Freecell Wins Competition to Transform St. Louis Vacant Lot into Cultural Destination

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Freecell Architecture has been announced as winner of the urban design-build competition, . Organized by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, challenged US artists, architects and designers to propose a small-scale intervention for a vacant lot in the St. Louis Grand Center cultural district that could possibly spark large-scale urban transformation.

Among 60 candidates and three shortlisted finalists, Freecell’s winning proposal “Lots” was selected for its “innovative design and approach to the space as a gathering catalyst, hosting social and cultural activities to bring focus on activities of people unifying a community.” The project intends on activating audience engagement by hosting a series of concerts, dance performances, community celebrations, film screenings, and art exhibitions.

Read on for more about “Lots”…

Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge / design/buildLAB

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Architects: design/buildLAB
Location: 513 Church Street, George Washington National Forest, , VA, USA
Professors In Charge: Marie Zawistowski, Keith Zawistowski
Student Team: Bethel Abate, Aiysha Alsane, Justin Dennis, Jennifer Leeds, Stephanie Mahoney, Stephen Perry, Amanda Schlichting, Claudia Siles, Samuel “Aaron” Williams, Ryan Hawkins, Catherine Ives, Anna Knowles-Bagwell, Michael Kretz, Fernanda Rosales, Katherine Schaffernoth, Daniel Vantresca, Bryana Warner
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services Headquarters / Remson|Haley|Herpin Architects

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Architects: Remson|Haley|Herpin Architects
Location: , LA, USA
Architect In Charge: Trula H. Remson, FAIA
Design Team: Christopher G. Remson, AIA; Jason Hargrave, AIA; Jonathan Guelfo, AIA; Molly Donalson
Area: 30,000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Will Crocker

‘Coverage: Seventy-Five Years of Oculus’ Exhibition

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Taking place at the Center for Architecture September 3-23, AIA New York‘s ‘Coverage: Seventy-Five Years of Oculus’ Exhibition celebrates 75 years of Oculus and the 10 years since the 2003 re-launch. The exhibition will include original issues of Oculus from the AIA Chapter’s archives dating back to 1938, and will trace the publication’s history from an AIANY newsletter to the quarterly architectural journal it is today. The opening reception takes place 6:00-8:00pm EST. For more information, please visit here,

WXY + DLand Tapped for Study and Planning of High Line-Inspired Park in Queens

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WXY Architecture + Urban Design and dlandstudio architecture & landscape have been commissioned to lead a feasibility study and planning for The QueensWay, a 3.5-mile section of abandoned railway tracks in , New York, that will be converted into a High Line-inspired park and recreational pathways. As we reported earlier this year, the elevated railway line has been inactive since 1962 and, if transformed into a public parkway, has the capablitiy of serving more than 250,000 residents that live alongside it.

Gates Vascular Institute / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

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Architects: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Location: 875 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA
Architects Of Record:: Cannon Design
Civil Engineering: DiDonato Associates
Landscape Architecture: Dean W. Gowen
Curtain Wall: Israel Berger
Construction Manager / General Contractor: Turner Construction
Area: 476500.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas Mayer

Baton Rouge Magnet High School / Chenevert Architects + Remson|Haley|Herpin Architects

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Architects: Chenevert Architects, Remson|Haley|Herpin Architects
Location: 2825 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70806, USA
Architect In Charge: Samuel J. Herpin, AIA and Norman Chenevert, AIA
Design Team: Christopher G. Remson, AIA; Trula H. Remson, FAIA; Jason Hargrave, AIA; Whitney LeJeune, AIA; Jonathan Guelfo, AIA; David Wiesendanger, AIA; Donnie Moutz
Area: 305036.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sean Calamia

Environments and Counter Environments. “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape,” MoMA 1972 Exhibition

© Superstudio, Microevent/Microenvironment, 1972. Photograph by Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, courtesy of Emilio Ambasz.

The Graham Foundation recently announced their upcoming exhibition, Environments and Counter Environments. “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape,” MoMA 1972, which opens to the public on September 18th with a short talk by curators Peter Lang, Luca Molinari, and Mark Wasiuta followed by a reception. This exhibition highlights the lasting significance of MoMA’s groundbreaking 1972 exhibition, Italy: The New Domestic . Presented for the first time in the outside of New York, the Graham Foundation’s iteration of Environments and Counter Environments highlights both the dynamic context of radical Italian design and architecture in the 1970s, as well as the innovative exhibition that first presented this work in America. The exhibition will be on view until December 14th. More information provided by The Graham Foundation after the break.

‘Conflict and Convergence: Urban informality in Latin America’ Symposium

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Presented by the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the ’Conflict and Convergence: Urban Informality in Latin America‘ Symposium aims to explore how recent experiences in cities such as Medellín, Bogotá, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, among others, can serve as examples for multidisciplinary models to urban and social revitalization in other parts of the world. Taking place October 4th at 5:00pm until October 5th at 10:00am, the event will bring together participants representing a wide spectrum of disciplines and seeks to generate a conversation between professionals and academics to analyze the goals, methods, achievements and opportunities in Latin America. For more information, please visit here.

‘Balance Through Buoyancy’ Floatastic Pavilion / QASTIC Lab

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Designed and constructed by QASTIC Lab, ‘Balance Through Buoyancy’ is a temporary researchpavilion called “Floatastic” which was designed and built for a private client to serve as a shade pavilion for a wedding ceremony. Situated in Edgerton Park, in Connecticut (an Olmsted planned ), this deployable structure aims to create a floated shelter which avoids imposing any loads to the ground, which traditional structures require. Instead, it proposes a well-fabricated balloon, which is filled with Helium to raise the imposed loads of fabric veils and any possible dynamic environmental loads toward the sky. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Marina Abramović Secures Funding for OMA-Designed Art Institute in New York


New York-based, Serbian-born performance artist Marina Abramović has successfully secured funding via Kickstarter for phase one of an interdisciplinary performance and education center in , New York. The project, known as the Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art (MAI), aims to be the first crowdfunded cultural institution ever to be built as well as the only international arts center dedicated to presentation and preservation of long-durational work. With the help of Abramović’s “global community of collaborators,” OMA will now move forward with the project’s design development process. More information on the MAI’s design can be found here.

Sandhill / Max Pritchard Architect

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Architects: Max Pritchard Architect
Location: , MS, USA
Builder: Holdfast Constructions
Area: 185 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Sam Noonan

Echoviren / Smith | Allen

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Architects: Smith | Allen
Location: , California,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Smith | Allen

Rammed Earth Modern / Kendle Design

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Architects: Kendle Design
Location: , Arizona, United States
Architect In Charge: Brent Kendle
General Contractor: Mackos Architecture and Construction
Area: 4,700 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Winquist Photography

Deborah Berke to Redesign Landmarked Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the Richardson Olsmted Complex, a National Historic Landmark that is widely considered to be one of Buffalo‘s most important and beautiful buildings, will be rehabilitated and reused as a hospitality venue and cultural amenity for the city. The design team, including New York-based Deborah Berke of Deborah Berke Partners and Buffalo-based Peter Flynn of Flynn Battaglia Architects, have high hopes of transforming the 19th-century, unused building into a “thoroughly modern travel and cultural experience” while maintaining a deep respect for its long history.

Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron by Paul Clemence


The Herzog & de Meuron designed Parrish Art Museum in Long Island, NY is captured here by brazilian photographer Paul Clemence from This photo gallery very elegantly emphasizes the building’s delicate placement on the as well as its natural surrounding beauty of which the architects took their inspiration. Clemence also captures the project’s moment of outdoor shelter that surrounds the building to  emphasize the importance of the site and its interaction with the art within.The full photo gallery can be viewed after the break.

Desert Wing / Kendle Design

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Architects: Kendle Design
Location: , AZ, USA
Architect In Charge: Brent Kendle
Interiors: Jack Wozniak
Area: 8,300 sqft
Year: 2007
Photographs: Rick Brazil

July’s ABI Jumps Full Point, Indicates National Growth

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The July (ABI) has jumped to 52.7, up more than one full point from June’s 51.6, indicating “acceleration in the growth of design activity nationally.” As any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings, July’s score reflects an increase in demand for design services; this increase was seen most dramatically in the area of new projects, which jumped from 62.6 in June to 66.7 in July.

Despite the optimistic results, AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, noted the uneven nature of the growth, and warned that “it is premature to declare the entire sector has entered an expansion phase.”

More statistics from July’s ABI, after the break…