Cisco Offices / Studio O+A

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Architects: Studio O+A
Location: , CA, USA
Project Team: Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Steve Gerten, Elizabeth Guerrero, Chase Lunt, Alma Lopez, Caren Currie, Sarunya Wongjodsri, Justin Ackerman, David Hunter, Jeorge Jordan, Olivia Ward, Kroeun Dav, Chase Lunt, Amie Zemlicka, Alex Bautista, Maleesa Pollock, Will Chu,
Area: 110000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Student Residence Hall / ADD Inc.

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Architects: ADD Inc.
Location: , MA, USA
Area: 145,600 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Chuck Choi, Lucy Chen, Peter Vanderwarker

San Joaquin Valley Residence / Aidlin Darling Design

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Architects: Aidlin Darling Design
Location: , CA 95247, USA
Architect In Charge: Joshua Aidlin, David Darling , Peter Larsen, Michael Pierry, Kent
Area: 5610.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Matthew Millman, Adam Rouse

December ABI Dips Again

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Following consistently increasing demand for design services throughout most of 2013, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has posted its first consecutive months of contraction since May and June of 2012. The American Institute of Architects () reported the December ABI score was 48.5, down from a mark of 49.8 in November.  This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).  The new projects inquiry index was 59.2, up from the reading of 57.8 the previous month.

More highlights from the December ABI, after the break…

Fairview Townhouse / Bucchieri Architects

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Architects: Bucchieri Architects
Location: , OH, USA
Designer: Stephen Bucchieri
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Pease

Korean Presbyterian Church / Arcari + Iovino Architects

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Architects: Arcari + Iovino Architects
Location: New Jersey, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Arcari + Iovino Architects

Michael Sorkin Sites Future Obama Presidential Library in Chicago’s South Side

Plan View Depicting Future Library Bridging 63rd Street. Image Courtesy of

Bidding for the future home of ’s Presidential Library is underway with three locations claiming the chief executive as their own. Obama’s birthplace, Hawaii, has mounted a campaign in pursuit of their native son, followed by New York City’s Columbia University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science. Architect and urbanist Michael Sorkin believes it is the Windy City, however, his adopted hometown, that will ultimately win the presidential library bid.

Paso Robles Residence / Aidlin Darling Design

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Architects: Aidlin Darling Design
Location: Central Court, , CA 92780, USA
Architect In Charge: Joshua Aidlin, Peter Larsen, Michael Pierry
Area: 2500.0 ft2
Year: 2010
Photographs: Matthew Millman

355 11th Street / Aidlin Darling Design

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Architects: Aidlin Darling Design
Location: 355 11th Street, , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Joshua Aidlin, – Principal, David Darling, – Principal, Shane Curnyn – Project Architect
Landscape Architects: Miller Company, Jeff Miller, Kyla Burson
Area: 14,000 sqft
Year: 2008
Photographs: Matthew Millman, Richard Barnes

Mintz Residence / Robert Maschke Architects

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Architects: Robert Maschke Architects
Location: , OH, USA
Design Team: Robert Maschke, FAIA, Marc Manack, AIA, Matt Lindsay, Charlie Able
Structural Engineer: I.A. Lewin, P.E. and Associates
Landscape Architect And Civil Engineer: Environmental Design Group
Mep Engineer: Denk Associates, Inc
Area: 4929.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Eric Hanson

Expedia Office / Rapt Studio

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Architects: Rapt Studio
Location: 114 Sansome Street, , CA, USA
Area: 10,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Eric Laignel

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust / Belzberg Architects

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Architects: Belzberg Architects
Location: 100 The Grove Drive, , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Hagy Belzberg
Design Team: Andrew Atwood, Barry Gartin, Brock DeSmit, Carina Bien-Wilner , Christopher Arntzen, Cory Taylor, Daniel Rentsch, David Cheung, Eric Stimmel, Erik Sollom, Justin Brechtel, Philip Lee, Lauren Zuzack
Area: 27,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Benny Chan

VIDEO: 10 Buildings that Changed America

In an hour long documentary for , Geoffrey Baer tours the USA in search of the ten buildings that “changed America.” From a state capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson to resemble a Roman temple to Henry Ford’s factory that first saw the Model T enter production, the explores the “shocking, funny, and even sad stories of how these buildings were created.” Investigating places of worship, shopping malls, concert halls and skyscrapers this is tipped as ”a journey inside the imaginations of the daring architects who set out to change the way we live, work, and play.”

Find out more about the film here. Please note that the film is only viewable within the USA.

Louis Vuitton Builds Charlotte Perriand’s 1934 Miami Beach House

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La Maison au Bord de L’Eau, an unrealized beach house in Miami designed by architect, designer, planner and photographer Charlotte Perriand, has been built by Louis Vuitton for a Design Miami 2013 satellite exhibition. Designed in 1934, the house was first conceived for a design contest held by L’architecture d’aujourd’hui magazine with the aim of creating a simple, economical form of holiday lodging for the mass market. After winning second prize it was never built but, eight decades later, “Perriand’s studies prove quite contemporary in light of the advancements in wooden architecture.”

Foster + Partners Unveil 1,121-Foot Comcast Tower for Philadelphia

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Comcast Corporation and Liberty Property Trust has commissioned Foster + Partners to design a 59-story, $1.2 billion mixed-use tower planned to neighbor Comcast’s existing global headquarter in . The 1,121-foot glass and stainless steel building is expected to be the tallest in the United States, outside of New York and Chicago, and the largest private development project in the history of Pennsylvania.

Polygon Studio / Jeffery S. Poss Architect + Workus

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Architects: Jeffery S. Poss Architect , Workus
Location: , NY 12845, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Jeffery S. Poss, FAIA

Stonington Residence / Joeb Moore & Partners

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Architects: Joeb Moore & Partners
Location: , CT, USA
Architect In Charge: Joeb Moore
Design Team: Jake Watkins, Nate Wooten
Structural Engineers: Edward Stanley Engineers LLC
Mechanical Engineers: Caesar Rocha LLC
Civil Engineers: DiCesare Bentley
General Contractor: Prutting & Co. Builders
Landscape Architect: Reed Hildebrand Associates Inc
Area: 4875.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Sundberg | Esto

Riggins House / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: , MD, USA
Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
Area: 4900.0 sqm
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie