Allied Works Releases Design for Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus

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Allied Works Architecture has released designs for the Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus. Set to complete by 2016, the billowing museum will be constructed on the banks of the Scioto River, directly across from downtown, as part of Scioto Peninsula’s 56-acre redevelopment masterplan. It will host a variety of galleries, education and interpretive spaces that will house exhibitions and artifacts that serve as a testimonial to the 250 years of military service of Veterans.

“The Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum is conceived as an architecture of two acts. The first is an act of landscape, where the surrounding parkland is cut, carved and lifted into the sky, creating a processional path to the sanctuary, a place of ceremony, celebration and reflection – a civic room for the city of Columbus,” explains Allied Works. Continue reading to learn more. 

INABA Frames Empire State Building with Animated “New York Light” Installation

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This holiday season, wedged between two City icons – the Flatiron and Empire State building – stands the #NewYorkLight public art installation by Brooklyn-based INABA. A magnificent place to experience the Manhattan grid, the installation frames a unique and uninterrupted view of the skyline due to the clearing of Madison Square Park.

Four Presidential Libraries for Obama to Consider

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Of the four locations that are under consideration to host the future Barack Obama presidential library, two have released visions of what could be if their sites were selected – the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the University of at Honolulu (UH). UH, who’s offering a stunning oceanside site on Waikiki Beach, paired Snøhetta, MOS, and Allied Works Architecture with local architects to draw up proposals, all of which share a deep connection to nature. UIC, on the other hand, has proposed an idea that reinterprets the library as a systemized network of public infrastructure focused on revitalization.

View all four proposals, after the break.

Link / The Ranch Mine

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Architects: The Ranch Mine
Location: West Camelback Road & North 7th Avenue, , AZ 85013, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jason + Anna Photography

Studio Gang Behind Supertall Tower Planned for Chicago

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The City of Chicago has officially linked Studio Gang Architects to the massive mixed-use “Wanda Vista” development planned to rise alongside the Chicago River. A trio of interlocking supertall towers, the $900 million riverfront project is expected to become the city’s third tallest building.

According to the Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin, the tallest part of the skyscraper will reach 1,148 feet and 88 stories, one story less than rumors originally indicated, stirring speculation that the final count has something to due with its Chinese developer and “eight” being considering a lucky number in China.

Baldridge Architects Office / Baldridge Architects

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Architects: Baldridge Architects
Location: , TX, USA
Area: 1450.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Casey Dunn

Arizona Western College Community Building And Science + Agriculture Center / Gould Evans

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Architects: Gould Evans
Location: 2020 South 8th Avenue, , AZ 85364, USA
Area: 175000.0 ft2
Year: 2008
Photographs: Winquist Photography

Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake Chosen to Design NYU Facility

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As the culmination of a five-month selection process, University (NYU) has announced that Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake will be designing its major new facility along Mercer Street between Houston and Bleecker in New York. The facility’s many uses will include classrooms, teaching spaces for performing arts, a state-of-the-art sports facility, and student and faculty housing.

Collectively, the team was chosen for its high profile portfolio, which includes projects like the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the U.S. Embassy in London, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the 1983-2006 restoration and expansion of the New York Public Library.

Mariner Harbor Branch Library / A*PT ARCHITECTURE

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Architects: A*PT ARCHITECTURE
Location: Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY, USA
Design Team: Anna Torriani, AIA; Lorenzo Pagnamenta, AIA; Wasmiya Tan; Raffaele Stefani; Damien Romanens; Nam Suk Oh; Juan Carlos Salas Ballestin; Caterina Inderbitzin; Petya Ivanova; Felix Lederberger; Roxane Bervini; Anais Iglesias; Nuria Forques.
Area: 10000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Albert Vecerka / Esto

Centre of Advanced Imaging at University of Queensland / John Wardle Architects + Wilson Architects

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Architects: John Wardle Architects, Wilson Architects
Location: University of Queensland Press, 250 Commercial Street, , NH 03101, USA
Area: 5590.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christopher Frederick-Jones

November ABI Continues to Drop

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While the US Architecture Billing Index (ABI) has remained positive for seven consecutive months, the score continues to slowly drop and is now teetering on the edge of falling into the red. As the American Institute of Architects () says, any score above 50 reflects an increase in design services. However, November’s ABI score was 50.9, down from the mark of 53.7 in October, revealing a drop in demand. The new projects inquiry index was 58.8, following a mark of 62.7 the previous month.

“Demand for design services has slowed somewhat from the torrid pace of the summer, but all project sectors are seeing at least modest growth,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Architecture firms are expecting solid mid-single digit gains in revenue for 2014, but heading into 2015, they are concerned with finding quality contractors for projects, coping with volatile construction materials costs and with finding qualified architecture staff for their firms.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Burke Gilman House / Stettler Design

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Architects: Stettler Design
Location: , WA, USA
Design Team: Daniel Stettler, Will Payne
Collaborators: Paul Michael Davis Design
Area: 2300.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dale Lang

PV14 House / M Gooden Design

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Architects: M Gooden Design
Location: , TX, USA
Area: 3700.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Wade Griffith, Kurt Griesbach

#ILookUp: AIA Seeks to Enhance Public’s Awareness of Design Importance

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What do you see when you look up? As part of the American Institute of Architects’ () #ILookUp campaign, this video seeks to elevate the public’s awareness of the impact and importance of the design profession by asking everyone to “look up.” It is the AIA’s goal to spark a two-way conversation on the value of architects and architecture. Please watch the video above and share your thoughts on social media using the #ILookUp.

OMA’s Pantheon-Inspired Faena Forum Set to Open in 2015

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Alongside the launch of Faena Circle, an experimental collaboration between Faena Art in Miami Beach and its sister institution in Buenos Aires, comes new images of the OMA-designed Faena Forum. The new center for arts and culture planned for Miami Beach is designed to “catalyze experimentation within and across artistic disciplines and foster cross-cultural collaborations among artists throughout the Western Hemisphere.” A series of flexible spaces formed by interlocking cylindrical and cuboidal volumes will provide for a range of projects, commissions, performances and events. 

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership / Studio Gang

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Architects: Studio Gang
Location: , MI, USA
Owner: Kalamazoo College
Area: 10000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing, Iwan Baan

Studio Gang Tapped to Extend American Museum of Natural History

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’s Studio Gang Architects have been selected to design a new Center for Science, Education and Innovation for the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Named after its largest donor, the $325 million Gilder Center will include 218,000-square-feet of existing and new space. It is slated to open on Columbus Avenue at 79th Street on the west side of the Museum campus, in conjunction with its 150th anniversary in 2019–2020.

SHoP Architects Reveal Restoration Plan for New York’s Seaport District

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SHoP Architects have revealed a mixed use proposal to pedestrianize ’s historic Seaport District. Extending the Manhattan grid out into the waterfront, the scheme seeks to harmonize pedestrian infrastructure and increase access to the shoreline, while proposing a 500-foot luxury residential tower by developer Howard Hughes Corporation that would jut out into the harbor. More about the proposal, after the break.