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Megan Schires

I entered the professional world of architecture in 2016 after finishing my M.Arch at Iowa State University. My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Design in Architecture with a minor in Housing Studies from the University of Minnesota. Throughout my academic career my focus has been on the human factor in design and I'm particularly interested in how the built environment affects the people who inhabit it and vice versa. I love to travel and try to make as many pilgrimages as I can to architectural landmarks all over the world!

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Dvorulitsa Project by Meganom Proposes Reinvesting in Cities' Peripheries to Improve Urban Environments

05:15 - 26 April, 2019
Dvorulitsa Project by Meganom Proposes Reinvesting in Cities' Peripheries to Improve Urban Environments, After. Image © Dvorulitsa
After. Image © Dvorulitsa

Superpark. Image © Meganom After. Image © Dvorulitsa After. Image © Dvorulitsa © Dvorulitsa + 16

Amidst efforts to revitalize and improve urban centers, the peripheral areas of cities are often ignored or forgotten. The intense focus on the downtown core means, in terms of land use, that only a relatively small area receives the majority of designers’ attention. "Dvorulitsa" (literally "Yardstreet" in Russian) is an urban development strategy proposed by Russian architecture firm Meganom, aiming to shift that focus. Taking the idea of the “superpark” from the 2013 study, "Archaeology of the Periphery," the yardstreet project presents an alternative method of viewing the periphery of a post-soviet city.

KAAT Architects and Yalin Architectural Design Shortlisted for International Design Competition in Kuwait

10:00 - 14 April, 2019
KAAT Architects and Yalin Architectural Design Shortlisted for International Design Competition in Kuwait, © KAAT Architects + Yalin Architectural Design
© KAAT Architects + Yalin Architectural Design

A two-stage international design competition recently concluded for the new headquarters of The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), the country’s leading organization for advancing science, technology, and innovation. KÂAT Architects and Yalin Architectural Design were shortlisted as finalists in the second stage of the competition for their collaborative entry, a concept which anchors the future within the past. Drawing inspiration from the local traditions, climate, and urban fabric, the group places their design firmly in the context of its location in Kuwait City.

© KAAT Architects + Yalin Architectural Design © KAAT Architects + Yalin Architectural Design © KAAT Architects + Yalin Architectural Design © KAAT Architects + Yalin Architectural Design + 9

Gallery: Monolicious by Sebastian Weiss

07:00 - 14 April, 2019
Gallery: Monolicious by Sebastian Weiss, Fondazione Feltrinelli / Herzog & de Meuron. Image © Sebastian Weiss
Fondazione Feltrinelli / Herzog & de Meuron. Image © Sebastian Weiss

Name: Monolicious

Photographer: Sebastian Weiss

Location: Milan

Year: 2018

Sheraton Hotel Malpensa Airport / King Roselli Architetti. Image © Sebastian Weiss Universita Luigi Bocconi / Grafton Architects. Image © Sebastian Weiss Chiesa di Maria S.ma Immacolata di Longuelo / Giuseppe Pizzigoni. Image © Sebastian Weiss Palazzo Mondadori / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Sebastian Weiss + 12

3GATTI Proposes 'Green Spaceship' for Madrid Library

08:00 - 13 April, 2019
3GATTI Proposes 'Green Spaceship' for Madrid Library, © 3GATTI
© 3GATTI

A Green Spaceship appears to have landed in Villaverde, Madrid, in design firm 3GATTI’s proposal for the new municipal library. The design for the landmark building employs the public’s curiosity to draw visitors in and create an iconic presence in the city. The library is split between two floors, both architecturally and conceptually. The ground level is transparent and open, meant to house the noisy, public aspects of the program; the upper floor is the architectural showpiece, floating above the ground and containing the more private, quiet study spaces.

© 3GATTI © 3GATTI © 3GATTI © 3GATTI + 14

MORE Architecture Designs Village-Inspired Art Museum Ginkgo Gallery

04:00 - 12 April, 2019
MORE Architecture Designs Village-Inspired Art Museum Ginkgo Gallery, North Elevation. Image © MORE Architecture
North Elevation. Image © MORE Architecture

Reacting to the influx of gargantuan, iconic museum buildings produced by China’s recent “museum boom,” MORE Architecture aimed to create an intricate, experiential space with their design for Ginkgo Gallery. The gallery, construction on which has now begun, was conceived as a humble merging of art and nature, part of a network of private museums in the Yangtze River Delta. Ginkgo Gallery also houses an auditorium and workshop space in an effort to make art a part of public life and educate children in contemporary art.

Bird's eye. Image © MORE Architecture Section. Image © MORE Architecture Interior. Image © MORE Architecture Gallery model. Image © MORE Architecture + 13

Gallery: City of Light by Sebastian Weiss

06:00 - 4 April, 2019
Gallery: City of Light by Sebastian Weiss, Hospital de Santa Maria / Hermann Distel. Image © Sebastian Weiss
Hospital de Santa Maria / Hermann Distel. Image © Sebastian Weiss

Name: City of Light

Photographer: Sebastian Weiss

Location: Lisbon

Year: March 2019

Hospital de Santa Maria / Hermann Distel. Image © Sebastian Weiss Gare do Oriente / Santiago Calatrava. Image © Sebastian Weiss National Archive of Torre do Tombo / Ateliers Associados. Image © Sebastian Weiss Champalimaud Center for the Unknown / Charles Correa Associates. Image © Sebastian Weiss + 17

LAD Reimagines a Public Square in Milan with Hanging Garden

06:00 - 24 March, 2019
LAD Reimagines a Public Square in Milan with Hanging Garden, © LAD
© LAD

In the city of Milan, architecture firm LAD identified a busy roundabout with the potential to host a new public square typology. Sovraparco, literally “over park,” is a design by the Italian firm and Hypnos Studio to better utilize an existing area in the city, Piazzale Loreto, by infusing it with greenery and public space. The project intentionally does not impose on the surrounding buildings to revamp the area, but instead inserts itself into the central space and aims to rethink what belongs to the public sector.

© LAD © LAD © LAD © LAD + 12

Dodi Moss Team Designs an Ethereal Italian Pavilion for Expo Dubai 2020 Competition

04:00 - 21 March, 2019
Dodi Moss Team Designs an Ethereal Italian Pavilion for Expo Dubai 2020 Competition, © Dodi Moss
© Dodi Moss

Responding to the theme of Expo 2020 Dubai, “Beauty Unites People,” a team led by Dodi Moss imagined a multi-layered architectural experience evoking Italy’s history and identity. The design pulls apart the pieces that make up architectural space, separating the building into its structural volume and its tactile, material components. The proposal won third place in Invitalia’s competition to design the Italian Pavilion at the Expo, behind carlorattiassociati and Gianluca Peluffa & Partners.

© Dodi Moss © Dodi Moss © Dodi Moss © Dodi Moss + 14

Stefano Boeri Architetti Creates a Vertical Forest for Tirana 2030 Master Plan

05:30 - 18 March, 2019
Stefano Boeri Architetti Creates a Vertical Forest for Tirana 2030 Master Plan, Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti
Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti

Albania’s capital city, Tirana, is slated to receive the country’s first Vertical Forest in a scheme designed by Milanese architecture firm, Stefano Boeri Architetti. Originating as part of the city’s new development master plan completed by the firm 3 years ago, the building will greatly increase the amount of greenery within and around the metropolitan area. Tirana’s Vertical Forest will contain 21 floors above ground with 4 more below and will be populated by 105 apartment units above a primarily commercial ground floor.

Tirana Vertical Forest. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti 24-hour school in Tirana. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti Blloku Cube. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti Tirana 2030 - Agriculture. Image © Stefano Boeri Architetti + 19

Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces 2019 Early Highlight Contributors

05:00 - 15 March, 2019
Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces 2019 Early Highlight Contributors, The new graphic identity of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. by LA-based ELLA. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial
The new graphic identity of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. by LA-based ELLA. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

The third Chicago Architecture Biennial will occur from September 19, 2019, to January 5, 2020, and yesterday the first group of contributors to the 2019 edition and publication was announced. This year’s theme, “...and other such stories,” will bring together a multi-faceted and international exploration of architecture and the built environment. Newly commissioned projects for the Biennial will highlight issues including public housing, social justice, and the appropriation and preservation of the natural environment.

Bee Breeders Announce Winners of the Urban Zoo Coworking Competition

04:00 - 12 March, 2019
Bee Breeders Announce Winners of the Urban Zoo Coworking Competition, First Prize: The Menagerie. Image © Studio Mas
First Prize: The Menagerie. Image © Studio Mas

In their most recent design competition, Bee Breeders partnered with Urban Zoo Coworking to seek a signature style for Urban Zoo’s coworking spaces. Viewed as a prototype to be adapted to each new venue, these interior designs needed to be customizable for various users. Common inhabitants of Urban Zoo Coworking’s spaces include freelancers, start-ups, and small businesses who need a workspace to meet their different creative needs.

Third Prize: Habitat. Image © Apex Project Bureau First Prize: The Menagerie. Image © Studio Mas First Prize: The Menagerie. Image © Studio Mas Second Prize: WILD. Image © Cornerstore + 27

Sheila O’Donnell and Xu Tiantian Win 2019 Women in Architecture Awards

11:00 - 1 March, 2019
Sheila O’Donnell and Xu Tiantian Win 2019 Women in Architecture Awards

For this year's Women in Architecture Awards, The Architectural Review and the Architects’ Journal have selected Sheila O’Donnell as Architect of the Year and Xu Tiantian to win the Moira Gemill Prize for Emerging Architecture in the 2019 Women in Architecture awards. The Architect of the Year award recognizes excellence in design specifically in the context of a recently completed project and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture is awarded to women designers under the age of 45 who show design excellence indicative of a bright future.

6 Schools That Defined Their Own Architectural Styles

07:00 - 20 February, 2019
6 Schools That Defined Their Own Architectural Styles

Architectural education has always been fundamentally influenced by whichever styles are popular at a given time, but that relationship flows in the opposite direction as well. All styles must originate somewhere, after all, and revolutionary schools throughout centuries past have functioned as the influencers and generators of their own architectural movements. These schools, progressive in their times, are often founded by discontented experimental minds, looking for something not previously nor currently offered in architectural output or education. Instead, they forge their own way and bring their students along with them. As those students graduate and continue on to practice or become teachers themselves, the school’s influence spreads and a new movement is born.

OPEN Architecture's Chapel of Sound Reimagines the Concert Hall

04:30 - 19 February, 2019
OPEN Architecture's Chapel of Sound Reimagines the Concert Hall, Cross section
Cross section

Nestled in a valley north of Beijing, a building will soon be completed that may appear to have always been there, or to have emerged from and grown out of the surrounding stony landscape. OPEN Architecture’s Chapel of Sound in Chengde, China was recently recognized in the 66th annual Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards, chosen as one of ten projects to receive the commendation. The P/A Awards focus on innovative, ongoing work that promotes new ways of thinking about architecture. The Chapel of Sound was noted for its creation of a new, progressive type of environment and its reimagining of an established typology.

Outdoor stage Great wall viewing platform Outdoor concert Exterior view + 14

SquareOne Proposes Repurposing a Water Tower as Public Spas/Student Housing

13:00 - 18 February, 2019
SquareOne Proposes Repurposing a Water Tower as Public Spas/Student Housing, Public spa. Image Courtesy of SquareOne
Public spa. Image Courtesy of SquareOne

Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to go swimming inside a water tower. In reality, it would probably be dark and creepy and not as cool as it sounds, but that’s not the case with Danish firm SquareOne’s design, where the top of an abandoned water tower becomes a public swimming pool and spa. Utilizing the existing structural system of the tower, SquareOne is also proposing adding 40+ student housing units suspended around the tower. This dual-purpose scheme addresses Copenhagen’s desperate housing shortage while also giving new life to an old building.

 

Interior beam structure of Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Existing Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Proposed Taarnby water tower. Image Courtesy of SquareOne Courtesy of SquareOne + 10

7 International Examples of How the Bauhaus Lived On After 1933

08:00 - 12 February, 2019
7 International Examples of How the Bauhaus Lived On After 1933

After the dissolution of the Bauhaus due to Nazi political pressure in April 1933, the ideas, teachings, and philosophies of the school were flung across the world as former students and faculty dispersed in the face of impending war. Of the numerous creative talents associated with the Bauhaus, many went on to notable careers elsewhere. Some made a living as artists or practitioners, others either continued or began careers as teachers themselves - and many did both throughout the course of their lives.

Main building of the former Black Mountain College. Image via Wikimedia under public domain Gropius House. Imagevia Picryl under public domain Ulm School of Design building by Max Bill . Image © <a href=‘https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HfGUlmbuilding.jpg'>Flickr user alphanumeric</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> Barn at Pond Farm. Image © <a href=‘https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pond_Farm_Barn_Exterior.JPG'>Wikimedia user MikeVdP</a> licensed under <a href=‘https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a> + 11

Boston Startup Spaceus Brings Pop-Up Energy to Vacant Storefronts

07:00 - 9 February, 2019
Boston Startup Spaceus Brings Pop-Up Energy to Vacant Storefronts, Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus
Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus

As retail moves evermore online, vacant storefronts have become ubiquitous sights in American cities and towns. Often located in formerly prime downtown real estate, the darkened windows have a knock-on effect, sapping urban vibrancy and sometimes falling into disrepair. Discourse surrounding the predicament of dead malls and traditional retail space is ongoing, but a one-size fits-all solution clearly isn't the answer here.

Calligraphy workshop at 11 First Street. Photo by Mustafa Hameed.. Image © Spaceus Storefront performance. Photo by Ellen Shakespear.. Image © Spaceus Harvard Square storefront workspace. Photo by Stephanie Lee.. Image © Spaceus Zine-making marathon at Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus + 10

"Reverse Zoo" LABIOMISTA Opening in 2019 Features Mario Botta Building

05:00 - 7 February, 2019
"Reverse Zoo" LABIOMISTA Opening in 2019 Features Mario Botta Building, Courtesy of Philippe van Gelooven
Courtesy of Philippe van Gelooven

The public will soon have the opportunity to experience the vulnerability and awe of briefly inhabiting an animal domain at the “Reverse Zoo,” LABIOMISTA. Translating to “mixture of life,” the 60-acre project is spearheaded by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen and is set to open in 2019.