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 : Water Works in downtown Minneapolis. The SCAPE-Roger Marvel Team, which also includes New York-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 New York City 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 New York 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 New York’s most beloved attraction: the .

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

Bilbao / © Flickr user EEPaul

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:
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

Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center Still at Risk

Orange County Government Center by © New York Times – Tony Cenicola

Despite a 15-6 Legislature vote in February that ruled in favor of preserving Paul Rudolph’s brutalist landmark in , reports indicate that demolition is still being considered as an option. According to the Times Herald-Record, an ad hoc panel led by pro-demolition County Executive Ed Diana selected a team of architects and engineers to develop three options in 90 days for “renovating and replacing” sections of the 43-year-old complex. Though many thought the 18-month-long campaign ended with February’s ruling, it is apparent that the heated debate is far from over. Ultimately, lawmakers must vote again on the project to authorize bonding for construction.

‘Occupy the Dune’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Balmori Associates

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Recently chosen as one of the selected entries for the MOMA PS1 Call for Ideas, the ‘Occupy the Dune’ proposal by Balmori Associates focuses on an infrastructure as the center for civic activity, protecting the community while connecting it socially and ecologically. Vegetation that colonizes the dunes surface is the most critical part of the ecosystem, adding strength and stability to blunt extreme winds and storm surge. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Catholic Campus Ministry at Wright State University / The Collaborative Inc

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Architects: The Collaborative Inc
Location: Catholic Campus Ministry, Wright State University, 3650 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn, OH 45324, USA
Mep Engineer: Heapy Engineering
Structural Engineer: LKL Engineers
Area: 5980.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

W Hotel, San Diego / Mr. Important Design

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Architects: Mr. Important Design
Location: 421 West B Street, , CA 92101, USA
Area: 772.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeff Dow

’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.