Olson Kundig’s First Retrospective Opens in Nebraska

Sol Duc Cabin, Olympic Peninsula, WA © Benjamin Benschneider

Today, ’ first-ever retrospective Anthology opened its doors at ’s KANEKO. Spanning five decades of Olson Kundig work, the site-specific exhibition will focus on the Seattle-based firm’s unique creative process, showcasing the many influences and design explorations that have shaped the practice over the years. Follow us after the break for more information and a sampling of the firms work. 

Sayres House & Hanging Gardens / Maziar Behrooz Architecture

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Architects: Maziar Behrooz Architecture
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Maziar Behrooz AIA, Frederic Debackere, Marybeth Finegan, Paul Duplessis
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Maziar Behrooz Architecture, Matthew Carbone, Mark Roskams

University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Building / Perkins+Will

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

The High Line’s Third (and Final) Section Opens this Weekend

Fantastic news: the High Line at the Rail Yards – the third and northernmost section of the park – will be opening to the public on Sunday, September 21! Read the full announcement: http://bit.ly/RailYardsOpening Photo of the Interim Walkway, one of the new design features in the Rail Yards, by Kathleen Fitzgerald | OCD

This Sunday (September 21), the third and final section of the will open at the Rail Yards. You can expect to see familiar benches morphed into picnic tables and seesaws amongst a lush, diverse and seemingly unkept landscape that is reminiscent of the “forgotten” tracks. As Piet Oudolf - the Dutch garden designer who worked with James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio & Renfro - described, the $75 million northernmost section will be an “introduction to the wild” that responds directly to the public’s desire to “walk on the original tracks.” Stay tuned for more images from the opening.

SCI-Arc Appoints Hernan Diaz Alonso as New Director

“Pitch Black” – Joint-winner in the AR+D Awards for Emerging Architecture. Image © , Courtesy of SCI-Arc

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) has appointed Hernan Diaz Alonso as the architecture school’s new Director beginning September 2015. Alonso, principal of Xefirotarch and educator widely credited for spearheading the transition of SCI-Arc to digital technologies, will succeed architect Eric Owen Moss who has served as the school’s director since 2002. Continue after the break to watch Alonso’s “New Director Presentation” and preview a selection of his work.

Bridge House / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

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Architects: Höweler + Yoon Architecture
Location: , VA, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture, ©Jeff Wolfram

SFMOMA Tops Out

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has topped out its Snøhetta-designed extension, marking the halfway point in the museum’s transformation. Rising behind ’s existing Mario Botta-designed building, the 10-story addition will add more than triple the amount of gallery space, 130,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor galleries, flexible performance art spaces and a dramatically expanded education program for students and teachers upon completion in 2016.

More images after the break…

Patience S. Latting Northwest Library / LWPB Architecture

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Architects: LWPB Architecture
Location: 5600 Northwest 122nd Terrace, , OK 73162, USA
Design Principal: Craig Foster AIA
Project Architect/Manager: Jason Hukill AIA, LEED AP
Area: 35000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Joseph Mills Photography

Doehler / SABO project

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Architects: SABO project
Location: , NY, USA
Architect In Charge: Alex Delaunay
Area: 124.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of SABO project

Trading Parking Lots for Affordable Housing

9×18 Scheme © Credit Peterson Rich Office/Sagi Golan via the NYTimes

The cost of living in has skyrocketed over the years, causing one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s biggest challenges to be the integration of . Considering this, architecture critic Michael Kimmelman has spotlighted a plan that suggests trading parking lots for micro housing units. Envisioned by three young architects at the Institute for Public Architecture, the “9×18” scheme has the potential to transform the city by capitalizing on outdated zoning regulations that would unleash more than 20.3 million square feet of usable space. Read more here on the New York Times.

Mt. Hood Community College Early Childhood Center / Mahlum

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Architects: Mahlum
Location: 26000 Southeast Stark Street, , OR 97030, USA
Architect In Charge: Diane Shiner AIA LEED AP
Area: 22751.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Lincoln Barbour

High-Speed “Skyway” Aims to Shorten Commutes from Brooklyn to Manhattan

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New York real estate executive Daniel Levy of CityRealty has unveiled a proposal to connect Brooklyn’s waterfront to with a $75 million “East River Skyway.” According to Levy, the high-speed gondola could shorten commutes to just four minutes and move more than 5,000 people per hour, while relieving congestion on ferries, subways and bridges. “[The Skyway] would be a relatively inexpensive and quickly deployable solution,” said Levy. “It is essential to adapt ’s transportation system to serve residents in these booming areas.” Levy will present the project in an effort to harness support at the Brooklyn real estate summit on Tuesday.

Obama Shortlists Four Potential Sites for Presidential Library

A proposal for Chicago’s South Side from earlier in the competition by Michael Sorkin (click image for more details). Image © Michael Sorkin Studio

The Foundation has listed four potential sites for Obama’s presidential library and museum: Columbia University, the University of Hawaii, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Universities considered were selected for demonstrating the ability to develop a strong vision and design a library that could enhance the local economy. Each institution will now work towards refining their ideas and will submit formal proposals by December.

INABA to Construct “New York Light”

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Jeffrey Inaba’s Brooklyn practice INABA has been selected as the first-ever winner in the Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition with Light. Organized by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute, the inaugural installation will be constructed in front of the famous Flatiron Building for the duration of the 2014 winter season.

SCDA-Designed Condominium to Rise Between High Line

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“515 ” is the latest luxury condominium planning to make its claim next to New York’s beloved . Clad in an undulating glass and steel facade, the 12-story, 12-residence development designed by Singapore’s SCDA Architects will be unique in that it is the only property bordered by the elevated park on two sides. 

John M. Roll US Courthouse / Ehrlich Architects

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Architects: Ehrlich Architects
Location: , AZ, USA
Architect In Charge: Charles Warner Oakley, FAIA
Area: 60000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lawrence Anderson _ ESTO

AD Interviews: Will Bruder / Will Bruder Architects

A self-trained American architect residing in Phoenix’s urban desert, Will Bruder, FAIA, has built a reputation for being one of ’s most prized place-makers. For more than 40 years, Bruder has refined his craft with the completion of over 500 commissions ranging from large-scale civic and cultural projects to private residences and multi-family housing.

Trained first as a sculptor with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Bruder pursued the art of building with an architectural apprenticeship under Paolo Soleri and Gunnar Birkerts. In 1974, Bruder opened his first studio in Arizona, Will Bruder Architects, where he still serves as a community-based architect and student mentor, while often participating in a number of visiting chairs and lectures at universities nationwide.

His most notable project is the Burton Barr Central Library; not only has the structure played a significant role in the evolution of downtown Phoenix, but it serves as an exemplar of Bruder’s heightened awareness of movement, materiality and light.

Learn more about Bruder’s design philosophy in the interview above and check out his projects on ArchDaily:

Construction Begins on Miami’s Tallest Tower

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Construction has begun on Miami’s tallest tower: SkyRise Miami. Standing 305 meters above the Biscayne Bay, the waterfront tower will offer three viewing decks, a restaurant, nightclub, ballroom, space, and even the chance to bungee jump off its upper floors.

It’s designers, locally based arquitectonica, hope SkyRise will achieve LEED Gold upon completion in mid-2017.