AD Classics: Peabody Terrace / Sert, Jackson & Gourley

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Built in 1964 during his tenure as Dean at the Graduate School of Design, Josep Lluís ’s Peabody Terrace provides housing for almost 1500 Harvard graduate and their families.  One of several projects Sert designed for Harvard’s campus, it is a manifestation of his vision for the ideal neighborhood. Many elements such as the negotiation of scale, mixed use program, shared open space and design aesthetic were influenced by but represent a departure from earlier modern housing projects.

Peabody Terrace is a prototypical example of a twentieth-century project heralded by the architectural community as an exemplar of progressive modern ideals, but lambasted by neighbors and members of the general public for being unattractive, cold and imposing. This project and others like it highlight the disconnect that can occur between the architectural intelligentsia and the communities in which they build.

Berklee College of Music / William Rawn Associates

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Architects: William Rawn Associates
Location: , MA, USA
Principal For Design: Cliff Gayley, AIA, LEED AP
Area: 167,000 sqft
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bruce T. Martin Photography

House in Palm Springs / o2 Architecture

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Architects: o2 Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Builder: D.W. Johnston Construction
Area: 2100.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lance Gerber

Holston River House / Sanders Pace Architecture

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Architects: Sanders Pace Architecture
Location: Mascot, TN, USA
Design Team: Brandon F. Pace, LEED AP (Principal in Charge), Michael A. Davis LEED AP, Daniel A. Jones
Area: 3470.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bruce Cole Photography

AIA, AIAS Urges Congress to Support National Design Services Act

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The American Institute of Architects () and the American Institute of Architecture (AIAS) have committed themselves to pushing a bill that would provide U.S. architecture graduates student loan relief in exchange for community service, an offer already granted to lawyers and doctors. The bipartisan legislation, known as the National Design Services Act (NDSA), was introduced today in an effort to free young professionals from the crushing cost of education (architecture being one of the disciplines with the highest loan balances) and aspire them to contribute their design service to the betterment of their communities. Learn more, here, and sign the petition in support of NDSA

Buzzfeed LA Office / JIDK

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Architects: JIDK
Location: 7323 Beverly Boulevard, , CA 90036, USA
Interior Designers: Thomas Jensen, Brigid Björklund
Local Architect: MAKE Architecture
Area: 8000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Kubilus, Thomas J Jensen

Via Verde / Dattner Architects + Grimshaw Architects

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Architects: Dattner Architects + Grimshaw Architects
Location: 700 Brook Avenue, Bronx, NY, USA
Co Developers: Phipps Houses, Jonathan Rose Companies
Area: 294,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: David Sundberg, Vanni Archive

Imagine 2020: Denver Launches Arts-First Public Policy

Screen shot from Cristobal Palma’s documentation of ’s Biennial of the Americas 2013 exhibition. Click the image to view.

The City of Denver has launched “Imagine 2020,” a pro- cultural plan that will pave the way for more city-wide “art opportunities” over the next seven years. According to the Denver Post, this initiative will include the revision of “plans, permits and codes” to allow for more installations, offer small micro-art grants for residents and neighborhoods, and establish large public gathering places throughout the city. You can learn more, here.

The Sustainability Treehouse / Mithun

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Architects: Mithun
Location: Main Street, , WV, USA
Executive Architect/Architect Of Record: BNIM
Area: 3,357 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

David Adjaye Designs Art and Culture Center for Colgate University

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Adjaye Associates has unveiled plans for a striated stone-clad cultural center at ’s Colgate University. Inspired by the site’s surroundings, from the existing landscape to the “articulated volumes historic Village Hall,” the Colgate Art and Culture Center aims become a “high-quality, sustainable, and environmentally responsive building that creates a fantastic environment for art.”

San Cayetano Mountain Residence / Paul Weiner | DesignBuild Collaborative

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Architect: Paul Weiner | DesignBuild Collaborative
Location: , AZ, USA
Design Team: Paul Weiner, Principal, Paul Reimer, Ian Regan
Area: 2300.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Liam Frederick Photography

Round Mountain House / deMx architecture

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Architects: deMx architecture
Location: , AR, USA
Project Architects: Tim de Noble, Timothy W. Maddox
Area: 4,495 sqft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Glen Oaks Branch Library / Marble Fairbanks

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Architects: Marble Fairbanks
Location: Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks, NY, USA
Area: 18,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Eduard Hueber

William McDonough Designs Ultra “Clean” Manufacturing Facility for Method

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William McDonough + Partners has been selected to design Method’s first U.S. manufacturing facility on a brownfield site in ’s historic Pullman community. The company, known for producing environmentally conscious cleaning products, commissioned McDonough to design an ultra clean, LEED Platinum facility constructed from Cradle to Cradle Certified materials and powered entirely by renewable energy.

Comcast / Design Blitz

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Architects: Design Blitz
Location: , CA, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

Norman Foster’s Ultra-Thin Condominum Tower to Rise Above Seagram Building

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Construction is officially underway on 610 Lexington Avenue, a 700-foot ultra-thin condominium tower designed by Foster + Partners in City. Designed as a contrast to its neighboring landmark, Mies van der Rohe’s midcentury Seagram Building, the slim 61-story tower will feature 91 luxury units encased within a pure white glass facade.

A House In The Woods / William Reue Architecture

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Architects: William Reue Architecture
Location: , NY, USA
Design Principal: William Reue, R.A.
Project Team: James Teese, Jr
Area: 4800.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Steve Freihon

BIG Unveils New Scheme for Park City’s Kimball Art Center

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BIG has unveiled new plans for the Kimball Art Center in , Utah. Departing from his original competition winning design, a twisted 76-foot tall log cabin whose height caused its demise due to public disapproval, the new scheme will now top out at a more modest 46-feet as two slanted concrete walls lift towards the sky and expose the center’s interior to the historic Old Main Street. 

“The building seems to rise with Main Street and the mountain landscape, while bowing down to match the scale of the existing Kimball,” described Bjarke Ingels in a statement.