Presidio Trust Enlists 5 to Envision New Schemes for Crissy Field

Presidio From Southeast. Image © Robert Campbell

’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 Crissy Field, 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 , Olson Kundig Architects 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

Koosmann Residence / Salmela Architect

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Architects: Salmela Architect
Location: , USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Crosby

Dart Central Station / Substance Architecture

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Architects: Substance Architecture
Location: , IA, USA
Area: 22000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Paul Crosby

Manifold House / ANX

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Architects: ANX
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Aaron Neubert
Area: 7500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of ANX, Scott Rhea

Zerafa Studio Designs Memorial for Orange County Crime Victims

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Manhattan-based Zerafa Architecture Studio has been announced as winner of a competition to design a monument to Orange County’s crime victims. Placed between two natural mounds on axis with Irvine’s Mason Regional Park office, the winning scheme carves a subtle, circular void within the park’s forested that offers a range of experiences to the community.

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 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

March ABI. Image Courtesy of CalculatedRiskBlog.com

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 (), 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.

Sustainability 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 (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (). Each project featured will be honored with a 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 .

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