’71%’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Reddymade Design + Horns and Tails Productions

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In response to MoMA PS1′s call for new ideas for rebuilding in the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy, the 71% proposal by Reddymade Design + Horns and Tails Productions was one of the selected entries which suggests ways in which uncontrollable natural phenomena might be absorbed by the environment to create a balanced system of landscape, infrastructure, and architecture. A multi-layered proposal, it suggests several lines of defense and integration. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Music City Center / tvsdesign

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Architects: tvsdesign
Location: 201 5th Avenue South, , TN 37203, USA
Associated Architects: Tuck-Hinton Architects, Moody-Nolan
Client: Nashville Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency
Area: 1200000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brian Gassel

MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Sorg Architects

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In response to the MOMA PS1 Call for Ideas, ‘The Water Dyke’ proposal, which was one of the selected entries, focused not only on rebuilding the boardwalk, but on creating the boardwalk as a community gathering place and a functional infrastructure to protect the shoreline. Designed by Sorg Architects, their concept of the Water Dyke is to harness water itself to retain a storm surge and thereby the shoreline from damaging floods.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics’ Exhibition

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Taking place at the Center for Architecture July 11-October 26, the ‘Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics‘ exhibition traces significant new projects that exemplify innovative architectural forms and spaces while serving as conduits for social inclusion. With measurable results, Colombia’s largest cities—most visibly Medellin—have demonstrated how visionary approaches to urban planning and architecture can improve circumstances for the lower classes, enhance the quality of life for all, and attract business and tourism. A brief review of significant recent projects reveals an overarching commitment to design as well as a sensitivity to the role of context and the immediate needs of a population. More information on the exhibition after the break.

The End of Car Culture

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President Obama’s ambitious goals to curb the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions will get a fortuitous assist from an incipient shift in American behavior: recent studies suggest that Americans are buying fewer , driving less and getting fewer licenses as each year goes by.

That has left researchers pondering a fundamental question: Has America passed peak driving? Read the complete article here.

‘Occupy Infrastructure’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Barkow Leibinger Architects

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One of the selected entries in the MOMA PS1 Call for Ideas, the ’Occupy Infrastructure’ proposal by Barkow Leibinger Architects is three-fold. The main idea is to construct a network of retaining berms based on priority and need with local materials and by the communities that they protect. These berms are not continuous (like a wall) but overlap to allow beach access, gateways, and to maintain visual and spatial openness and continuity between beaches and neighborhoods.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

Chambers Eat + Drink / Mr. Important Design

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Architects: Mr. Important Design
Location: 601 Eddy Street, , CA 94109, USA
Design Team: Charles Doell and Miriam Marchevsky Alegra Design Team: Charles Doell, Miriam Marchevsky, and Alvaro Bonfiglio
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeff Dow

Circuit of The Americas / Miró Rivera Architects

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Architects: Miró Rivera Architects
Location: Circuit of the Americas Boulevard, , TX 78617, USA
Year: 2013
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Jackrabbit Wash / Aaron D’Innocenzo

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Architects: Aaron D’Innocenzo
Location: Joshua Tree, California, USA
Area: 148 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Aaron D’Innocenzo

Brigham Building for the Future Proposal / NBBJ

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital just broke ground last week on the Brigham Building for the Future, a 620,000 square-foot translational research and clinical facility designed by NBBJ. Located on the hospital’s Longwood campus, the 11-story project will house eight floors of research laboratories, three floors of clinics, a state-of-the-art imaging facility, social spaces, and a 400-car garage, along with associated site improvements. More images and architects’ description after the break.

28+: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Michael Sorkin Studio

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Taking its name from the elevation above which the city is safe from floods, The ’28+’ proposal by Michael Sorkin Studio for the MOMA PS1 Call for Ideas is a habitable levee. Not simply does it allow the protection – and selective replacement – of buildings otherwise at risk, it actually increases the stock of waterfront residences and commercial spaces and improves public transit connections to the rest of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Pop-Up Hotel’ Winning Proposal / PINKCLOUD

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Designed by PINKCLOUD, their ‘Pop-Up Hotel’ proposal was recently selected as the winning entry in the 2013 Radical Innovation in Hospitality competition. Their concept focuses on the transformation of empty Class A office spaces into hospitality spaces through a simple setup. They intend to partner with various owner/leasing agencies around Midtown in to identify buildings in need of revitalization. A uniquely urban experience, the Pop-Up hotel will feature a variety of amenities and rooms catering to a wide diversity of clientele. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gehry’s Controversial Design for Eisenhower Memorial Approved

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Despite harsh criticism and a lingering threat from the House to scrap funding and start anew, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission has unanimously approved Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington DC. The $110 million project, nearly fourteen years in the making, has undergone numerous revisions in the past couple years in search of a compromise between the commission and its opposition, namely the Eisenhower family. 

Though the odds started to lean in the opposition’s favor, the commission is pressing forward with their plans and Gehry is expected to present his design to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts next month and the National Capital Planning Commission in early fall for review and approval.

Central Arizona College / SmithGroupJJR

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Architects: SmithGroupJJR
Location: 8470 North Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128, USA
Design Director: Mark Kranz
Project Manager: Eddie Garcia
Project Architect: Joshua Vacca
Designer: Justin Trexler, Carrie Perrone
Photographs: Liam Frederick, Bill Timmerman

MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Matter

Inspired by Chris Marker’s ‘photo-roman’ La Jetée, this selected entry for the MOMA PS1 Call for Ideas by Matter Architecture Practice is is a fictional story of a real place. The Narrator speaks a remembrance presented as being that of her daughter (now growing up in New York) in the year 2096, when she will be 90 years old. The image of this daughter as an old woman is one taken by the Narrator of her grandmother – or the daughter’s great-grandmother -on a boat, in New York, when she was 90 years old. More architects’ description after the break.

Giant Pixel / Studio O+A

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Architects: Studio O+A
Location: 431 Jessie Street, , CA 94103, USA
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Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Verda Alexander, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Neil Bartley, Caren McDonald, Jeorge Jordan, Liz Guerrero
Area: 4200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

SF Jazz / Mark Cavagnero Associates

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Architects: Mark Cavagnero Associates
Location: 201 Franklin Street, , CA 94102, USA
Area: 36500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tim Griffith, Kyle Jeffers

‘Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture’ Exhibition

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Curated by Charles Waldheim, Ruettgers Consulting Curator of Landscape, the ‘Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture‘ exhibition opens this Thursday, June 27th, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in . Examining the montage view, one of landscape architecture’s most recognizable representational forms, the exhibit gathers work from a select group of influential contemporary artists and a dozen of the world’s leading landscape architects. These composite views reveal practices of photomontage depicting the conceptual, experiential, and temporal dimensions of landscape. The exhibit runs until September 2nd. For more information, please visit here.