Laguna Street Residence / Michael Hennessey Architecture

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Architects: Michael Hennessey Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 4370.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

US, Canada and Mexico Agree to Recognize Architect Credentials

New York-based architect Richard Meier’s 180-meter “Reforma Tower” planned for Mexico City (click image for more)

A tri-national agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico will now allow architects to work across borders in North America. As reported by the US National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (), in conjunction with the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) and the Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica Mexicana (), representatives from the architectural regulatory authorities in all three countries have agreed to mutually recognize architect credentials.

FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE Reveals Latin American Art Museum for Miami

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On the heels of President Barack Obama’s recent decision to reform US immigration policy, FR-EE / Fernando Romero EnterprisE has released designs for a new Latin American Art Museum (LAAM) in . The four-story museum, characterized by elongated, cantilevering terraces and sculpture gardens, hopes to become “the most significant institution for displaying Latin American art in America.” Continue reading to learn more.

Gross-Flasz Residence / One d+b Miami

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Architects: One d+b
Location: Harbor Island, , FL 33141, USA
Architect In Charge: Hugo Mijares
Collaborating Architects : Francisco Llado, Robert Moerigh, Xavier Garcia Sr, Xavier Garcia Jr.
Area: 750.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fabio Ventresca

Designs Unveiled for Foster + Partners’ “Health Education Campus” in Cleveland

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Foster + Partners has submitted plans for a new “Health Education Campus” in Cleveland, Ohio. The 485,000-square-foot quadrangle building is designed to foster collaboration between the students of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic on the medical campus’ existing 11-acre parcel at East 93rd Street between Euclid and Chester Avenues.

New York’s $4 Billion Train Station Takes Shape

Screenshot. Image © Bedel Saget/The Times

Santiago Calatrava’s head-turning World Trade Center Transportation Hub has assumed its full form, nearly a decade after its design was revealed. In light of this, the New York Times has taken a critical look at just how the winged station’s budget soared. “Its colossal avian presence may yet guarantee the hub a place in the pantheon of civic design in New York. But it cannot escape another, more ignominious distinction as one of the most expensive and most delayed train stations ever built.” The complete report, here.

Madison Park Tree House / First Lamp

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Architects: First Lamp
Location: Madison Park, , WA 98112, USA
Contractor:
Area: 3200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tim Bies Photography

The Last Stop: Documenting North America’s Disappearing Rest Areas

White Sands National Monument, New . Image © Ryann Ford

Rest stops are a disappearing sight in North America. Brought by tight highway budgets, and the increasing number of off-exit fast food outlets and gas stations, these roadside oases may soon become extinct. Photographer Ryann Ford wants to make sure they’re documented before this happens. Her project, “The Last Stop” is a series of photographs taken of unique rest stops across the nation. A Kickstarter campaign has been started to fund Ford’s work, and the ensuing publication of her photographs. Learn more, after the break!

University of Illinois at Chicago Daley Library IDEA Commons / Woodhouse Tinucci Architects

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Architects: Woodhouse Tinucci Architects
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Design Team: David Woodhouse, Andy Tinucci, Brian Foote, Ed Blumer
Year: 2011
Photographs: Christopher Barrett, Andy Tinucci

Aranguren & Gallegos to Design Museum for ICA Miami

Preliminary Design. Image © Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos

Madrid-based Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos has been tapped to design their first US project, a permanent museum building for the Institute of Contemporary Art, (). The 37,500-square-foot building, planned to open in time for Art Basel 2016 on Northeast 41st Street in Miami’s Design District, will feature three stories of exhibition space and a 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden. Final designs will be released in early 2015. Groundbreaking is expected to occur in the summer 2015.

Kimmelman Reviews the One WTC: An Emblem of New York’s “Upside-Down Priorities”

One WTC. Image © James Ewing OTTO

Nearly a month since the official (and somewhat mundane) opening of New York’s One World Trade Center, New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman has published a scathing review of the SOM-designed tower, claiming it to be a “flawed” emblem of the city’s “upside-down priorities.”

“Replacing the twin towers with another giant office building was somehow supposed to show New York’s indomitable spirit: the defiant city transfigured from the ashes. To the contrary, 1 World Trade implies (wrongly) a metropolis bereft of fresh ideas. It looks as if it could be anywhere, which New York isn’t.” You can read Kimmelman’s complete review, here.

Compartes Melrose / AAmp Studio

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Architects: AAmp Studio
Location: Melrose Place, , CA 90069, USA
Designers: Andrew Ashey, Anne-Marie Armstrong
Area: 500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrew Ashey

Grajo Residence / Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design

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Architects: Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design
Location: , OH, USA
Architect In Charge: Jonathan Barnes
Project Architect: Jeremy Little
Structural Engineer: Joe Lewis
Contractor: Benco
Area: 4200.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Feinknopf Photography

Gehry Sides with MAD, Defends Lucas Museum from Critics

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With criticism forcing progress on MAD’s “mountainous” Lucas Museum to come to a standstill, Frank Gehry has released a statement on the Tribune urging critics to “take the proper time to review” the museum before dismissing it.

“Chicago is a great city for architecture and has historically supported innovative, forward-looking work. There is a natural impulse to deride a project in the early stages of design, particularly one that has a new shape or expression. This is not a new concept,” says Gehry, citing that both the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall were shrouded in criticism before becoming “great assets to their mutual cities.”

McElroy House/ Ehrlich Architects

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Architects: Ehrlich Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Site Area: 19042 sq ft
Area: 7500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Miranda Brackett, Roger Davies

Cristina Parreño Investigates the Tectonics of Transparency With Glass Wall Prototype

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Architect and MIT Lecturer Cristina Parreño has created this new prototype for a self-supporting facade, entitled “The Wall.” The design is the first in Parreño’s “Tectonics of Transparency,” a series of planned prototypes that will “explore the relationship between formal design, spatial perception, structural efficiency and systems of fabrication.”

More details about Parreño’s prototype after the break

Peloton / Bernheimer Architecture

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Architects: Bernheimer Architecture
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Photographs: Naho Kubota , Eric Hwang

Milken Institute School of Public Health / Payette

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Architects: Payette
Location: , DC, USA
Area: 161100.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Robert Benson