Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory

Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory is an exhibition spanning the 50-year career of internationally acclaimed architect , the designer of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art building and one of the century’s most fundamental contributors to postmodern architecture. 

Featured are sketches, architectural models and photographs exemplifying Botta’s use of geometric shapes that juxtapose lightness and weight. The exhibition runs January 31, 2014 through July 25, 2014.

Title: Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory
Website: http://www.bechtler.org/Collection/Mario-botta
Organizers: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
From: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 
Until: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 
Venue: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Address: 420 South Tryon Street, , NC 28202, USA

Solar Decathlon 2013: UNC Charlotte Wins “People’s Choice”

© Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy

The people have spoken: ’s 2013 Solar Decathlon entry, UrbanEden has won the “People’s Choice Award.” Designed as an urban infill project for a couple in Charlotte, North Carolina, the net-zero solar-powered home defines itself by establishing a strong indoor and outdoor connection in the middle of the city. By enclosing the back deck with a seven-foot tall vertical garden and integrating a high-performance glass wall along the home’s south side, dwellers are presented with the unlikely option of privately enjoying the outdoors within a dense urban context. 

Smart-Stell Residence / Tonic Design + Tonic Construction

Courtesy of Tonic Design

Architects: Tonic Design
Location: Durham, ,
Builder: Tonic Construction
Area: 2,400 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of Tonic Design

The Zachary House / Stephen Atkinson Architecture

Site Plan; ©

The story of the Zachary House, designed by Stephen Atkinson Architectureis one of idealism of the profession and faith to the design.  In three iterations, the house that was originally designed for Atkinson’s own parents went from being the incarnation of the architect’s own ideal image, revered by both modernists and traditionalists, to a highly protected “manuscript” of an architectural vision.  The house was originally built in the 90′s in Zachary, Louisiana, where it gained a substantial amount of attention from other residents and the media for its blend of the “dog trot” and “shotgun” style homes.  The house, now in its third life, was built under specific conditions that maintained every element of its distinctive design.

Join us after the break to find out more.

North Carolina Museum of Art Sculpture Park Pavilion / Tonic Design

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Architects: Tonic Design
Location: ,
Builder: Tonic Construction
Photographs: Jim West

RA-50: HOME Competition Mention / in situ studio + David Hill

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The RA-50 proposal for the HOME Competition, designed by in situ studio and David Hill, AIA, focuses on building density through alleyway living. By assessing each existing residential parcel in the city of , it was apparent that most downtown parcels are larger than the current zoning requirements and will be even larger proportionally once the new UDO is ratified. Therefore, their proposal establishes a new zone within the UDO – alley residential, or RA-50. This new zone would be allowed in any block that is bisected by an existing or potential alleyway and where lots backing up to the alleyways have a surplus of land to shave away and form new, smaller lots that could front the alleyway. More images and architects’ description after the break.

NC State University Fall 2012 Lecture Series

Courtesy of NC State University School of Architecture

North Carolina State University’s School of Architecture recently launched their Fall 2012 lecture series which focuses on “Material | Digital.” The series begins September 24th with Grace La of La Dallman. Featuring other keynote speakers throughout the series, it concludes on November 19th with a local practitioner panel. For more information, please visit their website here.

Green Square Parking Deck / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

© Jonathan Hillyer

Architects: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: , North Carolina, USA
Architect In Charge: H. Clymer Cease
Design Team: Jeffrey Lee, Shann Rushing, Albert McDonald, Ryan Johnson
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jonathan Hillyer

AIANC Center for Architecture and Design / Frank Harmon Architect

© Timothy Hursley

Architects: Frank Harmon Architect
Location: , NC, USA
Design Team: Frank Harmon
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist Residential Design Competition

© Mark Herboth

Public voting started this past week and will go on until July 22 for the inaugural George Matsumoto Prize for Modernist residential design, a unique architecture competition sponsored by nonprofit Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH).

Anyone may vote for his or her favorite, once per email address. According to TMH founder and director George Smart, the “sleek, refined, powerful entries for the Prize brilliantly continue this state’s incredible legacy of Modernist residential design.” A panel of nationally known architects, along the public, will determine the top three winners of $6000 in cash prizes. To make your vote, please visit their website here.

ReSpace Design Competition

Courtesy of ReSpace

The ReSpace Design Competition: ‘You Design It! We Build It!’, which focuses on small space design, green building, and sustainability, is currently accepting entries. They are on the hunt for talented architects, artists, builders, and dreamers with a knack for innovation. The challenge: Design a small, unique, and transportable structure that can be built with reuse materials. The grand prize winner receives $1,000 and a chance to see their design come to life. The winning design will be constructed in a 48 hour build overseen by Habitat for Humanity Wake County using materials from their , ReStore. A total of $3,000 in awards will be presented to multiple winners. Registration ends June 15 with the deadline of submissions August 15. For more information, please visit here.

“How Architects and Landscape Architects Can Work Together” Talk by Frank Harmon

Walnut Creek Wetland Center - Courtesy of Frank Harmon Architect

A nationally recognized leader in modern, sustainable, regionally appropriate architecture, Frank Harmon, FAIA, principal of the multi-award-winning architecture firm Frank Harmon Architect PA in , NC, will present a talk entitled “How Architects and Landscape Architects Can Work Together” during the North Carolina chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ (NCASLA) 2012 Spring Conference. Harmon, will discuss the urban and rural landscape, how architecture fits into it, and how architects and landscape architects can combine efforts “to leave the landscape better than we found it”. His talk will take place Friday, June 15, from 3:15-4:15 p.m. More information on the event after the break.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) Terminal 1 Renovations / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

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With an arrival sequence that starts at curbside with a new canopy system providing both shelter and a new architectural image for the building, the renovations for Terminal 1 at Raleigh- International Airport have been carefully considered and addressed. Designed by Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, their main challenge was the transformation of the existing building in support of the passenger travel experience. As the canopy extends the length of the building and transforms itself at the crosswalk linking the commercial curb canopy, both arrival and departure experienced are emphasized. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Imperial Centre Theatre / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

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Architects: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: Rocky Mount, North Carolina,
Client: City of Rocky Mount
Project Team: Jeffrey Lee, Irvin Pearce, David Francis, Rob Harkey, Henry Newell
Size: 35,000 SF / 300 seats
Photographs: JWest Productions

Buildings A, B and D / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

© JWest Productions

Architects: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Client: Wake Technical Community College, Northern Wake Campus
Project Team: Jeffrey Lee, Douglas Brinkley, Marni Rushing, , Matt Bitterman
Size: 209,570 SF
Photographs: JWest Productions, Tom Arban

Park Shops Adaptive Reuse / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

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Architect: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: , North Carolina
Client: North Carolina State University
Project Team: Donna Francis, Don Kranbuehl, Clymer Cease, Irvin Pearce, Rob Harkey
Size: 51,000 SF
Completion: 2009
Photographs: JWest Productions

Bus Shelter / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

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Architect: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: Raleigh, ,
Client: Wake Technical Community College
Project Team: Jeffrey Lee, Douglas Brinkley, Marni Rushing, David Hill
Completion: 2007
Photographs: JWest Productions

Laurel Park Elementary School / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

© Tom Arban

Architect: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Location: , North Carolina,
Client: Wake County Public School System
Project Team: Clymer Cease, Donna Francis, Shann Rushing, Donna Ficca
Size: 110,000 sqf
Completion: 2008
Photographs: Tom Arban Photography, Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee