20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon

2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors. Image © Jason Flakes/U.S. DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 20 collegiate teams to participate in the 2015 Solar Decathlon at , California’s Orange County Great Park. The eight returning teams will compete against 12 new teams, with partners from four international schools, to build “solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation, and design excellence” within the allotted two-year period. View the full list of competitors, after the break.

NBBJ Unveils $310 Million Renovation for Kentucky’s Rupp Arena

Rupp from Triangle Park. Image © NBBJ + EOP + SCAPE

NBBJ, together with EOP Architects, has unveiled a massive renovation plan for ’s famous collegiate basketball arena, Rupp Arena. An attempt to upgrade the 38-year-old arena’s facilities and strengthen its connection to the surrounding urban realm, the 23,500-seat stadium will be separated from the adjoining convention center, which is also undergoing renovation, while its enclosed facade is re-clad in glass and site sculpts a vibrant new public square within the heart of the city. 

AD Classics: 2 Columbus Circle / Edward Durell Stone & Associates

North Facade. Image © Ezra Stoller/Esto

Located on a small and irregular shaped island at Columbus Circle, one of the busiest intersections in Manhattan, lies 2 Columbus Circle, formerly known as the Gallery of Modern Art. Famously described as a “die-cut Venetian palazzo on lollipops” by Ada Louise Huxtable, the Times architecture critic at the time, the 10-story poured concrete structure has been a source of consistent controversy and public response since the 1960s.  Designed by Edward Durell Stone, an early proponent of American modern architecture, 2 Columbus Circle represents a turning point in his career.  Uncharacteristic of Stone’s prior work, his use of ornament on an otherwise modern structure can be seen as an important precedent of the development of the soon-to-emerge Postmodern movement.

University of Oregon Hatfield-Dowlin Complex / ZGF Architects

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Architects: ZGF Architects
Location: University of Oregon, 1585 E 13th Ave, , OR 97403
Interior Designer: firm151
Construction: Hoffman Construction Company
Landscape: PLACE Studio
Structural & Civil: KPFF
Mechanical: Integral Group
Electrical: Sparling
Area: 145000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann, Marco Kessler, Eckert & Eckert

Shortlisted Concepts Unveiled for MLK Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

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Preliminary designs have been released by three shortlisted teams competing to renovate ’s historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in – the only library and D.C. building ever designed by the legendary architect. Preview each proposal and learn how you can submit your feedback to the D.C. Public Library before they make their decision, after the break.

Haffenden House / PARA

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Architects: PARA
Location: , NY, USA
Architect In Charge: Jon Lott
Project Team: Jon Lott, Hilary Pinnington, Paul Kneeply
Area: 1125.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nathan Rader, Courtesy of PARA

SCAD Museum of Art / Sottile & Sottile and Lord Aeck Sargent, in association with Dawson Architects

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Architects: Sottile & Sottile, Dawson Architects, Lord Aeck Sargent
Location: Savannah, GA, USA
Architect In Charge: Christian Sottile, AIA, Joe Greco, AIA, Neil Dawson, AIA, principals
Interior Designer: Paula Wallace, Glenn Wallace, SCAD Design Group
Landscape Architect: Sottile & Sottile, SCAD Design Group, Wolverton and Associates, The Nelson Group
Area: 82120.0 ft2
Photographs: Savannah College of Art and Design

Richard Meier Unveils First Florida Beach Project, Now Underway

View of The Surf Club from Collins Avenue. Image © dbox for Fort Capital / Richard Meier & Partners

Richard Meier will be adding his mark to Greater Miami with the completion of a Four Season’s expansion to the historic Russell Pancoast-designed “Surf Club” in 2016, located in . Already under construction, the luxury hospitality and residential project will include two, 12-story residential towers, offering 150 private units, alongside an 80-room hotel on 9-acres of pristine oceanfront property. A members-only club, restaurants, spa and other amenities will be included on site, connected to each other via an expansive park and oceanside gardens. 

AD Classics: Pennsylvania Station / McKim, Mead & White

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City’s original Pennsylvania Station was a monument to movement and an expression of American economic power. In 1902, the noted firm , Mead and White was selected by the President of the Pennsylvania Railroad to design its Manhattan terminal. Completed in 1910, the gigantic steel and stone building covered four city blocks until its demolition in 1963, when it ceded to economic strains hardly fifty years after opening. 

Adjustable Forms / DLR Group

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Architects: DLR Group
Location: 1 East Progress Road, , IL 60148, USA
Architect In Charge: Nathan Casteel
Area: 20145.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: James Steinkamp

Apple’s Revised San Francisco Store Approved

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Third time’s the charm, at least in the case of Apple’s Foster + Partners-designed flagship store planned for ’s historic Union Square. After being sent back to the drawings boards on multiple occasions, the signature glass box’s third proposal (which was claimed to be “more iconic” than the company’s famous Five Avenue glass cube in New York City) has been awarded approval from the city.

Terry Trueblood Lodge / ASK Studio

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Architects: ASK Studio
Location: , IA, USA
Area: 5,900 sq ft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cameron Campbell

Congress Aids the Impending Doom of Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial

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Congress budget cuts have officially stalled ’s controversial Eisenhower Memorial, according to a recent report, rejecting $49 million in construction funds and cutting the Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s annual budget in half. Unless the commission is able to raise a substantial amount of private funds, as well as win support from the Eisenhower family (which is doubtful), Gehry’s “grandiose” memorial is unlikely to ever break ground. Despite this, the commission’s director is optimistic, stating that the FDR Memorial took nearly 45 years to get built. You can read more about the controversy here.

Four Reasons Biking is Good For Business

Biking down ’s Market Street. Image © Flickr CC User Steven Vance

Aside from the environmental and health benefits provided by biking, cycle cities are proving to be profitable, which has begun to attract support from many US business leaders. Not only do bike-friendly streets increase the visibility and desirability of real estate, they also reduce the need to waste money (and space) on ample parking. In addition to this, as the Guardian’s Michael Andersen points out, bicyclists are the “perfect customer: the kind that comes back again and again.” Learn why else biking is good for business here.

Developer Seeks to Revive Calatrava’s “Chicago Spire”

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Cloaked in financial woes, what was intended to be the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere has remained a stagnate hole in the cityscape since the height of the crisis. However, the fate of the Santiago Calatrava-designed luxury condominium may be about to change, as developer Garrett Kelleher is actively seeking court approval to reinstate the project with a $135 million investment from Atlas Apartment Holdings LLC. More on Chicago’s 2,000-foot “twisting” spire latest update here on the Chicago Tribune.   

Black Desert House / Oller & Pejic Architecture

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Architects: Oller & Pejic Architecture
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, 74485 National Park Dr, , CA 92277
Area: 145.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Angeles

Presido Trust Rejects Shortlisted Proposals, Calls Off Competition

Lucas Cultural Arts Museum © Art Zendarski

This week, just two weeks after the three shortlisted teams submitted their revised proposals for Crissy Field, ’s Presidio Trust unanimously decided to end the competition. Though the competition raised high hopes over its 14-month duration that the Trust would transform the prominent 8-acre site into a “cultural institution of distinction,” its fate has been left to the “wind,” as the SFGate’s John King reports. This means, neither George Lucas’ self-titled cultural arts museum, WRNS Studio and the ’s sustainability institute, or the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s  “park-based” cultural center will be realized. You can view each of the rejected proposals here and more details on the cancelation here.

House in Austin / Jadric Architektur

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Architects: Jadric Architektur
Location: , TX, USA
Architect In Charge: Mladen Jadric
Design Team: Li Jie, Edin Velic, Mak Krankl
Partner Architect: Eric Gonzales, sago international
Area: 320 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Bardagjy