Weiss/Manfredi and Charles Renfro Among Those Honored as National Academy Academician

Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building / Preston Scott Cohen. Image © Amit Geron

Each year, a select group of prominent artists and architects is elected into the National Academy. As a National Academy Academician, distinguished practitioners are recognized for their “exceptional creative work and contribution to the arts.” This year’s inductees include: Ida Applebroog, Peter Bohlin, Jane Dickson, Preston Scott Cohen, Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss, Eric Owen Moss, Antoine Predock, Martin Puryear, Charles Renfro, Edward Ruscha, and Joan Semmel.

Napa Valley House / Steven Harris Architects

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Architects: Steven Harris Architects
Location: , CA 94515, USA
Area: 3500.0 ft2
Year: 2005
Photographs: Scott Frances/OTTO

Northwest Harbor / Bates Masi Architects

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Architects: Bates Masi Architects
Location: , NY, USA
Structural Engineer: Steven L. Maresca, Hampton Bays, NY
Area: 1895.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Bates Masi Architects

Drawing and Reinventing Landscape: A Conversation with Diana Balmori and Barry Bergdoll

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On Wednesday, November 5, Diana Balmori will visit the Strand to chat about Drawing and Reinventing Landscape with the MoMA’s architecture curator, . Diana’s book examines digital, analog and hybrid methods of representing landscape and places the contemporary landscape architecture within its fascinating historical context. This exclusive Strand chat will investigate crucial aspects of the design process. Join as these two experts discuss this important design topic at a moment of increasing global environmental change. More information here.

ULI Releases New Report on the Infrastructural Challenges of Rising Sea Levels

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The Urban Implications of Living With Water, a recent report by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Boston, opens with the clear assertion: “We are beginning to feel the effects of .” The result of a conversation amongst over seventy experts from the fields of architecture, engineering, public policy, real estate and more, the report covers the proposed integrated solutions for a future of living in a city that proactively meets the challenges accompanying rising water levels.

“We accept that the seas are rising, the weather is changing, and our communities are at risk; and we recognize that no solution can be all-encompassing. It is our hope that this report will spark conversation, shift our understanding of what is possible, and aid us in reframing challenges into opportunities as we move toward this new era of development.”

Become part of the discussion and read more about the collective ideas, after the break.

Glen Lochen / Tyre Studio Architects

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Architects: Tyre Studio Architects
Location: , CT, USA
Collaborators: Edward Stanley Engineers, Silva Engineering, Tall Construction Company
Area: 66000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Anthony Crisafulli

Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on Church at 9/11 Memorial Site

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Construction has begun on Santiago Calatrava’s Saint Nicholas National Shrine on the World Trade Center site in . A “tiny jewel” for lower Manhattan, as referred by Calatrava, the white Vermont marble shrine will be based around a translucent central Cupola that illuminates from within. 

More images and an updated construction image of Calatrava’s neighboring transportation hub, after the break.

St Teresa’s Academy Windmoor Center / Gould Evans

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Architects: Gould Evans
Location: 5600 Main Street, , MO 64113, USA
Area: 10650.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Assassi Productions, Courtesy of , Michael Spillers Photography

Diller, Scofidio + Renfro to Design Colorado Springs’ Olympic Museum

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The US Olympic Museum committee has selected Diller, Scofidio + Renfro to design a $60 million museum in downtown Colorado Springs. The -based practice will collaborate with Anderson Mason Dale Architects of Denver and exhibit designer Gallagher & Associates to showcase the Olympic and Paralympic’s history through exhibits and artifacts. Once complete by early 2018, the museum will include a hall of fame, theater, a 20,000-square-foot exhibit hall and retail space. Designs are expected to be released by mid-2015.

The Color Inside / Overland Partners + James Turrell Skyspace

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Architects: Overland Partners in collaboration with the artist James Turrell
Location: The University of Texas at , 2201 Speedway, , TX 78712, USA
Architect In Charge: Rick Archer, FAIA, LEED AP
Design Team: James Lancaster, AIA, LEED AP; Michelle Stedman, LEED AP; Jim Taylor, AIA, LEED AP
Area: 520.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Florian Holzherr, Paul Bardagjy, Fernando Ortega

Michael Rotondi to Receive Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence

Michael Rotondi, principle of Los Angeles-based RoTo Architecture and former student of Cal Poly Pomona, has been selected to receive the from the College of Environmental Design at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Co-founder of SCI-Arc and long-time architectural educator at Arizona State University, Rotondi was selected for his “commitment to architectural education, for the concern he shows in his work for society and the environment, and for the inventiveness of his architecture,” says Cal Poly Pomona professor Sarah Lorenzen.

Safdie Architects to Design Medal of Honor Museum in South Carolina

Artscience Museum and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore / Safdie Architects. Image © MBS Digital Media

Following a national search, the National Medal of Honor Foundation has selected Safdie Architects to design its new museum and education center at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, . Safdie was selected for their “extensive experience with cultural projects and national monuments across the U.S. and abroad.” The National Medal of Honor Museum will bring the stories of the Medal of Honor recipients to life for visitors.

The Medal of Honor was created in 1861 and is the nation’s highest military honor. It is awarded by the President of the on behalf of the Congress for valor in combat. The Museum is the first part of a multi-phase development of the site on the eastern shore of Charleston Harbor and will become an iconic destination in the region.

​In Residence: Ray Kappe

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As part of NOWNESS’ latest In Residence series, American architect takes you on a tour through his glass and redwood “treehouse” on Los Angeles’ Rustic Canyon hillside. Built some 50 years ago, the house is considered to be one of the greatest modern residences in Southern California. 

“The house works so well you don’t even notice its age,” says director Matthew Donaldson. “It’s the real deal; not a piece of furniture has changed, and the house is used every day and has brought up a family. It’s like they got it right and didn’t need to change a thing—surely that’s a sign of great architecture?”

Red Rock House / Anmahian Winton Architects

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Architects: Anmahian Winton Architects
Location: , NY 12060, USA
Design Team: Nick Winton, AIA, Alex Anmahian, AIA, Makoto Abe, Project Architect; Sydney Thiel, LEED AP, Mazen Sakr
Landscape: Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture
Area: 6400.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jane Messinger

The Principals Install Sound Reactive, Silver-Coated “Quilt” at Neuehouse

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Commissioned by Sonos to create a sound reactive in collaboration with the musician Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), The Principals created a 16-foot-tall canopy, 8-feet-wide by 36-feet-long covering the performance and grand stand seating area of the private workspace collective Neuehouse. Inspired by the work of Arthur Rimbaud, The Principals chose the name Ancient Chaos, a phrase from his poem Matinée d’Ivresse which speaks to a basic force of wonder within all of us at the hidden patterns of nature. The installation, both a sonic composition and a physical structure, creates sounds that verge on the architectural and architecture that verges on the fluid.

More information and a video of the installation in motion, after the break. 

Copper House / Charles Rose Architects

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Architects: Charles Rose Architects
Location: , MA, USA
Year: 2004
Photographs: Courtesy of Charles Rose Architects

Farmers Park / Hufft Projects

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Architects: Hufft Projects
Location: , MO, USA
Creative Director: Matthew Hufft
Managing Director: Kimball Hales
Area: 156400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Corporate Headquarters / Moody Nolan

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Architects: Moody Nolan
Location: , OH, USA
Area: 39000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf