ArchDaily Editors Select 20 (More) Amazing 21st Century Museums

In honor of International Museum Day we’ve collected twenty compelling museum projects. In this round up you’ll find a truly global selection; from ’s Ningbo Historic Museum in China and Tod Williams + Billie Tsien’s Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia to ’s Contemporary Art Museum in Buenos Aires, see all of our editors’ favorites after the break!

4 Ways Cold-Climate Cities Can Make The Most Of Their Waterfronts

Chaudière Island project in . Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will

Urban waterfronts have historically been the center of activity for many cities. They began as economic, transportation and manufacturing hubs, but as most industries changed their shipping patterns and consolidated port facilities, many industrial waterfronts became obsolete. In Europe, smaller historic ports were easily converted to be reused for leisure activities. However, in North America, where the ports were larger, it was more difficult to convert the waterfronts due to logistical and contamination issues.

Over the past 40 years or so, architects and urban planners have started to recognize the redevelopment potential for waterfronts across the United States and Canada, and the impact they can have on the financial and social success of cities. Though cold-climate cities pose a unique challenge for waterfront development, with effective planning waterfront cities with freezing winter months can still take advantage of the spaces year-round.

Shanghai Natural History Museum / Perkins+Will

© James and Connor Steinkamp

Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: 510 Bei Jing Xi Lu, Jingan Qu, Shi, China, 200000
Area: 44517.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: James and Connor Steinkamp

Perkins+Will’s “Sleek” Manhattan Tower to Feature Five Open-Air Gardens

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Conceptual plans of Perkins+Will’s East 37th Street Residential Tower in New York City have been unveiled. Debuted in Cannes, France, during MIPIM, where the high-rise received a “Future Projects Award,” the 700-foot-tall tower boasts a “shimmering, angled curtain wall” organized by five clusters of shared amenities and open-air gardens.

More about the 65-story, 150,000-square-foot condominium tower, after the break. 

CREATE / Perkins+Will

© Tim Griffith

Architects: Perkins+Will
Location:
Area: 700000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tim Griffith

CREATE – Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise / Perkins+Will

© Tim Griffith

Architects: Perkins+Will
Location:
Area: 700000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tim Griffith

BIG, Heatherwick and The Living Named Among Fast Company’s Most Innovative Architectural Practices of 2015

Hy-Fi - The Organic Mushroom-Brick Tower / The Living. Image © Andrew Nunes

has announced who they believe to be the most innovative practices in architecture for 2015. Topping this list is the online remodeling community , the BIG powerhouse and David Benjamin’s The Living. See the complete list, after the break, and let us know who you believe is the world’s most innovative firms in the comment section below.

Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus / Perkins+Will

© Robin Hill

Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: , FL, USA
Area: 135000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Robin Hill

University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Building / Perkins+Will

© Robin Hill

Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: , FL, USA
Area: 120000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Robin Hill

Why Tall Wooden Buildings are On the Rise: An Interview with Perkins+Will’s Wood Expert

IZM Building / Architekten Hermann Kaufmann – Germany. Image © Norman A. Müller

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural materials in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Wood. The is the largest producer of the natural resource in the world. But yet we rarely see it in commercial, high-rise construction. So we asked a wood expert – Rebecca Holt at Perkins+Will, an analyst for reThink Wood‘s recent Tall Wood Survey  – to tell us about its potential benefits.

AD: Why is wood a material architects should use in taller buildings?

There are lots of reasons to consider wood – first it has a lower environmental impact than other traditional choices like concrete and steel.  Wood is the only major building material that is made the by sun and is completely renewable.

John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center – Phase II / Perkins+Will

© Alain Jaramillo

Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: , MD, USA
Area: 320,000 sqft
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alain Jaramillo

William Jones College Preparatory / Perkins+Will

© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography

Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: , IL, USA
Leed: Pursuing Gold
Area: 278000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography

Perkins+Will Selected to Design Prentice Replacement

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Northwestern University has selected Perkins+Will to design the new 600,000 square foot Biomedical Research Building for the Feinberg School of Medicine in . Planned for the site of Bertrand Goldberg’s recently demolished Prentice Woman’s Hospital, the new building will “anchor the University’s research facilities and be the hub of a world-class research and development enterprise that attracts innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University / Perkins+Will

© Bill Lyons

Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: , Saudi Arabia
Contractor: Saudi Oger, Saudi Binladen Group, El Seif Engineering Contracting Co.
Master Plan: David Hansen, FAIA, LEED AP, Design Director
Area: 3,000,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Bill Lyons

Orillia Public Library / Perkins+Will

© Ben Rahn / A-Frame

Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: Orillia, Ontario,
Area: 42,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ben Rahn / A-Frame, Tom Arban

Spaulding Hospital / Perkins+Will

© Steinkamp Photography

Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts,
Construction Manager: Walsh Brothers Incorporated
Area: 378,367 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Steinkamp Photography, Anton Grassl/Esto

Energy Environment Experiential Learning / Perkins+Will + DIALOG

© Tom Arban

Architects: Perkins+Will + DIALOG
Location: , AB, Canada
Area: 24,531 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban

University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences / Perkins+Will

© Eduard Hueber

Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: University at , , NY 14260, USA
Project Team: Rob Goodwin, Design Principal, NYO; Tony Caputo, Project Designer, NYO;Gary Shaw, Managing Principal, BOS; Andy Goetze, Project Architect, BOS; Madaline Hale, Interior Designer,BOS.
Collaborators: BR+A, Mechanical Engineers; LeMessurier, Structural Engineers; Mik-Young Kim, Landscape Designers
Area: 133510.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Eduard Hueber