Competition Entry: Monument to Foot Soldiers / Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects

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In honor of Alabama’s 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Campaign, a national design competition was launched to envision a “Monument to Foot Soldiers.” New York City-based Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects was one of many entrants who responded, hoping to design a monument that would honor the sacrifices made by the unnamed activists who fought for civil rights and celebrate the power of the human spirit.

Foster Designs Extension for Florida’s Norton Museum of Art

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Yesterday at Art Basel and Design Miami, Norman Foster unveiled plans that would double the gallery space at the historic Norton Museum of Art in . By constructing three “bold” new pavilions beneath a single “shimmering” roof, Foster promises to restore the museum’s original elegance, strengthening its role within the surrounding community and provide the framework for future growth.

Bang Brewing / Alchemy Architects

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Architects: Alchemy Architects
Location: , MN, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Geoffrey Warner

Living by the Sea / Minarc

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Architects: Minarc
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Minarc
Design Team: Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Minarc

Natural Resources Defence Council Office / Studio Gang Architects

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Architects: Studio Gang Architects
Location: 20 North Upper Wacker Drive, , IL 60606, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing

Menlo Oaks Residence / Ana Williamson Architect

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Architects: Ana Williamson Architect
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Ana Williamson
Area: 4,018 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Dasja Dolan

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

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

San Francisco Loft / LINEOFFICE Architecture

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Architects: LINEOFFICE Architecture
Location: , California, United States
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

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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

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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) Rebuild by Design 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