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,  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 Presidential Library - 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

Universal CityWalk. Image © Casey Sayre

Jon Jerde, FAIA, founder of The Jerde Partnership, has died at 75. The -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 San Diego and Canal City Hakata, located in Fukuoka, Japan, as well as his work behind the 1984 Olympic Games. Read Jerde’s complete , 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.

Vincent Laforet’s “Sin City” Shows Vegas from 10,800 Feet

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Vincent Laforet is at it again, this time photographing Nevada’s Sin City from an elevation of 10,800 feet (8,799 feet above the city). Part two of Laforet’s dizzying series of city aerials, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer was drawn to desert city of Las Vegas because of its “island” effect.

“Just like the island of Manhattan that started this series, Vegas is an “Island of Light” in the middle of nothingness… A sea of black with an amazing source of light emanating from Vegas and its infamous strip… You can almost see the electricity running through it.”

A collection of “Sin City” images, after the break. 

Wilkes Elementary School / Mahlum

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Architects: Mahlum
Location: 12781 Madison Avenue Northeast, , WA 98110, USA
Principal In Charge : Gerald (Butch) Reifert AIA
Managing Principal : David Mount AIA
Project Designer: JoAnn Wilcox AIA
Project Architect: Jesse Walton AIA
Project Team: Dwayne Epp AIA, James Steel AIA, Cristine Ross Traber AIA, Amy Noe IIDA
Interior Designer: NCIDQ, Masako Wada IIDA
Area: 64450.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann , Benjamin Benschneider

Manhattan High School / Gould Evans

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Architects: Gould Evans
Location: 2301 Poyntz Avenue, , KS 66502, USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair, Aaron Dougherty

For the Highest Density of Design Excellence, Visit Dallas

The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Since the construction of the first high-rise, it seems architectural merit has been weighed most heavily by a building’s height. However, Kriston Capps of CityLab notes in his article “For the Best U.S. Architecture Per Square Mile, Head to Dallas” that the concentration of buildings by award-winning and internationally-renowned architects can also put cities on the architectural map. Although Chicago and New York may have taller skylines, he argues, in terms of stellar design density, Dallas can’t be beat. Read the full article, here.

Colgate University Agrees to Fund David Adjaye’s $21 Million Arts Center

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Colgate University has agreed to fund Adjaye Associates’ proposed $21 million Center for Art and Culture planned for its campus in Hamilton, . The project, initially unveiled last March, will be comprised of three interlocking volumes of flexible art galleries alongside a parcel-long sculpture courtyard that cuts through the site.

Live Oak Bank Headquarters / LS3P Associates

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Architects: LS3P Associates
Location: , NC, USA
Area: 36500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mark Herboth

Tessa / Bates Masi Architects

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Architects: Bates Masi Architects
Location: , NY, USA
Area: 302.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Eric Laignel

Long Dune Residence / Hammer Architects

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Architects: Hammer Architects
Location: , MA, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hammer Architects

Ten Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated for UNESCO World Heritage List

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Image © Flickr CC User Richard Anderson

A recent nomination by the United States seeks to elevate ten celebrated buildings characteristic of influential architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s style to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If the nomination is fulfilled, the collection of buildings will join the 1,007 designated sites currently on the UNESCO World Heritage List, including some of the most recognizable buildings in the world like the Taj Mahal and Sydney Opera House. These structures are recognized for their extraordinary significance and “outstanding universal values.” See the ten nominated buildings, after the break.

Union Station Bus Deck Pavilions / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

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Architects: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
Location: , DC, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Anice Hoachlander