Project Umbrella / Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak

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Project Umbrella by architects Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak has been awarded first place in the LA Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, presented by SCI-Arc and Architect’s Newspaper in partnership with the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles, the Community Redevelopment Agency, along with other public and private sponsors.

More images and descriptions after the break.

Vision for the Great Lakes at TEDxTalks by Philip Enquist of SOM

This past July of SOM spoke to the city of Minneapolis, as a part of TEDxTalks Mill City series.  His focus was to raise awareness and also challenge the Great Lake and St. Lawrence watershed residents to “imagine there are no borders”.  This video hits close to home, as I grew up in the Great Lakes watershed region.  His lecture is informative and revealing of the responsibility there is to utilize and protect this great resource of the United States.

At the end of the video you find yourself wondering why haven’t we already created a plan for the Great Lakes region.  Possibly the size of this region or the international boarder running through it has failed to put it on many people’s radar screens.  Either way Enquist lays out an achievable ten point plan (overview after the break) to focus on where this 100 year vision could be a global example of human balance with nature, beyond two nations.

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Following Enquist’s lecture the mayors of the Great Lake and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative voted to approve a regional sustainability program.

Tower House / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: Leander, , USA
Project Team: Arthur Andersson, Chris Wise, Kristen Heaney, Travis Greig
Contractor: Curtis Gravatt, Construction Arts
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Art Gray

Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond / Studio Gang Architects

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The project transforms a picturesque urban pond from the 19th century into an ecological habitat buzzing with life. With the design’s improvements to water quality, hydrology, landscape, accessibility, and shelter, the site is able to function as an outdoor classroom in which the co-existence of natural and urban surroundings is demonstrated.

Architect: Studio Gang Architects
Client: Lincoln Park Zoo
Project Area: 4 acres
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Beth Zacherle and Studio Gang Architects

“Luminous walls: From clerestory windows to pixelated planes”, lecture at GSAPP

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The movie “Luminous walls: From clerestory windows to pixelated planes“, is a shortened version of the lecture that will be presented by Thomas Schielke at the in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York (Oct. 26th, 2010). The timeline depicts different international lighting approaches from backlit clerestory windows for spiritual enlightenment to changing pixelated planes based on LED technology.

The overview of international projects from architects like Antonio Gaudi, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Jean Nouvel, Peter Zumthor, Raffael Moneo, Toyo Ito, Christoph Ingenhoven and Karim Rashid or light artists as Peter Kogler and Erwin Redl covers various lighting methods and techniques for luminous walls and their visual appearance.

Yerger Residence / Chen + Suchart Studio LLC

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Architects: Chen + Suchart Studio LLC
Location: Phoenix, , USA
Project Architects: Szu-Ping Patricia Chen Suchart and Thamarit Suchart
Structural Engineering: AED Structural Engineers, Inc. – Christopher J. Sosnowski, P.E.
Construction Company: Creative Concrete and , LLC
Project Area: 361.40 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

Green Mosque / Onat Oktem, Ziya Imren, Zeynep Oktem, Uri Tzarnotzky

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‘The Building: Problem or Solution?’ competition, managed by Faith in Place, encouraged the creative design of religious buildings through the re-use and modification of existing structures. Through the collaborative ideas of architects Onat Oktem, Ziya Imren, Zeynep Oktem and Uri Tzarmotzky, their Green Mosque won the competition’s, “Best Freestanding Religious Structure”. More on the architect’s description and images after the break.

New Look for the Winter Garden

The New Winter Garden Design. Courtesy Brookfield

Talk about a great public space, the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center seems to have it all.   A sudden and much welcomed break from the chaotic streets and hectic bustle of city life, Caesar Pelli’s amazing garden slows down the pace of a passerby’s day for just a second as one may steal a glance of the river, read under palm trees or relax on the grand marble stairs.  This space is so meaningful that it was one of the first things rebuilt after the attack on the World Trade Center back in 2001.  Yet, according to the New York Observer, Brookfield Properties, the owner of the World Financial Center, has proposed a redesign of the winter garden, including the removal of the beloved steps.

More about the proposal after the break.

Woodbridge12 Condominiums / SPF:a

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Architects: Studio Pali Fekete
Location: California,
Designer: Zoltan Pali
Project year: 2010
Photographs: John Edward Linden

T Space / Steven Holl Architects

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Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Location: Dutchess County, NY,
Design Architect: Steven Holl
Project Advisor: Chris McVoy
Project Architect: Garrick Ambrose
Project Team: Jackie Luk, Lautaro Pereyra, Jeanne Wellinger
Structural Engineering: Silman Associates, PC.
Fabricator: JLP Home Improvement
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Susan Wides

Atlantic City Holocaust Memorial Design Competition proposal / Julian King Architect

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-based Julian King Architect shared with us their proposal for the Holocaust Memorial Design Competition, selected as one of the six finalists. The competition will announce the winning project in November. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Hundred Foot House / Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

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Architects: Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects
Location: Orinda, California,
Project Team: Luke Ogrydziak, Zoë Prillinger, Diana Martinez
Structural Engineering: Julia Chen
General Contractor: Jon Gasparini
Project Area: 2,400 sq ft
Project Year: 2004-2009
Photographs: Courtesy of OPA

PARK + NetLab Named Winners in Competition to Re-Imagine Long Island’s Downtowns

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“Build a Better Burb”, a design and planning competition sponsored by the Index with the Rauch Foundation, has named the team of PARK and NetLab as one of five winners. Will Prince of the architecture and planning studio PARK and Kazys Varnelis, the founder of NetLab, collaborated on the winning proposal “Long Division,” a regional strategy that promotes both responsible growth and planned contraction.

More images, a video on the project,  and complete press release after the break.

Salt Point House / Thomas Phifer and Partners

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Architect: Thomas Phifer
Managing Partner: Thomas Phifer AIA
Project Partner: Greg Reaves AIA LEED AP
Project Team: Joseph Sevene, Christoph Timm, Jonathan Benner, Katie Bennett, Kerim Kemirkan, Ina Ko, Matthew Jull
Location: , New York,
Client: Cristina Grajales and Isabelle Kirshner
Project Area: 204 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Scott Frances and Karin Kohlberg Photography

Stone Creek Camp / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: Bigfork, Montana, USA
Project Team: Arthur Andersson, Chris Wise, Christopher Sanders, Becky Joye
Contractor: Bigfork Builders, Martel Construction
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Art Gray

CaesarStone Showroom / Dan Brunn

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Architect: Dan Brunn
Location: , CA, USA
Client: Arik Tendler, CaesarStone USA
Contractor: Sigura Construction
Project Area: 4,000 sq ft
Budget: $500,000
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Dan Brunn

Sigal Museum / Spillman Farmer Architects

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Architects: Spillman Farmer Architects
Location: Easton, PA,
Project Team: James Whildin, Joseph N. Biondo, Randy Galiotto, Michael Metzger, Wayne Stitt, Joanne Titcomb, Brian Brandis, David Wrigley, Sierra Krause, Deirdre Kwiatek
Project Area: 31,626 sq ft
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Steve Wolfe

Sukkah City Design Competition proposal / UGO architecture and design

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After the H3Ar split earlier this year, Hugon Kowalski founded UGO architecture and design, and he shared with us his proposal for the Sukkah City Design Competition in . More images and architect’s description after the break.