Stamford Transportation Center Winning Proposal / Studio V Architecture

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Studio V Architecture recently won the competition put forth by the Connecticut Department of Transportation for the design of a $500 million redevelopment of the Transportation Center and surrounding area. Grown to become the second largest in the region after Grand Central Terminal, Studio V, along with developer Manhattan Development Ventures (SMDV), aims to transform this traffic-congested station into a dramatic new 24-hour community that reconnects Downtown to the South End and the city’s waterfront. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The ICRAVE Studio / ICRAVE

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Architects: ICRAVE
Location: 1140 Broadway, , NY 10001, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of ICRAVE

Ridge House / GriD Architects

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Architects: GriD Architects
Location: Berkeley Springs, West Virginia,
Contractor: No Worries Carpentry
Structural Engineer : MGV Engineers
Lighting Designer : Bruce Dunlop Lighting
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Burk

QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm Competition

Courtesy of AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee

Launching August 22 at 6:30pm at the Center for Architecture, the QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm Competition supports Friends of the Queensway and The Trust for Public Land in their efforts to transform an abandoned rail right-of-way into a greenway serving diverse neighborhoods in central and southern . Presented by The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee of the AIA New York Chapter, this sixth biennial competition seeks to supplement the ongoing feasibility study for the railway’s transformation by proposing ways the future park can be activated in addition to recreation and leisure. With emphasis on the park’s access points the competition brief provides an opportunity to speculate about programming and design to extend street activity onto the railway. Submissions are due in January. For more information, please visit here.

Skype HQ / Design Blitz

© Hoffman Chrisman & Matthew Millman

Architects: Design Blitz
Location: 3210 Porter Drive, , CA 94304, USA
Area: 54000.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Hoffman Chrisman & Matthew Millman

Mission Bay Block 27 Parking Structure / WRNS Studio

© Tim Griffith

Architects: WRNS Studio
Location: , CA, USA
Design Team: Sam Nunes, Bryan Shiles, Pauline Souza, Russell Sherman, David Shiwotsuka
Rendering:
Photographs: Tim Griffith

WordPress Automattic Space / Baran Studio Architecture

© Scott Hargis

Architects: Baran Studio Architecture
Location: , California, United States
Construction Managers: Assemblage
Contractor: KSDB
Year: 2013
Photographs: Scott Hargis

Watermark / Wid Chapman Architects

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Architects: Wid Chapman Architects
Location: Pier 15, East River Esplanade, , NY 10006, USA
Area: 3500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Johnson

‘Urban Fabric: Building New York’s Garment District’ Exhibition

Courtesy of The Skyscraper Museum

Despite its drastic evolution in the past 50 years, ’s historic Garment District remains one of the most authentic neighborhoods in the city. From August 5 through October 31, The Skyscraper Museum is presenting a free exhibition on its architecture and urban history in a pop-up space at 1411 Broadway. The installation reprises the exhibition The Skyscraper Museum originated last year in its lower Manhattan gallery. This exhibition is a great opportunity to explore a place that was once known as having the largest concentration of skyscraper factories in the world with more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs. For more information, please visit here.

San Diego Gas & Electric Energy Innovation Center / Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells

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Architects: Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells
Location: 4760 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Diane Village Shopping Center, , CA 92117, USA
Architect In Charge: Matthew Wells
Design Team: Sean Chen, Kristin Shultz, Frank Sanchez
Consultants: Snipes Dye, Spurlock Poirier, Hope Engineering, Turpin & Rattan,
Contractor : Johnson & Jennings
Area: 25000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: John Durant

Clinton Park / TEN Arquitectos

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Architects: TEN Arquitectos
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Enrique Norten, Tim Dumbleton, Hale Everets, David Maestres, Mark Dwyer, Dieter Schoellnberger, Florian Oberhueber, Pedro Hernandez, Jeffrey Goldberger, Joyce Chang, Angela DeRiggi, Yu-Ju Lin, Jong Seo Lee, Veronica Kan, Yi-Ling Teng, Manta Weihermann, Enrique A. Gomez, Giovanni Sidari, Shai Turner, Daisuke Nagatomo, Masako Saito, Devin Keyes, Paola Morales, Jose Castañeda, Armando Rodríguez
Area: 120,000 m2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Alexander Severin, Evan Joseph

2013 Seattle Design Festival

© Trevor Dykstra

This year’s Seattle Design Festival, hosted by Design in Public and AIA Seattle, will feature large scale installations, home tours, walking tours, films, lectures, exhibitions, competitions, activities, pop-up parklets, and more which is open to the general public. The city-wide event takes place September 13-22 with the hub of the festival at the ‘Design Block’ in Pioneer Square. This year’s theme is ‘Design in Health’ exploring the connection between environmental design and health & well-being. Design can improve health by: promoting physical activity, increasing access to healthy food, reducing injuries, improving air and water quality, minimizing stress, and strengthening the social fabric of communities.  More information after the break.

The Wellin Museum of Art / Machado and Silvetti Associates

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Architects: Machado and Silvetti Associates
Location: Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323, USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anton Grassl / Esto

‘Vers un climat: Building (with) the Unstable’ Exhibition

© AWP , Bosheng Gan, Marchand & Meffre, Anna Positano

Taking place at the Hartell Galley at Cornell University, ‘Vers un climat: Building (with) the Unstable‘ is an exhibition by AWP Architects focusing on the nocturnal face of architecture – how buildings contribute to the urban nightscape. From August 26 – September 16, the exhibit features both realized and proposed projects by AWP while revealing the practice’s in depth research on the many ways in which the intangible dimensions of architecture – such as atmosphere, climate, and light – materialize in buildings. Part of AWP ’s ongoing challengeis to translate recurrent themes of impermanence, evolution, and the uncontrollable into design. More architects’ description after the break.

AIA Compensation Survey: Architect Salary Increases Minimally from 2011

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Though most architecture firms have benefited from a steady upturn in the economy over the past few years, architect salaries remain low. According to U.S. Census Bureau, architecture firms have experienced a 11 percent increase in revenue from 2011 to 2012. Despite this, as reported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the average total compensation for architecture positions—including base , overtime, bonuses, and incentive compensation—has increased only slightly over 1 percent per year between 2011 and 2013. This 1 percent is barely more than the average increase in compensation between 2008 and 2011, when the construction sector was still in steep decline.

Networking @ Urban Office

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nycobaNOMA ( Coalition of Black Architects and  Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects) is inviting all to come out and join professionals in the design, architecture, development, real estate, and construction fields for an evening of networking at the Urban Office Showroom in . Taking place Tuesday, August 20th, from 6:30-8:30 EST, participants can expect not just networking, but good spirits at the beautiful midtown showroom. Fore more information, please visit here.

Midtown Financial Company / a + i architecture

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Architects: a + i architecture
Location: , NY
Architecture Project Team: Dag Folger, Michael Lehner, Carrie Gibbs, Elizabeth Fennell, Phil Ward, Alan Calixto
Area: 110,000 sqm
Photographs: Magda Biernat

Navis Offices / RMW Architecture and Interiors

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Architects: RMW Architecture and Interiors
Location: 55 Harrison Street #600, , CA 94607, USA
Owner/Manager: Ellis Partners LLC/Jack London Square Ventures LLC
General Contractor: Novo Construction, Inc.
Mechanical Engineers: Encon Energy Conservation Co. – Thermal Mechanical Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Libra Electric
Plumbing Engineer: Pribuss Engineering
Furniture Vendor: One Workplace
Area: 32411.0 sqm
Photographs: Michael O’Callahan