Rutgers Business School / TEN Arquitectos

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Architects: TEN Arquitectos
Location: , NJ, USA
Design Team: Enrique Norten, James Carse
Executive Architect: Richard Bienenfeld Architect, PC
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Aaron

SuralArk / Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz

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Architects: Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz
Location: Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Austin + Mergold + Marc Krawitz

Yelp Headquarters / Studio O+A

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Architects: Studio O+A
Location: , CA, USA
Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Verda Alexander, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Steve Gerten, Elizabeth Guerrero, David Hunter, Alma Lopez, Renee Laput-Mendoza, Sarunya Wongjodsri, , Jeorge Jordan, Olivia Ward, Kroeun Dav, Chase Lunt, Amie Zemlicka, Maleesa Pollock, Will Chu
Area: 106,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

May ABI Shows Return to Growth in US Market

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The US Architecture Billings Index showed a significant improvement in May, jumping to a score of 52.6 and showing some growth after two consecutive months of contraction. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, its two new measures of growth also showed positive results: the Project Inquiries Index rose to 63.2; and the Design Contracts Index – despite dropping slightly from last month’s 54.6 – still showed growth at 52.5 points.

“Volatility continues to be the watchword in the design and construction markets, with firms in some regions of the country, and serving some sectors of the industry, reporting strong growth, while others are indicating continued weakness,” said Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. , PhD. “However, overall, it appears that activity has recovered from the winter slump, and design professions should see more positive than negative numbers in the coming months.”

A breakdown of regional and sector highlights, after the break

Wieden+Kennedy NY / WORKac

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Architects: WORKac
Location: 150 Varick Street, New York, NY,
Architects In Charge: Amale Andraos, Dan Wood, Sam Dufaux
Area: 50,000 sqft
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bruce Damonte, Raymond Adams

4 Springs Lane / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: , VA, USA
Architect In Charge: Brian Tuskey
Year: 2013
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie

The Levitt Pavilion / WRT – Wallace Roberts & Todd

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Architects: WRT – Wallace Roberts & Todd
Location: 789 East 1st Street, , PA 18015,
Client: Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem
Year: 2011
Photographs: Paul Warchol, Jeffrey Totaro

David Adjaye’s Sugar Hill Development: A New Typology for Affordable Housing

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Adjaye Associates’ latest development has opened in the historic neighborhood of Harlem, : a complex that aims to combat poverty and revitalize the community by bringing together affordable housing (including housing for homeless New Yorkers), a Preschool, and a 17,000 square foot cultural institution –  the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. The “school in a museum” is designed to engage students and foster a new generation of Sugar Hill artists and innovators.

“The Sugar Hill Development is a new typology for affordable housing, with its mixed program of museum space, community facilities, offices and apartments,” David Adjaye noted at yesterday’s opening press conference, “My hope is that the building—perched high on Coogan’s Bluff—will offer a symbol of civic pride and be a valued new resource for the neighborhood.”

The architect’s description of the project, after the break.

Sugar Hill Development / Adjaye Associates

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Architects: Adjaye Associates
Location: Harlem, , NY, USA
Area: 191,000 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Glass-Walled Labyrinth / Robert Morris

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Architects:
Location: , MO, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Josh Ferdinand

AIA Names its 2014 Small Projects Awards Winners

Small House / . Image © Elliot Kaufman

The American Institute of Architects () has selected ten recipients for their 2014 Small Projects Awards, which recognizes design excellence in projects with a budget of up to $1.5 million and with a floor area less than 5,000 square feet. The award “strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to all project types, including renovations and additions, no matter the limits of size and budget.”

This year’s include 5 houses, 2 pavilions, 2 installations and a cafe. See all 10 awarded projects after the break.

Memphis Slim Collaboratory / brg3s Architects

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Architects: brg3s Architects
Location: 1130 College Street, , TN 38106, USA
Architect In Charge: Jason Jackson
Area: 2100.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ken West

2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Announced

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Hosted by the  Business Council, the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards has recognized three dozen of the year’s best architecture and design projects in Greater Los Angeles. From Morphosis’ Emerson College to the Los Angeles River project, each recipient has been awarded for their excellence in design, sustainability and community impact.

The 2013 Los Angeles Architectural Award Winners are…

Topo House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

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Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Location: , WI 53517,
Area: 2940.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: John J. Macaulay

OMA & BIG among 6 Winners in Rebuild By Design Competition

The proposed Hoboken Waterfront. Image Courtesy of OMA

Yesterday, US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced OMA, BIG and four other teams as the winner of “Rebuild by Design“, a competition aimed at rebuilding areas affected by Hurricane Sandy focusing on resilience, sustainability and and livability.

In total, HUD have allocated $920 million to the six projects in New York, New Jersey and Long Island to enable the completion of this vision.

Read more about the winning schemes after the break

Revised Renovation Plan Released for New York Public Library

The Public Library’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg.

Details have been released on the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) plan to renovate its Mid-Manhattan branch, while creating more public space within its flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The news comes shortly after Foster + Partner’s redesign of the the Beaux-Arts landmark was scrapped due to concerns of a ballooning budget. The revised $300 million overhaul suggests a more affordable option of relocating Schwarzman’s main stacks beneath Bryant Park, while establishing a more campus-like connection with a fully renovated Mid-Manhattan branch. All the details, here.

Four Teams to Envision Proposals for D.C. “Bridge Park”

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The four teams moving on to stage three of Washington D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge Park competition has been announced. Selected from over 80 qualified design firms from across the U.S., the following multidisciplinary teams will receive $25000 stipends to envision a new civic space spanning the Anacostia River by early September:

The Sprawled Desert City of Phoenix Sets Sights on Walkability

Light Rail crossing Tempe Town Lake. Image © CC Flickr User Alan Stark

When the profit-driven bulldozing of virgin desert quickly transformed into unfinished ghost towns in 2008, the city of Phoenix, Arizona, reset their sights on a more sustainable and desirable way of living: walkable communities. With the establishment of the city’s first light rail, the once car-centric communities of its urban core have turned into swaths of pedestrian havens. This has not only improved the city’s desirability, but has also been good for business. See how else Phoenix is trying to “pull off an urban miracle” and reverse it’s sprawled image here on Fast Company.