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Open Call: Mountain Architecture Prototype (MAP), an SPM Design Competition

14:00 - 13 September, 2015
Open Call: Mountain Architecture Prototype (MAP), an SPM Design Competition, Courtesy of Summit Powder Mountain
Courtesy of Summit Powder Mountain

Utah-based community project Summit has announced Mountain Architecture Prototype (MAP), an SPM Design Competition, "to select the design of a cabin prototype in an effort to push forward the conversation around what it means to build responsibly at 8,400 feet in the Wasatch [Mountain] Range.”

The competition seeks submissions for a structure of up to 2,500 square feet, which will be located on a 12 degree sloped site at Summit Powder Mountain. Sustainable designs are highly encouraged, particularly with the use of natural materials.

BIG Designs Rejected Again for Kimball Art Center

00:00 - 27 August, 2014
Revised design for the Kimball Art Center. Image © BIG
Revised design for the Kimball Art Center. Image © BIG

After producing major revisions on a previously rejected design, BIG have had their second design rejected for the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. City Hall rejected the design on the basis of appearance, arguing that it did not relate to the historic city centre "aesthetically, visually or historically." The second design by BIG marked a complete departure from the original that was selected as the winner of an architectural contest hosted by the Kimball Art Center.

Did Park City Blow It With BIG's Kimball Art Center?

00:00 - 23 March, 2014
Did Park City Blow It With BIG's Kimball Art Center?, The original design for the Kimball Art Center. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
The original design for the Kimball Art Center. Image Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

In an entertaining take on the events that led BIG to completely redesign their winning competition entry for the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah, Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan describes the new design as "ridiculously anonymous," "a huge — and almost hilarious — departure from the personality and warmth of the original design." She asks the residents of Park City, whose outrage forced the redesign, "are you happy now?" Read the full article here.

Utah to Eliminate Homelessness With Entirely Logical Solution

00:00 - 26 January, 2014
Utah to Eliminate Homelessness With Entirely Logical Solution, ELEMENTAL has developed a system in which half of each building would be constructed in a first phase – and the other half in a later second phase: allowing residents to incrementally invest in their own homes, made possible through public funding. Image Courtesy of ELEMENTAL
ELEMENTAL has developed a system in which half of each building would be constructed in a first phase – and the other half in a later second phase: allowing residents to incrementally invest in their own homes, made possible through public funding. Image Courtesy of ELEMENTAL

Despite rising poverty across the US, homelessness has decreased 69% in Utah over the past five years and is even expected to be eliminated this year, the Huffington Post reports. How has Utah found such success? By giving the homeless homes. While the answer may seem obvious, Utah is breaking ground with its Housing Works program, which gives the homeless affordable and permanent apartments on just one condition: that they be "good stewards." 

Natural History Museum of Utah / Ennead Architects

02:00 - 25 January, 2012
© Jeff Goldberg/Esto
© Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Architect: Ennead Architects Architect of Record: GSBS Architects Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Jeff Goldberg/EstoStuart RuckmanBen Lowry

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Kimball Art Center / Will Bruder+PARTNERS

13:00 - 15 January, 2012
Courtesy of Will Bruder and Partners
Courtesy of Will Bruder and Partners

The Kimball Art Center design proposal by Will Bruder+PARTNERS focuses on the nature of “exhibition” in the context of history. Taking a cue from the “colorful prehistoric petroglyphs and pictographs” of Utah’s canyons along with its abundance of formally expressive Victorian architecture, the proposal takes on the role of expression and education through color and craft. This sensitivity to the history and propogation of exhibition is instantly understood with the facade walls of Main and Heber Streets.

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Kimball Art Center / Sparano + Mooney Architecture

13:00 - 14 January, 2012
Courtesy of Sparano + Mooney Architecture
Courtesy of Sparano + Mooney Architecture

The Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah is hosting a competition for a transformation of the “non-profit center for the arts in the heart of Park City’s historic and vibrant art community”. The list of architects competing to transform this cultural space is selective.  Among them is Sparano + Mooney Architecture, an internationally recognized firm with offices in Park City, Utah and Los Angeles, California.   The competition submissions for Stage II will be presented on February 2nd, but until then here is a preview of Sporano + Mooney’s Proposal!

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Ballet West: Fluid Adagio Installation Competition

18:12 - 26 August, 2010

AIA Utah announces the 2010 design/build competition Ballet West: Fluid Adagio Installation (BWFAI), a first-time-ever joint competition initiated by AIA Utah’s Young Architects Forum.