Tribeca Loft / Andrew Franz Architect

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Architects: Andrew Franz Architect
Location: , NY, USA
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Albert Vecerka/Esto

“Urban Platform” Wins First in Lisbon Open Room Competition

Courtesy of Bumjin Kim, Minyoung Kim

Recent graduates Bumjin Kim of MIT and Minyoung Kim of Columbia University have won first place in ARCHmedium’s  Open Room competition for their project “Urban Platform”.

One of 67 teams to enter the competition’s “Young Architects” category, the team developed a modular urban intervention for Lisbon, Portugal, with the intention of “[providing] a more flexible space” for the city’s urban centre. Learn more about the winning project and view selected images after the break.

Holleb Residence / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

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Architects: John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: John Friedman
Project Team: Alice Kimm, Garrett Belmont
Area: 4000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Benny Chan / Fotoworks

Corning Museum of Glass / Thomas Phifer and Partners

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Architects: Thomas Phifer and Partners
Location: The Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830, USA
Area: 100000.0 ft2
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of Corning Museum of Glass

AD Classics: AT&T Building / Philip Johnson and John Burgee

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It may be the single most important architectural detail of the last fifty years. Emerging bravely from the glassy sea of Madison Avenue skyscrapers in midtown Manhattan, the open pediment atop Philip Johnson and John Burgee’s 1984 AT&T Building (now the Sony Tower) singlehandedly turned the architectural world on its head. This playful deployment of historical quotation explicitly contradicted modernist imperatives and heralded the mainstream arrival of an approach to design defined instead by a search for architectural meaning. The AT&T Building wasn’t the first of its type, but it was certainly the most high-profile, proudly announcing that architecture was experiencing the maturation of a new evolutionary phase: Postmodernism had officially arrived to the world scene.

February ABI Reports “Nominal Increase” in Design Activity

February 2015 . Image © CalculatedRiskBlog.com

The US Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has returned to a healthy state, recovering from its first negative score in ten months. Showing a “nominal increase” in design activity, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported February’s ABI at a score of 50.4, up from a mark of 49.9 in January. The new projects inquiry index was 56.6, down from a reading of 58.7 the previous month.

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

Female Architects Earn 20 Percent Less Than Male Architects in US

Source: Table of 2013 American Community Survey estimates, U.S. Census Bureau

In 2013, there were 145,439 full-time, year-round architects in the United States - roughly 31,000 of which were women. Making up just over 21 percent of the workforce, these women were on average paid just 80 percent the salaries of their male counterparts, according to the latest statistics released by the US Census Bureau. This means the median income for male architects was $14,877 more than female architects. 

Windhover Contemplative Center / Aidlin Darling Design

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Architects: Aidlin Darling Design
Location: University, 450 Serra Mall, , CA 94305, USA
Principal In Charge : Joshua Aidlin (registered architect)
Principal: David Darling (registered architect)
Project Manager: Roslyn Cole (registered architect)
Project Designer: Kent Chiang
Project Team: Melinda Turner, Michael Pierry, Jeff LaBoskey
Area: 4000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Matthew Millman Photography

Brooklyn Row House / Office of Architecture

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Architects: Office of Architecture
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ben Anderson Photo, Courtesy of

James Corner Field Operations Chosen to Design Miami “Underline”

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High Line co-designer, James Corner Field Operations has been selected to design the proposed 10-mile “Underline” in . Chosen by a local jury from 19 submitted entries, JCFO has been asked to envision a bicycle route and linear park that will replace the threadbare M-Path under the Metrorail tracks from Dadeland to the River. The project has yet to achieve funding, but it is hoped that JCFO’s plan will spark more investor interest.

Garden Pavilion / Robert Edson Swain Architecture + Design

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Architects: Robert Edson Swain Architecture + Design
Location: , WA, USA
Area: 1125.0 ft2
Photographs: Ken Gutmaker , Courtesy of Robert Edson Swain Architecture + Design

Your Home by Mail: The Rise and Fall of Catalogue Housing

Gordon-Van tine’s ready-cut homes (1918). Image Courtesy of Openlibrary.org

is one of the most persistent challenges faced by the construction industry, and over the course of decades certain trends rise and fall, as entrepreneurial providers carve out new niches to provide for expanding populations and changing demographics. Originally published by BuzzBuzzHome as “The Rise and Fall of The Mail-Order House,” this article explores the craze of so-called “catalogue homes” – flat-packed houses that were delivered by mail – which became popular in North America in the first decades of the 20th century.

The testimonials make it sound effortless: building your own house is no sweat.

In the front pages of a 1921 Sears Roebuck catalogue for mail-order homes, a resident of Traverse City, Michigan identified only by the pseudonym “I Did Not Hire Any Help” wrote to the company: “I am very well pleased with my Already Cut House bought off you. All the material went together nicely. In fact, I wish I had another house to put up this summer. I really enjoyed working on such a building, and I do not follow the carpenter trade either.” It’s estimated that more than 100,000 mail-order homes were built in the United States between 1908 and 1940. It was the IKEA of housing, but instead of spending an afternoon putting together a bookshelf, buyers would take on the formidable task of building a house. Or, more commonly, get a contractor to do it. Homebuyers would pick a design of their choice out of a mail-order catalogue and the materials – from the lumber frame boards to the paint to the nails and screws – would be shipped out to the closest railway station for pickup and construction.

Frederic Malle / Steven Holl Architects

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Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Location: 94 Greenwich Avenue, , NY 10011, USA
Architect In Charge: Steven Holl
Associate In Charge: Olaf Schmidt
Area: 37.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Susan Wides, Aislinn Weidele

Steven Holl Architects Tops Out Visual Arts Building for University of Iowa

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Update: Steven Holl Architects has announced the topping out of the ’s Visual Arts Building, a commission they won in a competition in 2010. When complete, the new building will work with their Art Building West, which they completed on the campus in 2006, to provide a dedicated arts space for students. Read on after the break for our coverage of the design reveal from 2013, and for construction photos and up to date renders of the project.

David Chipperfield Chosen to Expand New York’s Met Museum

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The in New York has tapped British architect David Chipperfield to design its new Southwest Wing for modern and contemporary art. The commission, a result of an international competition, aims to increase gallery space, double the size of the museum’s popular roof garden, and establish accessible on-site storage. “The new design will also enhance gallery configuration and visitor navigation throughout the Southwest Wing, and support a more open dialogue between the Museum and Central Park,” says the architects.

Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins / HGA Architects and Engineers

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Architects: HGA Architects and Engineers
Location: Dakota County, MN, USA
Area: 227.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Crosby, Pete VondeLinde

Family Retreat / Salmela Architect

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Architects: Salmela Architect
Location: , WI 54844, USA
Principal Architect: David Salmela FAIA
Project Architect: David Getty
Area: 1280.0 ft2
Photographs: Paul Crosby

Frank Gehry to Redesign the “Gateway to Sunset Strip”

AD Classics: Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

An overlooked strip mall at the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards will soon be replaced by a mixed-use, walkable community designed by Frank Gehry. Known to be the “gateway to the ,” the West site will be comprised of 249 apartments, restaurants, retail storefronts and a central plaza – all within “an environmentally sensitive building that complements and contributes to the historic architecture in the neighborhood.”

“Frank Gehry’s deep understanding of the property, its history and the context will elevate the project to the iconic and timeless status that it deserves,” said Townscape partner and project developer Tyler Siegel.