Toro Canyon House / Bestor Architecture

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Architects: Bestor Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Partner In Charge: Barbara Bestor
Project Manager / Architect: Selena Linkous
Project Team: Daniel Rabin
Area: 4700.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Laure Joliet

Shortlist Released for D.C. “Bridge Park”

East River Blueway Plan – a recent project by shortlisted contestant WXY Studio (Click to learn more).

Six teams have been invited to form interdisciplinary teams in Washington D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge Park competition. Envisioned as a “21st century play space,” the project intends to unify two disconnected parts of the city with a single, multi-use parkscape that will span the width of the Anacostia River. If approved, the Bridge Park will host array of programs, from an education center and performance space, to a cafe and water sport activity areas. Review the complete list of shortlisted teams, after the break…

NBRS Proposes to Extend High Line Vertically

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In response to New York City’s rapidly expanding population, NBRS + Partners has proposed a 40 story tall skyscraper that could help the city embrace its rapidly shifting demographics and size. Entitled “VIVO on High Line,” the adaptable steel-frame tower is essentially the vertical extension of the city’s beloved High Line park. 

“The podium screen engulfs the High Line folding it in and extending the lifeblood into the building base, like capillary action drawing it vertically,” described the team.

North Lake Wenatchee House / DeForest Architects

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Architects: DeForest Architects
Location: Lake Wenatchee, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington, USA
Architect In Charge: John Deforest, Rosie Donovan, Brett Smith
Area: 2,890 sqft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

AD Classics: World Trade Center / Minoru Yamasaki Associates + Emery Roth & Sons

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A New York City icon that once rivaled structures such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, colloquially known as the Twin Towers, was one of the most recognized structures in history. Designed by Japanese-American architect Minoru Yamasaki, it held the title of Tallest Building in the World from 1972–1974.  Up until its unfortunate demise, the WTC site was a major destination, accommodating 500,000 working people and 80,000 visitors on a typical weekday.

New York Public Library Scraps Foster-Designed Renovation Plans

renovation scheme. Rendering by dbox. Image Courtesy of

The Public Library (NYPL) has abandoned Norman Foster’s controversial plans to transform part of its 20th century Carrère and Hastings “masterpiece” into a circulating library. The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the city’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio expressed skepticism towards the $150 million renovation earlier this year. 

According to a report by the New York Times, Blasio does not intend on reducing the NYPL funding, however the money will now be allocated to other purposes. 

Several library trustees have stated that in order to keep up with the cultural shift from traditional stacks to online resources, they now intend on completing the renovation of the library’s mid-Manhattan branch on Fifth Avenue. 

A response from Norman Foster, after the break…

Architect Offers to Buy Paul Rudolph’s Endangered Government Center

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Paul Rudolph’s threatened Orange County Government Center has new hope. According to a report by Architectural Record, New York City architect Gene Kaufman has offered to purchase the building and transform it into artist studios, though under one condition: Kaufman’s practice Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman must be commissioned to design the city’s new government building adjacent to the brutalist landmark. This news comes a week after an 18-3 vote secured plans to restore a portion of Rudolph’s building and return it to its former use. 

Far Pond / Bates Masi Architects

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Architects: Bates Masi Architects
Location: Southampton, NY, USA
Design: Bates Masi Architects
Area: 3,100 sqft
Photographs: Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects

Bushwick Inlet Park / Kiss + Cathcart

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Architects: Kiss + Cathcart
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Area: 13,300 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Warchol

Broadway Housing / Kevin Daly Architects

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Architects: Kevin Daly Architects
Location: , CA, USA
Design Team: Kevin Daly (principal-in-charge), Tom Perkins (project manager) Kody Kellogg, Jason Pytko, Gretchen Stoecker, RA, Jared Ward, RA
Area: 33,225 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Ace Hotel Downtown LA / Commune Design

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Architects: Commune Design
Location: 929 South Broadway, , CA 90015, USA
Rooms : 180
Year: 2014
Photographs: Spencer Lowell, Courtesy of

Adobe 410 Townsend / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

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Architects: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Location: 410 Townsend Street, , CA 94107, USA
Design Team: Louis Ray, William Turner, Matt Gamache, Surili Ranpuria, Audrey Bauer, Lacey Engelke, Stephen Killion
Area: 44000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Wakely

Principal Riverwalk Hub Spot / Substance Architecture

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Architects: Substance Architecture
Location: , IA, USA
Area: 2500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Crosby

Dee Residence / o2 Architecture

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Architects: o2 Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 4000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lance Gerber

Machine in a Box / Luce Et Studio

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Architects: Luce Et Studio
Location: 9800 Campus Point Drive, , CA 92121, USA
Architect In Charge: Jennifer Luce Principal
Design Team: Jennifer Luce, Ann Worth, Adam Grove
Area: 5000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Rivera

Wilson Architects Tapped to Design MIT Hub for Nanoscale Research

MIT.nano and the courtyard looking northeast from Building 4. Image © Wilson Architects Inc.

Boston-based practice Wilson Architects has been commissioned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to design a state-of-the-art research hub for nanoscience and nanotechnology: MIT.nano. Centrally located at the heart of MIT, the new glass-encased, four-story structure will house two floors of high-performance cleanrooms, as well as imaging and prototyping facilities that are all designed to foster innovation through cross-discipline collaboration. 

Presidio Trust Enlists 5 to Envision New Schemes for Crissy Field

Presidio From Southeast. Image © Robert Campbell

San Francisco’s Presidio Trust isn’t giving up. After rejecting three shortlisted schemes earlier this year that envisioned a “cultural institution of distinction” for the underdeveloped , the Trust has now invited five new teams to envision “kid-friendly” plans for a 13 acre portion of the site.

The five teams, which include James Corner Field Operations, and Snøhetta, are expected to present their ideas publicly in just three months. A winner will not be selected, though each team will receive $25,000 for their efforts. However, the Trust will be inclined to work with one of the teams should their concepts “dazzle” the audience.

A complete list of the five teams and more project information, after the break…

Northwest Missouri State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship / Gould Evans

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Architects: Gould Evans
Location: 1402 North College Drive, , MO, USA
Area: 46,000 sqft
Year: 2009
Photographs: Michael Spillers , Darren Whitley