U.S. Pavilion Launches “Call for Architects” to Join Temporary Practice

OfficeUS in U.S. Pavilion, Leong Leong, 2014. Image © Leong Leong and Storefront for Art and Architecture

The U.S. Pavilion has launched an international search for 90 architects to collaborate (via satellite) with the eight principles of OfficeUS. The radical experiment, which will last the duration of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, is calling for architects to lend their “voices, expertise and skills” in an effort to “redefine the terms of design and production of architecture on the global scale.” See if you qualify and learn more about the intentions behind OfficeUS here.

Overton 19 Townhouses / Works Partnership Architecture

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Architects: Works Partnership Architecture
Location: , OR, USA
Design Team: William Neburka, Carrie Strickland, William Ullman
Contractor: Rainier Pacific
Area: 8220.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joshua Jay Elliott

Six Emerging Practitioners Win Architectural League Prize

myThread Pavilion, Jenny Sabin Studio, September 2012; built, Nike Stadium, NYC. Interior view of knitted pavilion. Commissioned by Nike FlyKnit Collective. Photo: Nike Inc.

The , one of North America’s most prestigious awards for young architects and designers, has been awarded to six emerging practitioners. Each recipient, whose work was deemed to be “exemplary and provocative” by the jury, presented their portfolios under the theme of “Overlay,” as the term “directs – rather than merely reconstructs – process.” This theme will now set the stage for a public forum in which each winner will use to exchange ideas.

The 2014 Architectural League Prize winners are:

U.S. ABI Declines Sharply in March

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It seems the U.S. Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has yet to recover from 2013’s end of the year decline. Though 2014 started with a “modest uptick,” the March ABI has reveals a share decrease in design services. As reported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the March ABI score was 48.8, down from a mark of 50.7 in February. Despite this, the new projects inquiry index was 57.9, up from the reading of 56.8 the previous month.

“This protracted softening in demand for design services is a bit of a surprise given the overall strength of the market the last year and a half,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Hopefully, some of this can be attributed to severe weather conditions over this past winter. 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…

Meditech Medical Information Technology Computer Science Building I / Payette

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Architects: Payette
Location: , MA, USA
Area: 120000.0 ft2
Year: 2008
Photographs: Warren Jagger

AIA Names Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects in U.S.

Treehouse; Glen Jean, West Virginia / Mithun with BNIM © Joe Fletcher

In honor of Earth Day, we have complied a preview of the top ten most sustainable exemplars of U.S. architecture selected by the American Institute of Architects () and its Committee on the Environment (COTE). Each project featured will be honored with a COTE Top Ten Award for “sustainable design excellence” at the 2014 National Convention in Chicago. View them all, after the break…

The Trust Declares Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion a “National Treasure”

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Philip Johnson’s “iconic” New York State Pavilion has been listed as a “National Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This designation, which was announced today at the 1964-65 World’s Fair’s 50th anniversary celebration in , declares the pavilion a “historically, culturally and architecturally important site” and will help raise awareness and funding for its preservation. It is now one of just 44 national sites bearing this recognition.

“In the last 50 years, Flushing Meadows Corona Park has grown from the site of the World’s Fair to the home of the World’s Park,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. “As we celebrate this anniversary, it is just as important that we look to the next 50 years and plan for the Park’s future. I would like to thank the National Trust for Historic Preservation for honoring the State Pavilion as a ‘National Treasure’. This designation will highlight the importance of the Pavilion as a national icon, and help us to continue the conversation about how it can best serve Queens’ residents.”

Fall House / Fougeron Architecture

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Architects: Fougeron Architecture
Location: 54200 California 1, , CA 93920, USA
Area: 3800.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joe Fletcher Photography

Tour Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion Tomorrow

For the first time in decades, Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion will open to the public tomorrow (April 22) in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Built for the 1964-65 World’s Fair, “the Pavilion represents a pivotal time in American history when the allure of putting a man on the moon inspired renowned architect to create this emblem for Space Age enthusiasm,” described Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

FDNY Marine 9 Barracks / Sage and Coombe

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Architects: Sage and Coombe
Location: Staten Island, NY, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Warchol

UNC Coastal Studies Institute / Clark Nexsen

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Architects: Clark Nexsen
Location: , NC, USA
Principal In Charge: Clymer Cease, , LEED AP
Area: 63,190 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mark Herboth

AMLGM Proposes to Top New York Transportation Hubs with Sprawling Tower

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Chad Kellogg and Matt Bowles of AMLGM have envisioned a new residential tower typology for that can connect and transform unused space surrounding various transportation hubs into a dense, mixed-use housing tower. 

The proposal, dubbed Urban Alloy, which won first in Metropolis’ Living Cities Residential Tower Competition and received honorable mention in Evolo Skyscrapers 2014, is capable of responding to a number of unique spacial and environmental situations, providing a new way for the city to grow “organically” and provide adequate housing for the expanding population. 

Read on for the architect’s description

US Pavilion Establishes Temporary Practice, Sets Agenda for the Future Production of Architecture

OfficeUS in U.S. Pavilion, Leong Leong, 2014. Image Courtesy of Leong Leong and Storefront for Art and Architecture

The curators of the U.S. Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale has unveiled OfficeUS, a “radical experiment” that explores the ways in which “space, structures, and protocols of the U.S. architectural office” have influenced the construction of Modernity.

based architects Leong Leong, graphic designer Natasha Jen (Pentagram) and technology consultants at CASE have been commissioned to re-design the U.S. Pavilion in Venice’s Giardini as a modern architectural practice. Eight architects will be selected from an international open call to serve as the ad-hoc practice’s acting principles, collaborating with 90 satellite offices from around the world to revisit and re-envision historical projects from an onsite archive of 1,000 buildings so that they may construct an agenda for the future production of architecture.

Vestas North American Corporate Headquarter / Ankrom Moisan Architects

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Architects: Ankrom Moisan Architects
Location: Pearl District, , OR, USA
Area: 172000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeremy Bitterman

Fort Greene Pavilion / O’Neill McVoy Architects

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Architects: O’Neill McVoy Architects
Location: Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Associate Architect: Joshua Pulver
Area: 250 sqft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Pagliacci Pizza / Floisand Studio

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Architects: Floisand Studio
Location: 4001 Stone Way North, , WA, USA
Area: 2,101 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Floisand Studio

AD Classics: New York State Pavilion / Philip Johnson

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It is rare to find an architectural project whose history makes such strange bedfellows as the State Pavilion: a master architect and millions of exhibition patrons, roller skaters and rock stars, stray cats and Iron Man [1]. For three hours on April 22, in honor of the fifty year anniversary of the 1964-65 World’s Fair, the city of will open the long shuttered gates to Philip Johnson’s most futuristic work.

Marfa Contemporary Gallery / Elliott + Associates Architects

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Architects: Elliott + Associates Architects
Location: 100 East San Antonio Street, , TX 79843, USA
Project Team: Rand Elliott, FAIA; Brian Berryhill, Associate AIA
Area: 4720.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Scott McDonald – Hedrich Blessing