FutureShack: How Do We Want to Live?

What is FutureShack? While many think of architecture as grand, historic buildings or the latest artistic showpiece, it is more often found in the dwellings that we see every day. What is the future of home design? How will it affect you and how can you get involved? FutureShack helps us discover, through examples around our city, what makes good design work. A panel of design professionals and public advocates will lead a discussion focusing the key issues facing our communities when it comes to design.

The event will take place September 15 starting 5:00pm, at Center Fisher Pavilion. For more information and tickets, go to the event’s official website.

The Poplar Creek Public Library / Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects

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Architects: Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects
Location: Streamwood, IL,
Lead Architects: Lonn Frye, FAIA / AJ Rosales, AIA
Landscape Architects: Conservation Design Forum
Lighting Design: Aurora Lighting Design
General Contractor: Pepper Construction
Total Project Area: 96,846 sq ft
Budget: $23,700,000
Project Year: 2009
Photography: Lambros Photography

The City+The Arch+The River 2015

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An exciting exhibit opening today in , will display the five finalist teams of The City+The Arch+The River 2015 International Design Competition (check out some previous information about the competition on AD).  The competition asked participants to better “frame” the iconic Arch and weave the national park back into the fabric of the city and the region, by rejuvenating connections and re-energizing the area.  The construction finish line is set for October 28, 2015  which marks the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Arch.

Check out a brief overview of each project after the break.

Roadmap 2050: A pathway to decarbonize the United States power grid / AMO

As we told you a few months ago, (the think-tank inside OMA) played an important role on Roadmap 2050, an initiative by the European Climate Foundation which looks to chart a policy roadmap for the next 5-10 years based on the European leaders’ commitment to an 80-95% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050.

Based on this plan, AMO presents “Roadmap 2050: A pathway to decarbonize the United States power grid”. While ranked #1 based on the GDP, the US is ranked #61 in energy performance. As we see on the above video, an inefficient energy grid undermines any efforts to improve this, and local production of energy could be the answer.

This initiative is presented at the GE Ecoimagination Challenge, a $200 million call to action for businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators, and students to share their best ideas and come together to take on one of the world’s toughest challenges – building the next-generation power grid to meet the needs of the 21st century.

You can vote for this idea (and even discuss it with AMO on the comments), see others or even submit your own.

Learning Cube + Dairy House / University of Colorado Denver

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Check out these urban farm buildings we spotted on Inhabitat that were designed and built by students from the .  The new buildings utilize mostly salvaged materials to create functional, and quite elegant, additions to the working farm.  As part the Design Build Program at the University, and under the guidance of the principals of Studio H:T, the students created a Learning Cube and a Dairy House.

More images and more about the students’ work after the break.

FlyNY 2010 Returns to New York City

Last year's event

The New York Office of Architecture for Humanity just announced the dates for FlyNY 2010, the second annual international kite design competition and showcase co-hosted by the City of Parks & Recreation. On the wings of a successful 2009 event, FlyNY 2010 will take place on August 21 from 10:30AM – 4PM on Pier I at 70th Street in Riverside Park South in New York City. FlyNY is one part design competition and one part Fly Day, with the overall aim of engaging design professionals and novices alike in a dynamic conversation about design.

Set on Manhattan’s West Side, participation in the August 21 Fly Day is free, open to the public and does not require a submission into the competition. The event will include kitemaking activities for kids and families, live entertainment and kite flying.

Designers, architects, artists and others are also encouraged to participate in the FlyNY Design Dialogue taking place Friday, August 20 6-8pm EST on Twitter. It will be a dynamic conversation which merges the FlyNY competition jury panel discussion with a broader, international design/architecture audience. Just log onto Twitter, follow @_FlyNY and tweet using the #designdialogue hashtag to participate. FlyNY will be posing design related questions and following along during the jury panel discussion.

For more information on the event, visit http://flyny.org/ or view the event page on Facebook. See images of last year’s event after the break.

In Progress: Sperone Westwater Gallery / Foster + Partners

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We took a few shots of Foster + Partners’ latest addition to the Bowery – a new gallery to house the Sperone Westwater’s growing collection from prominent artists of different nationalities and ages.  Sitting a few steps away from SANAA’s musuem, this new gallery’s CNC milled glass facade elegantly responds to its neighboring art museum.   According to Foster, the gallery is  “both a response to the dynamic urban character of ’s Bowery and a desire to rethink the way in which the public engages with art in the setting of a gallery.”

Check out some photos after the break.

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 St. Petersburg, 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

General Area of Site

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.