We found out through Archpaper’s Twitter (@archpaper), they are calling everyone to sign a petition to help save Remington Arms factory in Bridgeport, a Tate-worthy redbrick beauty. The Remington Arms factory in Bridgeport, 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.
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.
Architects: atelier V
Location: Santa Monica, CA, USA
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
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 St. Louis. 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.
Last year, we told you about the party pavilion designed by students at SCI-Arc for the Coachella Music Festival. This year, Crimson Collective – a Los Angeles-based consortium of creative artists, architects, and designers – have unveiled their project “Ascension”, based on the Japanese legend of a Thousand Cranes (or Zenbazuru) for the inauguration of the 2010 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, April 16th through April 18th.
Universally accepted as a symbol of grace, wisdom, peace, and prosperity, Ascension is a 150-ft wide, 45-ft giant white origami crane crafted from soaring planes of white fabric and a modular aluminum and tension wire skeleton. Physically, the giant creature will serve as a living art installation; a beacon, a shelter, and a destination for visitors. Metaphorically, the giant crane carries a universal message of peace meant to be for and from the over 100,000 attendees at the annual 3-day music festival.
More images, a video and description after the break.
Every now and then, we find some crazy ideas around the web. What about this one? Christian Bay – Jørgensen, owner of Bay Arch, has an idea to turn the famous Hollywood Sign into an hotel. This could solve the money/land issues that have been sorrounding the sign lately. The plan calls for the famous letters to be enlarged to double the size, building them out from the back, allowing guests to stay inside the Hollywood sign itself.
Seen at Slashfilm. More images after the break.
For years, Northern Virginia’s Four Mile Run has functioned as a flood control channel and a border between the City of Alexandria and Arlington County. More recently, growing community interest in revitalizing and celebrating the Run has resulted in the Four Mile Run Restoration Master Plan. The plan outlines a broad range of ambitious, feasible goals to restore the ecology of the Run while re-establishing it as a cherished park space and a means of stitching together communities.
The winning team was chosen based on the strength of their professional skills and the potential for their conceptual design to become an icon for the Four Mile Run and its surrounding community.
Seen at Bustler. See the winners after the break.
ModeLab will be conducting a Parametric Design Workshop in New York City, April 24/25. This workshop will engage the conceptual and technical domain of parametric design by introducing participants to systemic processes capable of registering and responding to a range of diverse ecologic criteria.
Emphasis will be placed on workflows that utilize constraint-based design, associative modeling techniques, and environmental influencers to discover novel and inventive design solutions. For more information and details, click here.
The eminent juries convened for the AIA New York Chapter’s Design Awards announced the thirty-four winning projects at a symposium on March 1 evening at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.
The thirty-four selected projects and the architecture firms behind them – many of whom were on hand for the event – represented exceptional work by AIA New York members in four categories: interiors, architecture, unbuilt work, and new for 2010, urban design. Each winning project, granted either an “honor” or “merit” award, was chosen for its exemplary originality. The criteria used by the juries included design quality, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness and technique. Jurors included San Diego professor Teddy Cruz and Los Angeles luminary Craig Hodgetts, FAIA, and Canadian architects Brigette Shim, Hon. FAIA, and Gilles Saucier. There were 425 entries in four categories, including close to two hundred submissions in the architecture category alone.
Complete list of winners after the break.
As parametric modeling software and parametric thinking become fully integrated into architectural design, the next phase of digital innovation will come from entirely new techniques and technologies.
Cloud computing, directable simulation, self-modeling buildings, and personal supercomputing will suggest new ways to think and to design. In this panel, experts from research and industry will demo and discuss these innovations, exploring how we might be designing architecture ten years from now.
Post Parametric 2 is the second in a series of events that aim to question, broaden, and re-frame the way we think about computing and design.
Jonathan Cohen (Senior Research Scientist, NVIDIA)
Eitan Grinspun (Director of Computer Graphics Group and Associate Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University)
Hod Lipson (Associate Professor of Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering and Computing and Information Science, Cornell University)
Miko Matsumura (VP and Chief Strategist, Software AG)
Makai Smith (Product Manager, GenerativeComponents, Bentley Systems)
Moderated by David Benjamin (GSAPP and The Living) and Michael Reed (Columbia Computer Science and Blue Sky Studios)
Location: West Hollywood, CA, USA
Design Principal: Zoltan Pali
Principal: Judy Fekete
Project Manager: Anupama Mann
Collaborators: Matt Lunn, Mark Meyer, Yvonne Wong , Jamie Heitner
Structural Engineer: Norman Epstein
MEP Engineers: John Gautrey/ IBE Consulting Engineers
Landscape Engineers: Andrea Cochran/ Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
Project Area: 10,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: John Linden
Architects: Kanner Architects & Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Location: Bay Area, California, USA
Kanner Architects Team: Stephen Kanner (FAIA, Principal), Damian LeMons (Project Director), Mel de Leon, John Hixson, Adriana Molina
Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects Team: Lorcan O’Herlihy (FAIA, Principal), Donnie Schmidt (Project Director), Sabrina Schmidt-Wetekam, Alex Morassut, Claudia Lugo, Monica Ream
Project Area: 120,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Frank Oudeman, Nicolas O.S. Marques, Donnie Schmidt
Luminaries of Northern California’s interior design community raised the roof of the Art Deco-era Fox Theater last Thursday for a scintillating double feature: the 2010 Honor Awards and Pioneers in Design celebration. The Northern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association sponsored the event, honoring a select group of member firms, designers and students who have elevated the practice of interior design. The group also recognized Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, the founders of Architecture for Humanity (AFH), as its 2010 Pioneers in Design.
Honor award winners–kept secret until the presentation–were chosen from a field of 74 projects submitted by designers from Northern California, Northern Nevada and Hawaii in six categories: Live, Work, Play, Shop, Serve, and Give. The “WOW!” Award was presented for the best-of-show design.
See all the winners after the break.
INABA, with Darien Williams, has developed a hypothetical proposal for the migratory distribution of the Hollywood sign across Los Angeles, titled “HLYWD”. The project will be on display as part of SUPERFRONT LA‘s upcoming show, UNPLANNED: Research and Experiments at the Urban Scale.
The proposal will be on display until July 2. More images and architect’s description after the break.