‘Pop-Up Hotel’ Winning Proposal / PINKCLOUD

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Designed by PINKCLOUD, their ‘Pop-Up Hotel’ proposal was recently selected as the winning entry in the 2013 Radical Innovation in Hospitality competition. Their concept focuses on the transformation of empty Class A office spaces into hospitality spaces through a simple setup. They intend to partner with various owner/leasing agencies around Midtown in to identify buildings in need of revitalization. A uniquely urban experience, the Pop-Up hotel will feature a variety of amenities and rooms catering to a wide diversity of clientele. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Gehry’s Controversial Design for Eisenhower Memorial Approved

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Despite harsh criticism and a lingering threat from the House to scrap funding and start anew, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission has unanimously approved Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington DC. The $110 million project, nearly fourteen years in the making, has undergone numerous revisions in the past couple years in search of a compromise between the commission and its opposition, namely the Eisenhower family. 

Though the odds started to lean in the opposition’s favor, the commission is pressing forward with their plans and Gehry is expected to present his design to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts next month and the National Capital Planning Commission in early fall for review and approval.

Central Arizona College / SmithGroupJJR

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Architects: SmithGroupJJR
Location: 8470 North Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128, USA
Design Director: Mark Kranz
Project Manager: Eddie Garcia
Project Architect: Joshua Vacca
Designer: Justin Trexler, Carrie Perrone
Photographs: Liam Frederick, Bill Timmerman

MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Matter

Inspired by Chris Marker’s ‘photo-roman’ La Jetée, this selected entry for the MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas by Matter Architecture Practice is is a fictional story of a real place. The Narrator speaks a remembrance presented as being that of her daughter (now growing up in ) in the year 2096, when she will be 90 years old. The image of this daughter as an old woman is one taken by the Narrator of her grandmother – or the daughter’s great-grandmother -on a boat, in New York, when she was 90 years old. More architects’ description after the break.

Giant Pixel / Studio O+A

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Architects: Studio O+A
Location: 431 Jessie Street, , CA 94103, USA
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Verda Alexander, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Neil Bartley, Caren McDonald, Jeorge Jordan, Liz Guerrero
Area: 4200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

SF Jazz / Mark Cavagnero Associates

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Architects: Mark Cavagnero Associates
Location: 201 Franklin Street, , CA 94102, USA
Area: 36500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tim Griffith, Kyle Jeffers

‘Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture’ Exhibition

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Curated by Charles Waldheim, Ruettgers Consulting Curator of Landscape, the ‘Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture‘ exhibition opens this Thursday, June 27th, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in . Examining the montage view, one of landscape architecture’s most recognizable representational forms, the exhibit gathers work from a select group of influential contemporary artists and a dozen of the world’s leading landscape architects. These composite views reveal practices of photomontage depicting the conceptual, experiential, and temporal dimensions of landscape. The exhibit runs until September 2nd. For more information, please visit here.

‘Protective Ecologies: Building Resilience in Jamaica Bay’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Gena Wirth with Alex Chohlas-Wood and Ben Mendelsohn

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Designed by Gena Wirth, with Alex Chohlas-Wood and Ben Mendelsohn, their ‘Protective Ecologies: Building Resilience in Jamaica Bay’ proposal for the MOMA PS1 Call for Ideas was recently announced as one of the selected entries. Their concept explores how constructed ecosystems could function as coastal infrastructure in the severely damaged neighborhoods of Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sangren Hall / SHW Group

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Architects: SHW Group
Location: Henry Hall, Western Michigan University, , MI 49006, USA
Architect In Charge:
Year: 2012
Photographs: Justin Maconochie

‘Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure’ Exhibition

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Opening tomorrow, June 25th through September 29th at BSA Space, the ‘Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure‘ exhibition celebrates more than 40 examples of imaginative reuse, repurposing and reimagining of urban infrastructure, from physical objects to the city’s most functional systems and surfaces. Curated by Scott Burnham, the new exhibition presents a global overview to serve alternate and expanded functions for urban dwellers and visitors. Featured exhibits will include numerous videos, photos, media stations, renderings, and models. For more information, please visit here. More images after the break.

‘Resilient Rockaways’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Brennan Baxley

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With the main goal of facing the challenges of recovery in the coastal urban neighborhoods of the Rockaways, the ‘Resilient Rockaways’ proposal by Brennan Baxley takes precedents from dune formation and creation. In doing so, their concept provides a local opportunity to defend the coastline while aiding in the recreational and participatory design of dunes. Building with nature, small infrastructure, and community effort, the design encourages social resiliency as well as promote a healthy shoreline. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AIA 2013: Top Ten Lessons of Leadership by General Colin Powell

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“It’s not where you start in life, it’s where you end up and all the places you went in between.” – United States General

For the closing keynote speaker of the stimulating, three-day “Building Leaders” convention in Colorado, the American Institute of Architects () selected one of America’s most admired public figures to share wisdom and insight to becoming a great leader.

General Colin L. Powell, a first-generation American born from Jamaican immigrants in 1937, is the epitome of the American dream. Starting life in the South Bronx, Powell paved his way to becoming a highly respected, four-star general in the United States Army and the first African American to serve as Secretary of State. A natural storyteller, Powell effortlessly captivated the audience of architects with a series of experiences and lessons he had learned throughout his lifetime of service.

General Colin Powell’s top ten lessons of leadership after the break…

‘Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site’ Competition Entry / H Architecture

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The Incubator Matrix: Live/Work/Play proposal for the Redesigning : A New Vision for an Iconic Site competition consists of a facility for a new industrial ecosystem to revitalize downtown . Designed by H Architecture, their design is a live/work station for high-tech start-up companies and creative young artists to continuously challenge each other and spark innovation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Far Rockaway: Accommodating Nature’ – MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / archedesign

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The ‘Far : Accommodating Nature’ proposal by archedesign for the MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas accommodates nature, instead of fighting it. Selected as one of the winning entries, the concept both creates a more fluid connection between the urban neighborhood and the surrounding water, and helps to minimize future environmental damage.  It does this by re-purposing the concrete structures remaining from the dilapidated boardwalk, and creating pathways that will channel surge water to flow between the ocean and the bay. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Densify’ Discussion at the Center for Architecture

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Presented by AIA New York, the Densify discussion is set to take place June 26th from 6:45pm-8:30pm EST at the Center for Architecture. The event looks at proposals for ’s Midtown East, that could significantly increase land use intensity at ’s densest urban core, and Micro-housing that will significantly decrease the allowable dwelling size in New York City. The program will also include interviews with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop on high-rise mix-use development in London, focusing on the Shard, and comparisons between Micro-housing in NYC and Asian precedents. For more information, please visit here.

Virgin Atlantic EWR Clubhouse / Slade Architecture

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Architects: Slade Architecture
Location: airport (EWR), 3 Brewster Road, , NJ 07114, USA
Principals: Hayes Slade, James Slade
Design Team: Tian Gao, Kristina Kesler, Magda Stoenescu, David Iseri, Rasmus Kristensen, Ana Lopis, Allesandro Perinelli, Garrett Pruter
Client: Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.
Collaborators: Virgin Atlantic In-House Design
Mep Engineers: ADS Engineers Ambrosino, Depinto & Schmieder
Structural Engineers: Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
Quantity Surveyor: PT Projects – Peter Turvey
Lighting Design: Focus Lighting
Kitchen Consultant: Next Step Design
Contractor: Shawmut Design and Construction
Millwork: Allegheny Millwork
Area: 500.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anton Stark, Courtesy of

‘Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site’ Winning Proposal / Davide Marchetti Architetto

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Davide Marchetti Architetto shared with us his first prize winning proposal, titled ‘Minicity ,’ for the Redesigning : A New Vision for an Iconic Site competition. Utilizing the surrounding urban fabric as the generator for a new vision of the city, their concept directly responds to the site and its place in the city by bringing the existing physical form and history into the site. More image and architect’s description after the break.

First Presbyterian Church / Frank Harmon Architect

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Architects: Frank Harmon Architect
Location: 112 South Salisbury Street, , NC 27601, USA
Collaborators: Lappas + Havener
Area: 24000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Richard Leo Johnson