Winning Proposals “Reanimate the Ruins” of Detroit’s Packard Motor Plant

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Parallel Projections has announced the winners of the Reanimate the Ruins competition, an international challenge to redesign and memorialize Detroit’s historic Packard Motor Plant. The competition called for designers to simultaneously honor Detroit’s history, while envisioning a future of technological, social, and aesthetic healing.

This year’s jury has selected three winners and six honorable mentions. Read more after the break to explore the award-winning proposals.

Revitalizing Olmsted Center / BKSK

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Architects: BKSK
Location: Parks Department, 156th, , NY 10455, USA
Architect In Charge: Joan Krevlin
Design Team: Harpreet Dhaliwal, Jennifer Preston, Christian Eusebio, Ivan Chabra
Photographs: Courtesy of BKSK

SANAA’s First US Commission Since Pritzker, “The River” Underway in Connecticut

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“The River,” SANAA’s first US commission since winning the 2010 Pritzker Prize, is currently underway in Connecticut. Designed by the Japanese practice in collaboration with OLIN, the meandering and almost transparent building will be built on a 75-acre preserve as a multi-use platform for events and initiatives put on by the community of and non-profit Grace Farms Foundation.

“We are thrilled that Grace Farms will begin welcoming the public in autumn 2015,” Sharon Prince, president of the Grace Farms Foundation stated. 

Three OMA-Designed “Park Grove” Towers to Rise in Miami

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OMA is set to realize their first commercial residential project in the US: Park Grove. Planned to rise alongside the Biscayne Bay in ’s Coconut Grove, in close proximity to BIG’s “Grove” residences at Grand Bay, the three-tower luxury residential project will be the last building allotted for the “walkable” Floridan neighborhood.

Redaction House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

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Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Location: , WI 53066, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: John J. Macaulay

Red Bull’s New York Offices / INABA

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Architects: INABA
Location: , NY, USA
Architects In Charge: Jeffrey , Ostap Rudakevych, Yoichiro Mizuno, Alan Kwan
Area: 16800.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Greg Irikura , Naho Kubota

October ABI Reveals Decrease in Demand for Design Services

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Demand for design services in the US has slowed. According to the latest (ABI) reported by the American Institute of Architects (), the October ABI score was 53.7, down from a mark of 55.2 in September, and the new projects inquiry index fell to 62.7. Despite this, the demand is still considered “healthy” with the South showing the strongest regional conditions.

“Though it has been slow in emerging, we’re finally seeing some momentum develop in design activity for nonprofits and municipal governments, and as such we’re seeing a new round of activity in the institutional sector,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “It will be interesting to see if and how the results of the mid-term Congressional and gubernatorial elections impact this developing momentum.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Check Out These Images of New York’s Skyline in 2018

View looking south above Central Park showing “Billionaires Row” towers visible in foregorund, midtown towers in background, and various Financial District and Downtown Brooklyn Towers in far background. Image © CityRealty

If New Yorkers thought that construction during Michael Bloomberg’s tenure as Mayor was frantic, then what’s coming next might be quite a shock: courtesy of CityRealty, these images show the skyline in 2018, when many of the city’s current projects will be complete. Produced from building models by TJ Quan and Ondel Hylton as a marketing ploy for Jean Nouvel‘s which recently (finally) began construction, the images include all of Nouvel’s illustrious future neighbors: the “Billionaire’s Row” including 111 West 57th Street, 220 Central Park South, 225 West 57th Street (Nordstrom Tower) and One57; new Midtown developments such as 432 Park Avenue, 520 Park Avenue425 Park Avenue, One Vanderbilt, 610 Lexington, 15 Penn Plaza, and the Hudson Yards towers; and even the latest financial district towers, 1WTC, 30 Park Place, 125 Greenwich, and 225 Cherry Street.

Weddle Gilmore, West 8 and Colwell Shelor Selected to Redesign Arizona’s Mesa City Center

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Weddle Gilmore black rock studio, West 8 and Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture have been selected to transform 19 acres surrounding Arizona’s Mesa City Hall into a unique civic space that will “capture and enhance the urbanizing momentum of Mesa’s downtown core.” Unanimously selected by the City of Mesa, over finalists Woods Bagot + Surface Design and Otak + Mayer Reed, the winning scheme plans to activate the public space with a series of flexible plazas and garden spaces centered around a distinct cooper shade structure.

More about the design and competition, after the break.

Harvard Art Museums Renovation and Expansion / Renzo Piano + Payette

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Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Payette
Location: Harvard University, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Design Team: M.Carroll and E.Trezzani (partners in charge) with J.Lee, E.Baglietto (partner), S.Ishida (partner), R.Aeck, F.Becchi, B.Cook, M.Orlandi, J.Pejkovic, A.Stern and J.Cook, M.Fleming, J.M.Palacio, S. Joubert; M. Ottonello (CAD operator); F.Cappellini, F.Terranova, I.Corsaro (models)
Area: 204000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nic Lehoux, Michel Denancé, Aerial by Lesvants.com

Mariposa Land Port of Entry / Jones Studio

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Architects: Jones Studio
Location: , AZ, USA
Architect In Charge: Phoenix—Neal Jones, AIA (principal in charge), Eddie Jones, AIA (principal designer), Brian Farling (lead designer), Jacob Benyi (project director), Melissa Farling, FAIA, Maria Salenger, AIA, Joanna Noonan, Rob Viergutz, Bill Osborne, AIA, J. Barry Moffitt, AIA, Tom Conner, Kevin Jones, Brian Lee, Ashley Kenneally, Brett Marinoff, Nick Nevels, David Takeuchi, Amit Upadhye, Eric Weber
Area: 115772.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

Hardesty Arts Center / Selser Schaefer Architects

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Architects: Selser Schaefer Architects
Location: , OK, USA
Area: 43000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ralph Cole Photography

Eduardo Souto de Moura Tapped for Mixed-Use Condo Project in DC

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Eastbanc has tapped Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura to transform a former “Four Seasons gas station” site into a mixed-use condo. According to a report on the Georgetowner, the developer has asked residents to have “an open mind” for the design, which, as Urban Turf points out, is likely to stand out in the historic D.C. district. Little details have been released. “We are considering all options, from condo to rental to hotel,” Eastbanc President Anthony Lanier stated. “It’s early in the design phase.”

State Street Townhouse / Ben Hansen Architect

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Architects: Ben Hansen Architect
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Design Team: Eric Simon, Ben Hansen and Christine Hansen
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.

BIG Reveals 20-Year Restoration Plan for Washington DC’s Smithsonian Campus

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Nearly a year-and-a-half since the announcement of their selection, BIG has unveiled plans for a massive, 20-year-long overhaul for the Smithsonian’s southern campus in the center of . With an overarching goal to unite the site by dissolving the notable impediments and discontinuous pathways that plague the area, BIG plans to also expand visitor, education and gallery spaces, while updating aging and inefficient building systems. 

“Where today each museum is almost like a separate entity, in the future, it’s going to be a much more open, intuitive and inviting campus to meander around,” Bjarke Ingels explained.

Oak Pass Guest / Walker Workshop

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Architects: Walker Workshop
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 2650.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nicholas Alan Cope

Lakeview Residence / Alterstudio Architecture

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Architects: Alterstudio Architecture
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Design Team: Kevin Alter, Ernesto Cragnolino, Tim Whitehill, Matt Slusarek, Jessica Connolly, Joanna Hartman
Collaborators: Mark Word Design
Area: 5900.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Casey Dunn, Whit Preston, Patrick Wong

Nadau Lavergne Architects Present Proposal to Revitalize Detroit’s Decaying Packard Plant

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Nadau Lavergne Architects, the winning team of the Reanimate the Ruins international ideas contest, have shared with us their proposal to revive Detroit‘s historic Packard Automotive Plant, the former factory which has become an icon of the city’s post-industrial decline. By developing a proposal which frees the land from unwanted structures and knits the colossal 1 kilometer-long building back into the urban landscape, Nadau Lavergne Architects have created a design which returns both a sense of community and some economic hope back to the building.

Read more about the proposal after the break