Make It Right Releases Six Single-Family House Designs for Manheim Park Community

Home design by DRAW. Image Courtesy of Make It Right

Make It Right, the organization formed by Brad Pitt that builds affordable and sustainable houses for people in need, has released a series of new single-family home designs by local architects to expand their efforts in Kansas City, Missouri. The new homes will become part of Make it Right’s established work in Manheim Park, complementing the affordable housing and community complex opened by the organization in 2013.

View the designs, after the break.

Drawings from Famous Architects’ Formative Stages to be Exhibited in St. Louis

Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 1984. Image Courtesy of Kemper Art Museum

As a student of architecture, the formative years of study are a period of wild experimentation, bizarre use of materials, and most importantly, a time to make mistakes. Work from this period in the life of an architect rarely floats to the surface – unless you’re Zaha Hadid or Frank Gehry, that is. A treasure trove of early architectural drawings from the world’s leading architects has recently been unearthed from the private collection of former Architectural Association Chairman Alvin Boyarsky. The collection is slated to be shown at the Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, as a part of the exhibition Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the  from September 12th to January 4th, 2015.

Take a look at the complete set of architects and drawings for the exhibition after the break.

RTKL to Debut Smart Transit Hub Proposal

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RTKL, a global architecture and design practice, announced its HALO project will be featured as part of the TransformKC Exhibition (October 4th – 25th in , Missouri), which seeks to illustrate what the future could look like for transit and innovative rail projects. The HALO concept is a modular, five-foot panelized, glass-enclosed, sustainable walkway for bus passengers that will utilize new technology to capture kinetic energy expended from foot traffic – approximately 7 watts per tile per footstrike. More info here.

‘Future of Cities’ Daniel Libeskind Lecture

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Taking place this coming Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30pm, Daniel Libeskind, one of the most celebrated architects working today, will be delivering the ‘Future of Cities’ lecture as part of the Assembly Series at Washington University in St. LouisHis presentation, sponsored by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the Architecture Student Council, is free and open to the public and will take place in Graham Chapel. Well known for his Jewish Museum in Berlin, the museum’s radical, strikingly asymmetrical design, is a true icon for the city and the country of Germany. He has received numerous awards including the 2001 Hiroshima Art Prize – an award given to an artist whose work promotes international understanding and peace, never before given to an architect. Fore more information, please visit here.

Building Pulitzer Colloquium

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Taking place February 8-9, the Building Pulitzer Colloquium, which is free and open to the public, will bring together key participants in the design and construction of this iconic building. The colloquium will provide unique insight into the extraordinary collaboration and dedication required to realize this project. Hosted by the The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Washington University in St. Louis, the event focuses on how this building, designed by an internationally recognized architect, was completed. Topics will include the working structure between Tadao Ando’s office and the St. Louis-based team, the realization of Ando’s design intent through the translation of American methods of construction, and the creation of a work environment that fostered construction excellence. More information on the event after the break.

Camp Prairie Schooner / el dorado

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Architects: el dorado
Location: Kansas City, , United States
Principal In Charge: Douglas Stockman,
Project Manager: Sean Slattery, AIA
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Boulevard Brewing Company Cellar 1 Expansion / el dorado

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Architects: el dorado
Location: , Missouri, United States
Principal: Josh Shelton,
Senior Associate: Chris Burk, Steve Salzer, AIA
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Curved House / Hufft Projects

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Architects: Hufft Projects
Location: , MO,
Principal in Charge: Matthew Hufft
Design Team: Adam Crowley
General Contractor: Herman & Associates
Landscape Architect: Hirsch Landscape & Design
Area: 7,800 sqm
Completed: June 2009
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

The Shed / Hufft Projects

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Architect: Hufft Projects
Location: Missouri,
Principal in charge: Matthew Hufft
Design Team: Adam Crowley, Dan Brown
Lighting: Lightworks
Consultant: Herman & Associates
Area: 500 sq.ft.
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Mike Sinclair 


Postcard House / Hufft Projects

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Architect: Hufft Projects
Location: , USA
Principal in charge: Matthew Hufft
Design Team: Kendra Kirchmer, Dan Brown
Casework/Custom Fabrication: Hufft Projects
General Contractor: Kenson Goff Homes
Area: 5,700 sq. ft.
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Matthew Hufft, Andrew Fabin


Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial / Tilt-Up Concrete Association

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In September of 2011, the Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated at a ceremony in Washington Square Park in City, Missouri. The project, which started as an effort to demonstrate the benefits of Tilt-Up concrete construction as part of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s (TCA’s) annual convention, quickly turned in to something so much more. Not only is the project a testament to the versatility, applicability and beauty of Tilt-Up construction, it is a demonstration of the generosity, pride and good will of TCA members. Most importantly, it continues the legacy of Korean War Veterans and recognizes those who paid the supreme sacrifice and gave their lives in defense of South Korea. More images and project description after the break.

Bob Cassilly, an influential St. Louis sculptor dies at 61

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An important , scupltor lost his life this week. 61 year old artist and entrepreneur Bob Cassilly died in a construction accident on Sunday September 26th at the site of his most recent project, Cementland.

Zahner Factory Expansion / Crawford Architects

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Architects: Crawford Architects
Location: Kansas City, Missouri,
Project Year: 2011
Structural Engineer: Wallace Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: M.E. Group, Inc
Electrical Engineer: M.E. Group, Inc
Project Area: 6,200 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of Crawford Architects

Terrace View Cafe / Studio | Durham Architects

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Terrace View Café has a special location within downtown , ’s newest urban park, Citygarden. Studio | Durham Architects was invited into the Citygarden project to design a café building and a maintenance building on the site. The café by Studio | Durham appears equally as notable and successful as the pieces of art within the sculpture park, but distinguishes itself as a building among art.

HSSU Early Childhood & Parenting Education Center / LuchiniAD

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Architect: LuchiniAD
Location: St. Louis, ,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: LuchiniAD

The Early Childhood & Parenting Education Center at Harris Stow State University is an architectural anomaly in this area of St. Louis, Missouri. The building, by LuchiniAD, stands out among the brick buildings with its bright white roof and sloping shape. LuchiniAD designed the graceful, contemporary building in response to another condition all too present in St. Louis and other midwestern cities, the vacant lots.  More on the building after the break.

Material Landscapes / Liane Hancock

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is an exhibition that recently opened at the Sheldon Art Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri. The show is curated by , Assistant Professor at Louisiana Tech University.  It features materiality in contemporary landscape architecture through projects by a group of national and international landscape architects.

AD Classics: Gateway Arch / Eero Saarinen

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Built to commemorate the westward expansion of the , the Gateway Arch designed by Eero Saarinen became a futuristic marker that rose above the cityscape of . In its design, this monument drew from previous symbolic constructs of similar aspiration, scale and mathematical precision.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts / Moshe Safdie

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Architects: Moshe Safdie
Location: Kansas, Missouri,
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Tim Hursley