First Renderings of Populous’ Downtown Milwaukee Stadium

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The Milwaukee Bucks have just unveiled Populous‘ initial renderings of their downtown revitalization plan for Milwaukee’s sports and entertainment district, anchored by a multi-purpose arena. The first step in their vision, the arena hopes to be a modern expression of Wisconsin’s heritage and a vibrant cornerstone to the growth of downtown Milwaukee.

James Corner Field Operations Amongst Frontrunners for Milwaukee’s Lakefront Gateway Plaza

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The City of Milwaukee has announced the four finalists in a competition to redevelop the city’s lakefront, naming OJB, James Corner Field Operations, multidisciplinary firm AECOM, and Wisconsin-based consulting firm GRAEF. Selected from 24 entrants, the shortlisted teams are competing for a chance to revitalize the Milwaukee lakefront as part of the Lakefront Gateway Project masterplan. Each firm must now submit specific proposals for the Plaza project in time for a June deadline, after which all proposals will be made available to the public and judged by a selection committee. Learn more about the project after the break.

Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Research Tower to Be Restored

SCJ Research Tower / . Image © SC Johnson

Partially credited to the spotlight cast by MoMA’s “Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal exhibition, SC Johnson (SCJ) has agreed to restore their 15-story Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower as a museum and corporate office in , Wisconsin. Wright’s only constructed taproot-core, the 1950s tower is “an inspiring example of cantilever construction with an inner core extending 50 feet into the ground that provides support for the 16 million pound structure,” described SCJ. “The taproot core bears a strong resemblance to the lily pad-like columns seen throughout SC Johnson’s Administration Building, another Wright-designed facility.” 

Urban Edge Symposium

Seattle Art Museum: Olympic Sculpture Park / Courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi

Curated by Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss of Weiss/Manfredi, the biennial Urban Edge Award Symposium titled ‘Evolutionary Infrastructure / Evolving Practices’ will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Taking place April 5th at 10:00am, the event focuses on expanding the definition of ‘infrastructure’ to address an escalating set of design challenges that are at once cultural, architectural, and environmental. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will host a series of cross-disciplinary talks and discussions between innovative architects, artists, ecologists, engineers, and theoreticians. For more information, please visit here.

Request for Proposals: Downtown Master Plan Update

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Adopted by the City of Green Bay in 2003, the Smart Growth Plan 2022 relied heavily on the participation of the citizens of Green Bay and provides city leaders with a guide to use while assessing policy and development proposals. The city of Green Bay Planning Commission is now accepting proposals for the Downtown Green Bay Master Plan UpdateThe selected firm must have a deep portfolio in results-proven city planning and design projects with an understanding of the urban redevelopment process. In demonstrating competence in developing and translating context-minded plans into actionable implementation strategies, the firm must be capable of creating an exciting and supportable vision for downtown that is grounded in local opportunities and realities.The deadline for submissions is March 25. To download the full RFP and for more information, please visit here.

Non-Profit to Buy A Block of Frank Lloyd Wrights

Frank Lloyd Wright by JOHN AMARANTIDES, 1955. ”The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives” (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

While in Arizona developers threaten to split a unique Frank Lloyd Wright Home in two, in Wisconsin, preservationists just can’t get enough Wright.

A non-profit by the name of The Frank Lloyd Wright® Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program, Inc. has just bought their fourth Wright home on the same block. They’re hoping to buy all six and turn the block into an interpretive center so visitors can enter and experience the homes – all American System-Built Homes that Wright built between 1915 and 1916 as prototypes for his ideas on standardized home design.

While they wait for the necessary approvals from the City of Milwaukee to get restoring their newest acquisition, they’ll rent out the home and spend their time restoring the duplex at the other end of the block. No word yet on when their vision could become reality.

Story via The Wisconsin Gazette, the Journal Sentinel Online, a 

Field House / Wendell Burnette Architects

Field House / © Bill Timmerman

Architect: Wendell Burnette Architects
Location: Ellington,
Project Size: 5,000 square feet
Photography: Bill Timmerman


Nexus House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

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Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Location: , Wisconsin, United States
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 2,000 sq ft
Photographs: John J. Macaulay

Studio for a Composer / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

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Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Location: Spring Prairie, Wisconsin,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 500 sq ft
Photographs: John J. Macaulay

Chenequa Residence / Robert Harvey Oshatz Architect

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Architects: Robert Harvey Oshatz Architect
Location: Chenequa, Wisconsin,
Architect In Charge: Robert H Oshatz
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Cameron Neilson

Blair Barn House / Alchemy Architects

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Architects: Alchemy Architects
Location: , Wisconsin,
Size: 1,850 sqf
Budget: $360,000
Photographs: Courtesy of Alchemy Architects

Sheboygan Police Department / Zimmerman Architectural Studios

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Architect: Zimmerman Architectural Studios
Location: Sheboygan,
Project Year: 2008
Engineer: Harwood Engineering Consultants
Photographs: Greg Gent, Kevin O’Donnell

Designed by Zimmerman Architectural Studios of , Wisconsin, the Sheboygan Police Station is a municipal facility that was awarded an AIA Wisconsin Merit Award in 2011.  Perhaps the most signature element of the architectural scheme would be the blue glow that emanates from the structure — a revered and feared image standing as a symbol for law and order in the community.

Taliesin – A Guided 360 Virtual Tour

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin turned 100 this year. As part of the commemoration Tour de Force 360VR produced an award winning “guided” 360 degree virtual tour of the estate. The center of Frank Lloyd Wright’s world was Taliesin near , . It was his home, workshop, architectural laboratory and inspiration for nearly all his life. Our international award winning Tour de Force, allows visitors from around the world to experience this place in ways only a personal visit could provide before. The response has been dramatic. More information on the tour after the break.

Iron Horse Hotel / The Kubala Washatko Architects

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Architect: The Kubala Washatko Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: The Kubala Washatko Architects 

Designed by the Kubala Washatko Architects of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, the Iron Horse Hotel is an upscale boutique hotel that caters to motorcycle enthusiasts and travelers.  The 100,000sf project was completed in 2008 as a refurbishment to an existing factory — more images and architect description after the break.

Roast Coffee Co. / SARUP

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Architect: School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Location: Milwaukee, , USA
Project Team: Adriana Arteaga, Chad Bloedel, Ali Carlucci, Joseph Luehring, Therese Hassett, Blake Villwock, Kyle Talbott (SARUP Faculty)
Client: Roast Coffee Co.
Structural Consultant: Marco Lo Ricco (SARUP Faculty)
Fabrication Consultant: Frankie Flood, Matt Maybee (UWM PECK SCHOOL Faculty)
Digital Fabrication Consultant: Design Fugitives
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Adriana Arteaga, Blake Villwock, Joseph Luehring, Chad Bloedel, Bilal Sayyed, Blake Villwock

Madison Children’s Museum / The Kubala Washatko Architects

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Architect: The Kubala Washatko Architects
Location: Madison,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: The Kubala Washatko Architects

OS House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects


Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Location: Racine,
Project Year: 2010
References: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Photographs: Johnsen Schmaling Architects 

The OS House by Johnsen Schmaling Architects is located in downtown Racine, Wisconsin and attempts to redefine the urban fabric of this historic rustbelt city.  Sited on a narrow lot between a 3-story mansion and a mid-century ranch, the colorful 1,900sf residence is a welcome and dynamic intervention to the streetscape.

The CityDeck / StossLU


Architect: StossLU
Location: Green Bay,
Project Team: Chris Reed, Scott Bishop, Tim Barner, Cathy Braasch, Steve Carlucci, Jill Desimini, Adrian Fehrmann, Carl Frushour, Kristin Malone, Chris Muskopf, Susan Fitzgerald, Jana Kienitz, Lisl Kotheimer, Bryan Miyahara, Graham Palmer, Megan Studer, Sarah White
Project Area: 2.5 acres
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: StossLU, Jeff Mirkes