Diller, Scofidio + Renfro to Design Colorado Springs’ Olympic Museum

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The US Olympic Museum committee has selected Diller, Scofidio + Renfro to design a $60 million museum in downtown Colorado Springs. The -based practice will collaborate with of Denver and exhibit designer Gallagher & Associates to showcase the Olympic and Paralympic’s history through exhibits and artifacts. Once complete by early 2018, the museum will include a hall of fame, theater, a 20,000-square-foot exhibit hall and retail space. Designs are expected to be released by mid-2015.

The Color Inside / Overland Partners + James Turrell Skyspace

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Architects: Overland Partners in collaboration with the artist James Turrell
Location: The University of Texas at Austin, 2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Architect In Charge: Rick Archer, FAIA, LEED AP
Design Team: James Lancaster, , LEED AP; Michelle Stedman, LEED AP; Jim Taylor, , LEED AP
Area: 520.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Florian Holzherr, Paul Bardagjy, Fernando Ortega

Michael Rotondi to Receive Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence

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Michael Rotondi, principle of -based RoTo Architecture and former student of Cal Poly Pomona, has been selected to receive the Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence from the College of Environmental Design at the State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Co-founder of SCI-Arc and long-time architectural educator at Arizona State University, Rotondi was selected for his “commitment to architectural education, for the concern he shows in his work for society and the environment, and for the inventiveness of his architecture,” says Cal Poly Pomona professor Sarah Lorenzen.

Safdie Architects to Design Medal of Honor Museum in South Carolina

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Following a national search, the National Medal of Honor Foundation has selected Safdie Architects to design its new museum and education center at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, . Safdie was selected for their “extensive experience with cultural projects and national monuments across the U.S. and abroad.” The National Medal of Honor Museum will bring the stories of the Medal of Honor recipients to life for visitors.

The Medal of Honor was created in 1861 and is the nation’s highest military honor. It is awarded by the President of the United States on behalf of the United States Congress for valor in combat. The Museum is the first part of a multi-phase development of the site on the eastern shore of Charleston Harbor and will become an iconic destination in the region.

​In Residence: Ray Kappe

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As part of NOWNESS’ latest In Residence series, American architect takes you on a tour through his glass and redwood “treehouse” on ’ Rustic Canyon hillside. Built some 50 years ago, the house is considered to be one of the greatest modern residences in Southern California. 

“The house works so well you don’t even notice its age,” says director Matthew Donaldson. “It’s the real deal; not a piece of furniture has changed, and the house is used every day and has brought up a family. It’s like they got it right and didn’t need to change a thing—surely that’s a sign of great architecture?”

Red Rock House / Anmahian Winton Architects

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Architects: Anmahian Winton Architects
Location: , NY 12060, USA
Design Team: Nick Winton, , Alex Anmahian, , Makoto Abe, Project Architect; Sydney Thiel, LEED AP, Mazen Sakr
Landscape: Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture
Area: 6400.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jane Messinger

The Principals Install Sound Reactive, Silver-Coated “Quilt” at Neuehouse

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Commissioned by Sonos to create a sound reactive in collaboration with the musician Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), The Principals created a 16-foot-tall canopy, 8-feet-wide by 36-feet-long covering the performance and grand stand seating area of the private workspace collective Neuehouse. Inspired by the work of Arthur Rimbaud, The Principals chose the name Ancient Chaos, a phrase from his poem Matinée d’Ivresse which speaks to a basic force of wonder within all of us at the hidden patterns of nature. The installation, both a sonic composition and a physical structure, creates sounds that verge on the architectural and architecture that verges on the fluid.

More information and a video of the installation in motion, after the break. 

Copper House / Charles Rose Architects

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Architects: Charles Rose Architects
Location: , MA, USA
Year: 2004
Photographs: Courtesy of Charles Rose Architects

Farmers Park / Hufft Projects

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Architects: Hufft Projects
Location: , MO, USA
Creative Director: Matthew Hufft
Managing Director: Kimball Hales
Area: 156400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Corporate Headquarters / Moody Nolan

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Architects: Moody Nolan
Location: , OH, USA
Area: 39000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

Pediatric Emergency Department At Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center / Mahlum

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Architects: Mahlum
Location: 101 West 8th Avenue, , WA 99204, USA
Architect In Charge: Gerald (Butch) Reifert, FAIA
Project Manager: Gary Signs, AIA
Project Designer: Pierce McVey, AIA, LEED AP
Area: 28000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ben Benschneider

Studio Gang Reveals 14-Story Residential Tower Planned for Miami Design District

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Studio Gang Architects has released designs for a 14-story residential tower in the Design District. Anchored by ground floor retail and topped with a resident lounge and swimming pool, the tower will, as the architects describe, “demonstrate Studio Gang’s principle of exo-spatial high-rise design in which the inside extends to the outside in a dynamic spatial arrangement.”

Each of the building’s 76 residential units will frame panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and surrounding Buena Vista neighborhood with Studio Gang’s contemporary reinterpretation of a “Florida Room.”

Erie Elementary Charter School / John Ronan Architects

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Architects: John Ronan Architects
Location: 1405 North Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Design Team: John Ronan FAIA, Lead Designer; Evan Menk, Senior Technical Coordinator; Gregory Pinter , (design team); Tom Lee, Marcin Szef , John Trocke
Area: 17470.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

La Brea Affordable Housing / Patrick Tighe + John V. Mutlow

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Architects: Patrick Tighe, John V. Mutlow
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 50000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Patrick Tighe Architecture / Bran Arifin, Art Gray Photography

September ABI Indicates Robust Conditions for US

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The American Institute of Architecture () has indicated a “heightened level of demand for design services” throughout the US. As the latest Architecture Billings Index () reports, all regions and project sectors have shown positive conditions and the September score was 55.2, up from a mark of 53.0 in August. The new projects inquiry index was 64.8, following a mark of 62.6 the previous month.

“Strong demand for apartment buildings and condominiums has been one of the main drivers in helping to keep the design and construction market afloat in recent years,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “There continues to be a healthy market for those types of design projects, but the recently resurgent Institutional sector is leading to broader growth for the entire construction industry.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Prairie Logic / el dorado

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Architects: el dorado
Location: Kansas City, MO, USA
Architect In Charge: Dan Maginn, FAIA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair, Videtech, Courtesy of el dorado

Interview: Brian MacKay-Lyons on the State of Architectural Education and the Architect’s Role

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Brian MacKay-Lyons is the founding partner of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, a professor at Dalhousie University and the founder of Ghost Lab - the now legendary 2-week summer design/build program that took place on his family farm in Nova Scotia from 1994 to 2011. While relentlessly local, Brian’s work has been recognized internationally with more than 100 awards, 300 publications and 100 exhibitions. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects recognized the collective work and influence of Ghost with an Institute Honor Award for Architecture.

On August 22nd, 2014 Brian hopped off his tractor and wiped the diesel fuel off his hands to discuss architectural education with Keith and , co-founders of the design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech and partners of OnSite Architecture. Here is an excerpt from their conversation, which was originally published on Inform:

Keith Zawistowski: Your contributions to the discipline of architecture have been both in practice and in education. In 1994, you founded Ghost, an international laboratory that influenced all generations of architects with its simplicity and this affirmation of timeless architectural values of place and craft. It was a pretty bold move and it seems for us like it was a direct reaction to your discontentment with academia and the way architects were being educated. Do you still feel that strongly about the state of architecture education and the profession?

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center / Gould Evans

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Architects: Gould Evans
Location: 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Associate Architect: Delawie
Area: 124000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Assassi Productions, Ace Aerial Photography