HERC Holocaust Sculpture Competition

Sculpture Site

The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center in , Wisconsin (HERC) is sponsoring an open, two-stage competition to choose a design for a sculpture commemorating life after the .

This sculpture will be uplifting in its celebration of life of the survivors and future generations. The sculpture will be located at a prominent site at Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center located at 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

More information on the competition’s official website.

Bearden Place / Shelter Architecture

Shelter Architecture shared with us their proposal for the Bearden Place Affordable Housing Competition in Minneapolis, , .

More images and architect’s description after the break.

May events at Harvard GSD

Harvard University Graduate School of Design hosts some great lectures featuring some of the world’s most important architects. Here are some of their May events:

May 3 / Ecological Urbanism Book Launch Reception
May 6 / Jaime Moreno lecture
May 6 / Michael Rock of 2×4, “A Brief History of Screens”
May 7 / Bob Peck, Commissioner, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration, Loeb Fellow ’78, “From the Federal Government and here to help”
May 8 / Palladio Oggi: Palladio and the Present Symposium (*in City)

You can find more on each event on the GSD official website, which is constantly adding new events. Every event is free and open to the public.

Fonte Wine Bar / Floisand Studio

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Architect: Floisand Studio
Location: , WA, USA
Owner: Name Withheld
Contractor: Wilcox Construction
Project Area: 1,800 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Matt Vaagsland

Chameleon House / Anderson Anderson Architecture

© Anthony Vizzari

Architects: Anderson Anderson Architecture
Location: Lake Michigan, MI,
Collaborators: Dan Brondyk, Terry Nettles Engineer, Comstock Construction
Project Area: 1,600 sq ft
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Anthony Vizzari

Allandale House / William O’Brien Jr

© William O'Brien Jr rendering by Peter Guthrie

Young architect William O’Brien Jr was one of the practices invited to this years P.S.1 competition (awarded to SO-IL). He shared with us this cabin project based on an extruded A-frame. Interesting wall configuration, take a look at the section.

Check all the images, some drawings and description after the break.

DesCours 2010: Request for Proposals

DesCours is a free, public, week-long architecture and art event now in its fourth year, held the second week of December in . This event invites internationally renowned architects and artists to create 14 architecture installations within ‘hidden’ locations in the heart of , including private courtyards, rooftops, abandoned buildings and walkways, all locations normally unseen, inaccessible or unused by the public.

AIA New Orleans is presenting the event in partnership with the Downtown Development District (DDD), the City of New Orleans, the Louisiana Architecture Foundation and numerous private businesses, organizations, and individuals. New Orleans is proud to present this event free of charge and open to the public.

You can find more information and download the request for proposals details in the official website.

Czech Republic Embassy in USA / Chalupa Architekti

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Czech architects Chalupa Architekti shared with us their winning proposal for the competition of the new Embassy of Czech Republic in , USA.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

The Living Wall

100 first year students in the Department of Architecture are developing proposals to design and construct a minimal dwelling unit that they will occupy for a period of 24 hours. Each unit must accommodate an entrance, internal circulation, and sleeping areas for a minimum of three people. Individual units are placed adjacent to one another and share boundaries thus creating a party wall condition between adjoining structures where unique structural and programmatic conditions might begin to evolve.

Once transported to the site projects will be reassembled and assume their final position as a linear community of buildings, titled the Living Wall. The students will have a unique opportunity to spend a 24-hour period in their structures after they are reassembled on site. This experience will enable the students to better understand the consequences of their decisions and to explore the successes and shortcomings of their structures.

The proposed structures that you see on exhibit have been studied at progressively larger scales and various modes of representation. They will ultimately be constructed at full-scale and transported to the Griffis Sculpture Park (Located in Cattaraugus County between Ashford Hollow and East Otto) where they will remain on display through October 23, 2010. More information can be found here.

Call for Papers / d3:dialog

d3:dialog is a hybrid publication that combines the depth and format of a journal with the flexibility of a magazine. Each issue will explore a focused aspect of current architectural theory and production.

The first volume of -based d3’s dialog series calls for work in architectural theory, design postulations, and built form that blurs the boundary between mapping and making of cities, buildings, spaces, and objects. Through >assemble, we shall collectively explore how such fusion occurs and how conventional methods remain relevant.

For more information click here.

Museum for African Art / Robert Stern Architects

What began in a rented townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side has grown to become an internationally recognized preeminent source for exhibitions and publications related to historical and contemporary African art.   The Museum for African Art will finally find a permanent home along Manhattan’s “Museum Mile” and will be open to the public next April.  Designed by  Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, the museum will bring the prestigious row of museums of Manhattan to Harlem, one of the country’s most important centers of historic and contemporary African-American culture.

More about the museum and more images after the break.

Hollywood un-der-lined

Last week we told you about Christian Bay–Jørgensen’s idea to turn the famous Sign into an hotel. Today, we feature another idea designed by Danish and Belgian architects Bart de Lege, Frederique Hermans, Jan Bloemen, Joep Verheijen, and Steven van Esser. You can find more information here.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Cantilever House / Anderson Anderson Architecture

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Architects: Anderson Anderson Architecture
Location: Granite Falls, Washington,
Project Area: 2,800 sq ft
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Anderson Anderson Architecture

Help save Remington Arms factory

We found out through Archpaper’s Twitter (@archpaper), they are calling everyone to sign a petition to help save Remington Arms factory in , a Tate-worthy redbrick beauty. The Remington Arms factory in , Connecticut is a spectacular 1.5 million-square-foot structure of 13 interconnected buildings stretching over 76 acres. Now its future is imperiled.

In 1920, General Electric purchased the property, and produced thousands of small kitchen appliances in the plant, but GE slowly pulled manufacturing from the building, and closed it entirely in 2007. The company claims to have looked for development opportunities for the shuttered factory, but concluded that it is “functionally obsolete (and) inappropriate for modern uses.” Now GE plans to demolish the structure, leaving a huge vacant property in Bridgeport—a city that can ill afford more dereliction.

You can find out more here, and sign the petition here.

Minds in the Gutter, exhibit and panel discussion in NY

The Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) Coalition invites you to join in for the first view of Minds in the Gutter, a juried exhibit of stormwater management designs for the public right-of-way. We invite you to view the selected designs and participate in a panel discussion among expert dreamers and do-ers in the field of stormwater management.

Event will take place April 22 at 6:30 pm at The Museum of the City of New York. Tickets can be purchased here. For more information, visit the event’s official website.

Ocean Breeze Apartments / atelier V

Architects: atelier V
Location: Santa Monica, CA,
Structural Engineer:  Berkoz and Associates , Mr. Ertunga Berkoz, Mr. Naci Berkoz
MEP Engineer:  Shamim Engineering, Inc., Mr. Mark Shamim, Mr. Kevin Shamim
Civil Engineer:  Warren Goeke and Associates, Mr. Warren Goeke
General Contractor: Alpha Construction, Mr. John Ambicki, Mr. Louise Laxineta
Budget: US $11.20M
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Mark Vaghei and Nataliaphotostudio

Gateway Arch International Design Competition finalists

Back in December we told you about the international design competition to re-invigorate the park and city areas surrounding “one of the world’s most iconic monuments”, the Gateway Arch in . The five finalist teams have been announced, and the winner will be selected on September, 2010. The finalist teams are:
- Behnisch Team
- MVVA Team
- PWP Landscape Architecture, Foster + Partners, Civitas
- SOM, Hargreaves, BIG
- Weiss/Manfredi Team

For more information, go to the competition’s official website.

Orchard House / Anderson Anderson Architecture

© Anthony Vizzari

Architects: Anderson Anderson Architecture
Location: Sonoma County, CA,
Collaborators: Ben Kinmont; Drew Allen, Contractor; Terry Nettles, Engineer
Project Area: 4,500 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Anthony Vizzari