Flip Flop House / Dan Brunn Architecture

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Architects: Dan Brunn Architecture
Location: Venice, , CA, USA
Contractor: RJC Builders
Structural Engineer: Paul Franceschi
Area: 5700.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brandon Shigeta

Mapdwell Expands to Washington D.C.

National Mall. Image ©

Mapdwell announced today the unveiling of Mapdwell Solar System for the Washington, D.C. The MIT-born project has formed an alliance with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) to provide its state-of-the-art rooftop solar resource to the U.S. capital.

DDOE was the first of several organizations to partner with Mapdwell after the platform was introduced in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The District’s map comes only seven months after the initial rollout of Solar System, and constitutes the first step in Mapdwell’s expansion in the and abroad.

Vol Walker Hall & the Steven L Anderson Design Center / Marlon Blackwell Architect

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Architects: Marlon Blackwell Architect
Location: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701
Mba Project Team: Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, Principal in Charge and Design Architect; David Jaehning, AIA, Project manager; Meryati Johari Blackwell, Assoc. AIA, NCIDQ, ASID, AP BD+D; Jonathan Boelkins, AIA; William Burks, Assoc. AIA; Stephen Reyenga, Assoc. AIA; Michael Pope, Assoc. AIA; Bradford Payne, Assoc. AIA; Angela Carpenter
Associate Architect: Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
Psw Project Team: Mark Herrmann AIA, Associate Principal in Charge and Project Manager; Joe Stanley, AIA, Principal; Craig Curzon, AIA, Principal; Reese Rowland, AIA, Principal; Wesley Walls, AIA, Principal; Kimberly Braden Prescott, ASID, Director of Interiors; Christopher Thomas, AIA; Sarah Menyhart Bennings, AIA; Michelle Teague, AIA; Conley Fikes, AIA; Jim Thacker; John Dupree, AIA; J.B. Mullins, AIA; Laura Lyon
Year: 2013
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

AD Classics: Lafayette Park / Mies van der Rohe

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Situated at the eastern edge of Downtown Detroit, Lafayette Park constitutes the world’s largest collection of buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe. The 78-acre complex was completed in 1959, just after Crown Hall and the Seagram Building. It is not as well known as many Mies projects of that decade, however, many critics argue the project deserves greater recognition. One of the first examples of urban renewal, it is a testament to the development’s design that it remains a vibrant neighborhood more than fifty years after its construction.

Writing Studio / Andrew Berman Architect

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Architects: Andrew Berman Architect
Location: , NY, USA
Landscape Architect: Eleanor McPeck Landscape Design
Area: 2,000 sqft
Year: 2008
Photographs: Michael Moran

Competition Entry: Monument to Foot Soldiers / Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects


In honor of Alabama’s 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Campaign, a national design competition was launched to envision a “Monument to Foot Soldiers.” New York City-based Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects was one of many entrants who responded, hoping to design a monument that would honor the sacrifices made by the unnamed activists who fought for civil rights and celebrate the power of the human spirit.

Foster Designs Extension for Florida’s Norton Museum of Art


Yesterday at Art Basel and Design Miami, Norman Foster unveiled plans that would double the gallery space at the historic Norton Museum of Art in . By constructing three “bold” new pavilions beneath a single “shimmering” roof, Foster promises to restore the museum’s original elegance, strengthening its role within the surrounding community and provide the framework for future growth.

Bang Brewing / Alchemy Architects

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Architects: Alchemy Architects
Location: , MN, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Geoffrey Warner

Living by the Sea / Minarc

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Architects: Minarc
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Minarc
Design Team: Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Minarc

Natural Resources Defence Council Office / Studio Gang Architects

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Architects: Studio Gang Architects
Location: 20 North Upper Wacker Drive, , IL 60606, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing

Menlo Oaks Residence / Ana Williamson Architect

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Architects: Ana Williamson Architect
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Ana Williamson
Area: 4,018 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Dasja Dolan

Advanced Water Purification Facility / Mainstreet Architects + Planners, Inc.

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Architects: Mainstreet Architects + Planners, Inc.
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Mainstreet Architects + Planners,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Miguel E. Cabezas, Ntwali Migabo

San Francisco Loft / LINEOFFICE Architecture

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Architects: LINEOFFICE Architecture
Location: , California,
Design Team: Ross Hummel
Area: 1,150 sqm
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

Appleton Living / Minarc

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Architects: Minarc
Location: Venice, , CA, USA
Design Team: Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir
Year: 2011
Photographs: Art Gray

33rd Street House / Meridian 105 Architecture

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Architects: Meridian 105 Architecture
Location: , CO, USA
Architect In Charge: Chad Mitchell
Area: 2,842 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Raul J. Garcia

INFOGRAPHIC: Architecture Education Today

Each year when Design Intelligence publishes “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools,” we try to look beyond the rankings. At the end of the day, the report is a snapshot of the state of architecture today and, as such, is a minefield of useful information, particularly for current (or soon-to-be) architecture students. Check out the short infographic after the break to see how the profession’s outlook has grown far more optimistic for architecture grads; what firms look for in recent grads (it may surprise you); and the unequal relationship of high-ranking sustainability programs vs. the prevalence of certification.

San Francisco Fire Department Headquarters Proposal / The Open Workshop

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A fire station typically is organized into two distinct zones – one that reaches outwards to the city and acts as a monumental symbol of protection, and one that contains the hidden inner workings of the station. In a large headquarters, with a diverse set of programs each with their own unique spatial requirements, such a strategy of containment is untenable. 

Horvitz Hall / GUND Partnership

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Architects: GUND Partnership
Location: , OH, USA
Architect In Charge:
Landscape Architect: David Berarducci Landscape Architecture
Area: 41500.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf