Black Family Visual Arts Center / Machado and Silvetti Associates

© Anton Grassl / Esto

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

District of Columbia Public Library / The Freelon Group Architects

© Mark Herboth

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

© Benjamin Benschneider

Architects: Mahlum Architects
Location: University of , , 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

© Bruce Damonte

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 City 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

© Ralf Strathmann

Architects: RA-DA
Location: 1850 West 60th Street, Los Angeles, 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

© Mark Herboth

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 Penn Station

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

© Mark Herboth

Architects: The Freelon Group Architects, Hord Coplan Macht
Location: Morgan State University, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, 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

Courtesy of

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.

June’s ABI Reflects Consistent Industry Growth

June ABI 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 () 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

© Mark Herboth

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

© Paul Warchol

Architects: Spillman Farmer Architects
Location: King’s College, 133 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, USA
Managing Principal: Daniel L. Harrigan
Design Principal: Joseph N. Biondo
Project Architect: Michael J. Metzger
Project Team: Salvatore B. Verrastro, CCS CCCA FCSI; Wayne F. Stitt, ; 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