Recently, we shared Visiondivision’s Cancer City project – if you haven’t seen it, be sure to check it out as the firm’s fresh outlook results in a new kind of landscape for the animals. Moving from designing a new metropolis for crayfish, the architects have switched gears for their latest project to create a sukkah for an annual Jewish harvest festival. The proposal is part of the New York competition for Sukkah City (be sure to view the finalists here), which asked participants to re-imagine the temporary pavilion by developing new methods of material practice and parametric design. For Visiondivison’s proposal, the organic pavilion changes the conditions for social interaction and behavior within a simplistic structure of compression.
More images and more about the proposal after the break.
Imagine napping in a big hammock on the Greenway during your lunch hour. Designed and led by Hansy Better Barraza AIA, a team has woven The Big Hammock, the world’s largest portable relaxation/napping/hangout device, at the Fort Point Channel Parks. Take a turn in the hammock and enjoy activities from noon to 8:00 pm daily through September 4.
To find out more about The Big Hammock, click here. See more images after the break.
This documentary film explores the fascinating life and complex legacy of architect and city planner Daniel Hudson Burnham, famous for designing the Flatiron Building in New York, Union Station in Washington D.C., and the 1909 master plan for Chicago, among others.
The film will premiere nationally on PBS on Labor Day, September 6. Seen at Architectural Record.
Peaking above some contemporary New York favorites – such as Gehry’s IAC Building and Field Operations + DS+R’s High Line – Jean Nouvel’s 100 Eleventh Avenue adds yet another touch of character to Manhattan’s West Side. ArchRecord‘s great pieces on curtains walls gave us a better look at Nouvel’s textured glass curtain wall.
More about the curtain wall after the break.
Pratt Institute School of Architecture and the Pratt Library will present “Le Corbusier – Miracle Boxes”, a multidisciplinary, three-part exhibition on the work of renowned Swiss-French architect, urbanist, designer, writer, and painter Le Corbusier (born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris), who is considered by many to be the most important architect of the 20th century, starting August 30, 2010.
“Miracle Boxes,” the first New York exhibition dedicated entirely to the work of Le Corbusier, is curated by Ivan R. Shumkov, Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of architecture at Pratt Institute. Shumkov will deliver an opening lecture that will be followed by a reception on September 13, 2010 at 6 p.m in Higgins Hall Auditorium located at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. The exhibition, opening lecture, reception, and an upcoming related symposium will be free and open to the public.
More information and images on the event after the break.
The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is designed to be the port of the future, not only operationally, but also in terms of high-performance buildings.
Designed by the award-winning architectural firm, The Miller Hull Partnership, all three phases of the project are targeted to achieve LEED Platinum certification due to energy efficiency, water conservation strategies, and an integrated design process. Most notably is the potential of achieving net zero energy in all the occupied spaces, the first facility open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to achieve this in the United States.
Complete press release and more images after the break.
Back in May, we told you about the Sukkah City Competition, which asked architects to reimagine the sukkah, a temporary structure built to celebrate the Jewish festival of Sukkot.
Twelve finalists were chosen, and their designs will go on display in Manhattan’s Union Square Park next September 19-20. New Yorkers will vote on the twelve designs to choose a single winner that will stand throughout the week-long festival as the Official Sukkah of New York City. The finalists are:
Dale Suttle, So Sugita, and Ginna Nguyen / Henry Grosman and Babak Bryan / Ronald Rael, Virginia San Fratello / Kyle May and Scott Abrahams / Peter Sagar / tinder, tinker / Matthias Karch / Matter Practice / Volkan Alkanoglu / Bittertang / SO-IL / THEVERYMANY
Seen at the Los Angeles Times.
DawnTown Miami is an annual architecture ideas competition meant to bring creative and inspiring new solutions to Downtown Miami. Now in its third year, DawnTown is reaching to new heights…literally. This year’s contest topic is a reference back to Miami’s unique history of aviation: a new Seaport Terminal on Watson Island.
The competition seeks out fresh and inventive designs that will help promote downtown not only as a transportation hub, but a gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America.
To enter, please visit www.dawntown.org to download the competition brief. Registration is free and open to all designers, professionals or students.
Local, national and international architects and designers are invited to participate in this blind competition to create a temporary installation (estimated to be 1 to 2 years) that will occupy the future building site for Utah’s premiere ballet company, Ballet West. The project’s site is adjacent to the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Salt Lake City and is currently vacant, thus providing a unique contextual setting in Salt Lake City’s ever-changing urban fabric.
The winner of this two-stage competition will enter into a contract with Salt Lake County and receive $46,000.00 for fabrication and installation. Please take time to explore the project brief and sign up today! Entries may be submitted from individuals, teams, design firms or other collaborations. For more information go to the competition’s official website. Seen at Death by Architecture.
Yesterday, we shared news about the raging debate over Manhattan’s skyline. The City Council meeting on Wednesday was the deciding factor in whether the Pelli Clarke Pelli tower would move forward. According to yesterday’s meeting, as Charles V. Bagli reported for the New York Times, the City Council has approved the plans 47-1 and so, the new tower will rise to within 34 feet in height of its iconic neighbor.
New York City’s Empire State Building has dominated its portion of Manhattan’s skyline ever since it was constructed back in 1931. Now, as Charles V. Bagli reported for the New York Times, a proposed tower just two avenues west on 34th Street across from Pennsylvania Station will be infringing on the Empire State Building as it is slated to rise 1,216 ft – almost reaching the Empire State Building’s 1,250 ft (with its antenna, the ESB measures 1,453 ft). So, it has become the battle of the skyscrapers as the new building claims it will benefit Manhattan by providing jobs and improve the quality of life for New Yorkers and the Empire State Building is worried about losing its iconic presence in the skyline.
Architecture for Humanity Charleston invites you to participate in Charleston’s continuing legacy of preservation and sustainability. As a basis for exploration, the HuB Design Competition proposes that a new light rail system has been established that will provide a connection between Charleston’s downtown peninsula and its surrounding communities. Entrants to the competition are challenged to design the two major components of the new transit system:
The Downtown Transit Hub: The new downtown transit hub is a mixed-use building that will be located within the heart of the Charleston peninsula. The building will provide services for light rail, bus riders, cyclists, pedestrians and will also address the growing need for community meeting space, affordable retail and office space. We have chosen an underused site in a prominent location adjacent to the Charleston City Visitor Center on Meeting Street.
The Node Transit Station: The node transit station is a prototypical design that will be located at various locations throughout the Charleston Lowcountry. It is a modestly scaled structure that will serve the new light rail system and the existing bus system. The two designs should collaborate to create a system of cohesive recognizable nodes for tourists and residents. For more information, go to the competition’s official website. Seen at Death by Architecture.
What do you think of this interior renovation by Studio IDE? The 550 sq ft studio is designed as an overlapping of space, incorporating the client’s Pop Art lithographs as well as more private living areas. The swinging frames add a nice touch to the art display, and their arrangement makes one feel he is walking into “a gallery space wired for living rather an apartment space equipped to display art.” As the apartment opens toward Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan, Studio IDE wanted the space to conceptually become an “interweaving of form and space…of the incidental voids amidst the City’s oscillating texture below.” In this way, the art becomes a “spectacle of tranquility, a moment of pause similar to the calm found in looking onto the lake.” The video is arranged in an interesting style, as the independent sounds follow the shots of each space. The crisp detailing and materiality create a sophisticated space, both in terms of a gallery and living area.
Seen at Studio IDE’s Vimeo Studio IDE.
HOK has infused green strategies into Chicago’s Greenway Self-Park facility – a not so typical place to find sustainable ideas. While the 11 story energy efficient parking garage features a naturally ventilated exterior wall, a cistern rain water collection system, a green roof, and electric car plug-in stations, we can’t get over the dozen wind turbines made by Helix Wind that attach to the external structure.
More about the self-park and more images after the break.