The public space proposal for the Urban Intervention competition creates a new way of creating a dialog between the park and the city. Designed by PRAUD, each solid and void creates its own topography, and thus the topography of the solid provides different experiences for pedestrians and joggers, while topography of the voids provide different types of functions and landscape fields. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Unlike the old concept of public spaces that rely on objects as a single attraction, the new prototype of urban island by Erick Kristanto for the Seattle Urban Intervention Competition uses various different activities as multiple magnets. The activities are pooled on the elevated platform as a new addition of the Seattle center complex. Since all of the programmed activities are moved to the elevated platform, the ground floor can be almost free of structure for flexible multipurpose space. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Urban Intervention is challenging you, the innovative designer, to create a multidisciplinary design team able to conceive the new vision for Seattle’s public space in the coming century. “Design ideas should harness Seattle’s history of innovation and civic engagement to inspire the next generation of great public spaces, connecting interaction and innovation to meet the challenges of the future”.
The 9-acre site is located within the 74-acre Seattle Center campus, neighboring the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Experience Music Project, Space Needle and other cultural assets. The top three finalists will receive $30,000, allowing them to further develop their ideas into the second phase. The grand prize winner will receive an additional $30,000 cash award.
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[storefront] Olson Kundig Architects is an experimental work place for their community collaborations, pro‐bono design work, philanthropic and volunteer work, and for design research and the development of design ideas. Since its inception this summer, [storefront] has served as an artist’s working studio, a dancer’s stage, a non‐profit’s arts education on workshop and outreach hub, a design festival’s pop‐up space, and more. Record Store is the latest and current iteration of [storefront]. More images and architects’ description after the break.
AIA Seattle, the Seattle Chapter of American Institute of Architects, with partners BetterBricks, the City of Seattle, and Architecture 2030 present AIA+2030 Professional Series: Prepare for the New Energy Future at Seattle City Hall.
The AIA+2030 Professional Series, which starts on January 27th and ends with the last session on October 12th, helps design professionals create buildings that meet the ambitious energy efficiency goals of the 2030 Challenge. Ten four-hour sessions offer strategies to reach 60% reduction in fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions, giving design professionals the knowledge and leverage to create next-generation, super-efficient buildings—and provide firms with the skills that will set them apart in the marketplace. All who are interested must register by January 18th. For more information, visit here.
Showcasing the most high-profile realized ISO-container projects from all over the globe, the Container Architecture Exhibition, put together by Jure Kotnik, is offering an insight into one of architecture’s youngest branches until December 9 at the Seattle AIA gallery and clearly demonstrates the wide variety of uses containers can be put to. This includes temporary constructions, public buildings, housing arrangements and everything in between. The exhibit asserts that quality architecture does not precondition what you build with but how. Several of the presented projects rank among top notch architecture achievements, having received world renowned awards. More information on the exhibition after the break.
USA Today has put together a list of city neighborhoods which are satiated with activity, areas which offer a “great slice of urban life.” These districts trend from the urban vicinity to its very core, each in itself exemplifying the revitalization of the American city. The list includes regions which have been influenced by deliberate urban revitalization projects, such as High Line Park in Chelsea; while other neighborhoods have experienced an influx of a younger populace which has contributed to its growth, such as Lawrenceville in Pittsburgh.
See the 10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods after the break.
Bearing the name of the Seattle neighborhood in which it is situated, the Magnolia Residence provides a refreshing take on suburban architecture typologies. By deftly shuffling the program, Seattle-based Heliotrope Architects have delivered a home that affords views to guests and owner alike. More images after the break.
To better serve an ever-expanding network of patients, Seattle Children’s Hospital set out to build a new campus in Bellevue, Washington. The resulting building, designed by Seattle-based NBBJ, successfully serves several constituencies simultaneously. The highly efficient building is the winner of a 2010 Honor Award from AIA Seattle. More information and images after the break.
Location: Bellevue, Washington, USA
Consultants: Sellen Construction, PCS Structural Solutions, Affiliated Engineers, Inc., Cierra Lighting Group, Site Workshop
Project Area: 80,000 sf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Benjamin Benschnieder/OTTO, Sean Airhart
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) shared with us their role as landscape architects for the third phase of the University of Washington Medicine’s research hub, designed by Perkins+Will, in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, which broke ground earlier this month and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2013. More images and project description after the break.
Released just this week, this video highlights the first ever high-performance district in the USA. Motivated by the Architecture 2030 challenge, Seattle 2030 District has applied these ideas to a larger area creating a collaborative model between public and private sectors. This ground breaking district in downtown Seattle is aiming to ‘develop realistic, measurable, and innovative strategies to assist district property owners, managers, and tenants in meeting aggressive goals that reduce environmental impacts of facility construction and operations’.
PIQUE, a collaborative of design professionals shared with us a video of their proposal por the Henry Art Gallery facade. The goal of this project is to transform the Henry Art Gallery storefront from a busy corridor into an energetic, engaging extension of the Gallery that makes people aware of the act of observing, reacting and interacting.
Through changing perspectives, the Parallax Wall is a marker of movement, a magnifying glass looking on intimate reflection, and a mirror reflecting an active community. It is a tool to capture one’s divided attention and illustrate for them the contribution their presence has in making place. Just as a see-saw lies useless in a park unless TWO people engage it, the Parallax Wall connects people to people and thereby connects moment and event to memory.