Reclaimed Modern / Julian Weber Architects

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Architects: Julian Weber Architects
Location: , WA, USA
Area: 292.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tucker English

Preservationists Lose Battle to Save Orange County Government Center

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Yesterday Orange County legislators decided to “take no action” against blocking the “destructive” rebuild of Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center. The plan, deemed by architecture critic to be “vandalism,” will remove one of the building’s three sections and replace it with a “big, soulless glass box.”

The 44-year-old brutalist landmark has been the center of a preservation debate for years; lawmakers argue that the building is “not easy to love” and expensive to maintain, while preservationists declare the building is an important piece of modern history and blame its state of disrepair on neglect. The council vetoed an offer last summer to allow a New York architect to purchase the property and transform it into artist studios. More on the decision, and more of Matthew Carbone’s images for Architect Magazine, after the break.

Renton House / Stettler Design

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Architects: Stettler Design
Location: , WA, USA
Project Team: Daniel Stettler, Will Payne
Lot Area: 3,500 sq. ft.
Area: 3500.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Dale Lang

Fate of Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center to be Decided Tomorrow

Orange County Government Center by © Times - Tony Cenicola

Tomorrow legislators are due to decided the fate of Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center. The midcentury icon, listed on the World Monuments Fund’s global watch list, has been the center of a prolonged debate challenging its right to be preserved. 

“The plan is to gut Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center, strip away much of its distinctive, corrugated concrete and glass exterior and demolish one of its three pavilions, replacing it with a big, soulless glass box,” says architecture critic Michael Kimmelman. “[The legislators] can do the right thing Thursday. They can overturn the veto and reconsider demolition.” More on Kimmelman’s call to save the Rudolph landmark, here

The Cardinal / Modus Studio

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Architects: Modus Studio
Location: 831 West Center Street, , AR 72701, USA
Principal Architect: Chris M. Baribeau,
Area: 370605.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Walter Netsch: The “Radical Mind” That Designed SOM’s Air Force Academy Chapel

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Having joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill after World War Two at the age of 27, was promoted to become a partner at the age of 31. Netsch entered the firm during what was arguably its defining era, when the reputation of Gordon Bunshaft and the image of a corporate-driven, teamwork-minded made SOM one of the most recognizable practices in the US. He was also, at the age of just 34, responsible for one of SOM’s most recognizable projects of the decade, the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and its striking geometric chapel.

To honor what would have been Netsch’s 95th birthday, SOM recently republished an interview between Netsch and architecture theorist and writer , which had originally been published in 2001 in SOM Journal 1. In the following extract from this interview, Netsch discusses the story of how he developed the design, and what it was like to participate in one of America’s most influential practices among a host of strong characters.

SteelHouse 1 and 2 / Zack | de Vito Architecture

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Architects: Zack | de Vito Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Architects In Charge: Jim Zack, Lise de Vito
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bruce Damonte, Paul Dyer

HWKN Unveils Design for “Pennovation Center” in Pennsylvania

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New York-based firm HWKN have revealed the design for what is to become the University of Pennsylvania’s latest hub for entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators. Dubbed “The Pennovation Centre,” the project is the first major development within the Pennovation Works, and will occupy a 58,000-square-foot footprint on the campus’ south.

A rejuvenation of the former DuPont laboratory, it is hoped that The Pennovation Centre will become an “iconic landmark” for pen, providing a “dynamic environment” for innovation in varied fields.

Johnson County Justice Annex / el dorado

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Architects: el dorado
Location: , KS, USA
Architect In Charge: Dan Maginn, FAIA
Area: 48000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Brillhart House / Brillhart Architecture

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Architects: Brillhart Architecture
Location: River, , FL, USA
Area: 1500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Brillhart Architecture

North America’s Radiant City: Le Corbusier’s Impact on New York

Co-op City. Image © Flickr CC user Runs With Scissors

Despite his status, never had the opportunity to build in New York – in fact he only had one chance to build in the at all, completing Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts in Cambridge in 1963. But this doesn’t mean his influence isn’t visible all over the Big Apple. Originally published on 6sqft as “Towers in the Park: Le Corbusier’s Influence in NYC,” this article takes a look at three examples where Le Corbusier’s “Radiant City” ideals were transplanted to New York.

Even before taking his first trip to New York in 1935, Le Corbusier described the city as “utterly devoid of harmony.” After seeing it in person, his feelings didn’t soften. He wasn’t impressed by the tall towers, rather stating that they were the product of an inferiority complex, and he thought the city’s leaders were too timid to hire him. He wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times saying that “American skyscrapers have not attained the rank of architecture; rather, they are merely small objects such as statuettes or knick-knacks, magnified to titanic proportions.” He thought the city would benefit from buildings that “don’t try to outdo each other but are all identical.”

Ranquist Development Group Office / Vladimir Radutny Architects

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Architects: Vladimir Radutny Architects
Location: , IL, USA
Area: 1200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mike Schwartz Photography

See BIG & Heatherwick’s Design for Google’s California Headquarters

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Images have been unveiled of BIG and Heatherwick Studio’s design for Google’s Mountain View headquarters. The plan, submitted to city council today, proposes to redevelop and expand the company’s home office with a series of lightweight canopy-like structures organized within a flexible landscape of bicycle paths and commercial opportunities for local companies. 

“It’s the first time we’ll design and build offices from scratch and we hope these plans by Bjarke Ingels at BIG and at Heatherwick Studio will lead to a better way of working,” says Google. “The idea is simple. Instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings, we’ll create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas… Large translucent canopies will cover each site, controlling the climate inside yet letting in light and air. With trees, landscaping, cafes, and bike paths weaving through these structures, we aim to blur the distinction between our buildings and nature.”

A video about the design and a statement from Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick, after the break. 

Reggio Pre-school and Religious Center / Scalar Architecture

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Architects: Scalar Architecture
Location: , NY, USA
Architect In Charge: Julio Salcedo
Area: 5500.0 ft2
Year: 2015
Photographs: Miguel de Guzman / Imagen Subliminal

Capitol Hill Loft Renovation / SHED Architecture & Design

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Architects: SHED Architecture & Design
Location: 1310 East Union Street, , WA 98122, USA
Contractor: Dolanbuilt Construction
Area: 1702.0 ft2
Year: 2015
Photographs: Mark Woods, James F. Housel

Cafe Fargo / Davidson Rafailidis

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Architects: Davidson Rafailidis
Location: , NY, USA
Project Team: Georg Rafailidis (lead), Stephanie Davidson
Project Staff: Jia Ma, Aleksandr Marchuk
Area: 82.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Florian Holzherr

AIA Awards Two with 2015 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

Novartis Campus / Gehry Partners – A project with Transsolar KlimaEngineering. Image © Flickr CC user Novartis AG

The Lyceum Fellowship Inc. and Transsolar KlimaEngineering have been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement. The annual award is intended to “recognize and encourage distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.” Both winners will be honored at the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta.

Sharon Fieldhouse / design/buildLAB

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Architects: design/buildLAB
Location: The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Sharon School Circle, , VA 24422, USA
Professors In Charge: Marie Zawistowski, Keith Zawistowski
Student Team: Landon Williams, Molly Vaughan, Mitchell August, Ryan Myers, Julia Vasquez, Xiao Fu, Ellie Burns, Forrest Bibeau, Mykayla Fernandes, Kellen McGinley, John Iaconis, Chanel Carter-Harris, Barbara Dior, Nancy Redenius, Tom Powers
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO, Courtesy of