Chenequa Residence / Robert Harvey Oshatz Architect

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Architects: Robert Harvey Oshatz Architect
Location: , , USA
Architect In Charge: Robert H Oshatz
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Cameron Neilson

University of California Irvine Contemporary Arts Center / Ehrlich Architects

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Architects: Ehrlich Architects
Location: Irvine, CA,
Landscape Architects: LRM Landscape Architecture
Project Area: 55,000 sq ft
Photographs: Lawrence Anderson

AIA selects the 2012 Recipients of the Small Project Awards

SPECS Optical Façade, Minneapolis / Alchemy Architects © Geoffrey Warner and Scott Ervin

The American Institute of Architects () has announced the eleven recipients of the 2012 Small Project Awards. Now in its ninth year, the Small Project Awards Program emphasizes the excellence of small-project design and strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to projects, no matter the limits of size and scope.

The award recipients are categorized into three groups; category 1) a small project construction, object, work of environmental art or architectural design element up to $150,000 2) a small project construction, up to $1,500,000 and 3) a small project construction up to $1,500,000 which does not rely on external infrastructure as its primary power source.

The 2012 Small Project Award winners are:

2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize Shortlist

Solaris, Singapore / TR Hamzah and Yeang and CPG © Albert Lim

The Royal Institute of British Architects () has announced four international projects shortlisted for this year’s Lubetkin Prize – an award presented to the “best new international building outside the EU”. Three of the projects are located in South East and one is in the USA. This news follows the announcement of the shortlisted projects competing for the UK’s prestigious Stirling Prize. The winners of both awards will be announced at a special event in Manchester on Saturday, October 13th.

Angela Brady, RIBA President, stated: “On the 2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize shortlist we have four highly experienced architecture practices offering sophisticated yet fun responses to complex sites. These cutting-edge buildings show the leading role that architects play in creating low-energy living and working spaces, even in extreme environmental conditions.”

The four projects shortlisted for the 2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize are:

The Media Room / Luca Andrisani

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Architects: Luca Andrisani
Location: , NY, USA
Architect In Charge:
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 400.0 sqft
Photographs: Adam Chinitz

AD Classics: St. John’s Abbey Church / Marcel Breuer

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Saint John’s Abbey Church was designed by the renowned Hungarian architect . This cast-in-place concrete marvel is a stepping-stone in modern design of religious architecture in the . One must admire the great concrete trees that support the ceiling and the dominant bell banner that shields the church. More after the break.

Riverview Gardens Residence / Bercy Chen Studio


Architect: Bercy Chen Studio
Location: Austin,
General Contractor: Bercy Chen Studio
Area: 2,000 sqf each
Photographs: Bercy Chen Studio

Four Pritzker-Prize winners to submit conceptual designs for new office tower in Manhattan

CCTV/OMA Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, designers, David Gianotten, photographed by Iwan Baan

L&L Holding Company, LLC, today announced that four of the world’s most acclaimed architecture firms – Foster + Partners (Lord Norman Foster), Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (Lord Richard Rogers), OMA (Rem Koolhaas) and Zaha Hadid Architects – are participating this week in the conceptual design phase of its architectural competition for a new office tower to be constructed at 425 Park Avenue in Manhattan.

In April of this year, L&L Holding invited 11 of the world’s most accomplished architects to express their interest in competing for the commission to design a new tower at 425 Park Avenue. Of those invited, nine firms chose to enter the competition. After careful deliberations, L&L Holding narrowed its list to the four selected firms, each of which is led by a Pritzker Prize-winning architect with extensive international experience and proven expertise in office tower design.

The architects and their teams have prepared and are presenting their conceptual designs this week for a 650,000 square foot tower that will be designed to high L.E.E.D. sustainability standards.

Cascading Creek House / Bercy Chen Studio

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Architects: Bercy Chen Studio
Location: , , USA
Interior Design: Alan Cano Interiors
Builder: Spencer Construction Management
Lighting Design: Recht Lighting
Structural Engineer: Conrad Engineering
Area: 6,118 sqm
Photographs: Bercy Chen Studio

Master Plan for LA Union Station / Grimshaw + Gruen Associates

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The office of Grimshaw and LA based Gruen Associates were officially awarded the Union Station master plan last Thursday. The County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors, chaired by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, approved a nomination that sets in motion a two year master plan creation process to generate a new vision for Union Station, in conjunction with the general revitalization and growth of downtown as the city and metro look to the future. More architects’ description after the break.

1111 / Bercy Chen Studio


Architect: Bercy Chen Studio
Location: Austin, Texas,
General Contractor: Bercy Chen Studio LP
Construction Manager: Bercy Chen Studio LP
Area: 10,000 sqm
Photographs: Bercy Chen Studio

Video: Exhale Pavilion, Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

Rachely Rotem and Phu Hoang joined forces to create an award-winning temporary installation, Exhale: Seven miles of reflective and phosphorescent rope, influenced by bioluminescent algae found amongst the sea life, which they designed for the Oceanfront Pavilion at Art Basel Beach 2010.

Brandeis Mandel Center / Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects

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Architects: Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects
Location: Waltham, ,
Lead Design Architects: Michael McKinnell and Martin Dermady
Completion: 2010
Total Area: 36,600 gsf
Construction Cost: $18,700,000
Photographs: Anton Grassl of Esto Photographics


641 Avenue of the Americas / Cook + Fox Architects

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Architect: Cook+Fox Architects
Location: New York, NY
Client: Cook+Fox Architects LLP
Completion: July 2006
Size: 12,121 SF
Photographs: Cook+Fox Architects

Designing Healthy Communities: A 4-Episode Investigation into the Health of Our Communities

How does it sound when Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, host of Designing Healthy Communities says that we are among the first generation in modern history to have shorter lifespans than our parents? It is a frightening thought, especially when it is compounded with the idea that the way in which we have designed – that is our buildings, our streets, our infrastructure, our food, our lifestyles – for decades has contributed to it. Designing Healthy Communities is a project that is dedicated to confronting contemporary issues of public health associated with the built environment and offering solutions that encourage reshaping our interactions, lifestyles and design strategies. In a series of episodes, Dr. Jackson discusses various factors within our environment that has caused rampant chronic health problems, the most prominent of which is Type 2 Diabetes caused by obesity.  It comes down to an environment that promotes a sedentary lifestyle and poor food choices.

More on this series after the break.

Annie Residence / Bercy Chen Studio


Architect: Bercy Chen Studio
Location: Austin, , USA
General Contractor: Bercy Chen Studio
Area: 19,000 sqm
Photographs: Bercy Chen Studio


AD Editorial Round Up: Architecture in America Today

A Rebar project, the VIctory Garden replaced San Francisco’s Civic Space with a temporary farm. Via Afasia.

Seeing as it’s the 4th of July, we thought we would take a moment to reflect on the state of Architecture in our country today. Where are we? What’s important to us now, July 4th, 2012? And what does the future look like?

Undoubtedly, the Architecture profession is still hurting from the Recession. Thousands remain unemployed and, as Andrew Maynard pointed out in his popular Work/Life/Work Balance, those who are employed are overworked and undervalued. However, there are some glimmers of hope: in After the Meltdown, we discussed the inevitable rise of Public-Interest Design and the opportunities it will offer; in a guest post, Steve Sanderson of CASE championed the diversification & expansion of the architecture profession, which will better prepare architects for the realities of our Post-Meltdown economy.

As for Architecture today, there has been a rise in community-oriented projects that seek to better the quality of life in our fast-growing cities – from Productive Landscapes (which we explored at length in our Urban Agriculture Series) to Reclaimed Parks, a la the High Line and Low Line. While Green Design is of course on the rise, we discussed the boons & pitfalls of  following LEED to the letter. We also took a look at the role technology will play in guiding urban design, wondering “Can you Crowdsource a City?” and “Can you replicate the magic of Silicon Valley?

Despite the economic struggle, Architects are expanding their definition of architecture and coming up with innovative solutions for a more sustainable, responsible future.



AIA Home Design Trend Survey Q1/2012

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The AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2012 reports an optimistic outlook for residential architectural firms. Key aspects of the survey attempt to illustrate the trending situations compared with previous quarterly surveys. Perhaps the most enlightening aspect prevalent throughout the majority of the survey topics is that growth is beginning to shake off the declines of the housing downturn. More details after the break.