OMA Designs Food Port for West Louisville

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OMA has unveiled plans for a mixed-use project that will consolidate facilities for the growing, selling and distribution of food for local farmers in Louisville. A collaboration with the non-profit Seed Capital , the 24-acre “Food Port” will transform a former tobacco plant into an “active economic and community hub” that shapes a “new model between consumer and producer.”

“The diversity of program reflects the full food chain, as well as a new foodscape of public spaces and plazas where producers and consumers meet,” said OMA’s Partner-in-Charge Shohei Shigematsu, who is also leading the Alimentary Design research studio at Harvard University. “The Food Port acts as a catalyst to activate the surrounding neighborhoods, exemplifying one of the complex urban relationships between architecture and food that our studio is investigating.”

The expandable campus, which is expected to break ground this summer, will include an urban farm, edible garden, market and food truck plaza, retail space, classrooms, a recycling facility, and more. Continue after the break to learn more.

Golden View Residence / Workshop AD

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Architects: Workshop AD
Location: , AK, USA
Area: 5000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Kevin Smith

Empty Nester Residence / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

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Architects: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
Location: , VA, USA
Area: 222.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hoachlander Davis Photography / Anice Hoachlander

Win a BIG Trip to Copenhagen

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Daydreaming about a trip to Copenhagen? Now is your chance to go. As part of BIG’s HOT TO COLD exhibition on view at the National Building Museum, Visit Denmark is hosting a sweepstakes for two to see the architectural and sights of Denmark’s capital. All you need to do is watch the video above, find out which seaside museum Bjarke Ingels believes to be one of the world’s greatest (hint: take a look after the break), and enter your answer here (click “Win a trip to !”). Only US residents are eligible.

Ocean Deck House / Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects

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Architects: Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects
Location: , NY, USA
Architect Team: Frederick Stelle, Viola Rouhani, Luca Campaiola, Jessica Twiggs
Area: 14714.0 ft2
Photographs: Matthew Carbone

Populous Unveils Plan to Redevelop Jacksonville’s Shipyards District

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Populous‘ has released plans to redevelop Jacksonville, ’s riverfront Shipyards district into a massive recreation and entertainment hub. Unveiled by the  Jaguars’ team owner Shad Khan and president Mark Lamping, the property will be injected with life to better stimulate economic activity in the area and make the forgotten plot a bustling destination for locals and tourists alike.

Read on after the break for more information and an animation of the Shipyards vision.

January ABI Falls into the Red

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After nine consecutive months of growth, January’s Architecture Billing Index (ABI) reported a “softening” in US design activity. According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the January ABI score was 49.9, down from a mark of 52.7 in December. This score reflects a “very modest decrease” in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.7, down from the reading of 59.1 the previous month.

“This easing in demand for design services is a bit of a surprise given the overall strength of the market over the past nine months,” said Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. , PhD. “Likely some of this can be attributed to severe weather conditions in January. We will have a better sense if there is a reason for more serious concern over the next couple of months.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break.

560 Vinson / Modus Studio

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Architects: Modus Studio
Location: , AR, USA
Architect In Charge: Chris Baribeau
Area: 2158.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Make It Right Releases Six Single-Family House Designs for Manheim Park Community

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Make It Right, the organization formed by that builds affordable and sustainable houses for people in need, has released a series of new single-family home designs by local architects to expand their efforts in Kansas City, Missouri. The new homes will become part of Make it Right’s established work in Manheim Park, complementing the affordable housing and community complex opened by the organization in 2013.

View the designs, after the break.

Pace Gallery / HS2 Architecture

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Architects: HS2 Architecture
Location: 510 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001, USA
Principal In Charge: Thomas Hut
Project Architect: Timothy McQuestion
Area: 10000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Rafael Gamo

Celebrate Presidents Day with Five Presidential Libraries

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President’s day marks a moment of reflection in the United States, where citizens acknowledge the contributions of US presidents to the politics and culture of the nation. While some of these men are still with us, the majority are represented only by the monuments and buildings they left to posterity. Indeed, the legacy of a President has come to be embodied in a very specific type of building—a library. The last 13 presidents have commissioned national libraries to be built in their name, marking the end of their service. Libraries have also been posthumously dedicated to presidents who did not erect such monuments during their own lifetimes. In either case, recording the lives and legacies of these great men has made for some fantastic architecture. See some of our favorites, after the break!

MoMA PS1 YAP 2015 Runner-up: Drones’ Beach / Brillhart Architecture

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One of five shortlisted finalists who competed for the Young Architects Program (YAP) in the recent 2015 MoMA PS1 competition, ultimately awarded to Andrés Jaque of Office of Political Innovation, Drones’ Beach by Brillhart Architecture explores the idea of a multi-sensory setting with a tropical theme as the basis for a performance and public space.

Read more about the proposal and watch the visionary video about Drones’ Beach after the break.

Video: The Northparker / Jonathan Segal

“The beauty of [architecture] is the payoff. That building has created a better place for people to live and a better lifestyle for people.” A mixed use building that brings together craft beer, street tacos and modern housing, California developer Jonathan Segal‘s “The Northparker” has helped transform the once blighted area Northpark into one of San Diego‘s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. Breadtruck Films shares just how a single building created community and changed a city in the video above.

Sulgrave Road Apartments / Teatum+Teatum

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Architects: Teatum+Teatum
Location: Sulgrave Drive Northwest, , NC 27896, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lyndon Douglas

Intrinsic School / Wheeler Kearns Architects

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Architects: Wheeler Kearns Architects
Location: Intrinsic Schools, 4540 West Belmont Avenue, , IL 60641, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Steve Hall – Hedrich Blessing Photography

The Chicago Prize Highlights Two Speculative Proposals for Obama’s Presidential Library

Winner / Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang. Image Courtesy of

The Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) has revealed the winners of its fourteenth annual Chicago Prize Competition - The Barack Obama  - following Chicago’s recent selection as one of three cities being considered to host the presidential library

Inspiring designs across the United States, the winning entries aimed to envision a library that could both recognize the President by displaying a collection of mementos from his life and provide the basis for community programs. Contestants were asked to consider the building’s context within the city of Chicago to generate a speculative proposal that not only fosters learning and exploration, but also inspires public discussion. To further encourage creativity, the library’s program was unspecified, allowing participants to decide how to incorporate these civic and educational elements in their designs. 

Ultimately, a distinguished panel selected two winners and three honorable mentions emerged from the competition. The winning proposals and honorable mentions are as follows:

Jon Jerde, California Architect Known for Reinventing the Shopping Center, Dies at 75

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Jon Jerde, FAIA, founder of The Jerde Partnership, has died at 75. The California-based American architect has left his mark in more than 100 urban places worldwide, many of which embody Jerde’s signature ideas of the multi-level mall. Placing high priority on outdoor walking and gathering areas, Jerde’s reimagining of the shopping mall experience in the 1970s put him on the map. “He blew open the shopping mall and transformed it into a lively urban environment which attracts people, lots of people,” Richard Weinstein, the former dean of UCLA’s school architecture and urban planning, once said.

Jerde’s best known projects include Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, Horton Plaza in and Canal City Hakata, located in Fukuoka, Japan, as well as his work behind the 1984 Olympic Games. Read Jerde’s complete obituary, here.

MoMA PS1 YAP 2015 Runner-Up: Phenomena / Studio Benjamin Dillenburger

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Although the Young Architects Program (YAP) announced Andrés Jaque of Office of Political Innovation as winner of its 2015 MoMA PS1 competition last week, the competition was fierce. Phenomena by Studio Benjamin Dillenburger addressed the idea of phenomenology in design, creating an experiential space that stimulates all the senses and hosts multiple programs.

Phenomena was one of the five shortlisted proposals for this year’s MoMA PS1 YAP competition. Read more about the proposal after the break.