Architecture and the City Festival

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Taking place September 1-30, the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind will be presented by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, celebrating its tenth anniversary. The Architecture and the City festival, which takes place in San Francisco every September, will feature behind the scenes walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. From theoretical urban interventions and works in progress to civic landmarks and hidden histories, architects and designers will discuss the ways their work alters and redefines the city we call home with over 40 festival programs. For more information, please visit here.

Three Short Films on Informal Cities

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Next City, in collaboration with AIA New York, will be presenting a series of three short films this coming Monday, July 22, about the role of informal settlements, economies and networks in rapidly urbanizing cities. As part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Informal City Dialogues, these films take viewers to Accra and Bangkok where locals are finding solutions to poverty and slum eviction. There will also be a discussion with the filmmakers at the event. The video above is one of three films that will be shown at the event, which takes place from 6-8pm EST. For more information, please visit here.

Rose Lee House / Auburn University Rural Studio

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Architects: Auburn University Rural Studio
Location: Footwash, Alabama,
Faculty Team: Director Andrew Freear, Instructors: Elena Barthel, Dick Hudgens, John Marusich, Dan Splaingard, Lindsay Butler, Danny Wicke
Area: 1,200 sqm
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Courtesy of

The Tower House / Gluck+

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Architects: Gluck+
Location: Upstate, , United States
Project Team: Peter L. Gluck, Thomas Gluck, David Hecht, Marisa Kolodny, A.B. Moburg-Davis
Area: 2545.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Paul Warchol, Courtesy of Gluck+

Evernote / Studio O+A

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Architects: Studio O+A
Location: 305 Walnut Street, , CA 94063, USA
Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Verda Alexander, Clem Soga, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Elizabeth Guerrero, David Hunter, Emily Brooks, Kroeun Dav, Alfred Socias, Sarunya Wongjodsri, Alma Lopez, Caren McDonald, Olivia Ward, Jeorge Jordan
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

Heavybit Industries / IwamotoScott Architecture

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Architects: IwamotoScott Architecture
Location: 325 9th Street, , CA 94103, USA
Project Team: Sean Canty, Chretian Macutay
Design Build Installation Leaders: Ryan Beliakof (Rope Room), Juliana Raimondi (HexCell Fabric), Kelvin Huang (HexCell Steel)
Assistants: Anne Schneider, Will DiMichele, Cooper Jones
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Locomotive Ranch Trailer Home / Andrew Hinman Architecture

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Architects: Andrew Hinman Architecture
Location: Uvalde, , USA
General Contractor: Boothe General Contracting
Area: 506 sqm
Photographs: Paul Bardigjy

SCAPE and Rogers Marvel Selected to Transform Waterfront District in Minneapolis

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SCAPE and Rogers Marvel have been unanimously selected from 27 international applicants to create a schematic design for one of the most visited destinations on the Mississippi River: Water Works in downtown Minneapolis. The SCAPE-Roger Marvel Team, which also includes -based James Lima Planning + Design and Minneapolis-based SRF Consulting, will be responsible for transforming the historically significant Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park, within which the Water Works district exists, with a master plan based on a series of “visionary” and trails.

Newbern Town Hall / Auburn University Rural Studio

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Architects: Auburn University Rural Studio
Location: Fire Station
Architect Of Record: Richard Hudgens Architect, AIA, Selma Alabama
Student Design/Build Team: Brett Bowers, David Frazier, Mallory Garrett, Zane Morgan
Area: 1909.0 sqm
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Courtesy of

Zaha Hadid Unveils New York Apartment Block Alongside High Line

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Zaha Hadid has unveiled her first commission: an 11-story, luxury apartment block planned alongside the second section of the High Line in Chelsea at 520 West 28th Street.

Spearheaded by developer Related Companies, the “sculpted” glass and steel residential development hopes to lure buyers with its expansive, double-height entrance lobby, communal garden, generous terraces, private courtyards, and, of course, exclusive views of ’s most beloved attraction: the High Line.

Sonoma Residence / Cooper Joseph Studio

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Architects: Cooper Joseph Studio
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Wendy Evans Joseph, Chris Cooper
Design Team: Chris Good, Read Langworthy
Area: 2849.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Elliott Kaufman, Courtesy of

‘Sa(ndy)licornia’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Daniel J Wilson

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The ’Sa(ndy)licornia’ proposal, which was one of the selected entries in the MOMA PS1 Call for Ideas, is a reaction to the fact that in many ways Sandy, effectively, became a brand, and in doing so it provided all sorts of people with various sorts of “meaning”. From this point of view, architect Daniel J Wilson focuses on how disasters can be understood to provide a form of social glue, clear-eyed perspectives about “what really matters”, and the possibility of rebuilding something from scratch, only better. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Architecture 101 Lecture Series

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Taking place during the National Building Museum‘s Summer Block Party, the Architecture 101 lecture series explores iconic styles during significant periods in architectural history. The two lectures, titled ‘Miesian’ (July 20) and ‘Expressionism’ (July 27) will serve as a refresher course for the professional or student or providing the novice with a chance to learn more about the world of architecture.  More information after the break.

North American Butterfly Association / Cooper Joseph Studio

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Architects: Cooper Joseph Studio
Location: National Butterfly Center, 3333 Butterfly Park Drive, , TX 78572, USA
Design Team: Wendy Evans Joseph, Chris Cooper, Chris Good
Area: 47015.0 ft2
Year: 2010
Photographs: Thorney Lieberman

‘Yona on the Beach’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Stephen Yablon Architect

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One of the selected entries in the MoMA PS1 Call for Ideas, Stephen Yablon Architect’s “Yona on the Beach” accepts the inherent and increasingly dynamic weather conditions of barrier islands. Their idea is a new model for barrier island settlements; entire beach neighborhoods are raised high above the 100 year flood plain so that the barrier island below can naturally shift and change during storms with minimal impact to human habitation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tighthouse / Fabrica 718

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Architects: Fabrica 718
Location: , NY, USA
Architectural Designer: Fabrica 718
Architect Of Record: Studio Cicetti Architect
Design Team: Julie Torres Moskovitz, team: Minyoung Song, Kim Letven, Michael Vanreusel, Natalya Egon, Corey Yurkovich, and Jade Yang
Structural Engineer: Anastos Engineering
Expediter: Schnall Consulting
Contractor: WM Dorvillier & Co
Passive House Engineer: ZeroEnergy Design
Area: 3200.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hai Zhang

Shield House / Studio H:T

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Architects: Studio H:T
Location: , Colorado, USA
Area: 3,250 sqft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Raul Garcia

School of Earth & Space Exploration / Ehrlich Architects

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Architects: Ehrlich Architects
Location: Center for Meteorite Studies, South McAllister Avenue, , AZ 85287, USA
Executive Architects: HDR Architecture, Inc
General Contractor: SUNDT Construction
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bill Timmerman