IN|OUT / WNUK SPURLOCK Architecture

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Architects: WNUK SPURLOCK Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Principal In Charge: Joseph E. Wnuk, AIA, LEED AP; Steven L. Spurlock, FAIA, LEED AP
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Bill Clinton to Deliver Keynote Address at 2015 AIA Convention

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced that former president Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation, will give the keynote address on May 14 at the 2015 National Convention in Atlanta. Learn more, after the break, and view the convention’s complete schedule, here.

Chefs Club by Food & Wine / Rockwell Group

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Architects: Rockwell Group
Location: The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, , NY 10012, USA
Area: 6000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Emily Andrews

Adaptable Sneaker Boutique / UP

Architects: UP
Location: , CA, USA
Concept, Architecture, Design & Motion Graphics :
Area: 1860.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Carlton Beener

District Hall, Boston’s Public Innovation Center / Hacin + Associates

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Architects: Hacin + Associates
Location: 75 Northern Avenue, , MA 02210, USA
Landscape Architect: Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Inc
Hacin + Associates Team: David Hacin, President; Scott Thomson, Project Architect; Matthew Arnold, Project Manager; Nicole Fichera, Designer
Reed Hilderbrand Team: Gary Hilderbrand, Principal; Chris Moyles, Principal/Project Manager; Ryan Wampler, Associate; Leslie Carter, Designer
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo

Demolished: The End of Chicago’s Public Housing

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NPR journalists David Eads and Helga Salinas have published a photographic essay by Patricia Evans alongside their story of ’s public housing. Starting with Evans’ iconic image of a 10-year-old girl swinging at Chicago’s notorious Clarence Darrow high-rises, the story recounts the rise and fall of public housing, the invisible boarders that shaped it and how the city’s most notorious towers became known as “symbols of urban dysfunction.” The complete essay, here.

House Renovation in Boston / Intadesign

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Location: Boston, MA, USA
Architect In Charge: Manuela Mariani
Area: 170.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gustav Hoiland, Flagship Photo

How a Le Corbusier Design Helped Define the Architecture of Southern California

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We all know that in architecture, few things are truly original. Architects take inspiration from all around them, often taking ideas from the designs of others to reinterpret them in their own work. However, it’s more rare that a single architectural element can be borrowed to define the style of an entire region. As uncovered in this article, originally published by Curbed as “Le Corbusier’s Forgotten Design: SoCal’s Iconic Butterfly Roof,” this is exactly what happened to Le Corbusier, who – despite only completing one building in the US - still had a significant impact on the appearance of the West Coast.

Atop thousands of homes in the warm western regions of the United States are roofs that turn the traditional housetop silhouette on its head. Two panels meet in the middle of the roofline and slope upward and outward, like butterfly wings in mid-flap. This similarity gave the “butterfly roof” its name, and it is a distinct feature of post-war American residential and commercial architecture. In Hawaii, Southern California, and other sun-drenched places, the butterfly roofs made way for high windows that let in natural light. Homes topped with butterfly roofs seemed larger and more inviting.

Credit for the butterfly roof design often goes to architect William Krisel. He began building single-family homes with butterfly rooflines for the Alexander Construction Company, a father-son development team, in Palm Springs, , in 1957. The Alexander Construction Company, mostly using Krisel’s designs, built over 2,500 tract homes in the desert. These homes, and their roofs, shaped the desert community, and soon other architects and developers began building them, too—the popularity of Krisel’s Palm Springs work led to commissions building over 30,000 homes in the Southland from San Diego to the San Fernando Valley.

Northwest Corner Building / Moneo Brock Studio

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Architects: Rafael Moneo Arquitecto + Moneo Brock Studio
Location: Broadway y 120th Streett, , NY 10010, USA
Design Architect: Rafael Moneo Valles Arquitecto, Belen Moneo and Jeff Brock
Moneo Brock Studio Project Team: Benjamin Llana, Spencer Leaf, Andrés Barron
Associate Architect: Davis Brody Bond, New York, NY, U.S.A. William Paxson, Partner-in-Charge
Dbba Project Team: Mayine Lynn Yu, David Haft, Fernando Hausch-Fen, Gene Sparling, Mario Samara, Clover Linne, Dohhee Zhoung, Veronique Ross, y James Paxson
Project Management: Columbia University Facilities – Capital Project Management
Area: 188000.0 ft2
Year: 2010
Photographs: Michael Moran

The Broad Reveals Its Honeycomb “Veil”

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The final exterior scaffolding has been removed from Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “The Broad” in downtown Los Angeles, revealing its distinctive honeycomb-like “veil.” Comprised of 2,500 fiberglass reinforced concrete panels and 650 tons of steel, the structural exoskeleton “drapes” over the building’s interior “vault,” lifting at its south and north corners to provide two street-level entrances. At its side, the veil is torn by a central “oculus” that provides a direct visual connection between the museum and Grand Avenue.

“The Broad will be porous and absorptive, channeling light into its public spaces and galleries. The veil will play a role in the urbanization of Grand Avenue by activating two-way views that connect the museum and the street,” described Liz Diller.

Rhode Island College Art Center / Schwartz-Silver

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Architects: Schwartz-Silver
Location: Providence, RI, USA
Executive Architect: Design Partnership of Cambridge
Area: 54000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Schwartz-Silver

Lincoln Memorial and Flatiron to Join LEGO® Architecture Series

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LEGO® has unveiled the latest buildings to join their architecture series: the Lincoln Memorial and the City Flatiron Building. Both will be released in 2015.

The Lincoln Memorial, a national monument honoring the 16th President of the United States, was designed by Henry Bacon and features a sculpture of Lincoln by Daniel Chester French. The Flatiron Building, originally known as the Fuller Building, is a landmark Manhattan skyscraper designed by Daniel Burnham Frederick Dinkelberg.

The news was released following the grand opening of a new LEGO® Brand Store adjacent to the Flatiron.

More images of the new LEGO® sets, after the break. 

NBBJ to Design $85 Million Livingston Ambulatory Center in Columbus

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Nationwide Children’s Hospital has selected NBBJ to design their $85 million Livingston Ambulatory Center in Columbus, Ohio. The six-story, 200,000-square-foot center will serve more than 100,000 patients annually. It will feature modular and flexible units centered around shared employee workspaces. Construction will begin in February. 

North Beach Branch Library / LMS Architects

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Architects: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Location: North Beach, , CA, USA
Area: 8500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of LMS Architects

Watch Now: Cool Spaces! First Full Episode Online Features North America’s “Art Spaces”

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Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture has released their first full episode online. The PBS television series, hosted by Boston-based architect and professor Stephen Chung, AIA, profiles the most provocative and innovative public space architecture in North America. With the general public as its targeted audience, each hour-long episode is organized around a central theme – such as Art Spaces – and profiles three buildings. In this episode, Chung discusses what makes Tod Williams Billie Tsien’s Barnes Foundation, Steven Holl’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Phil Freelon’s Harvey B. Gantt Center so cool.

“People often ask me what  is all about. And I never can answer without giving a bit of background,” says host Stephen Chung. “You see, it really begins over seven years ago, during the recession, which decimated the architecture profession. In a four-year span, approximately 30% of all architecture jobs in the U.S. were lost — including my own. This time away from practice allowed me to reflect on the profession and its problems and to think about what role I might play in bringing about some positive change.”

Vali Homes Prototype / colab studio + 180 degrees design

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Architects: colab studio, 180 degrees design
Location: 2203 East Curnow Drive, , AZ 85016, USA
Area: 1500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mark Bosclaire

Allied Works Releases Design for Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus

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Allied Works Architecture has released designs for the Veterans Memorial and Museum in . Set to complete by 2016, the billowing museum will be constructed on the banks of the Scioto River, directly across from downtown, as part of Scioto Peninsula’s 56-acre redevelopment masterplan. It will host a variety of galleries, education and interpretive spaces that will house exhibitions and artifacts that serve as a testimonial to the 250 years of military service of Veterans.

“The Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum is conceived as an architecture of two acts. The first is an act of landscape, where the surrounding parkland is cut, carved and lifted into the sky, creating a processional path to the sanctuary, a place of ceremony, celebration and reflection – a civic room for the city of Columbus,” explains Allied Works. Continue reading to learn more. 

INABA Frames Empire State Building with Animated “New York Light” Installation

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This holiday season, wedged between two City icons – the Flatiron and Empire State building – stands the #NewYorkLight public art installation by Brooklyn-based INABA. A magnificent place to experience the Manhattan grid, the installation frames a unique and uninterrupted view of the skyline due to the clearing of Madison Square Park.