BSA Response to Greenway Guidelines

Check out Chris Lovett’s video we spotted about the Redevelopment Authority’s proposed guidelines for development around the Rose Kennedy Greenway.  The Greenway has the potential to become a highly activated public realm fusing commercial entities with cultural institutes, both on and off the Greenway.   The interview features Mike Davis’, the Commissioner of Public Policy for the Boston Society of Architects and VP and principal with Bergmeyer, thoughts on guidelines, such as height restrictions but more importantly, Davis stresses the importance of connectivity and form.  Although several proposed ideas have met challenges and will not be realized, the BSA is trying to push the planning for the Greenway forward.  By developing these empty parcels, the Greenway will transform to become a completely viable component to the Boston area.

2010 Monsters of Design (MoD)

The Young Architects Forum of Kansas City invites all young designers to submit their work for the 2010 Monsters of Design Competition. Projects of all types and scales (architecture, interiors, products, furniture, lighting, graphics and anything else) are welcome.

Monsters of Design is an annual design awards competition for young architects and/or designers from or near the metro area. MoD exists to recognize the young designers whose work may not be recognized by other awards competitions. All types of design are considered equal in this competition. For more information, go to the competition’s official website. Seen at Bustler.

Copper House / Della Valle Bernheimer

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Architects: Della Valle Bernheimer
Location: Town of Hillsdale, Columbia County, NY,
Partner in Charge: Andrew Bernheimer
Project Manager: Erik Helgen
Project Team: Brian Butterfield
Client: Andrew, Nicole, and Isaac Bernheimer
Contractor: Andrew Bernheimer with Dean Contracting
Project Area: 2,590 sq ft
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Richard Barnes

Mill Valley Hillside / McGlashan Architecture

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Architects: McGlashan Architecture
Location: Mill Valley, CA,
Director in Charge: Scott McGlashan
Landscape Architect: Calandra Design
Structural Engineering: Santos & Urrutia Inc.
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: David Fenton, Scott McGlashan, CJ Chapman

Embassy of the Czech Republic in USA / Your Building Here

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Your Building Here shared with us their entry for the New Embassy of the Czech Republic in Competition. See more images and architect’s description after the break.

Denver International Airport South Terminal / Santiago Calatrava

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Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has unveiled his preliminary designs for the  International ’s (DIA) south terminal redevelopment program. The concept for the redevelopment will not only enhance the airport’s connectivity and functionality, but is also expected to create more than 6,600 jobs.

The Business of Aura exhibition opens today

The Business of Aura is an exhibition hosted in two locations, Elga Wimmer Gallery and Broadway Gallery, curated by Kelsey Harrington. It includes painting, drawing, photography, sculptural prototypes, and installation. The show examines the potential of studio processes to produce aura.

The exhibition opened today at the Elga Wimmer Gallery, 526 West 26th St. NYC, and will be on display until September 18. Photos of the prototypes and final pieces are posted for your viewing pleasure here. For more information, click here.

More on Salvador Dali’s Museum by HOK / Beck Group

Last week we presented you the current status of Salvador Dali’s Museum in , FL.

WTSP tours the building with architect Yann Weymouth, revealing more on the interior.

459 West 18th Street / Della Valle + Bernheimer


Architects: Della Valle + Bernheimer Design
Location: , NY, USA
Partner in Charge: Jared Della Valle
Project Manager: Burck Schellenberg
Project Designer: Andrew Bernheimer, Garrick Jones
Project Team: Andrew Willard, Cathy Braasch, Brian Butterfield, Adam Ruedig
Client/Developer: Alloy Development
Contractor: TG Nickel
Project Area: 29,700 sq ft
Project Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Della Valle + Bernheimer, Frank Oudeman, BLiP Studio, Evan Joseph

New Visions Design Competition

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Urban Reserve establishes a new vision for the development of single-family neighborhoods-one of sustainably designed, modernist houses, gently sited in a rolling, wooded landscape with close access to urban amenities. We envision houses that are of their time and place: cutting edge in design but low impact and co-existing harmoniously in the streetscape and landscape.

The purpose of this competition is to facilitate the involvement of younger architects, architectural interns and students in the design of one or more of the houses at Urban Reserve. In addition to monetary prizes, one or more of the winning entrants may be awarded a commission to further develop their design for eventual construction.

For complete information visit the competition’s official website.

Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and The Architect’s Newspaper are today launching the Clean Tech Corridor and Green District Competition. The competition asks architects, landscape architects, designers, engineers, urban planners, students and environmental professionals to create an innovative urban vision for Los Angeles’ CleanTech Corridor, a several-mile-long development zone on the eastern edge of downtown LA.

The competition, which offers more than $11,000 in prize money, is presented with the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, which established the Clean Tech Corridor. It asks entrants to move beyond industrial uses; creating an integrated economic, residential, clean energy, and cultural engine for the city through architectural and urban strategies. Crucially, this competition will provide an open ideas forum for provocative, even revolutionary, new visions of LA’s urban fabric and infrastructure.

For more information go to the competition’s official website. Seen at Bustler.

Schools of Tomorrow Student Design Competition

The design of educational facilities serves as a major focus for architects and the communities in which they live and work. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that there were 95,726 public schools in the United States in 2005, nearly 10,000 more than in 1995. And even in the current economic downturn, the American Institute of Architects indicates that the design and construction of schools represents the driving force of designs fees for architecture firms in the United States.

While population growth is projected to level off in the next few years, schools will continue to serve as the center for education in the community. School districts in the US will need to start building schools that address the needs of their users, needs that reach far beyond the color of paint in the classroom. And these large buildings will also need to start using technology and building systems to help reduce their economic and environmental impact.

Elementary schools in particular have generally simple programmatic requirements and allow for tremendous creativity within the design solution. The challenge comes in making a building that functions in the simplest way possible for the young minds of children, provides a modern workplace for the teachers and staff and promotes the spirit of its community. Kawneer and AIAS give students a chance to meet these challenges in the 2010 Schools of Tomorrow Design Competition. For more information go to the competition’s official website. Seen at Death by Architecture.

In Progress: Beekman Tower / Frank Gehry

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Our director, David Assael, took some shots of Gehry’s latest creation – a wavy residential tower clad in undulating metal panels.  While still in the construction phase, it is easy to get the overall idea of the structure.  In person, the tower demands attention as its presence, due both to scale and materiality, is unmatched within its context.  Throughout the day, the light plays upon the curves making the hard metallic color almost glisten.   Some of Assael’s photos capture the tower in the early evening – the perfect time of day to see the reds and oranges of the setting sun against the building.  What do you think of Gehry’s skyscraper?

More of Assael’s photos after the break.

Moose Hill House / Utile

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Architects: Utile, Inc
Location: South of , Massachusetts,
Structural Engineer: Amy Dean, PE
Total Area: 344 sqm
Conditioned Area: 260 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Robert Knight

Playcloud / NAMELESS

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NAMELESS, a -based practice shared with us their project ‘Playcloud’, for which they won the 2010 BSA Unbuilt Architecture Awards for Art Pavilion. See more images and architect’s description after the break.

Preston Thomas Memorial Symposium 2010

This year’s Preston Thomas Memorial Symposium (August 27-28) will re-examine concepts central to the teaching of architectural design. The symposium draws on the experiences and insights of a core group of challenging educators and will address a matrix of critical issues: teaching arrangements and ideologies of foundational programs in architecture, techniques and theory as determining factors in the design processes, and the effect of architectural discourses on larger social constructs.

A significant part of the conference will be dedicated to discussions among speakers, faculty, and students, and is intended to amplify and interrogate the presentations. The conference is coordinated and led by Dagmar Richer, Chair of the Department of Architecture and Christian Otto, Professor of Architectural History. For details and participant abstracts, click here.

Material Intelligence Intensive Design + Prototyping Workshop

Material Intelligence is a one-week intensive design and prototyping workshop to be held in City during the week of August 16-20.

Over the course of five days participants will examine the cultural as well as technological domains of associative practices within architecture and its related fields. Participants will develop projects through iterative workflows with an emphasis placed on material prototyping as a vehicle for design innovation. The workshop will be conducted in a fast-paced and hands-on studio environment where participants will have access to digital fabrication equipment including an industrial CNC 3-axis Mill and CNC High-Force Cutter.

The format of the workshop includes daily instructional, design, and fabrication sessions in addition to lunch time and evening lectures by leading practitioners in the field. The primary CAD platform will be Grasshopper for Rhino3D, supported by a suite of associated programs including RhinoCam, RhinoNest, and Brazil Render. The workshop will culminate in a public exhibition and opening reception on the evening of Saturday, August 21.

For more information, click here.

The Six: Courtyard Houses / Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

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Architects: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
Location: Tucson, Arizona,
Principals-in-charge: Luis Ibarra, Teresa Rosano
Structural Engineer: Caruso Turley Scott
Developer: Dreamspace, LLC.
Contractor: Repp Design + Construction, Inc.
Cost of Construction: approx. $130/sf
Phase 1-2: 2,297 sf (each of four houses)
Phase 3: 2360 sf + 438 sf studio (each of two houses)
Project completion: 2009
Photographs: Bill Timmerman