Painting Construct / Joseph N. Biondo


Joseph N. Biondo has paired with internationally recognized abstract painter Ed Kerns to design a conceptual, unbuilt project that will house  Kerns’ Bones Like Iron-Blood Like Mercury. This unique collaboration has resulted in an exploratory exercise of modest materials to create a renewed reality within the material condition of a building. “The materials we use are commonplace however, the care for their methods of assembly and absolute passion for scrupulous detailing are not… To make an extraordinary material special is trite, but to heighten one’s awareness of a humble material can be poetic,” explained Biondo.

More images and more about the project after the break.

Material Parametrics Workshop

Material Parametrics is a two-day intensive design and prototyping workshop (with an optional third day) to be held in City during the weekend of September 25. Over the course of two(+) days participants will examine the cultural as well as technological domains of associative practices within architecture and its related fields. Participants will iteratively develop parametric assemblies with an emphasis placed on material prototyping as a vehicle for design innovation.

The format of the workshop includes daily instructional, design, and fabrication sessions and will be conducted in a fast-paced and hands-on studio environment. Participants will have direct access to digital fabrication equipment, including an industrial CNC 3-axis Mill and CNC High-Force Cutter. An optional third workshop day is offered to those participants desiring further time to develop and prototype individual projects.

For more information, visit the workshop’s official website.

Finishing touches for Lincoln Center / DS + R

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Amidst finishing the second installation of the High Line with James Corner Field Operations, and beginning to design the Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles, DS + R has carved out a little pocket of time to add the finishing touches to their redesign of .    According to the Times, the team has turned their attention to the smaller details of project, specifically the Center’s electronic infoscape.   It takes a lot to stop a New Yorker, yet Reynold Levy, Lincoln Center’s president, told the Times, “We think this will cause them to stop in their tracks and really take a look. We are endeavoring to create a feeling, engender a mood, provide a sense of the drama and the beauty of what goes on in our halls. We want to attract passers-by, but we also want to surprise Upper West Siders.”

More about the new infoscape after the break.

House on Cedar Hill / Cunningham Architects

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Architects: Cunningham Architects
Location: Cedar Hill, TX,
Project Team: Gary Cunningham, Paul Field
Structural Engineering: GroupStructural Engineers, Inc.
Landscape Architects: David Hocker
MEP: Mark Portnoy
Lighting Design: Pamela Hull Wilson
Project Area: 6,700 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: James F. Wilson & Mark McWilliams

The Hollow / Visiondivision


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 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.

The Big Hammock

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.

Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City

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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 , 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.

100 Eleventh Avenue / Jean Nouvel

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Peaking above some contemporary favorites – such as Gehry’s IAC Building and Field Operations + DS+R’s High LineJean Nouvel’s 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.

Pryor Residence / Bates Masi Architects


Architects: Bates Masi Architects
Location: Pryor, Montauk, NY,
Client: Victoria & Greg Pryor
Landscape Architects: Coen & Partners
Structural Engineer: Steven L. Maresca
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Bates Masi Architects

Beast / Specht Harpman

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Architects: Specht Harpman
Location: Austin, Texas,
Project Team: Scott Specht, Louise Harpman, Brett Wolfe
Contractor: Artifice / Jean Goehring & Amy Hovis
Project Area: 4,060 sq ft
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Meg Mulloy

Light & Sie Art Gallery / LaguardaLow Architects

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Architects: LaguardaLow Architects
Location: Dallas, TX,
Partner in Charge: Pablo Laguarda
Project Manager: Linh Tran
Contractor: Solid Green Construction
Client: Stan Light & Andrew Sie
Project Area: 16,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Charles Davis Smith

Pratt to present Three-Part Exhibition, Lecture, and Symposium on the work of Le Corbusier

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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 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 Miller Hull Partnership unveils new designs for San Ysidro U.S. Land Port of Entry

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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.

Sukkah City: New York City Competition finalists announced

Rendering of "Gathering," one of 12 finalists by Dale Suttle, So Sugita, and Ginna Nguyen

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 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.

Scholl Residence / Studio B Architects

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Architects: Studio B Architects
Location: Aspen, , USA
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Aspen Architectural Photography

DawnTown Miami: Seaplane Terminal Design Competition

DawnTown Miami is an annual architecture ideas competition meant to bring creative and inspiring new solutions to Downtown . Now in its third year, DawnTown is reaching to new heights…literally. This year’s contest topic is a reference back to ’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 to download the competition brief. Registration is free and open to all designers, professionals or students.

Ballet West: Fluid Adagio Installation Competition

AIA Utah announces the 2010 design/build competition Ballet West: Fluid Adagio Installation (BWFAI), a first-time-ever joint competition initiated by AIA ’s Young Architects Forum.

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.

Update: Battle of Midtown’s Skyline

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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.