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, Arizona,
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.

[CIVIC MINDED] Minding the Future of the Civic Arena

Preservation Pittsburgh is seeking creative ideas for an adaptive reuse of the Civic Arena in , Pennsylvania – a structure with conflicting legacies as both a monument to ’s engineering prowess and a memorial to past human injustices. Through the power of imagination, we hope to engage the community and demonstrate to the local political leadership that viable alternatives to demolition exist.

Complete project brief, details, and registration available at http://www.preservationpittsburgh.org/. Seen at Bustler.

M.H. de Young Museum / Herzog & de Meuron

© Iwan Baan

The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum by Herzog & de Meuron is a remarkable revival of a building that no longer exists. The original museum, which opened in 1895, was an outgrowth of a fair modeled on the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition the previous year known as the California Midwinter Internation Exposition of 1894. Located in the sunny , California, the museum was formerly named for one of the city’s newspapermen M.H. de Young. The old museum was a bulky structure decorated with ornaments, which began falling off the building and became hazardous, leading to their removal in 1949. The building was completely destroyed, however, in 1989 by the Loma Prieta earthquake.

More on the museum after the break.

REPEAT: Digital Fabrication Competition

Architecture is defined by connections: the method and the material by which an assembly is developed to create enclosure. This process results in an active performative connection, one that is specific and definitive producing an architecture that can be built through iterative means. REPEAT asks that you look first at the connection and then – through repetition – define the whole. In brief, by evaluating the design process from this perspective, what emerges?

REPEAT as an international competition is established to foster the creative spirit in the burgeoning field of digital fabrication. We encourage the generation of cutting edge design proposals for a structure of your design with the only caveats being it be generated and conceived digitally, incorporate repetitive elements, be optimized for relocation and transportation and be produced through fabrication technologies available within , Texas.

More information on schedule, jury, submission and awards can be found on the competition’s official website.

Public Lecture / Triskelion: The Presidio Habitats Exhibition Pavilion

Presidio Habitats is a site-based art exhibition celebrating the wild Presidio. It began with an invitation to an international group of artists, architects, and designers to submit a proposal for a temporary habitat sculpture serving a Presidio “animal client.”

Architects Zoe Prillinger and Luke Ogrydziak (Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects), known for their progressive, modern designs that include new media technologies, discuss their creation of the Presidio Habitats Exhibit Pavilion from repurposed shipping containers arranged at 120 degree angles around a central atrium.

The public lecture will be held next Thursday, July 8, 7-8 pm at The Log Cabin, San Francisco Presidio (get directions here). For more on the Log Cabin Lecture Series click here.

Brick-Weave House / Studio Gang Architects

Steve Hall - © Hedrich Blessing

Architects: Studio Gang Architects
Location: Chicago,
Completion Date: November 2008
Size: 3,250 sf
Photography: Steve Hall – © Hedrich Blessing

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory / Flansburgh Architects

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Architects: Flansburgh Architects
Location: Kamuela,
Partner in Charge: David A. Croteau, AIA
Client: Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Contractor: Quality Builders Inc.
Project Management: Pa’ahana Enterprises LLC
Civil Engineering: Belt Collins Hawaii Ltd.
Structural Engineering: Walter Vorfeld & Associates
Mechanical Engineering: Hakalau Engineering LLC
Electrical Engineering: Wallace T. Oki, PE Inc.
Surveyor: Pattison Land Surveying Inc.
Sustainability Consultants: Buro Happold Consulting Engineers
Completion Date: 2010
Construction Area: 6,100 square feet
Construction Value: $650/sf
Photographs: Matthew Millman

Conceived as a high school science building dedicated to the study of alternative energy, the new Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy functions as a zero-net-energy, fully sustainable building. The project’s fundamental goal is that of educating the next generation of students in the understanding of environmentally conscious, sustainable living systems. The project targets LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certification. Recently completed in January 2010, the Energy Lab today strives as a living laboratory, furthering its educational goals as a functioning example of sustainability.

SUPERFRONT LA now accepting exhibit proposals

SUPERFRONT LA is accepting proposals from curators for an exhibit to open September 23rd and show through early November of 2010. Gallery space is approximately 3,000 sq ft in the Pacific Design Center, Suite B208. Gallery hours are 1pm – 5pm Mon – Fri.

Proposals should contribute to SUPERFRONT’s mission of supporting and promoting radical contemporary architecture while fostering creative interdisciplinary exchange. Please include list of exhibitors, description of works, select images, and relevant curatorial or exhibition experience.

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

Update: Pole Dance / SO-IL, by Iwan Baan

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We are sure that SO-IL‘s PS1 installation, Pole Dance, will be a hit this summer.  On Friday we had a preview by Alan R Tansey and today, we found at Iwan Baan’s website another view on the installation.  We hope you’ll be able to visit the project in person sometime.

Complete photoset at Iwan’s website, some photos after the break:

National Trust for Historic Preservation new program will benefit two modernist icons

The Farnsworth House / Mies van der Rohe

Two icons of Modernism—the Farnsworth House in Plano, Ill., and Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Conn.—will be the beneficiaries of a newly launched funding initiative by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that reflects the dialogue between the two properties. Modern Views: A Project to Benefit Farnsworth House and the Glass House has a funding goal of $1 million, which will go to the restoration of the Brick House at the and to restoration, maintenance, and operations at Farnsworth House.

The January 2010 addition of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House to the National Trust’s portfolio of historic sites allows closer collaborative efforts between the two properties, one of which is the Modern Views initiative.

Unfolding over the next several months, Modern Views will showcase drawings, models, and other works of art created by 100 of the world’s most respected and famed architects, designers, and artists, along with statements from each about how their work is inspired by these two historic houses.

Featured architects, artists, and designers include: David Adjaye, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Jeanne Gang, Leon Krier, Thom Mayne, Richard Meier, Eric Owen Moss, Ron Radziner, Pugh + Scarpa, Annabelle Selldorf, Annie Leibovitz, Julius Shulman (1910-2009) and Juergen Nogai, Karim Rashid, Constantin Boym, and many others. Click here for the complete list.

Two exhibitions of the donated works will be held in and New York as part of the fundraising program, and each event will include a screening of a new film by Sarah Morris inspired by the two houses. The first exhibition will be held on Sept. 16 in at The Arts Club; the second will be held Oct. 6 at Sotheby’s in New York. An online exhibition hosted by Sotheby’s, the project’s underwriter, will go live in September at www.sothebys.com/modernviews.

Written by Stephani Miller for Residential Architect.

One World Trade Center gets to 260 feet

Photo courtesy of the Port Authority of and New Jersey

One World Trade Center has reached a construction milestone by rising 260 ft above street level. Upon its completion in 2013, it will become the tallest office building in the United States reaching 104 stories.

Currently standing at the 26th floor level, the 1,776-ft-tall office building is being designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (NY office) and developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and is scheduled to reach a height of 50 stories by the end of 2010. To date, more than 67,000 cubic yards of have been poured for the tower, both above and below ground exceeding the amount of used to build the entire Empire State Building.

One World Trade Center will incorporate design elements based on LEED Gold criteria with energy efficiency running 20% higher than city codes presently require. Seen at GreenSource.

Farquar Lake Residence / ALTUS Architecture + Design

© Paul Crosby

Architects: ALTUS Architecture + Design
Location: , MN,
Landscape Design: Travis VanLiere, RLA
Project Area: 3360 sf
Project Year: 2008
Photography: Paul Crosby & ALTUS Architecture + Design

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health / Frank Gehry

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A few weeks ago we introduced you one of the latest built projects by , the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. The center is supported by Keep Memory Alive, and it is planned to become a national resource for the most current research and scientific information for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington ‘s Diseases, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) as well as focusing on prevention, early detection and education.

The two buildings together, along with the Reflection Garden © Matthew Carbone, Photographer

On our previous feature we got a glimpse of the project, which at first sight might look like just another Gehry project. And now, thanks to these new photos by Matthew Carbone, we can get a better look at it.

The center features three main spaces: