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

© Francis Zera

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

1st Annual ENYA Merit Award

Beginning February 2009, The AIA New York Chapter and its Emerging New York Architects committee (ENYA) launched a pilot Boot Camp Review program to get intern architects in shape for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). In the summer 2009, AIANY added graphic vignette workshops to its class offerings, established an ARE Resource Library and several other classes and events to promote and encourage emerging architects to stay focused on the licensure track. The revenue from these programs was used to expand the existing programs and create new support programs for local ARE candidates.

The purpose of the award is to recognize the significant contributions of interns at an early stage of their career to the AIA Chapter, and to help encourage them to complete their licensure by rewarding them upon completion. Awards are not based on financial need, as much as they are based on contributions the intern has made to their profession, their community and the AIA Chapter.

For more information, click here. Seen at ArchitectureWeek.

New York Designs 2010: Call for submissions

Architects, landscape architects, engineers, and other designers are invited to submit projects to the Architectural League’s New York Designs series. Projects of all types at any scale, either built (completed within one year of submission) or under construction in City, are welcome. Quality is the sole criterion for selection.

New York Designs recognizes accomplished built work in New York City. If your project is selected, League staff will work with you to develop an appropriate presentation, most often taking the format of an on-site tour or brief lecture. We invite designers to include project collaborators, such as consultants, contractors, engineers, clients, and others in the project presentation. Submission assumes the accessibility of the space by a group of 20-30 people and availability of the designer to take part in a New York-based program. For more information click here. Seen at Bustler.

Saint Bartholomew’s Chapel / Kevin deFreitas Architects

© Harrison Photographic

Architects: Kevin deFreitas Architects
Location: 2 Mazzetti Lane, Valley Center, ,
Project Team: Kevin deFreitas & Manish Desai
Structural Engineer: Envision Engineering
Landscape Architect: LandLAB Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Stueven Engineering
Plumbing & Electrical Engineer: BTA Engineers
Contractor: Lusardi Construction Company
Building Area: 6,112 sf + courtyard
Construction Cost: $3.1 million
Completion Date: February 2010
Photography: Harrison Photographic

3rd Coast Atlas – Call for Submissions

Great Lakes Map

3rd Coast Atlas is a platform for research and design initiatives that explore the urbanization, landscape, infrastructure and ecology of the Great Lakes Basin and Great Lakes Megaregion. 3CA was initiated in 2009 by Clare Lyster, University of Illinois, ; Charles Waldheim, Harvard University, and Mason White, University of Toronto.

The research and collection of submissions will lead to a publication manuscript. Please upload your submission to the 3rd Coast website, where details will be published on the website soon. Submissions are due August 30. Seen at Bustler.

Material Intelligence: Intensive Design and Prototyping Workshop

Studio Mode/modeLab and Tietz-Baccon are pleased to announce the upcoming Material Intelligence: Intensive Design and Prototyping Workshop in City, August 16-20, 2010. 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. More information can be found here.

Mummy Mountain Residence / Chen + Suchart Studio LLC

© Bill Timmerman of Timmerman Photography

Architects: Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC – Szu-Ping Patricia Chen Suchart and Thamarit Suchart
Location: Paradise Valley, , USA
Structural Engineering: AED Structural Engineers, Inc. – Christopher J. Sosnowski, P.E.
Construction Company: Cuff Custom Homes – Hugh Cuff
Construction Area: 3,968 sf or 368.64 sqm
Graphics + Drawings: Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC
Project Year: 2004 – 2008
Photography: Bill Timmerman of Timmerman Photography

FORMCities: Urban Divide Design Competition

To rethink the future of mid-size cities, and their role in the overlapping economic and environmental challenges that the 21st century brings, State Universityʼs Jackson Community Design Center (JCDC) will host a design competition and symposium focused on the inherent challenges and immense potential for socioeconomic and environmental reconciliation by addressing barriers created by an urban divide.

FORMCities calls for design proposals to address the negative impacts of urban forms and transportation thoroughfares which have created visual, physical, and psychological, barriers that have sorted cities along the lines of race, income, and class.

Visit the competition’s official website for more information. Seen at Bustler.

Earl’s Gourmet Grub / FreelandBuck

Photo: Lawrence Anderson/Esto

Architects: FreelandBuck
Location: Venice Blvd, Los Angeles,
Client: Yvonne McDonald and Dean Harada
Contractor: Vandermeer Contractors
Proyect Year: 2010
Photography: Lawrence Anderson/Esto

GSAPP Summer Lecture Series 2010 – July Events

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservations (GSAPP) at Columbia University have announced its Summer Lecture Series 2010. Here are July events:

July 7 / Urban Design Lunchtime Lecture Series: ‘What We Do’
July 8 / METROPOLIS FILM SERIES: 07/08: John Cassavetes, Husbands (1970)
July 13 / Visual Studies Symposium – Interactive City: Reading the Metropolis
July 14 / Urban Design Lunchtime Lecture Series: ‘Urban Food Networks’
July 15 / METROPOLIS FILM SERIES: Woody Allen, Annie Hall (1977)
July 21 / Rising Currents: Projects for ’s Waterfront
July 21 / Urban Design Lunchtime Lecture Series: ‘City as a Living Laboratory’
July 22 / METROPOLIS FILM SERIES: Martin Scorsese, Mean Streets (1973)
July 27 / Arguments Lecture Series: Cynthia Davidson
July 28 / Urban Design Lunchtime Lecture Series: ‘City as a Living Laboratory’
July 29 / METROPOLIS FILM SERIES: Chantal Akerman, Toute une nuit (1982)

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Dillon Residence / Chen + Suchart Studio LLC

© Bill Timmerman of Timmerman Photography

Architects: Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC – Szu-Ping Patricia Chen Suchart and Thamarit Suchart
Location: Scottsdale, ,
Interiors: Studio 4 Design, Suzanne Urban, ASID, IIDA – Director / Principal
Structural Engineering: Claude V. Baker, P.E.
Construction Company: Incline LLC, Kurt Holland
Construction Area: 4,800 sf or 445.93 sqm
Project Year: 2004 – 2007
Photography: Bill Timmerman of Timmerman Photography

Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center / Studio Gang Architects

Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Architect: Studio Gang Architects
Location: 1600 South State St, Chicago,
Owner: Columbia College, Chicago
General Contractor: W.E. O’Neil
Consultant: David Eckmann, Magnusson Klemencik Associates
Size: 36,000 sqf
Photos: Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

AIA New England Design Awards

This design awards program recognizes and honors excellence in architectural design by all architects and by architects throughout the world who wish to submit projects in . Entry deadline July 27. For more information click here. See at Bustler.

Sosnowski Residence / Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC

© Bill Timmerman

Architects: Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC / Szu-Ping Patricia Chen Suchart and Thamarit Suchart
Location: Tempe, ,
Construction Company: AED Structural Engineers, Inc., Christopher J. Sosnowski, P.E.
Construction Area: 3,427 sf or 318.40 sqm
Project Year: 2004-2006
Photography: Bill Timmerman, Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC

Urbancanvas Design Competition

The urbancanvas Design Competition is a unique opportunity to challenge professional artists and designers to create printed artworks for temporary protective structures at construction sites that will beautify City’s streetscape and promote maintenance of these structures. The competition seeks complementary designs for different types of temporary protective structures located on City-owned property: construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoon systems.

The urbancanvas Design Competition is an opportunity for eligible artists and designers who are United States residents and 18 and over to generate creative and compelling public art that will enliven construction sites and enhance quality of life while promoting safety. For more information, visit the competition’s official website. Seen at Bustler.

Make It Right Foundation needs your help

Duplex house for / Atelier Hitoshi Abe

We have told you in the past about Brad Pitt´s Make It Right Foundation. They have been working with a group of international architects to redevelop the Lower 9th Ward in , after hurricane Katrina. The name of the foundation addresses the desire of Pitt, architecture enthusiast, to design these houses the best way and not just as a temporary solution, in a process that also included working not only with these renowned firms, but also very close with the community, with a focus on sustainable development.

At Make it Right, they submitted their idea to the Pepsi Refresh Project. The most voted idea will receive $250,000. If Make It Right would receive this grant, the money will go towards continuing to help build affordable, sustainable, high-designed and storm resistant homes for families in the Lower Ninth Ward. So click here to vote for their idea and help them carry out this great project!

LaN-FLIGHT, July 7-13

LaN-FLIGHT is a traveling seminar / tour of digital fabrication practices and programs. This immersion experience is intended to draw a diverse group of professionals and students from afar for a full schedule of exchanges with leading practices, fabrication lab visits, & LaN seminars… all while intensely exposed to the urban infrastructure of Boston, NY & in-between.

For more information, click here.