First Renderings of Populous’ Downtown Milwaukee Stadium

View from Entertainment District Live Block. Image Courtesy of Populous

The Bucks have just unveiled Populous‘ initial renderings of their downtown revitalization plan for Milwaukee’s sports and entertainment district, anchored by a multi-purpose arena. The first step in their vision, the arena hopes to be a modern expression of Wisconsin’s heritage and a vibrant cornerstone to the growth of downtown Milwaukee.

James Corner Field Operations Amongst Frontrunners for Milwaukee’s Lakefront Gateway Plaza

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The City of Milwaukee has announced the four finalists in a competition to redevelop the city’s lakefront, naming OJB, James Corner Field Operations, multidisciplinary firm AECOM, and Wisconsin-based consulting firm GRAEF. Selected from 24 entrants, the shortlisted teams are competing for a chance to revitalize the Milwaukee lakefront as part of the Lakefront Gateway Project masterplan. Each firm must now submit specific proposals for the Plaza project in time for a June deadline, after which all proposals will be made available to the public and judged by a selection committee. Learn more about the project after the break.

Milwaukee Urban Farm Movement Grows

Courtesy of Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture

After the foreclosure crisis, hundreds of cities despaired at the downturn – but in , the HomeGr/own Initiative saw opportunity. The organization converts empty lots into urban farms, calling upon citizens to assist in this growing movement. But while other cities have tried similar projects (and failed), Fast.Co reports that the HomeGr/own Initiative seems suited to last. Learn why here.

Urban Edge Symposium

Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park / Courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi

Curated by Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss of Weiss/Manfredi, the biennial Urban Edge Award Symposium titled ‘Evolutionary Infrastructure / Evolving Practices’ will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Taking place April 5th at 10:00am, the event focuses on expanding the definition of ‘infrastructure’ to address an escalating set of design challenges that are at once cultural, architectural, and environmental. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will host a series of cross-disciplinary talks and discussions between innovative architects, artists, ecologists, engineers, and theoreticians. For more information, please visit here.

Iron Horse Hotel / The Kubala Washatko Architects

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Architect: The Kubala Washatko Architects
Location: Milwaukee,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: The Kubala Washatko Architects 

Designed by the Kubala Washatko Architects of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, the Iron Horse Hotel is an upscale boutique hotel that caters to motorcycle enthusiasts and travelers.  The 100,000sf project was completed in 2008 as a refurbishment to an existing factory — more images and architect description after the break.

Roast Coffee Co. / SARUP

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Architect: School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Project Team: Adriana Arteaga, Chad Bloedel, Ali Carlucci, Joseph Luehring, Therese Hassett, Blake Villwock, Kyle Talbott ( Faculty)
Client: Roast Coffee Co.
Structural Consultant: Marco Lo Ricco (SARUP Faculty)
Fabrication Consultant: Frankie Flood, Matt Maybee (UWM PECK SCHOOL Faculty)
Digital Fabrication Consultant: Design Fugitives
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Adriana Arteaga, Blake Villwock, Joseph Luehring, Chad Bloedel, Bilal Sayyed, Blake Villwock

Erie Street Plaza / StossLU

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Architect: StossLU
Location: , Wisconsin, USA
Project Team: Chris Reed, principle; Scott Bishop, project manager; Tim Barner, Adrian Fehrmann, Kristin Malone, Chris Muskopf, Graham Palmer, Megan Studer
Consultants: Vetter Denk, urban design; Light TH!S, lighting design; GRAEF Anhalt Schloemer & Associates, engineering
Project Area: 13,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: StossLU 

HERC Holocaust Sculpture Competition

Sculpture Site

The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center in , (HERC) is sponsoring an open, two-stage competition to choose a design for a sculpture commemorating life after the Holocaust.

This sculpture will be uplifting in its celebration of life of the survivors and future generations. The sculpture will be located at a prominent site at Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center located at 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

More information on the competition’s official website.