Capitol Reef Desert Dwelling / Imbue Design

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Architects: Imbue Design
Location: Capitol Reef National Park, , UT, USA
Structural Engineer: Shen Engineering
Contractor: Moosman Construction
Area: 1800.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Imbue Design

These Maps Reveal Just How Disjointed Many US Bike Lanes Are

Boston’s bicycle grid: includes bike lanes, protected lanes, shared roads, and off-road trails. Image Courtesy of Washington Post

As cities worldwide are plagued with increasingly congested streets, more people are turning to bicycles to ease their commute. To accommodate the trend, bike lanes have been popping up around cities, yet often in a disjointed manner. A series of maps compiled by the Washington Post illustrates this surprisingly sporadic cycle infrastructure in several US cities.

Cropping up as afterthoughts in the existing urban fabric, many US bicycle networks consist of fragmented stretches of bike lanes and “sharrows” (shared car and bike lanes) loosely bound together by their proximity. In the case of Washington D.C., most of these are under a mile in length. A lack of cohesion and continuity leads to commuter chaos, forcing cyclists onto unprotected shoulders or into traffic when their designated lanes pull a disappearing act. Take a look at the maps after the break.

Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center / HOK

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Architects: HOK
Location: , CA, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: John Linden

Alexandria Area High School / Cuningham Group Architecture

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Architects: Cuningham Group Architecture
Location: , MN 56308, USA
Associate Architect: JLG Architects
Year: 2014
Photographs: Corey Gaffer, Brandon Stengel, Andrew Tisue

New Images Released of Mecanoo’s Plan to Modernize Mies’ D.C. Library

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Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson Architecture has released their completed preliminary designs for the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – the only library and Washington D.C. building ever designed by Mies van der Rohe. The team’s competition-winning scheme aims to improve “Mies in a contemporary Miesian way.”

“While not final, these renderings demonstrate the amazing possibilities as we work to transform this historic building into a center for learning, innovation and engagement for the District,” says the D.C. Public Library. Updated images and more information about the design, after the break.

32 Winners of Inaugural Knight Cities Challenge Announced

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Thirty-two projects have been announced as the winners of the Inaugural Knight Cities Challenge, sharing in a prize pool of $USD5 million. An initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the challenge received an overwhelming number of entries, with winners selected from a pool of over 7000 submissions. Each of the projects proposed strategies for the civic and economic development of one of the 26 cities in which the Knight Foundation invests, including Detroit, Akron Ohio, San Jose California, Lexington Kentucky, and Biloxi Mississippi.

The winning proposals each addressed one or more of the Knight Foundation’s “three drivers of city success”: (1) Talent: Ideas that help cities attract and keep the best and brightest, (2) Opportunity: Ideas that create economic prospects and break down divides, (3) Engagement: Ideas that spur connection and civic involvement.

AIA Names 6 US Libraries as 2015′s Best

Cedar Rapids Public Library / OPN Architects. Image © Main Street Studio

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed six libraries they believe to be the year’s best. In collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are intended to promote and honor exceptional designs in library architecture. Taking into account the evolving role of the library, the believes these six award recipients elevate the institution to one of congregation and community-specific programs.

See the winning designs after the break.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive to Open in 2016

Courtesy of UC Regents. Rendering by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

As construction continues on its new home across from the UC Berkeley campus, the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is finalizing plans for its first exhibition – Architecture of Life - in this location. The curvilinear structure, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with EHDD as executive architect, fuses old and new, outfitting what was the printing plant with modern exhibition space, offices, and theaters to make it a focal point in Berkeley’s downtown arts district.

More on the $112 million project after the break.

College of Liberal Arts / Overland Partners

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Architects: Overland Partners
Location: The University of Texas at , 116 Inner Campus Drive, , TX 78705, USA
Area: 212000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lars Frazer Photography

Spring Studios / AA Studio

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Architects: AA Studio
Location: 50 Varick Street, , NY 10013, USA
Collaboration: Morris Adjmi Architects
Area: 12000.0 ft2
Year: 2015
Photographs: Alexander Severin/RAZUMMEDIA, DaVinci Stairs

510 Cabin / Hunter Leggitt Studio

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Architects: Hunter Leggitt Studio
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 1100.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Hunter Leggitt Studio

First Look Inside BIG’s W57 Manhattan Pyramid

South Facade. Image © Field Condition

Field Condition has published a photographic tour through BIG’s first New York project, two months after W57 topped out. A “courtscraper,” as the Danish practice affectionately calls it, the 32-story, 709-unit tower is a hybrid of the European courtyard block and skyscraper. It’s tetrahedral shape, “born from logic,” is designed to provide every resident in the building’s North Tower to have views of the Hudson River, while allowing sunlight deep into the building’s interior space. View the project from within, after the break. 

Dunham Pavilion at Aurora RiverEdge Park / Muller&Muller

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Architects: Muller&Muller
Location: 360 North Broadway, , IL 60505, USA
Architect In Charge: David Steele, Mark Vrba, Susan Johnson
Area: 1733.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Muller&Muller

6 Ways to Repurpose the Chicago Spire “Hole”

Chicago Beacon / Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Image Courtesy of Chicago magazine

With Santiago Calatrava’s unfulfilled Chicago Spire amounting to just a (costly) depression along the Chicago River, what was to be the second-tallest building in the world certainly has not established the legacy it intended. However, following the site’s relinquishment to local developers Related Midwest, it may yet have a meaningful impact on its community. Six Chicago-based firms of various disciplines have developed designs to make use of the “hole” by injecting a public program into the abandoned site.

Check out the inventive proposals, with ideas from firms including UrbanLab and Solomon Cordwell Buenz, after the break.

Video: How Clive Wilkinson Architects’ Activity Based Working is Revolutionizing the Office

The latest innovation in workplace design, Clive Wilkinson Architects’ “Activity Based Working” (ABW) has revolutionized the way people go about their daily activities at the GLG Global Headquarters in New York. Broadening the idea of workable area to a number of specialized environments, ABW fosters a new dynamic in office relations, providing spaces for both individualized activity and collaboration. Experience this through the Spirit of Space-produced video above.

“In this film, we hear various viewpoints about how ABW impacts the work environment at GLG,” explains Spirit of Space’s Adam Goss. “How technology enables the user, the psychology behind seating choice, how this new style of working helps achieve the company goals, and how, above all, the architectural design fosters all of this in an efficient and choreographed manner.”

Difficult Run Residence / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: , VA, USA
Project Architect: John Riordan, LEED AP
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

Westport River House / RUHL WALKER Architects

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Architects: RUHL WALKER Architects
Location: , MA, USA
Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Vanderwarker, Nat Rea

Emerson Process Management / HGA

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Architects: HGA
Location: , MN, USA
Principal In Charge: Chuck Cappellin, PE, LEED AP
Design Principal: Victor Pechaty,
Project Team: Dan Peterson; Matt Dunbar; Dave Kippen, AIA; Chris Willette; Dana Hlebichuk, AIA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Don Wong