High-Speed “Skyway” Aims to Shorten Commutes from Brooklyn to Manhattan

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New York real estate executive Daniel Levy of CityRealty has unveiled a proposal to connect ’s waterfront to with a $75 million “East River Skyway.” According to Levy, the high-speed gondola could shorten commutes to just four minutes and move more than 5,000 people per hour, while relieving congestion on ferries, subways and bridges. “[The Skyway] would be a relatively inexpensive and quickly deployable solution,” said Levy. “It is essential to adapt New York City’s transportation system to serve residents in these booming areas.” Levy will present the project in an effort to harness support at the Brooklyn real estate summit on Tuesday.

Obama Shortlists Four Potential Sites for Presidential Library

A proposal for Chicago’s South Side from earlier in the competition by Michael Sorkin (click image for more details). Image © Michael Sorkin Studio

The Foundation has listed four potential sites for Obama’s presidential library and museum: Columbia University, the University of Hawaii, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Universities considered were selected for demonstrating the ability to develop a strong vision and design a library that could enhance the local economy. Each institution will now work towards refining their ideas and will submit formal proposals by December.

INABA to Construct “New York Light”

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Jeffrey Inaba’s practice INABA has been selected as the first-ever winner in the Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition with New York Light. Organized by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and , the inaugural installation will be constructed in front of the famous Flatiron Building for the duration of the 2014 winter season.

SCDA-Designed Condominium to Rise Between High Line

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“515 Highline” is the latest luxury condominium planning to make its claim next to ’s beloved . Clad in an undulating glass and steel facade, the 12-story, 12-residence development designed by Singapore’s SCDA Architects will be unique in that it is the only property bordered by the elevated park on two sides. 

John M. Roll US Courthouse / Ehrlich Architects

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Architects: Ehrlich Architects
Location: Yuma, AZ,
Architect In Charge: Charles Warner Oakley, FAIA
Area: 60000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lawrence Anderson _ ESTO

AD Interviews: Will Bruder / Will Bruder Architects

A self-trained American architect residing in Phoenix’s urban desert, Will Bruder, FAIA, has built a reputation for being one of ’s most prized place-makers. For more than 40 years, Bruder has refined his craft with the completion of over 500 commissions ranging from large-scale civic and cultural projects to private residences and multi-family housing.

Trained first as a sculptor with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Bruder pursued the art of building with an architectural apprenticeship under Paolo Soleri and Gunnar Birkerts. In 1974, Bruder opened his first studio in Arizona, Will Bruder Architects, where he still serves as a community-based architect and student mentor, while often participating in a number of visiting chairs and lectures at universities nationwide.

His most notable project is the Burton Barr Central Library; not only has the structure played a significant role in the evolution of downtown Phoenix, but it serves as an exemplar of Bruder’s heightened awareness of movement, materiality and light.

Learn more about Bruder’s design philosophy in the interview above and check out his projects on ArchDaily:

Construction Begins on Miami’s Tallest Tower

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Construction has begun on Miami’s tallest tower: SkyRise Miami. Standing 305 meters above the Biscayne Bay, the waterfront tower will offer three viewing decks, a restaurant, nightclub, ballroom, exhibition space, and even the chance to bungee jump off its upper floors.

It’s designers, locally based arquitectonica, hope SkyRise will achieve LEED Gold upon completion in mid-2017.

4 Visions Released for D.C.’s First Elevated Park

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OMA, Höweler + Yoon, NEXT Architects, and , Robertson & Partners are amongst four interdisciplinary teams competing to design D.C.’s first elevated public park. As part of a six month nationwide competition, the shortlisted teams have just released their preliminary design proposals for what will be known as the 11th Street Bridge Park.

Suspended over the Anacostia River, the multi-use park aims to re-connect two disparate city districts and re-engage residents with the riverfront by offering a 21st century civic “playscape.” Education and performance spaces, as well as a cafe and water sport areas will all be included in the masterplan.

A preview of the four shortlisted schemes, after the break…

Architect Magazine’s Top 50 US Architecture Firms

The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building / Westlake Reed Leskosky. Image © Nic Lehoux

Architect Magazine has released its list of the 50 best architecture firms in the US, with Westlake Reed Leskosky, William Rawn Associates and Gensler taking home the top three slots in the overall ranking. The ranking is based on three key factors: business, design and sustainability. Westlake Reed Leskosky also ranked number 1 in the Best in Business category, along with HDR and Spector Group in second and third place, respectively. NADAAA, Behnisch Architekten and Payette were the top three firms in the Best in Design category, while EYP Architecture & Engineering, William Rawn Associates and Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects were ranked as the top three in the Best in Sustainability category. For the full list visit Architect Magazine.

Aspen Art Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects

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Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects
Location: 637 East Hyman Avenue, , CO 81611, USA
Area: 33000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michael Moran / OTTO, Derek Skalko

AD Classics: SC Johnson Wax Research Tower / Frank Lloyd Wright

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The next time you catch the scent of a Glade air freshener or evade pesky mosquitoes thanks to Off!, think of Frank Lloyd Wright.  His 1950 building for the SC Johnson Research Tower at their headquarters in , Wisconsin, was home to the invention of many of their landmark products.

GoDaddy Silicon Valley Office / DES Architects + Engineers

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Architects: DES Architects + Engineers
Location: 1020 Enterprise Way, , CA 94089,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lawrence Anderson

AD Classics: North Christian Church / Eero Saarinen

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Just off the highway that leads to the town of , Indiana, the most slender of spires shoots upward from the tree line. With only a small gold cross at the top suggesting its purpose, the spire seems to belong to another world, an expressive gesture reaching into the sky that extends far beyond its visible tip. As visitors approach, the base of the spire fans out and merges with the ground, subsuming it and metaphysically bridging the distance between the heavens and the Earth. This is the famous North Christian Church, Eero Saarinen’s stunning discourse on God, nature and architecture.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights Exhibit Design / David Rockwell

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Exhibit Designer: David Rockwell
Location: Pemberton Place, 121 Baker Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313,
Area: 53000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Albert Vecerka / ESTO

Keck Institute for Space Studies / Lehrer Architects

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Architects: Lehrer Architects
Location: California Institute of Technology, 1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91125,
Area: 7200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Benny Chan

Hozho House / DesignBuildBLUFF + Colorado Building Workshop

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Architects: DesignBuildBLUFF, Colorado Building Workshop
Location: , , UT 86044, USA
Faculty Team: Rick Sommerfeld, Director , Jose Galarza, Director DesignBuildBLUFF at the University of Utah
Students: Shawn Adams, Erica Alfaro, Patrick Beseda, Gregory Behlen, Anastasia Chmel, Megan Garrett, Lacy Graham, Patricia Gut, Amy Keil, Anna Huey, Catalina Pedraza, Henry Rahn, Foster Ramsey, Scott Rank, Joe Stevenson, Dana Trill, Iassen Vladimirov, Megan Voiles, Ronald Willison, Kristin Zuro
Design Build Bluff Staff: Hiroko Yamamoto, Atsushi Yamamoto
Structural Engineer: Andy Paddock
Area: 800.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of DesignBuildBLUFF + University of Colorado Denver

Skow Residence / Colorado Building Workshop + DesignBuildBLUFF

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Architects: Colorado Building Workshop, DesignBuildBLUFF
Location: , , UT 86044, USA
Faculty Team: Rick Sommerfeld, Director , Hank Louis, Director DesignBuildBLUFF, Andrew Foster, Craig Harren
Student Team: Ellen Adams, Brett Blackmon, Lura Blumfield, Jay Burkhalter, Glen Camuso, Jacob Ebling, William Koning, William Murray, Rebecca Sockwell, JD Signom
Structural Engineer: Christopher O’Hara Studio NYL
Area: 882.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jesse Kuroiwa

Olson Kundig Architects Reinvents Site of Expo ’74 World’s Fair for 40th Anniversary

Concept design for reuse of U.S. Federal Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects

Forty years ago, the Expo ’74 World’s Fair opened in Spokane, Washington to great fanfare as the world’s first environmentally themed Expo. Perhaps equally as momentous, the former Soviet Union participated for the first time since World War II, and 5.6 million people attended throughout the course of the six month long Fair. This year, Olson Kundig Architects, led by design principal Tom Kundig, partnered with the City of Spokane to reinvent the original park with new concept designs for its structures, program, and facilities.