2013 "Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site" Winners Announced

00:00 - 20 June, 2013
2013 "Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site" Winners Announced, 1st Place "MINICITY Detroit” by Davide Marchetti and Erin Pellegrino
1st Place "MINICITY Detroit” by Davide Marchetti and Erin Pellegrino

Rock Ventures LLC and Bedrock Real Estate Services has announced the winners of Opportunity Detroit’s international design competition which solicited ideas for a potential signature project on the former Hudson’s Department Store site in downtown Detroit. The three winning design ideas came from Rome, Italy; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Southfield, Michigan. More images and information on the winning entries after the break.

Improving Residential Market Leads to Larger Homes & More Property Enhancements

00:00 - 17 June, 2013
Improving Residential Market Leads to Larger Homes & More Property Enhancements, open concept, double loft by 3six0 Architecture in Rhode Island
open concept, double loft by 3six0 Architecture in Rhode Island

According to the AIA, The American Institute of Architects, the American housing market is at its strongest growth level since 2005. As the once struggling residential market continues to improve, the size of homes is also growing in both high-end and custom homes as well as in additions to existing homes. Data from the AIA Home Design Trends Survey reveals that preferences for accessible spaces in homes - such as open-space layouts and single-floor design - is also on the rise.

To see the survey's findings and to learn more about today's housing market, read on.

What Does the New Apple Store in San Francisco Say About Commercial Architecture?

00:00 - 15 June, 2013
What Does the New Apple Store in San Francisco Say About Commercial Architecture?, Rendering of the proposed Apple Store in Union Square
Rendering of the proposed Apple Store in Union Square

This past May, Apple filed plans to close its existing flagship retail store at 1 Stockton Street in San Francisco and move it three blocks north to one of the city's most popular spots: Union Square. This plan was met with enthusiasm from city officials until they realized that Apple and the store's architects at Foster + Partners were disregarding a beloved bronze folk art fountain by San Francisco sculptor Ruth Asawa that currently occupies the site. Many have also criticized the store's design for being a characterless box of metal and glass that contributes nothing unique to the local landscape, raising awareness of a commercial architecture defined more and more by trademark and less and less by its surroundings.

More on Apple's proposal in San Francisco and the problems of trademarked design after the break.

Video: American Design Club

00:00 - 5 June, 2013

Who Should Win the OMA vs. BIG Miami Showdown?

00:00 - 31 May, 2013
Who Should Win the OMA vs. BIG Miami Showdown?, © BIG
© BIG

The Miami Beach Convention Center, a giant box of a building constructed in 1957, is in desperate need of a makeover and two design teams have bravely accepted the challenge. Team 1 is dubbed South Beach ACE (Arts, Culture, Entertainment District) and is a collaboration between Rem Koolhaas's OMA firm, Tishman, UIA, MVVA, Raymond Jungles and TVS. Team 2 goes by the name of Miami Beach Square and includes BIG, West 8, Fentress, JPA and Portman CMC. Both proposals completely re-imagine 52 acres of prime beach real estate and cost over a billion dollars in public and private funds. So, who does it better? 

Vote for your favorite after the break...

AD Architecture School Guide: Portland State University School of Architecture

00:00 - 30 May, 2013
AD Architecture School Guide: Portland State University School of Architecture, image via sageclassroom.com
image via sageclassroom.com

Social justice. How can that be achieved? At Portland State University School of Architecture, faculty and students are exploring just this issue in different forms. Often when people think of Portland or the state of Oregon, images of “crunchy” eco-“warriors” come to mind, but these issues are not simply proxies for a lifestyle or consumer choices. Rather, when discussing people and ecology, the issues are about resources. Specifically, how do humans use and allocate resources to promote fair, well-distributed advancements rather than exploitation, oppression and conspicuous consumption.

Four Firms Shortlisted to Refurbish US Embassy in Athens

01:00 - 16 May, 2013
Four Firms Shortlisted to Refurbish US Embassy in Athens, Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece; Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece; Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted four design firms for the major rehabilitation of the Athens Chancery project. Protected as an architectural landmark, the mid-century modern building was originally designed by the famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius with the consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios. 

OMA Proposes Radical Redevelopment Plan for the Miami Beach Convention Center

01:00 - 16 May, 2013
OMA Proposes Radical Redevelopment Plan for the Miami Beach Convention Center, Aerial from SW; Courtesy of OMA
Aerial from SW; Courtesy of OMA

South Beach ACE just unveiled their master plan for the redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center site. Currently in a battle with BIG and Portman CMC for the right to overhaul the 52-acre site, national developer Tishman, international architecture firm OMA, international firm TVS, and Miami Beach developer UIA Management comprise the South Beach ACE team. The vision involves bringing to life one of Miami Beach’s most underutilized public sites with a fully-revamped convention center capable of luring major events from around the world, an iconic hotel, inviting green spaces, low-density retail uses, and cultural venues. 

More images and the team's description after the break...

John and Frances Angelos Law Center / Behnisch Architekten + Ayers Saint Gross

01:00 - 12 May, 2013
John and Frances Angelos Law Center / Behnisch Architekten + Ayers Saint Gross, Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten
Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten
  • Architects

  • Location

    1401 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD USA
  • Client

    University of Baltimore
  • Gross Area

    18.0123 m2 / 194.000 sqft
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten

Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten +14

Libeskind Selected to Design Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial

15:04 - 8 May, 2013
via The Columbus Dispatch
via The Columbus Dispatch

Daniel Libeskind has been selected among two other renowned artists to design the Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial in Columbus. The 18-foot tall memorial brushed stainless-steel memorial will be punctuated by the six-pointed Star of David and accompanied by a 40-foot walkway with words etched in limestone.

The Indicator: When Architects Attack

00:00 - 8 May, 2013
The Indicator: When Architects Attack, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

When Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, gives a bad review there is the sense that he is essentially dismantling a building, chipping its façade apart, like breaking down some charade in defense of the public’s honor. Like a hired killer he disappears the architecture, but at the same time heightens its visibility in the culture.

This ability, to provoke in such ways, is precisely why Thom Mayne would like to bar Mr. Hawthorne from taking a crack at reviewing the new building he and his firm, Morphosis designed for the firm’s new offices.

On a recent tour of the new digs, Mayne, as reported in The Architect’s Newspaper, was overheard saying, “There are no good writers in Los Angeles” and “All local writers are horrible.” To add further insult, he wants a science writer to cover it. That should be a short review.

UC Davis Art Museum Proposal / Henning Larsen Architects

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
UC Davis Art Museum Proposal / Henning Larsen Architects, Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects
Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

Last year the University of California, Davis invited three architects to compete for the chance to design their new $30 million art museum, slated to open in 2016. The competition was a design-build affair, with each entrant being asked to pair up with a contractor and submit a holistic design. For those who missed it, SO - IL were announced as the winners of the competition.

Here we present one of the two runner-up submissions from Henning Larsen Architects. Given the name 'The Leaf', the design it spatially and materially expresses its overlapping functions. Its name comes from the lightweight leaf-like steel and aluminum roof, which filters sunlight and offers shade. The leaf sits on a heavy concrete base, providing accommodation for the museum's exhibits.

Read the architects description after the break...

One World Trade Center Will Soon Top Out at 1,776 Feet

00:00 - 3 May, 2013

After weather conditions refused to cooperate on Monday, the final two sections of Freedom Tower have been lifted to the summit of the One World Trade CenterConstruction of the gargantuan 758-ton, 408-foot spire - a joint Canadian-U.S. venture - began in December 2012, when 18 separate pieces were shipped to Manhattan from Canada and New JerseyThis final addition, including a steel beacon, means that the height of the building will soon rise from 1,368 feet to a more patriotic 1,776 feet once the segments are permanently installed within the next few weeks. However, it's not yet certain that the building will officially be the tallest in the U.S.

Read more after the break...

Groups Urge Congress: Keep Energy Conservation Requirements for Government Buildings

00:00 - 2 May, 2013
Groups Urge Congress: Keep Energy Conservation Requirements for Government Buildings, Federal Center South Building 1202; Seattle / ZGF Architects LLP © Benjamin Benschneider
Federal Center South Building 1202; Seattle / ZGF Architects LLP © Benjamin Benschneider

The American Institute of Architects today released a letter from more than 350 different associations and companies expressing opposition to efforts by special interests to gut energy conservation requirements for federal buildings.

The letter, which is addressed to Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and ranking Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, was released one week ahead of the scheduled mark-up of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee May 8.

That legislation, introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), would promote greater use of energy efficiency technology in commercial and residential buildings and by manufacturers.

More information after the break...

Dwell on Design 2013

00:00 - 2 May, 2013
Dwell on Design 2013

Dwell on Design, America’s largest modern design event, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 21-23, 2013. DOD reimagines the trade show experience by transforming 200,000 square feet of concrete into a design incubator where prefab comes to life and design luminaires debate the issues of today. With more than 400 exhibitors, 200 speakers, 2000 products and an expected 30,000 attendees, DOD has become the largest design event in the US, showing how influential design is in every aspect of our modern world. Dwell is proud to announce The Lincoln Motor Company as the Presenting Auto sponsor, Design Partner jcpenney and Industry Partner The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). The event is produced by Dwell Media.

More information, including keynote speakers, the 2013 highlights and a special promo code for ArchDaily readers after the break.

The Indicator: Sheltering in Place

00:00 - 26 April, 2013
The Indicator: Sheltering in Place, Rudolph's UMass Dartmouth Library. Courtesy, UMass Dartmouth
Rudolph's UMass Dartmouth Library. Courtesy, UMass Dartmouth

Last Sunday James S. Russell, architecture critic for Bloomberg News and a former editor for Architectural Record, mused on his personal blog about the possible influence Paul Rudolph’s Brutalist University of Massachusetts campus in Dartmouth may have had on Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the younger of the two Boston Marathon bombers who was also a student there.

Mr. Russell describes the campus as “a gigantic eerie, dozen-building concoction of grim ribbed-concrete hubris….” This is the sort of description that drives right to the heart of urban alienation. It’s Edvard Munch’s The Scream. This ability to sum up and drive the nail home is one reason he is the architecture critic for Bloomberg News. No side-stepping here.

Positive Signs of Growth Reflected in Steady ABI and Higher Intern Employment Rates

00:00 - 24 April, 2013
Positive Signs of Growth Reflected in Steady ABI and Higher Intern Employment Rates, © Calculated Risk
© Calculated Risk

For the eight consecutive month, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is reflecting a steady upturn in design activity. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. Although the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.9, down from a mark of 54.9 in February, this score still reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). In addition, the new projects inquiry index was 60.1, down from the reading of 64.8 the previous month.

“Business conditions in the construction industry have generally been improving over the last several months,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.  “But as we have continued to report, the recovery has been uneven across the major construction sectors so it’s not a big surprise that there was some easing in the pace of growth in March compared to previous months.”

Key ABI highlights and details indicating higher employment rates for intern architects after the break...

Plan Envisages Reusing Pittsburghs Industrial Past to Bring The City Closer Together

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
Plan Envisages Reusing Pittsburghs Industrial Past to Bring The City Closer Together, 43rd St District View Back Towards Pittsburgh Courtesy of Sasaki Associates
43rd St District View Back Towards Pittsburgh Courtesy of Sasaki Associates

With the advent of the High Line and the recent announcement about Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail, it's becoming clear that the 'parkway' is a powerful new force in urban planning, which has the potential to change the way cities around the world function. A new project in Pittsburgh seeks to harness these possibilities, as the city's history of industry has left its stamp upon the city in the form of a rusting industrial riverfront. A plan by Saski Associates envisages re-using this space to create a green belt, tying the city closer together. By adding pedestrian, cycling and light-rail transport routes, and creating plenty of green spaces, they hope to tap Pittsburgh's unrealized potential to be a river-front city, while encouraging geographical and social closeness amongst its communities.

More images and the architect’s description after the break…