AD Classics: JFK Presidential Library / I.M. Pei

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After a nine year process and fourteen possible architects the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library was finally finished and dedicated on October 20, 1979. Architect ’s signature geometric shapes of steel and glass created an appropriate stately monumentality. A juxtaposition of spaces and light quality along with a defined and lucid circulation creates a logical story line of its namesake.

Riverside Park Pavilion / Touloukian Touloukian Inc.

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Architects: Touloukian Touloukian Inc.
Location: Cambridge, , USA
Client: James Wilcox
Structural Engineer: Richmond So
Landscape Architect: Bob Uhlig
General Contractor: Dave Quirk
Photographs: Ed Wonsek

B Street Lofts / Touloukian Touloukian Inc.

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Architects: Touloukian Touloukian Inc.
Location: , , USA
General Contractor: Fern Vanchon
Lighting Designer: Scott Richardson
Photographs: Stephen Lee

East 6th Street House / Touloukian Touloukian Inc.

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Architects: Touloukian Touloukian Inc.
Location: , , USA
General Contractor: Mike Ahern
Structural Engineer: Uy Than Ly
Electrical Lighting Design: Paul Zaferiou
Photographs: Stephen Lee Photography

Cambridge Public Library wins Harleston Parker Medal / William Rawn Associates and Ann Beha Architects

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The Boston Society of Architects/AIA announced the winner of the 2010 Harleston Parker Medal as the Cambridge Public Library by William Rawn Associates Architects and Ann Beha Architects.  Each year, the Society of Architects (BSA) and the City of award the Harleston Parker Medal to “the single most beautiful” building or structure built in the Greater area over the past 10 years.

More images of the winner after the break.

ResilienCity / map-lab

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The International Living Future Institute launched the Living City Design Competition in 2010, seeking designs for our cities in the year 2035. map-lab’s submission was ResilienCity. ResilienCity seeks to set the vision for the future of ’s Innovation District, a new neighborhood built on grey field and brownfield sites that will provide residences and workplaces for over 300,000 people.

We have reached the tipping point where we need to think of the whole, not the self. We have arrived at a time when we need to stop behaving selfishly and begin to explore how we can all come together as a community to create environments that are culturally enriching, healthier, and equitable. We come back to nature to do this. Additional images of map-lab’s submission and a continuing narrative can be seen after the break.

Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center and Davis Garage / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

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The Wang Campus Center, Davis Garage and related Alumnae Valley projects encompass most of the western half of the Wellesley College campus. They include a 50,000 sqf Campus Center, the renovation of the Alumnae Valley landscape, a 565 car parking garage, a 20,000 sqf building for the Campus Trade Shops, a 4,000 sqf building for the campus police, the renovation and re-design of the campus chilled water plant, and the re-design of the Campus Central Utility Plant environs.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts,
Project Team: Mack Scogin, Merrill Elam, Timothy Harrison, Christopher Agosta, David Yocum, Kimberly Shoemake-Medlock, Jeffrey Collins, Jennifer Pindyck, Barnum Tiller, Christian Rice, Michael Wirsching, Jennifer Hurst, John Trefry, Stephen Trimble, Kevin Gotsch, Andrea Korber, Jane Lee, Ashley Moore, Margaret Fletcher, Brian Bell, Trey Lindsey, Sophia Greenbaum, Helen Han, Ted Paxton
Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Structural Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: Arup
Civil Engineer: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin
General Contractor: Richard White Sons
Project Managers: Genesis Partners
Lighting Consultant: LAM Partners
Project Area: 74,000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographer: Timothy Hursley

Berkshires XIII House / Burr & McCallum Architects

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Architects: Burr & McCallum Architects
Location: West Stockbridge, , USA
Project area: 4,600 sqf
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Michael Lavin Flower

‘Lighter Than Air’ Proposal / MODU

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Fascinated with the theory of camouflage and interested in how, as a design concept, it could result in the transformation of space, MODU changed the recognizable figure of a barge in a city to an interactive atmospheric phenomenon they titled, ‘Lighter Than Air’. This proposal, which was for “The Barge” competition organized by SHIFTBoston, won first place and will be coming to the Fort Point Channel in in September 2012. More images and architects’ description after the break.

West End Museum / PRAUD

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based research and design firm, PRAUD, shared with us the West End Museum which is a community-based museum in Boston dedicated to documenting the history of the West End of Boston. The museum especially captures the immigrant era which dates approximately from 1880 to the West Ends destruction by eminent domain in 1958. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Ames Hotel / Rockwell Group

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The new Ames Hotel is Rockwell Group’s first hotel project in . The boutique hotel occupies the historic Ames Building, a historic office building which was built in the late 19th century, and was the tallest building in when it was completed. The hotel sits along the Washington Mall at One Court Street and is located on the edge of the Financial District, the Downtown Crossing shopping district and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Architect: Rockwell Group
Location: One Court Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Project Area: 70,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Rockwell Group

AD Classics: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts / Le Corbusier

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The first and only building in the designed by the 20th Century master architect Le Corbusier sits among some of the oldest buildings that date back to before the United States was organized.  Completed in 1963, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts is located on University’s campus.  Designed in conjunction with Chilean architect Guillermo Jullian de la Fuentes and Josep Lluis Sert – dean of Harvard’s GSD at the time, the Carpenter Center stands out among the traditional architectural styles of Harvard Yard as a combination of Le Corbusier’s earlier modernist works.

More on the Carpenter Center after the break.

AD Classics: Gropius House / Walter Gropius

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Home to one of the most influential architects of the 20th Century, the Gropius House was the residence of Walter Gropius and his family during his tenure at Harvard University during the mid 1900s. Completed in 1938, the Gropius House was the first commissioned project in the for the famed architect.  Located in , Massachusetts the house is a hybrid of traditional New England aesthetic and the modernist teachings of the Bauhaus.

More on the Gropius House after the break.

ICEWALL / Yushiro Okamoto

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As a part of ’s 150th anniversary celebration, a student competition was held for a installation to become part of the festivities. Yushiro Okamoto‘s winning proposal, ICEWALL, has recently been completed and has been submitted to share with us here at ArchDaily. Follow after the break to browse through a large collection of photographs of the project.

AD Classics: Boston City Hall / Kallmann, McKinnell, & Knowles

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As part of an international competition to design ’s City Hall in 1962, three Columbia University professors, Kallmann, McKinnell & Knowles, diverted from the typical sleek, glass and steel structures that were being requested by popular demand.  Rather than basing their design on the material aesthetics, their goal was to accentuate the governmental buildings connection to the public realm.

Completed in 1968, the Brutalist style city hall bridges the public and private sectors of government through a gradient of reveal and exposure that allows the public to become integrated, either physically or visually, into the daily affairs of the governmental process.

More on the Boston City Hall after the break.

Page Road House / Andrew Cohen Architects

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Architects: Andrew Cohen Architects
Location: Lincoln, Massachusetts,
Landscape Architect: Scott Carman
General Contractor: Jonathan Merz
Structural Engineer: Richmond So Engineers, Inc.
Civil Engineer: Dave Crispin
Photographs: Greg Premru Photography

AD Classics: MIT Chapel / Eero Saarinen

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is one of the most respected architects of the 20th Century, often regarded as a master of his craft.  Known for his dynamic and fluid forms, his design for the Institute of Technology’s chapel takes on a different typology than his previous works.  Completed in 1955, the MIT Chapel is a simple cylindrical volume that has a complex and mystical quality within.  Saarinen’s simple design is overshadowed by the interior form and light that were meant to awaken spirituality in the visitor.

The non-denominational chapel is intended to be more than just a religious building, rather it’s meant to be a place of solitude and escape that induces a process of reflections.  Located at the heart of MITs campus, the chapel’s cylindrical form breaks the rigidity of the campus’s orthogonal grid.

More on the MIT Chapel after the break.

BSA Headquarters / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

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The Boston Society of Architects plans to move from its current location on 52 Broad Street to a new space at Atlantic Wharf, as part of a major transformation of the 1867 institution. As part of an open design competition, the BSA selected Höweler + Yoon Architecture’s proposal entitled: Slipstream Public Exchange. Images of the proposal, a fly through video and an architects description after the break.