UT Visual Arts Center / Lake|Flato Architects

© Frank Ooms

Architects: Lake|Flato Architects
Location: LBJ Library, The University of Texas at , , TX 78705, USA
Area: 30000.0 ft2
Year: 2009
Photographs: Frank Ooms,

Filament Mind Installation / E/B Office

© David Agnello Photography

Filament Mind is a human information-driven installation by E/B Office which is designed to visualize the collective curiosities and questions of Wyoming’s Teton County Library visitors through a dynamic and interactive spatial sculpture. The project is inspired by the concept that our civic spaces should be intelligent and responsive, communicating as much to us as we do to each other, enabling a form of intra-environmental social interaction between our thoughts and the material of our built environments. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bing Concert Hall / Ennead Architects

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

Architects: Ennead Architects
Location: Lasuen Street, University, , CA 94305, USA
Design Partner: Richard Olcott
Management Partner: Timothy Hartung
Senior Designer: Stephen Chu
Project Manager: Steven Peppas
Project Architects: Chris Andreacola (Concept), Mahasti Fakourbayat (Design), Greg Clawson (Construction)
Project Team: Gary Anderson, Andrew Burdick, Jeff Geisinger, Kyo Jin, Joerg Kiesow, Stephen Kim, Lindsay McCullough, Charmian Place, Yong Roh, Andy Sniderman, Aimee St. Germain, Na Sun, Marcela Villarroel-Trindade, Todd Walbourn, Desiree Wong
Area: 112365.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeff Goldberg / Esto

Nordic Cool 2013 Forum Talk by Bjarke Ingels

Courtesy of The Kennedy Center

As part of the Nordic Cool 2013 Forum: Designing Nature: Art & Architecture in Cities and Public Spaces exhibition, which is on now until March 17, Bjarke Ingels, the internationally acclaimed Danish architect and founder and principal of BIG, will give a forum talk on February 24. At this free event, located at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Ingels will share to the audience his views on development and challenges of sustainable design. Through a series of award-winning design projects, Bjarke and BIG have developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. More information after the break.

Iwan Baan: ‘The Way We Live’ Exhibition

Tokyo #1, 2006, Digital C-Print, 54 x 36 inches (137.2 x 91.4 cm) / ©

Opening tonight, February 20, at 6:00pm PST at the Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Iwan Baan‘s ‘The Way We Live’ exhibition features captivating large-scale images of urban, architectural, and home environments that capture Baan’s singular vision. Baan’s artistic practice examines how we live and interact with architecture, focusing on the human element, which brings buildings, intersections, and public gathering places to life. Running until April 13, this is Baan’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. More information after the break.

Aesop Store in Fillmore Street / NADAAA

© Juliana Sohn

Architects: NADAAA
Location: 2450 Fillmore Street, , CA 94115, USA
Principal In Charge: Dan Gallagher
Design Principals: Nader Tehrani, Katherine Faulkner
Project Manager: John Chow
Team: Jonathan Palazzolo, Parke MacDowell
Project Year: 2012
Photography: Juliana Sohn

Port-Side Miami / PlusUrbia Design

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PlusUrbia , an architectural and urban design firm, led the design of the new trade/commercial district in the Port of in collaboration with GSHstudio, OskiStudio and studioLFA. The team developed a concept coined “Port-Side ” to become the city’s new commercial district on the west end of the Port’s Dodge Island, which was designated by the “PortMiami 2035 master plan” to be developed into office space, retail, restaurants and a number of high-end hotels.

More images and the architect´s description after the break.

Winy Maas to Deliver Lecture on “What’s Next?” at NSAD

DNB Bank Headquarters by MVRDV / © Jiri Havran

Taking place this coming Wednesday, February 20th, , a Netherlands-based architect, urbanist and co-founder of the internationally-recognized firm MVRDV, is scheduled to speak at NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) at 9:00am PST on the topic of “What’s Next?”. The free lecture includes a discussion on the recent works of MVRDV and the research institute The Why Factory, a think tank directed by Maas in collaboration with Delft University of Technology that develops scenarios and models of the city of the future. For more information, please visit here.

100 Norfolk Street / ODA

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Designed by ODA, 100 Norfolk Street expresses the unlimited potential and ambition hidden in the Block as it stands significantly taller than its neighbors. Located within the Lower east side Manhattan, the design creates a rather unusual condition, a mid-block – freestanding building overlooking the area, offering strong light exposure for the interior residential spaces and direct views of Downtown, Midtown and the Williamsburg Bridge. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center / ikon.5 architects

© James D’Addio

Architects: ikon.5 architects
Location: Yogi Berra Museum, Montclair State University, Little Falls, NJ 07424, USA
Area: 8000.0 ft2
Year: 2010
Photographs: James D’Addio

Sandy High School / Dull Olson Weekes Architects

© Josh Partee

Architects: Dull Olson Weekes Architects
Location: High School, 17100 Southeast Bluff Road, , OR 97055, USA
Area: 310000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Josh Partee

Center for Care and Discovery, University of Chicago Medicine / Rafael Viñoly Architects

© Tom Rossiter

Architects: Rafael Viñoly Architects
Location: South Maryland Avenue, , IL, USA
Consulting Architects: Cannon Design
Mep/Fp Engineers: Affiliated Engineers and Primera Engineers
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Area: 111484.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tom Rossiter

Southland Christian Church / EOP Architects

© Phebus Photography

Architects: EOP Architects
Location: Southland Christian Church – Richmond Campus, , KY 40502, USA
Area: 17558.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Phebus Photography

‘Culture as Catalyst: Past, Present, Future’ Event

WaterWorks at Arizona Falls, 2003 / © Bob Rink

As part of their Drivers event series, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. will be presenting the ‘Culture as Catalyst: Past, Present, Future’ event from 6:30pm-8:00pm on February 25th.  Cities are increasingly defined by their civic spaces such as museums, theaters, libraries, parks, and cultural districts. Designers, public officials, and non-profit leaders from across the U.S. will share how their cultural facilities and civic spaces are re-energizing neighborhoods, spurring economic development, and responding to the needs of the community. For more information, please visit here.

 

Update: SFMOMA Expansion / Snøhetta

SFMOMA Expansion Aerial Southeast Façade; Courtesy of MIR and Snøhetta

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has announced further details of its 235,000-square-foot building expansion that will support the museum’s increasing role in city life and the international art community. Designed by Norway-based practice Snøhetta, in collaboration with local firm EHDDthe 10-story concrete structure will compliment SFMOMA’s original, Mario Botta-designed, red-brick museum by offering more free-to-the-public space, expanded education programs and an abundance of flexible performance-based gallery space.

Construction will commence this Summer and is expected to reopen in early 2016.

More after the break…

SFMOMA Expansion Howard St. entrance; Courtesy of MIR and Snøhetta

SFMOMA’s new building will include seven levels dedicated to diverse art experiences and programming spaces, along with three housing enhanced support space for the museum’s operations. It will also offer approximately 130,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor gallery space, as well as nearly 15,000 square feet of art-filled free-access public space, more than doubling SFMOMA’s current capacity for the presentation of art while maintaining a sense of intimacy and connection to the museum’s urban surroundings. Other notable features include:

A large glass-walled gallery (interior view) on ground level with free public access will beckon passersby on Howard Street; rendering: Courtesy of MIR and Snøhetta
  • A large-scale vertical garden located in a new outdoor sculpture terrace on the third floor, which will be the biggest public living wall of native plants in San Francisco.
  • A versatile, double-height “white box” space on the fourth floor equipped with cutting-edge lighting and sound systems that, in tandem with the museum’s upgraded Phyllis
  • Wattis Theater, will open new doors for SFMOMA’s program of live art, and also improve services for school-group tours, film screenings, and special events.
  • State-of-the-art conservation studios on the seventh and eighth floors that will further SFMOMA’s progressive work in the care and interpretation of its growing collections.
  • An environmentally sensitive approach on track to achieve LEED Gold certification, with 15% energy-cost reduction, 30% water-use reduction, and 20% reduction in wastewater generation.
  • A new outdoor terrace on the seventh floor with incredible city views, further integrating the urban indoor/outdoor experience that SFMOMA began in 2009 with the opening of its current rooftop sculpture garden on the fifth floor.
Versatile “white box” space (interior view) on fourth floor of expanded SFMOMA will create new possibilities for live performance and education programs; rendering: Courtesy of MIR and Snøhetta

At the same time, as previously announced, new public spaces and additional public entrances to the building (on Howard and Minna Streets) are designed to increase access and weave the museum more deeply into the neighborhood. A mid-block, street-level pedestrian promenade will open a new route of circulation in the area, enlivening the side streets and offering a pathway between SFMOMA and the Transbay Transit Center currently under construction two blocks east of the museum. Building on the popularity of the museum’s artist commissions in its admission-free atrium, an expansive free-to-access gallery on the ground floor with 25-foot-high glass walls facing Howard Street will now place art—such as Richard Serra’s enormous walk-in spiral sculpture Sequence (2006)—on view to passersby for the first time. This gallery will also feature stepped seating, offering a resting and gathering point for museum tour groups and neighborhood denizens alike.

Sculpture terrace extending from Howard to Minna Streets will be framed on one side by a vibrant vertical garden; rendering: Courtesy of MIR and Snøhetta

“SFMOMA has had a tremendous impact on the economic and vitality of the South of Market neighborhood and the city,” says San Francisco’s District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim. “Even though this area is one of the city’s oldest, in many ways it’s still the freshest, where much of the most dramatic change is happening. The museum’s expanded home in this center will provide even greater public access and support to emerging and established artists as a hub of creativity and international art destination. I look forward to seeing the district grow and evolve even further as SFMOMA’s future takes shape.”

SFMOMA Expansion Night Aerial from Howard St.; Courtesy of MIR and Snøhetta

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Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano Lecture at Portland State University

& – San Telmo / © Roland Halbe

Taking place at 6:00pm PST on Friday, March 1, internationally acclaimed architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano will deliver their fourth presentation in the “Placing” lecture series offered by the Department of Architecture at Portland State University, which is free and open to the public. Based in Madrid and Berlin, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos is known for projects that marry a contemporary architectural language with traditional settings and historic structures. Their work includes the Madinat al Zahra Museum in Córdoba—recipient of a 2010 Aga Kahn Award—and extensions to the Joanneum Museum in Graz. More information after the break.

Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Bridge / Rosales + Partners Architects

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Architects: Rosales + Partners Architects
Location: Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Bridge, , TX 76102, USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Rosales + Partners Architects

253 Pacific Street / James Cleary Architecture

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Architects: James Cleary Architecture
Location: 253 Pacific Street, , NY 11201, USA
Area: 9170.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: James Cleary Architecture