Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Clears Final Design Hurdle

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The US Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) has approved Frank Gehry‘s revised design for the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington DC, meaning that after a fifteen-year process, all the involved parties have finally agreed on a design. Gehry’s most recent design – a slightly scaled-down version of the one he produced in 2011, with the two smaller woven steel tapestries removed to open up the view to the Capitol – was approved by the National Capitol Planning Commission (NCPC) earlier this month, allowing the CFA to give their final verdict on the new design.

AD Classics: Wexner Center for the Arts / Peter Eisenman

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Before it was even completed, Times critic Paul Goldberger dubbed the Wexner Center for the Arts “The Museum That Theory Built.” [1] Given its architect, this epithet came as no surprise; Peter Eisenman, the museum’s designer, had spent the better part of his career distilling architectural form down to a theoretical science. It was with tremendous anticipation that this building, the first major public work of Eisenman’s career, opened in 1989. For some, it heralded a validation of deconstructivism and theory, while its problems provided ammunition for others who saw theory and practice as complimentary but ultimately divergent pursuits. The building’s popular reception has been equally mixed, but its influence and intrigue in the academic community is as pronounced and unmistakeable as the design itself.

Riverview House / Studio Dwell Architects

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Architects: Studio Dwell Architects
Location: , IL, USA
Architect In Charge: Mark Peters
Area: 4000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Marty Peters

OMA + OLIN Selected to Design D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge Park

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The competition jury for Washington D.C.‘s 11th Street Bridge Park has unanimously selected OMA + OLIN‘s design to turn the ageing freeway structure over the Anacostia River into an elevated park and new civic space for the city. With their dynamic intersecting structure, OMA + saw off competition from three other teams composed of: Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT), NEXT Architects and Magnusson Klemencic AssociatesStoss Landscape Urbanism and Höweler + Yoon Architecture; and Balmori Associates and Cooper, Robertson & Partners.

Read on after the break for more on the design and a complete set of images.

Chicago Residence / Dirk Denison Architects

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Architects: Dirk Denison Architects
Location: , IL, USA
Area: 9700.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: The Michelle Litvin Studio

Lincoln Memorial and Flatiron to Join LEGO® Architecture Series

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LEGO® has unveiled the latest buildings to join their architecture series: the Lincoln Memorial and the New York City Flatiron Building. Both will be released in 2015. 

The Lincoln Memorial, a national monument honoring the 16th President of the , was designed by Henry Bacon and features a sculpture of Lincoln by Daniel Chester French. The Flatiron Building, originally known as the Fuller Building, is a landmark Manhattan skyscraper designed by Daniel Burnham Frederick Dinkelberg.

The news was released following the grand opening of a new LEGO® Brand Store adjacent to the Flatiron. 

More images of the new LEGO® sets, after the break. 

2802 Pico Housing / Moore Ruble Yudell

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Architects: Moore Ruble Yudell
Location: 2802 Pico Boulevard, , CA 90405, USA
Area: 42263.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: John Linden

Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY Fill Storefront with Immersive, Ultra-Thin Shell Structure

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Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY has constructed a light-weight, ultra-thin self-supported shell structure augmented by artist Jana Winderen’s engineered sounds at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in City. Now on view through November 21, the “Situation Room” presents itself, as Storefront describes, “a vibrating sound experiment that that aims to transform architecture into animated sensible form.”

“The overall form is an aggregate of twenty spheres of incremental diameters, combined to create an envelope of experiential tension, a sort of sublime dialogue between the comfort of the known and an uneasy interaction with the unknown,” described Fornes. “The resultant morphology resonates with a series of distributed transducers and lighting sources playing out through streams of porosity derived from structural stress flows across the elements.”

More images and information about the “Situation Room,” after the break.

Cloverdale749 / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

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Architects: Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Lorcan O’Herlihy
Area: 10500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lawrence Anderson

DEFACED Makes a Stand Against Controversial Demolition of NYC Graffiti Mecca

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Upon the announcement of the imminent demolition of 5 Pointz, the internationally renown mecca in Long Island City, New York, a group of young designers - Arianna Armelli, Ishaan Kumar, David Sepulveda and Wagdy Moussa – joined together to form DEFACED, “a theoretical project designed to ask the question of whether an organization for the preservation of cultural relics of and cities around the world can be formed and implemented.” The group focuses on the gentrification of City’s cityscape and its accompanying sociopolitical issues, along with the protection of cultural landmarks and districts around the world.

EDA Breaks Ground on the University of Utah’s Newest Place to “Live, Work, and Create”

Exterior. Image Courtesy of Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

A collaboration of EDA Architects, Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, and Arup, the ’s newest project for the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute – “Lassonde Studios” – has broke ground. Slated as a space to live, work, and create, the building supports the mission to make the Lassonde Institute an international destination for student entrepreneurs, innovators and “makers.” The Studios will open for students in fall of 2016.

Heartland Habitat for Humanity / el dorado

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Architects: el dorado
Location: , MO, USA
Architecture Team: Josh Shelton, AIA, principal-in-charge; Steve Salzer, AIA, project manager; Brandon Froelich, project designer
General Contractor: Tom Lally
Area: 2325.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

NYC Parks / Garrison Architects

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Architects: Garrison Architects
Location: , NY, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Rugge / archphoto

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / Studio Pali Fekete architects

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Architects: Studio Pali Fekete architects
Location: 9390 North Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
Area: 60000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Edward Linden Photography

Illinois Residence / Dirk Denison Architects

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Architects: Dirk Denison Architects
Location: , IL, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: The Michelle Litvin Studio

PETZL North America Headquarters and Distribution Center / ajc architects

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Architects: ajc architects
Location: 2929 Decker Lake Drive, , UT 84119, USA
Area: 81183.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alan Blakely Photography

New Fordham Law School / Pei Cobb Freed

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Architects: Pei Cobb Freed
Location: , NY, USA
Area: 468000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Warchol

Sprint Accelerator / RMTA

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Architects: RMTA
Location: , MO, USA
Design Office: Rees Masilionis Turley Architecture
Area: 12000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mike Sinclair