Sausalito Hillside Remodel / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

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Architects: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Design Team: Mary Griffin – FAIA, Stephan Hastrup – , John Kleman
Area: 3888.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mathew Millman

Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Gets a Break

Courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

The National Capital Planning Commission has granted preliminary approval to a modified version of ’s controversial Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial design, which removed two of the stainless steel tapestries to clear views towards the Capitol. The project, which has remained stagnant since 2011, has been shawled in turmoil largely due to criticism regarding its “grandiose” design and focus on Eisenhower as a boy. The vote will now advance Gehry’s design to the Commission of Fine Arts for approval.

More images of the revised design, after the break.

Seven27 Apartments / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

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Architects: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Location: , WI, USA
Area: 176749.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Barbara Karant, Mike Rebholz

Tejon 35 / Meridian 105 Architecture

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Architects: Meridian 105 Architecture
Location: 1974 West 35th Avenue, , CO 80211, USA
Design Team: Chad Mitchell, Daniel Lipscomb
Interior Designer: Heltshe Interiors
Area: 50339.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Raul Garcia

Kent State Breaks Ground on WEISS/MANFREDI-Designed Center for Architecture

© WEISS/MANFREDI (Competition Renderings)

Ohio’s is set to break ground tomorrow on its New Center for Architecture and Environmental Design. The $48 million building was designed by -based WEISS/MANFREDI following a collaboration with Richard L. Bowen & Associates which won first in the project’s national competition

The design, dubbed the “Kent State Design Loft,” transforms the notion of a continuous studio loft into a three-tiered structure that unites all the college’s programs, including construction management, under one roof. 

New images of the building, after the break.

Energy Positive Relocatable Classroom / Anderson Anderson Architecture

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Architects: Anderson Anderson Architecture
Location: , HI, USA
Architect In Charge: Mark Anderson, Peter Anderson
Project Manager: Johnson Tang
Design Team: Mark Anderson, Peter Anderson, Johnson Tang, Yevgeniy Ossipov, Gennifer Muñoz, Yingying Xue, Jia Wu, Chris Campbell, Brent Sumida, Matthias Steppuhn
Area: 960.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Anthony Vizzari

Modern Barn / Specht Harpman

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Architects: Specht Harpman
Location: , CT, USA
Design Team: Scott Specht, Louise Harpman, Courtney Rice
Photographs: Courtesy of Specht Harpman

Guggenheim Considers Competition for Second NYC Location

Frank Lloyd Wright, Solomon R. , , 1956-59 (Click image to learn more). Image © Flickr CC User Richard Anderson

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is planning to construct a second location in New York City. As reported on the Art Newspaper, the expansion project, known as the “Collection Center,” aims to “consolidate its staff and art storage into one efficient, multi-use building with a dynamic public programming component.” The news broke with the release of a curatorial job position, seeking personnel to assist in the center’s planning and a possible architecture competition that will ensure the “Guggenheim’s reputation for being a visionary architectural patron” is preserved. Meanwhile, the Guggenheim is expected to narrow its selection to six for its new Helsinki location in November.

Mountain View Residence / Atelier Hsu

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Architects: Atelier Hsu
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Juliet Hsu,
Area: 2200.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Mark Luthringer

MIT Beaver Works / Merge Architects

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Architects: Merge Architects
Location: 300 Tech Square, 300, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, , MA 02139, USA
Architect In Charge: Elizabeth Whittaker
Project Architect : Anne-Sophie Divenyi
Area: 4875.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Horner Photography , David Bragdon

Los Angeles Rids Itself of Helipad Requirement, Opens City to “Bolder” Skyline

Los Angeles, . Image © Wikimedia Commons / Pintaric

Helicopter landing pads will no longer be required atop new buildings in Los Angeles, California. The rule’s elimination, which was announced yesterday by the city’s mayor and fire chief, allows architects the freedom to break away from LA’s “boxy” skyline. “I want to see innovative design,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “I want to see good design, but we’re going to take the handcuffs off of you when we ask you to do that. I want neighborhoods to look good, and I want our buildings to look iconic.” You can read more about the change, here.

In Progress: Pomona College Studio Art Hall / wHY

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Architects: wHY
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 35000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann, Benny Chan

Tour a Building a Day Throughout Archtober

The Barbarian Group / Clive Wilkinson Architects © Michael Moran

If you live in or plan to visit during the month of October, we suggest you set aside some time to participate in one of Archtober’s many . What is Archtober? Archtober is New York’s official Architecture and Design Month. Hosted by the Center for Architecture and the AIA New York Chapter, the annual festival organizes a plethora of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions to take place throughout city during the month of October. The goal is to raise awareness of the important role design plays in the city, celebrate the richness of New York’s built environment, and simply enjoy some great architecture.

Archtober highlights include the Architecture & Design Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas; the Municipal Art Society Summit for New York City, featuring over 100 speakers gathered “to debate the future of our city and spark conversations about planning, design, infrastructure, preservation, culture, and development;” the Pratt Institute’s “City by Numbers: Big Data and the Urban Future” symposium; and 31 architect-led “Building of the Day” tours.

Preview a selection of building’s on tour after the break and find out how to reserve tickets.

Lopez House / Martin Fenlon Architecture

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Architects: Martin Fenlon Architecture
Location: Eagle Rock, , CA, USA
Area: 2200.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Eric Staudenmaier

Lowe Campbell Ewald Headquarters / Neumann/Smith Architecture

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Architects: Neumann/Smith Architecture
Location: 2000 Brush Street #601, , MI 48226, USA
Area: 122000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Justin Maconochie

Wood House / Brininstool + Lynch

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Architects: Brininstool + Lynch
Location: , IL, USA
Area: 734.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christopher Barrett Photographer

August ABI Remains Strong

August 2014. Image Courtesy of CalculatedRiskBlog.com

Demand for design services in the US continue to increase, as momentum from July’s highest recorded strength since 2007 continues. The American Institute of Architects reported the August Architecture Billings Index (ABI) at 53.0, down from July’s mark of 55.8, and the new projects inquiry at 62.6.

“One of the key triggers for accelerating growth at architecture firms is that long-stalled construction projects are starting to come back to life in many areas across the country,” said Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. , PhD. “Long awaited access to credit from lending institutions and an increasing comfort level in the overall economy has helped revitalize the commercial real estate sector in recent months. Additionally, though, a crucial component to a broader industry-wide recovery is the emerging demand for new projects such as education facilities, government buildings and, in some cases, hospitals.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break…

Hillside House / Shands Studio

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Architects: Shands Studio
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 2450.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Dyer Photography