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
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 ” that the concentration of buildings by award-winning and internationally-renowned architects can also put 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 , . 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 cultural 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

North Pamet Ridge House / Hammer Architects

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

Morris House / Martin Fenlon Architecture

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Architects: Martin Fenlon Architecture
Location: Highland Park, , CA, USA
Area: 2200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Eric Staudenmaier

How to Fix America’s Infrastructure Problem

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With structurally unsound bridges, unsafe dams, and derelict roads becoming increasingly common problems, infrastructure has been brought to the forefront of many political agendas. However, limited funding in this area brings to mind the question of economics: how will improvements to North America’s major trading channels be made without driving the nation further into debt? This is what Jordan Golson addresses in the article, It’s Time to Fix America’s . Here’s Where to Start. Although not all of these infrastructural problems can be resolved in the foreseeable future, according to Golson, however some smaller improvements in the next few years can be a manageable starting point. Read the full article, here.

300 Ivy Street / David Baker Architects

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Architects: David Baker Architects
Location: 300 Ivy Street, , CA 94102, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Beach Hampton / Bates Masi Architects

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Architects: Bates Masi Architects
Location: , NY, USA
Area: 55.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bates Masi + Architects

AIA Construction Forecast Predicts Increased Spending

This week, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released the results of its first Consensus Construction Forecast of the year. The forecast is compiled based on predictions of the industry’s leading forecasters and is conducted bi-annually to anticipate shifting business conditions in the construction industry. The dominant trend in this forecast (projected for 2015 and 2016) is an overall increase in spending in the construction sector.

Pei Cobb Freed Breaks Ground on Boston’s Tallest Residential Tower

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Construction has commenced on Pei Cobb Freed & Partners’ 61-story condominium tower in Boston’s historic Back Bay. The $700 million development will be the tallest residential building in the city, and the tallest tower to rise since the 1976 John Hancock Tower, also designed by Pei Cobb Freed.

“The project allows us to consider once again how a tall building, together with the open space it frames, can respond creatively to the need for growth while showing appropriate respect for its historic urban setting,” says Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

14 Architects to Receive 2015 AIA Young Architects Award

930 Poydras Residential Tower / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. Image © Timothy Hurlsey

The American Institute of Architects () has selected 14 recipients for the 2015 AIA Young Architects Award. This award, now in its 22nd year, honors young architects – licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age - who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. All recipients will be presented the award at the AIA 2015 National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. View them all, after the break.