Request for Qualifications: MLK Jr. Memorial Library

Courtesy of District of Columbia Public Library

In honor and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, which took place August 28, 1963, the RFQ for architectural services for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library was officially launched today by the District of Columbia Public Library. Currently a Mies van der Rohe building, which is his only library and the only Mies building in D.C., people using the public library more than ever to seek assistance in navigating the complex networks of information available to them and in converting that information to knowledge for their personal needs (education, lifelong learning, enjoyment, jobs, business development, and so on).

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library will be a place for residents to explore, connect, create and engage. They seek an inspiring design for the library of the future that will accommodate great flexibility in library uses and in technology. The RFQ’s are due no later than September 23. A pre-proposal conference is also set to take place September 10. For more information, including the full RFQ document, please visit here.

308 Mulberry / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: , DE, USA
Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie , Courtesy of

Networking/Happy Hour

Courtesy of nycobaNOMA

Taking place at the Daltile Design Gallery September 18th from 6:30pm-8:30pm EST, nycobaNOMA ( Coalition of Black Architects &  Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects) will present Networking/Happy Hour which includes a Design Talk with Mark Gardner, principal of Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects (J/GA). The award-winning -based studio is know for their expertise in designing high-end commercial and residential buildings and interiors, furnishing and objects. Gardner will speak about the office’s current works, endeavors, and project installations. For more information, please visit here.

Brooklyn to Transform Canal Into “Sponge Park”

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One of the United States’ most polluted bodies of is about to receive a much needed make-over: In early 2014, construction will begin on a pollution-preventing greenscape that will run alongside Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. The proposal, dubbed Sponge Park, was envisioned more than five years ago by Susannah Drake of dlandstudio and has just now “soaked up” enough funds to move forward.

The Olnick Spanu House / Alberto Campo Baeza

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Architects: Alberto Campo Baeza
Location: , NY, USA
Project Manager: Miguel Garcia-Quismondo
Area: 900 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Javier Callejas, Courtesy of

The Bloomberg Years: Reshaping New York

Courtesy of NYTimes

Since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2001, the fabric of City has been in constant flux. In just 12 years, Bloomberg has lead an effort to rezone 37 percent of the city to create opportunities for high-density growth, as well as aided the construction 40,000 new buildings and 450 miles of bike lanes. Putting these efforts in perspective, the Times has released the interactive feature “Reshaping New York” that compares statistics with drastic ‘before and after’ comparisons. Check it out and read our report on Bloomberg’s lasting affect on the Empire State here.

Tahoe City Transit Center / WRNS Studio

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Architects: WRNS Studio
Location: Transit Center, Tahoe National Forest, , CA 96145, USA
Design Team: Jeff Warner, Sam Nunes, Bryan Shiles, Wright Sherman
Drawings:
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

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: , West Virginia, United States
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 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

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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

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

WordPress Automattic Space / Baran Studio Architecture

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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: New York, 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