ECSU School of Education and Psychology / The Freelon Group Architects

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Architects: The Freelon Group Architects
Location: State University, 1704 Weeksville Road, , NC 27909, USA
General Contractor: DPR Construction / Burney & Burney
Structural Engineer: Stewart Engineering
Mep Engineer: Affiliated Engineers, Inc
Landscape Architect: Lappas + Havener
Civil Engineer: Stewart Engineering
Lighting Design: Light Defines Form
Area: 48000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mark Herboth

AD Classics: The Portland Building / Michael Graves

The Building in 1982. Photo by Steve Morgan via Wikimedia Commons

The Portland Building, by architect and product designer , is considered the first major built work of Postmodernist architecture. The design, which displays numerous symbolic elements on its monumental facades, stands in purposeful contrast to the functional Modernist architecture that was dominant at the time. As Graves explains of his architecture: it’s “a symbolic gesture, an attempt to re-establish a language of architecture and values that are not a part of modernist homogeneity.”

Read more about this controversial building after the break… 

Madison Square Garden Limited to 10 Year Permit

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Competition Proposal for a New

A landslide vote (47-1) by the New York City Council has limited the permit for to just 10 years. The decision comes after the property owner’s – MSG Company - 50 year permit expired earlier this year, sparking a heated debate on whether or not the city should deny the owners request to renew the permit in perpetuity and envision plans for a new Penn Station.

Morgan State University / Hord Coplan Macht | FREELON

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Architects: The Freelon Group Architects, Hord Coplan Macht
Location: Morgan State University, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, , MD 21251, USA
General Contractor: Barton Malow
Structural Engineer: Faisant Associates
Mechanical Engineer: James Posey Associates, Inc
Electrical Engineer: Diversified Engineering, Inc
Landscape Architect: Mahan Rykiel Associates
Civil Engineer: Rummel, Klepper, Kahl, LLP
Lighting Design: Bruce Dunlop Lighting Design
Area: 124800.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mark Herboth

‘Recon-Figure’: FARROC Competition Entry / The Open Workshop

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Instead of perceiving water as something to defend against, The Open Workshop took on the challenge of repositioning the water as a performative feature that connects across the obstructions currently on Arvene East of Far Rockaway. Taking the logic of the stabilizing rock jetties, the ‘Recon-Figure’ proposal utilizes a series of nested figures to augment the existing coastline. The figures engage the water, functioning as groynes and breakwaters that also offer recreational spaces, stabilize the coast, and concentrate wave action and associated energy capture. More images and architects’ description after the break.

June’s ABI Reflects Consistent Industry Growth

June via Calculated Risk

The (ABI) remained positive again in June after the first decline in ten months in April. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 51.6, down from a mark of 52.9 in May. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 62.6, up sharply from the reading of 59.1 the previous month.

Key ABI highlights and details on the construction industries remaining threats after the break…

North Carolina A&T State University / The Freelon Group Architects

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Architects: The Freelon Group Architects
Location: 1601 East Market Street, North Carolina A&T State University, , NC 27411, USA
General Contractor: D.H. Griffin
Structural Engineer: Stewart Engineering
Mep Engineer: Harrell, Saltrick & Hopper
Landscape Architect: Lappas + Havener
Civil Engineer: Stewart Engineering / Timmons Group
Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Inc
Area: 88000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Mark Herboth

Leaning Out: Women in Global Practice

Courtesy of NY Global Dialogues & NY Women in Architecture

As part of the 2013 AIA Global Dialogues, (un-covered) Connections, ‘Leaning Out: Women in Global Practice‘ will discuss what it means to be a woman in the construction industry practicing globally in our time. Taking place this Thursday, July 25th, from 6-8pm EST at the Center for Architecture in , key speakers include the most significant women in their field – over 3 generations, which will be moderated by Cathleen McGuigan – Editor-in-chief at Architectural Record. Organized by AIA NY Global Dialogues and AIA NY Women in Architecture, the main question of the event is,’What are the challenges and the opportunities that women who choose this path face and how do their successes and shortcomings affect the next generation?’ For more information, please visit here.

A Moving Question: The Beauty of a Broken Silo


Compelled by its utilitarian structure and its run in with a tornado, well-known photographer Tim Hursley came across a damaged grain silo while spending 16 years in Hale County, documenting the work of Mississippi architect Samuel Mockbee and his Rural Studio project. The structure quickly became more than just another object to see and photograph, so he eventually bought the silo after documenting it periodically over a span of three years. Hursley is currently thinking about moving it around – from one place to another – through means of digital media and technology. As he puts it, he simply, ‘encountered and saw it,’ and by moving it from one place to the next, he leaves discovery up to the observer. More images and a video after the break.

Miami Beach Convention Center Winning Proposal / South Beach ACE


South Beach ACE, the collaborative team made up of Tishman, a national real estate development firm led by Dan Tishman; international architecture firm OMA, led by Pritzker Prize winning architect Rem Koolhaas; and developer Robert Wennett, were just announced by the City Commission as the winning team in a competition to redevelop the Convention Center and the surrounding 52-acre site. Looking forward to bring the project to fruition, the team firmly believes a renovated convention center, adjacent hotel, and re-imagined convention center campus are critical to ’s ability to maintain and grow its desirability as a tourism and convention destination. More images and the team’s description after the break.

King’s College / Spillman Farmer Architects

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Architects: Spillman Farmer Architects
Location: King’s College, 133 North River Street, , PA 18702, USA
Managing Principal: Daniel L. Harrigan
Design Principal: Joseph N. Biondo
Project Architect: Michael J. Metzger
Project Team: Salvatore B. Verrastro, AIA CCS CCCA FCSI; Wayne F. Stitt, AIA; Joseph Balsamo; Clint Newton, III; Patrick B. Ytsma, RA; Randy Galiotto, Jr.; Kirk Koehler; Mark Piell; Elliot Nolter; Deirdre Kwiatek, LEED AP; Henry DelVecchio, IIDA; Kate Carter
Area: 31800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Warchol

Farmers Fishers Bakers / rizForm

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Architects: GrizForm
Location: 3000 K Street Northwest, Washington, D.C., DC 20007, USA
Project Team: Griz Dwight, Brooke Loewen, Michelle Bove
Engineering: CFR Engineering
Area: 9662.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Eric Laignel

Carved Duplex / SPACECUTTER

© Michael Vahrenwald

Location: , NY, USA
Architect In Charge: Alex Gil
Area: 2,300 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Michael Vahrenwald

Outside Architecture + Design: Digital Design and Fabrication Workshop

Courtesy of Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design

Taking place at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech August 5-9, the Outside Architecture + Design: Digital Design and Fabrication Workshop is offered to advanced high school students and college students completing their first year of studies in a design field. Building on the well established Inside ARCHITECTURE + Design curriculum, the laboratory/workshop is intended to provide a forum for the exploration of emerging design technologies through a one-week immersion. More information after the break.

Architecture and the City Festival

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Taking place September 1-30, the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind will be presented by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, celebrating its tenth anniversary. The Architecture and the City festival, which takes place in San Francisco every September, will feature behind the scenes walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. From theoretical urban interventions and works in progress to civic landmarks and hidden histories, architects and designers will discuss the ways their work alters and redefines the city we call home with over 40 festival programs. For more information, please visit here.

Three Short Films on Informal Cities

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Next City, in collaboration with AIA New York, will be presenting a series of three short films this coming Monday, July 22, about the role of informal settlements, economies and networks in rapidly urbanizing cities. As part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Informal City Dialogues, these films take viewers to Accra and Bangkok where locals are finding solutions to poverty and slum eviction. There will also be a discussion with the filmmakers at the event. The video above is one of three films that will be shown at the event, which takes place from 6-8pm EST. For more information, please visit here.

Rose Lee House / Auburn University Rural Studio

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Architects: Auburn University Rural Studio
Location: Footwash, ,
Faculty Team: Director Andrew Freear, Instructors: Elena Barthel, Dick Hudgens, John Marusich, Dan Splaingard, Lindsay Butler, Danny Wicke
Area: 1,200 sqm
Photographs: Timothy Hursley, Courtesy of Auburn University Rural Studio

The Tower House / Gluck+

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Architects: Gluck+
Location: Upstate, , United States
Project Team: Peter L. Gluck, Thomas Gluck, David Hecht, Marisa Kolodny, A.B. Moburg-Davis
Area: 2545.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Paul Warchol, Courtesy of Gluck+