AD Classics: Modern Architecture International Exhibition / Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock

Model of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye from Modern Architecture: International [MoMA Exh. #15, February 9-March 23, 1932
“Modern Architecture: International Exhibition” is the title of an exhibition that took place in 1932 at the Museum of Modern Art in City. Curated by Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock, the exhibition introduced an emerging architectural style characterized by simplified geometry and a lack of ornamentation; known as  the “International Style,” it was described by Johnson as “probably the first fundamentally original and widely distributed style since the Gothic.” The exhibition, along with an accompanying catalogue, laid the principles for the canon of Modern architecture.

‘Practical Utopias’ Exhibition

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Taking place at The Center for Architecture in New York, ‘Practical Utopias’ presents a body of recent work by American and other international firms in five cities across East Asia. Conceived as extensions or embellishments of existing capitals of finance and culture, these new cities within cities serve as focal points for future visions and global ambitions. Over the past twenty years the pace and scale of urbanization in Asia has been unprecedented in both the emerging and maturing economies of the region. Curated by Jonathan Solomon, this provides a framework for education and cultural exchange between New York and the global cities of Asia. The runs October 1 – January 18. For more information, please visit here.

PXSTL Competition Finalist Proposal / Freecell Architecture

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Freecell Architecture‘s proposal for the PXSTL Competition was recently announced one of the three finalists by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. Participants were asked to reimagine a vacant lot in St. Louis’ Grand Center cultural district while exploring the critical role arts and culture play in creating vibrant, growing communities. The competition aims to demonstrate how small-scale interventions can spur large-scale urban transformation, and Freecell’s proposal was selected for their ability to visualize Grand Center’s long-term vitality, emphasizing community engagement, interactive elements, and cross-disciplinary collaboration among St. Louis’ many cultural organizations. More images and information after the break.

John and Frances Angelos Law Center / Behnisch Architekten + ASG

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Architects: Behnisch Architekten, Ayers Saint Gross
Location: 1401 North Charles Street, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Client: University of Baltimore
Area: 17873.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

South Campus Chiller Plant at OSU / Ross Barney Architects

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Architects: Ross Barney Architects
Location: College of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University, 500 West 12th Avenue, , OH 43210, USA
Design Principal: Carol Ross Barney
Principal In Charge: Eric Martin
Project Architect: Jonathan Graves, Marc Anderson
Design Team: Ryan Giblin, AIA, LEED AP; Huili Feng
Architect Of Record: Champlin Architects
Local Architect: Lupton Rausch
Area: 95750.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brad Feinkopf

AIA Construction Forecast Predicts Brighter Prognosis in 2014

Via Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon.

With slower than expected activity in the nonresidential construction sector in the first half of the year, the projections for growth in spending have been scaled back.  Led by the hotel and retail project categories, the commercial sector looks largely unchanged, but a noteworthy drop in demand for institutional projects has caused participants in the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast , a survey of the United State’s leading construction forecasters, to reduce projections for spending to a 2.3% increase in 2013, with next year’s projections raised to 7.6%.

Black Family Visual Arts Center / Machado and Silvetti Associates

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Architects: Machado and Silvetti Associates
Location: , New Hampshire, USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anton Grassl / Esto

District of Columbia Public Library / The Freelon Group Architects

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Architects: The Freelon Group Architects
Location: 4450 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, , DC 20016, USA
Area: 21472.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Mark Herboth

West Campus Student Housing / Mahlum Architects

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Architects: Mahlum Architects
Location: University of Washington, , WA, USA
Mep Engineers: PAE Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineers: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Landscape Architects: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol LLC
Civil Engineers: SVR Design Company
Builders: Walsh Construction Co., W.G. Clark Construction Co.
Area: 668800.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

One Workplace / Design Blitz

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Architects: Design Blitz
Location: 2500 De La Cruz Boulevard, , CA 95050, USA
Area: 35000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Van Alen Institute Announces Ground/Work Competition Finalists

Van Alen Institute’s ground floor space at 30 West 22nd Street

Van Alen Institute announced just last week the finalists for Ground/Work: A Design Competition for Van Alen Institute’s New Street-Level Space. Continuing the Institute’s more than century-long legacy of supporting architectural innovation through design competitions, research and public programs, Ground/Work called on emerging architects to take on the task of designing an engaging and accessible venue for the Institute as it reimagines both its physical space and intellectual agenda at its headquarters.

The selected finalists are Collective-LOK (Jon Lott, William O’Brien Jr., and Michael Kubo); EFGH (Hayley Eber, Frank Gesualdi, Spencer Lapp, Pat Ruggiero, and Ani Ivanova); and Of Possible Architectures (Vincent Appel, Ethan Lay-Sleeper, Jaime Magaliff, Paul Miller, Heather Murtagh, Franklin Romero Jr., and Emily Ruopp, in collaboration with Jay Atherton). More images and information after the break.

South Los Angeles Animal Care Center & Community Center / RA-DA

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Architects: RA-DA
Location: 1850 West 60th Street, , CA 90047, USA
Design Lead: Rania Alomar
Project Manager: Sofia Ames
Designers: Carolyn Telgard, Jesse Madrid
Structural Engineer: John Labib & Associates
Mep Engineers: Creative Engineering Group
Civil Engineer: RBF Consulting, EW Moon
Specs Writer: Chew Specifications
Contractor: Mackone Development Inc
Building Owner: City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering
Other Team Members: Los Angeles Animal Services
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ralf Strathmann

Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Takes Major Step Forward

Courtesy of Gehry Partners, LLP, 2013

Frank Gehry’s revised design for the controversial Eisenhower Memorial has been approved by US Commission of Fine Arts in a 3-1 vote – a major step forward after the project’s funding was nearly scraped last year. Though Gehry’s redesign was welcomed by the commission, BDOnline reported that they’ve requested he removes the three woven metal tapestries that border the site, as they believe the scale “undermined Gehry’s attempt to convey the president’s humility.” Gehry accepted this request and now awaits re-authorization from Congress.

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 Council has limited the permit for Madison Square Garden 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 . 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.