate design crits, exhibitions and events.

“We are captivated by the potential for this project to become an innovative incubator for the arts and an internationally legible destination for the University,” said Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi.

The architect’s project description after the break…

Proposals Unveiled for Kent State’s new Architecture College

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Yesterday, the shortlisted teams for Kent State University’s new, $40 million College of Architecture and Environmental Design pitched their designs to the Kent community. From “simple and functional to splendidly provocative”, these proposals offer a range of innovative solutions that will satisfy Kent’s mission to create a modern campus that provides an outstanding academic experience and enriches the greater community of Kent, .

The four finalists, which were selected from 37 international teams, were challenged to design a 122,000 square foot, sustainable exemplar that unites Kent State’s architecture program under one roof, while inspiring interdisciplinary collaboration within flexible learning spaces along the University’s new esplanade.

Get a sneak peak of each proposal after the break.

Beckett Rankine unveils Offshore Airport in the Thames Estuary

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With both Heathro and Gatwick pushing their limits, it is imperative that the begins to move forward with expanding their global aviation capacity. Over the years, multiple proposals have been presented, including Norman Foster’s “London Britannia Airport”. Now, Beckett Rankine has unveiled an inventive, offshore proposal located on the Goodwin sands in UK territorial waters nearly three kilometres off the east coast of Kent.

Continue after the break to learn more.

Shortlist announced for Kent State’s New Architecture Building

State University has selected four national teams to compete in the final round of an international competition to design a new College of Architecture and Environmental Design building on the university’s new esplanade. The planned facility is part of the university’s campus transformation, called “Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future,” which involves the construction of new buildings, facility upgrades and establishment of dynamic, new spaces. The goal of this initiative is to create a modern campus that offers an outstanding academic experience and enriches the greater community of , Ohio.

The shortlisted teams have been challenged to design a $40 million sustainable exemplar, possibly capable of achieving net-zero energy, that unites ’s architecture program under one roof, while inspiring interdisciplinary collaboration within flexible learning spaces.

More details and the complete shortlist after the break…

Rocksalt Seafood Restaurant / Guy Hollaway Architects

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Architects: Guy Hollaway Architects
Location: Folkestone Harbour, Kent,
Client: Folkestone Harbour Company
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ashley Gendek, Paul Freeman

2011 matR Project: “The Passage”

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A team of graduate students recently created a temporary installation on the State University, campus in . The project grew out of an internal challenge in the matR design competition. Designed by graduate students Brian Thoma, Carl, Veith, Victoria, Capranica, Matt Veith, and Griffin Morris, the tunnel-like structure called “The Passage” was a study to support the conceptualization and actualization of innovative and experimental material research. The students created the initial form in Rhinoceros with a couple Grasshopper definitions as a waffle structure of 26 vertical ribs and 24 horizontal struts. More images and information after the break.

Bridge House / Joeb Moore + Partners Architects

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The Bridge House is located in , along a 300’ ridge that parallels the Housatonic River not far from Kent Falls State Park.  The state park boasts a beautiful series of cascading falls and a historic covered bridge.  Joeb Moore + Partners Architects took these impressions and observations of the surrounding environment as inspiration and the jumping off point for the conceptual design of the Bridge House.

Architects: Joeb Moore + Partners Architects, LLC
Location: Kent, Connecticut, USA
Structural Engineer: Ed Stanley and Associates
Mechanical Engineer: ENCON Inc.
General Contractor: Corporate Construction, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Donald Walsh
Project Area: 5,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Frank Oudeman, Michael Biondo, David Sundberg/Esto