‘Future of Cities’ Daniel Libeskind Lecture

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Taking place this coming Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30pm, Daniel Libeskind, one of the most celebrated architects working today, will be delivering the ‘Future of Cities’ lecture as part of the Assembly Series at Washington University in St. LouisHis presentation, sponsored by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the Architecture Student Council, is free and open to the public and will take place in Graham Chapel. Well known for his Jewish Museum in Berlin, the museum’s radical, strikingly asymmetrical design, is a true icon for the city and the country of Germany. He has received numerous awards including the 2001 Hiroshima Art Prize – an award given to an artist whose work promotes international understanding and peace, never before given to an architect. Fore more information, please visit here.

University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences / Perkins+Will

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Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: University at , , NY 14260, USA
Project Team: Rob Goodwin, Design Principal, NYO; Tony Caputo, Project Designer, NYO;Gary Shaw, Managing Principal, BOS; Andy Goetze, Project Architect, BOS; Madaline Hale, Interior Designer,BOS.
Collaborators: BR+A, Mechanical Engineers; LeMessurier, Structural Engineers; Mik-Young Kim, Landscape Designers
Area: 133510.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Eduard Hueber

Urban Edge Symposium

Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park / Courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi

Curated by Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss of Weiss/Manfredi, the biennial Urban Edge Award Symposium titled ‘Evolutionary Infrastructure / Evolving Practices’ will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Taking place April 5th at 10:00am, the event focuses on expanding the definition of ‘infrastructure’ to address an escalating set of design challenges that are at once cultural, architectural, and environmental. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will host a series of cross-disciplinary talks and discussions between innovative architects, artists, ecologists, engineers, and theoreticians. For more information, please visit here.

Emerging Voices 2013: PRODUCTORA

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Selected for this year’s Emerging Voices of the Architectural League of New York, PRODUCTORA of Mexico City will be delivering a lecture this Thursday, March 28th, at 7:00pm at the Scholastic Auditorium. PRODUCTORA was selected for their distinct design voice and their potential to influence architecture on a global scale. Being named an Emerging Voice is one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture, and the program has an excellent thirty year track record of identifying and nurturing firms that go on to have influential practices.

Other winning firms included in this year’s selection are Cao-Perrot Studio of Los Angeles and Paris, DIGSAU of Philadelphia, dlandstudio of Brooklyn, Gracia Studio of Tijuana and San Diego, MASS Design Group of Boston and Kigali, Rwanda, Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects of San Francisco, and SO-IL of . For more information on the event, please visit here.

Clemson University College of Architecture / Thomas Phifer and Partners

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Architects: Thomas Phifer and Partners
Location: Clemson University-Sikes Hall, Clemson University, 201 Sikes Hall, Clemson, SC 29631, USA
Project Team: Thomas Phifer; FAIA, Eric Richey, Robert Chan, Katie Bennett
Associate Architects: McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture
Structural Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Mechanical Engineer: Talbot and Associates
Landscape Architects: Pond and Company
Civil Engineer: Dutton Engineering
Environmental Consultant: Transsolar Inc.
General Contractor: Holder Construction
Area: 55000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Scott Frances

Memory Cloud / RE:Site + Metalab

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As an update to last year’s post featuring Memory Cloud as the winning commission awarded to RE:site and METALAB by Texas A&M University for the new Memorial Student Center 12th Man Hall, they have shared with us their most recent images upon the completion of their installation this February. Located in a place of deep traditions that are played out on the football field at every game and in the everyday lives of students, will create the imagery that will be played within the layers of the LED matrix at different speeds and durations. The gallery of images, and a video of the project can be viewed after the break.

Pier 40 Parks and Housing Development Proposal / WXY Architecture + Urban Design

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In an effort to saving the crumbling 15-acre Pier 40 on ’s Lower West Side waterfront, seven downtown youth sports groups have released a concept plan prepared by WXY Architecture + Urban Design to open up 40% more space for more fields and park space on the pier, mainly by creating a new development site for two new, 22-story residential buildings in an area along West Street directly in front of the pier. The development approach would open the existing 800-foot-long pier shed building that encloses the park fields to improve connections and access between the Hudson River, the pier, and the park. The result knits together leisure and recreation amenities with a premier waterfront destination. More images and architects’ description after the break.

7th Annual Cambridge Talks Conference: ‘Architecture and the Street’

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Free and open to the public, the PhD program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design is pleased to invite you to the 7th annual Talks conference, which will take place on Friday, March 29, from 9:00am to 4:30pm. This year’s conference seeks to bring fresh historical themes and tools to bear on the problem of ‘Architecture and the Street’. New research promises to enrich and challenge perspectives pioneered by Spiro Kostof, Jane Jacobs, and William H. Whyte. You will be challenged to critically think about questions such as ‘How might we theorize and historicize modern streets as sites of cultural memory and nostalgia? And above all, what are the effects of such social, political, and technological forces on architectural form? For more information, please visit here.

Kaleida Health Gates Vascular Institute / Cannon Design

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Architects: Cannon Design
Location: 100 High Street, , NY 14203, USA
Design Principal: Mehrdad Yazdani, Associate AIA
Area: 476000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: K C Kratt, Bjorg Magnea Architectural & Interior, Thomas Mayer, Greg Meadows, Tim Wilkes

Randall Children´s Hospital / ZGF Architects

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Architects: ZGF Architects
Location: 2801 North Gantenbein Avenue, , OR 97227, USA
Project Architect: Halliday Meisburger
Architects In Charge: Adam Christie, Justin Brooks, Randy McGee, Scott Tarrant, Nick Micheels Medical Planners: Jennifer Mountain, Solvei Neiger, Sue Ann Barton
Area: 334000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nick Merrick / Hendrich Blessing, Eckert & Eckert, ZGF Architects LLP

The Woolworth Building @ 100 Exhibtion

Woolworth Building at Night, April 24, 1913. Library of Congress

The Woolworth Building @ 100 Exhibtion, taking place at the Skyscraper Museum in City until July 14, 2013, celebrates its centennial year in the process of conversion, with office space remaining below and luxury residences planned for the upper tower. Still radiant on the lower skyline, the landmark heralds both the past and future of as it became the preeminent silhouette on the skyline and took the title of world’s tallest office building in 1913 when eighty thousand incandescent bulbs illuminated the night. The brilliant spectacle was a career-crowning achievement for the tower’s owner, the five-and-dime store king Frank W. Woolworth, who paid for the skyscraper with his personal fortune and took a hands-on role in every decision of its design. For more information on the event, please visit here.

Claremont University Consortium Administrative Campus / LTL Architects

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Architects: LTL Architects
Location: 101 North Mills Avenue, , CA 91711, USA
Project Team: Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David Lewis; John Morrison, Project Manager; Hye-Young Chung, Matthew Clarke, Perla Dís Kristinsdóttir; Michael Tyre, Aaron Forrest, Deric Mizokami, Kevin Hayes and Tina Hunderup
Architect Of Record: Grant / Takacs Architecture
Area: 42000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Michael Moran

University of Connecticut Social Sciences and Classroom Buildings / Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects

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Architects: Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects
Location: University of Connecticut, 115 N. Eagleville Road, , CT 06269, USA
Principal In Charge: Jane H. Weinzapfel, FAIA
Project Manager: Winifred A. Stopps, Associate Principal, AIA, LEED AP BD + C
Project Team: Kevin Bell AIA, Marley Wright RA, Susan Crowe Knight, Laura Duncan, Hannah Jackson RA, Elizabeth Stifel AIA LEED AP BD+C, Jose Vargas, Eun Jun, Tom Chung AIA LEED AP BD+C, Kiwon Kim RA, Jorge Colón AIA, William Russell AIA, Vaughn Miller RA, John Mucciarone, Juliet Chun, Shih-Min Hsu AIA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anton Grassl/Esto, Charles Mayer

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Center for Advanced Care Proposal / SmithGroupJJR

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Currently being constructed adjacent to Advocate Masonic’s existing hospital, the SmithGroupJJR designed Center for Advanced Care is the first of a planned two-phase building program that will add 156,000-square feet dedicated to cancer care, digestive health, and ambulatory surgery services. With completion expected for early 2015, the architects are striving for a building that is a response to the needs of their community. Not only does this building reflect the personality of their organization, but it will give them a platform to transform how they deliver care to their patients. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Indiana University Health / Cannon Design

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Architects: Cannon Design
Location: 355 West 16th Street, , IN 46202, USA
Area: 270000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: James Steinkamp , Christopher Barrett

Request for Proposals: QueensWay Project

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The New York office of The Trust for Public Land recently issued an RFP for a feasibility study, framework plan, and conceptual design for the QueensWay–a potentially transformative 3.5-mile project which will enhance quality of life in central and southern , by reclaiming the abandoned Rockaway Rail Line, a largely elevated rail corridor. The project, which includes a pedestrian and bicycle pathway connecting the communities of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park, will provide a new public green space, celebrating the cultural diversity of Queens with art, sculpture, and food from around the world.

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andatory Pre-Submittal Meeting March 28, and the proposal submittal deadline is April 23. For more information, please visit here.

The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture

Amateur Architecture Studio. Ningbo History Museum, 2003-2008. Ningbo, China. Photo by Lv Hengzhong.

The Architecture & Design Society at the Art Institute of Chicago is presenting the Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture featuring Wang Shu: 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate and co-founder of Amateur Architecture Studio, founded by him and his wife, Lu Wenyu, in 1997 in Hangzhou, China. They are known for a keen dedication to handicraft, a penchant for sustainable building methods, and thoughtful projects that are contextualized within Chinese culture and history. The firm’s work has been described by the Pritzker Prize jury as “timeless, deeply rooted in its context, and yet universal. The event will be held in the Rubloff Auditorium on March 28th from 6:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, please visit here.

Green Schools Exhibition

Manassas Park Elementary School, Manassas, Virginia. Architect: VMDO Architects, PC. / © Sam Kittner

Striving to provide the nation’s children with a healthy place to learn is not a new concept. As long as there have been school buildings, there have been advocates for architectural improvements to ensure that students had proper lighting, heating, and fresh air. But with the real problems of overcrowding, age, and budget crises, many green visions have fallen short. With that being said, the Green Schools exhibition at the National Building Museum, which began this month and will run until January 5, 2014, will look at several examples of what is possible—at the future that, in some places, is already here—and provide resources for all of us to consider as we look toward constructing the next generation of school buildings. For more information, please visit here.