232 Bedford Ave / Loadingdock5 Architecture

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Architects: Loadingdock5 Architecture
Location: , NY, USA
Project Team: Sebastian Schroeter, Werner Morath and Sam Bargetz
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Loadingdock5 Architecture

Colman Triplex / Workshop Architecture|Design

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Architects: Workshop Architecture|Design
Location: Seattle, WA,
Principal in Charge: Steve Bull, AIA, LEED
Project Team: Dan Rusler, James Steel
Interior Design: LairDesign
Structural Engineering: HSV Engineers
General Contractor: Lair LLC
Project Area: 3,750 sq ft
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Workshop Architecture|Design

What You Say and What They See: A Client Perspective on Winning Proposals

Winning new work for architecture firms has become increasingly complex as competition has become fiercer and clients more sophisticated in their expectations. A client-focused, targeted proposal is one of the key elements in winning a project. But just what are clients looking for? And what goes into assembling a successful submission?

This panel of architects and clients will explore what it takes to make your best case. Architect panelists will start with the initial “go” decision, and discuss strategies including selecting the team, the project approach, and the cover letter. Client panelists will describe the thinking that goes into developing an RFP and what makes for a convincing response. This session promises to result in some valuable advice in an especially challenging market.

The event will take place July 26 from 6 to 8 pm. For more information click here.

New Buildings New York: Alice Tully Hall and the Redesigned Public Spaces at Lincoln Center

Alice Tully Hall

New Buildings New York, a program of the Center for Architecture Foundation, is a series of tours that provide a behind-the-scenes look at new building in the metropolitan area and are led by their architects, engineers and designers. All proceeds benefit youth and family programs at the Center for Architecture.

All interested parties are invited to join the Center for Architecture Foundation for an insider’s tour of Alice Tully Hall and the redesigned public space at Lincoln Center. The tour will be led by the principals of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Sylvia Smith, FAIA, LEED of FXFOWLE followed by a cocktail reception. Tickets are $80 per person ($50 tax-deductible) and advance RSVP is required. It will take place on July 29 between 6-8 pm.

More information can be found here.

‘Megan Geckler: Every Move You Make, Every Step You Take’ Exhibition

The work of -based artist Megan Geckler lies somewhere between art and design, with architectural installations that are assembled from thousands of strands of multicolored flagging tape, a plastic ribbon typically utilized by surveyors to demarcate space on construction sites.

The end result resembles an updated three-dimensional version of string art that shares the seemingly kinetic territory of the Op Art and Light+Space movements. These site-specific projects are also strongly influenced by minimalism, but retain a sense of play and delight.

The exhibition will be on display at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union Street, Pasadena CA , from July 17 till October 31. More information can be found here.

ASSEMBLY Launches July 28

Assembly, a new cultural journal featuring a mix of fiction, narrative nonfiction, essays, interviews, poetry, art, design, and architecture, will celebrate the release of its first issue on Wednesday, July 28 in ’s Lower East Side.

Based in and Toronto, the biannual publication explores a wide array of subjects in the social, political and cultural realms. Content in the first issue, which is currently available in bookstores, includes an interview with the Fiery Furnaces’ Matthew Friedberger; an investigation of the cultural and medical factors behind rising maternal mortality rates; a profile of a South African architecture firm working in Johannesburg’s shantytowns; and more.

From 7PM, Assembly will host readings and talks from several contributors at Bluestockings (172 Allen Street). Journalist Kashmir Hill will discuss her experience of cyberstalking a New York man to learn more about the limits of internet privacy, and Philip Irwin and M. A. Wallace will read short fiction excerpts. Following the readings, free drinks and copies of issue one will be available at Lolita Bar (266 Broome Street).

RSVP to events@assemblyjournal.com by July 23.

Uptown Penthouse / ALTUS Architecture + Design

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Architects: ALTUS Architecture + Design
Location: Minneapolis, MN,
Contractor: Streeter & Associates
Project Area: 2,500 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Dana Wheelock &

New Practices New York 2010 Exhibition

New Practices 2010 is the third biennial juried competition and exhibition sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter. It serves as a platform to recognize and promote new, innovative  and emerging architecture firms within New York City that have utilized unique and commendable strategies – both in the projects they undertake and the practices they have established.

The exhibition opens today at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, NYC. The exhibition will extend through October 23, 2010 and will travel to Sao Paulo in the fall of 2010 and the AIA National Convention in New Orleans in the spring of 2011. For more information, click here.

The Lightcatcher at Whatcom / Olson Kundig Architects

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Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Location: Bellingham, WA,
Design Principal: Jim Olson
Project Area: 42,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Bies & Benjamin Benschneider

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Standard Receives Honors for Hidden House

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Standard, a -based architecture and design practice, received an award from the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), as winner of the Single Family Housing category at the 40th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards for the Hidden House project. The modern single family residence was chosen as an example of local architectural innovation for the home’s eco-friendly construction, which involved incorporating an existing two bedroom cottage into a new, larger structure, without marring the natural context of the home’s expansive and rare 7-acre site.

Tooth & Nail Records / Lead Pencil Studio

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Architects: Lead Pencil Studio
Location: Queen Anne Neighborhood, Seattle,
General Contractor: SR Company – Redmond, WA
Project Area: 3,600 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Ben Benschneider

Dingbat 2.0 Competition Winners

Professional Winners / First Place

The winning and honorable mention entries from the Dingbat 2.0 Competition were announced at the LA Forum’s Exhibition opening on Saturday, June 19th, at LA Forum Events at Woodbury Hollywood. There were eight professional winners and five student winners selected from over 80 entries from 18 countries (number of ‘winners’ includes honorable mentions in both categories). The work of the thirteen winners is being exhibited at the Exhibition through July 24th.

All the winners and honorable mentions after the break. For complete descriptions of each project, click here.

core.form-ula: Craft Series August 2010

Core.form-ula will begin its first intensive-hands-on craft series workshop at the de Castellane Gallery located in the heart of this August. The workshop will cover the use of Ecotect and Rhino/Grasshopper to develop techniques of evaluating performative form in architecture.

The goal of the workshop is to understand methods of translating geometry from Rhino/Grasshopper into Ecotect, and specifically, the process of shaping geometry that performs optimally within a specific location on earth. The workshop will begin by covering intro + advanced grasshopper techniques, followed by an introduction to using Ecotect to produce solar radiation studies, day-lighting studies, shadow analysis studies, climate analysis studies, and computational fluid dynamics analysis studies. The last stage of the workshop will cover the process of manipulating geometry in grasshopper via analysis/values obtained from Ecotect.

All levels are welcomed (students & professionals), the only requirement is knowledge of Rhino. At the end of the workshop, each participate will be asked to produce a 12in x 12in x 12in physical model along with flat art to be displayed at the de Castallane Galley for public viewing. For more information, click here.

Pinstripe / buildingstudio

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Architects: buildingstudio
Location: Wayne County, TN,
Project Team: Coleman Coker, Jonathan Tate, Anastasia Laurenzi, David Dieckhoff, Ana Zannoni
Engineering: Kevin Poe Structural Engineer
General Contractor: JRB Construction
Project Area: 1,630 sq ft
Budget: $250,000.00
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Anastasia Laurenzi

T Bailey Offices / Olson Kundig Architects

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Olson Kundig Architects share with us the T Bailey Offices in Anacortes, , which explore the idea of using the client’s product— pipes used in wind turbine towers — in the construction of their headquarters. This 11,700 square foot office addition adjoins the existing heavy industrial manufacturing plant of T Bailey. All fabrication and erection takes place in the plant adjoining the project.

“There Will Be Singing”, a music video in Chicago

A reader recommended to us this fantastic video by Berlin-based DJ Efdemin (Phillip Sollmann). You can see amazing pictures and footage for Mies van der Rohe’s Lake Shore Drive Apartments. Video was made by Jutojo and Sollmann himself. Enjoy it!

Casa Familia / Kevin deFreitas Architects

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Architects: Kevin deFreitas Architects
Location: San Diego, CA,
Builder: Kevin & Kara deFreitas
Interiors: Kevin & Kara deFreitas
Landscape Architect: Aerea, Leslie Ryan
Structural Engineer: Envision Engineering, Alex Barajas
Site Area: 9,178 sq ft
Project Area: 3,460 sq ft
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: David Harrison Photographic & Glenn Cormier

1111 E. Pike / Olson Kundig Architects

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Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Location: , , USA
Design Principal: Tom Kundig
Managing Principal: Kirsten R. Murray
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Tim Bies & Francis Zera