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

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

San Francisco Loft / LINEOFFICE Architecture

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Architects: LINEOFFICE Architecture
Location: San Francisco, 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

October ABI Reveals Decrease in Demand for Design Services

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After three consecutive months of growth, the American Institute of Architect’s () Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has reveal a slight decrease in the demand for design services. Keeping in mind that any score above 50 indicates an increase in billing, the ABI score fell from 54.3 in September to 51.6 this past October. In contrast, the new projects inquiry index was 61.5, up from the reading of 58.6 the previous month.

Ann Beha Architects Selected to Rehabilitate U.S. Embassy in Greece

Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece. Image Courtesy of OBO

Besting a shortlist of fourAnn Beha Architects has been selected by the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) to rehabilitate the U.S. Embassy in Athens’ chancery facility and campus. The mid-century facility, a protected architectural landmark, was originally designed by the famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius with the consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios.

Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: OMA’s Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken

Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: OMA’s Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken. Image Courtesy of OMA

OMA’s comprehensive strategy to rebuild the New Jersey city of Hoboken, after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, has been selected as one of ten initiatives moving forward in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) competition. The proposal, Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge, focuses on establishing through the integration of key infrastructural elements that not only protects coastal neighborhoods, but also the entire city of Hoboken.

Hydraspan Bridge Colony / Future Cities Lab

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To represent a “speculative proposal for the radical reuse and re-colonization of the bridge infrastructure,” California-based Future Cities Lab has developed the “Hydraspan Bridge Colony installation: a 40-foot long, quarter-scale model that foresees a dense and agriculturally rich community suspended below the  – Oakland Bay Bridge.

United Therapeutics Field House / Frank Harmon Architect

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Architects: Frank Harmon Architect
Location: , NC, USA
Project Team: Frank Harmon, FAIA, and Tika Hicks, Project Manager
Area: 5136.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Richard Leo Johnson

Fox Head / Clive Wilkinson Architects

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Architects: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Clive Wilkinson, Sam Farhang, Sasha Shumyatsky, Matt Moran, Chester Nielsen, Andrea Schoening, Mitsuhiro Komatsu, Annie Ritz, Meredith McDaniel
Area: 82000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Benny Chan

Renzo Piano Pavilion at Kimbell Art Museum / Renzo Piano + Kendall/Heaton Associates

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Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Kendall/Heaton Associates
Location: Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107, USA
Project Manager: Paratus Group
Area: 101130.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Robert Laprelle, Robert Polidori

Hattiesburg House of Prayer / Suzane Reatig Architecture

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Architects: Suzane Reatig Architecture
Location: , MS, USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Alan Karchmer

Nassau Community College / Cannon Design

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Architects: Cannon Design
Location: Garden City, NY, USA
Project Designer: Ernesto Trindade, , LEED AP
Project Manager: Andreas Hausler, Associate AIA, LEED AP
Project Architects: Tamako Ito, Mecayla Burns, AIA, LEED AP
Area: 73,000 sqft
Photographs: Courtesy of Cannon Design

Surya: REX / Front’s 400-foot Solution for Dallas’ Disputed “Hot Spot”

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It’s been two year’s since the construction of the 42-story Museum Tower in Dallas. As many of you may recall, the luxury condo has been in dispute with the neighboring Nasher Sculpture Center over an intense “hot spot” caused by the tower’s highly reflective skin. Although Nasher has demanded that the Museum Tower cover its southwestern facade with an external louver system, thus blocking the glare from penetrating Nasher’s -designed cast aluminum sunscreen, the developers have refused to oblige due to a fear of jeopardizing the project’s profitability.

Negotiations have turned to squabbles and proposals have fallen on deaf ears. However, a team lead by REX and Front has been commissioned by the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund (DPFPF) – the Museum Tower’s developer – to explore a “third option,” one that would not require changing the construction of either Museum Tower or the Nasher. 

Federal Center South Building 1202 / ZGF Architects

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Architects: ZGF Architects
Location: , Washington, United States
Area: 209,000 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider, Lara Swimmer