Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces 2015 Participants

Biennial to feature photo series by Iwan Baan. Image © Iwan Baan

A 60-strong list of international studios has named the official participants of the first-ever Chicago Architecture Biennial - the “largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America.” Chosen by Biennial Co-Artistic Directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda – who are supported by an advisory council comprising David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, Frank Gehry, Sylvia Lavin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Peter Palumbo, and Stanley Tigerman - each participating practice will convene in Chicago to discuss “The State of the Art of Architecture” and showcase their work from October 3 to January 3, 2016.

“The city of Chicago has left an indelible mark on the field of architecture, from the world’s first modern skyscraper to revolutionary urban designs,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “That’s why there’s no better host city than Chicago for this rare global event. The offers an unprecedented chance to celebrate the architectural, cultural, and design advancements that have collectively shaped our world.”

A complete list of participants, after the break. 

Princeton St. Bungalow / Ruben S. Ojeda Architects + Koning Eizenberg Architecture

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Architects: Ruben S. Ojeda Architects,
Location: , CA 90403, USA
Landscape Architect: Janis Tidwell
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shawn Bishop

Studio Gang Goes Public with Chicago’s Newest Tower: Wanda Vista

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Studio Gang Architects has gone public with what will be Chicago‘s third tallest tower, Wanda Vista. The massive mixed-use development, planned to open adjacent to the River in the city’s Lake Shore East community by 2019, will reach 1100 feet (335 meters) and encompass more than 1.8 million-square-feet of residential and hotel space.

Defined by three vertical elements, the tower is shaped to maximize resident views of the city and river below.

AIAS Launches Campaign to Promote Early Licensing

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The AIAS has launched a new campaign, the Professional Advancement Support Scholarship, or PASS. The program, available for AIAS alumni pursuing licensure, provides incentive for recent graduates to take a portion of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) by reimbursing them for successfully undertaking this task. Through a proactive approach, coupled with an informative blog series, the AIAS encourages aspiring architects to actively seek to kick-start their professional careers.

Conservation Hall / archimania

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Architects: archimania
Location: Oakhill Drive, , TN 37206, USA
Area: 19080.0 ft2
Year: 2010
Photographs: David Sundberg/ESTO

House in Valley Street / Baran Studio Architecture

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Architects: Baran Studio Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Collaborators: REO
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Lyons

Grimshaw to Masterplan Washington DC’s Union Station

Existing Washington Union Station. Image © beautifulcataya

Grimshaw Architects has been asked to collaborate with New York-based Beyer Blinder Belle on a $10 billion that will modernize Washington DC‘s 1913 Beaux Arts Union Station. Along with the potential to triple passenger capacity, the plan aims to make the station more accessible and efficient, while integrate a new three-million-square-foot, mixed-use development by Amtrak and Akridge over its rail tracks.

“Washington DC deserves a station that serves the region on a practical level whilst celebrating the gateway to the nation’s capital,” said Grimshaw partner Vincent Chang.

Trousdale Estates Contemporary Home / Dennis Gibbens Architects

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Architects: Dennis Gibbens Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Dennis Gibbens
Project Architect: Oren Dothan
Area: 5600.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Dennis Gibbens Architects

Snøhetta Designs New Kitchen for The French Laundry in California

Kitchen expansion and courtyard renovation . Image © Snøhetta

Snøhetta has unveiled designs for a new kitchen at “one of the world’s best restaurants,” The French Laundry in . The restaurant’s first major overhaul in 20 years, its kitchen will be expanded by 25 percent while the historic structure will remain untouched. 

“An experience at any of Chef Keller’s restaurants transcends expectation. The kitchen is the starting point for an architecture of connection, energy and authenticity. As Chef Keller makes us aware, the kitchen is where all the senses are first ignited,” said Craig Dykers, Founding Partner of Snøhetta. “The French Laundry kitchen is both primal and innovative, setting the stage for culinary magic.”

Epsilon / Eastlake Studio

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Architects: Eastlake Studio
Location: 1 Pierce Place, , IL 60143, USA
Area: 42000.0 ft2
Photographs: Steve Hall

Capitol Reef Desert Dwelling / Imbue Design

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Architects: Imbue Design
Location: Capitol Reef National Park, , UT, USA
Structural Engineer: Shen Engineering
Contractor: Moosman Construction
Area: 1800.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Imbue Design

These Maps Reveal Just How Disjointed Many US Bike Lanes Are

Boston’s bicycle infrastructure grid: includes bike lanes, protected lanes, shared roads, and off-road trails. Image Courtesy of Washington Post

As worldwide are plagued with increasingly congested streets, more people are turning to bicycles to ease their commute. To accommodate the trend, bike lanes have been popping up around cities, yet often in a disjointed manner. A series of maps compiled by the Washington Post illustrates this surprisingly sporadic cycle infrastructure in several US cities.

Cropping up as afterthoughts in the existing urban fabric, many US bicycle networks consist of fragmented stretches of bike lanes and “sharrows” (shared car and bike lanes) loosely bound together by their proximity. In the case of Washington D.C., most of these are under a mile in length. A lack of cohesion and continuity leads to commuter chaos, forcing cyclists onto unprotected shoulders or into traffic when their designated lanes pull a disappearing act. Take a look at the maps after the break.

Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center / HOK

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Architects: HOK
Location: , CA, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: John Linden

Alexandria Area High School / Cuningham Group Architecture

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Architects: Cuningham Group Architecture
Location: , MN 56308, USA
Associate Architect: JLG Architects
Year: 2014
Photographs: Corey Gaffer, Brandon Stengel, Andrew Tisue

New Images Released of Mecanoo’s Plan to Modernize Mies’ D.C. Library

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Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson Architecture has released their completed preliminary designs for the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – the only library and Washington D.C. building ever designed by Mies van der Rohe. The team’s competition-winning scheme aims to improve “Mies in a contemporary Miesian way.”

“While not final, these renderings demonstrate the amazing possibilities as we work to transform this historic building into a center for learning, innovation and engagement for the District,” says the D.C. Public Library. Updated images and more information about the design, after the break.

32 Winners of Inaugural Knight Cities Challenge Announced

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Thirty-two projects have been announced as the winners of the Inaugural Knight Cities Challenge, sharing in a prize pool of $USD5 million. An initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the challenge received an overwhelming number of entries, with winners selected from a pool of over 7000 submissions. Each of the projects proposed strategies for the civic and economic development of one of the 26 cities in which the Knight Foundation invests, including Detroit, Akron Ohio, San Jose California, Lexington Kentucky, and Biloxi Mississippi.

The winning proposals each addressed one or more of the Knight Foundation’s “three drivers of city success”: (1) Talent: Ideas that help cities attract and keep the best and brightest, (2) Opportunity: Ideas that create economic prospects and break down divides, (3) Engagement: Ideas that spur connection and civic involvement.

AIA Names 6 US Libraries as 2015′s Best

Cedar Rapids Public Library / OPN Architects. Image © Main Street Studio

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed six libraries they believe to be the year’s best. In collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are intended to promote and honor exceptional designs in library architecture. Taking into account the evolving role of the library, the AIA believes these six award recipients elevate the institution to one of congregation and community-specific programs.

See the winning designs after the break.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive to Open in 2016

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As construction continues on its new home across from the UC Berkeley campus, the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is finalizing plans for its first exhibition – Architecture of Life - in this location. The curvilinear structure, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with EHDD as executive architect, fuses old and new, outfitting what was the printing plant with modern exhibition space, offices, and theaters to make it a focal point in Berkeley’s downtown arts district.

More on the $112 million project after the break.