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Amazon's Futuristic Checkout-Free Convenience Store Opens with Just a Few Kinks

13:01 - 22 January, 2018
Amazon's Futuristic Checkout-Free Convenience Store Opens with Just a Few Kinks, via Amazon
via Amazon

Amazon’s innovative, checkout-free convenience store concept, Amazon Go, has opened to the public in Seattle.

Located in the base of an existing Amazon office building, the 1,800-square-foot (167-square-meter) store offers grocery and convenience items. To begin shopping, customers simply scan an Amazon Go smartphone app and pass through a turnstile.

Using machine learning, computer vision and artificial intelligence technologies (incorporated into the software powering cameras and weight sensors), the store can then track the actions of customers as they remove items from the shelves, creating a virtual shopping list as they go. When a customer is finished shopping, they simply exit the store through the turnstiles and the user’s Amazon account is automatically charged.

Sound Transit U Link University of Washington Station / LMN Architects

17:00 - 27 December, 2017
Sound Transit U Link University of Washington Station / LMN Architects, © Kevin Scott
© Kevin Scott

© Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott + 25

400 Fairview / SkB Architects, Kendall/Heaton Associates

09:00 - 19 November, 2017
© Magda Biernat
© Magda Biernat

© Spencer Lowell © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat + 56

House for a Mother & Daughter / Robert Hutchison Architecture + Tom Maul Architecture + Design.

11:00 - 15 November, 2017
House for a Mother & Daughter / Robert Hutchison Architecture + Tom Maul Architecture + Design., © Mark Woods
© Mark Woods

© Mark Woods © Mark Woods © Mark Woods © Mark Woods + 20

Capitol Hill House / SHED Architecture & Design

13:00 - 5 November, 2017
Capitol Hill House / SHED Architecture & Design, © Rafael Soldi
© Rafael Soldi

© Rafael Soldi © Rafael Soldi © Rafael Soldi © Rafael Soldi + 28

The Top 10 Predicted Cities for Amazon's HQ2 (And Why HQ2 Will Be a Major Urban Catalyst for the Winner)

09:30 - 24 October, 2017
Amazon's current campus in Seattle. Image© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/joebehr/35438852205/'>Flickr user joebehr</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-ND 2.0</a>
Amazon's current campus in Seattle. Image© Flickr user joebehr licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

The bidding process for HQ2, Amazon's second headquarters in North America, reached a crescendo last week as the submission deadline drew close. While 238 American cities scrambled to submit proposals and run campaigns in the hope to woo Amazon—or as Slate witheringly described the process, "The Bachelor: Corporate America Edition"—the internet abounded with all sorts of discussions on the project. Does our city have what it takes to house the second headquarters? How would HQ2 affect the selected city? Why are smaller cities submitting proposals when they clearly don’t meet the criteria? Can we predict which cities are more likely to make the cut?

Unique Scaffolding System is Lifted into Place for Olson Kundig's Space Needle Renovation

16:20 - 12 October, 2017
Unique Scaffolding System is Lifted into Place for Olson Kundig's Space Needle Renovation, Courtesy of Space Needle / Century Project
Courtesy of Space Needle / Century Project

Construction has begun on the Olson Kundig-led $100 million renovation of Seattle’s most iconic structure, the Space Needle.

With work taking place 500 feet above the ground, the project demanded a unique alternative to traditional scaffolding: a 28,000 pound platform surrounding the tower that was hoisted to a position just below the observation Tophouse.

New drone footage shows how this platform, manufactured by scaffolding company Safway, was constructed at 100 feet above the ground, and then lifted into place and secured. According to Century Project, the structure represents “one of the largest lifts of Safway scaffold ever completed and it’s one of the company’s biggest scaffolds in circumference.”

Laurelhurst MidCentury / mw|works architecture + design

17:00 - 2 October, 2017
© Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann

© Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann © Jeremy Bittermann + 33

Helen Street House / mw|works architecture + design

13:00 - 25 September, 2017
© Andrew Pogue
© Andrew Pogue

© Andrew Pogue © Andrew Pogue © Andrew Pogue © Andrew Pogue + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, United States
  • Lead architect

    Eric Walters, Steve Mongillo
  • Design Team

    Suzanne Stefan
  • Landscape Design

    Wittman Estes (Matt Wittman and Jody Estes)
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Helen Street / mw|works architecture + design

13:00 - 2 August, 2017
© Andrew Pogue
© Andrew Pogue

© Andrew Pogue © Andrew Pogue © Andrew Pogue © Andrew Pogue + 29

Seattle's Upcoming 134 Meter Residential Tower Takes Form As Series of Stacked Cubes

04:00 - 5 July, 2017
Seattle's Upcoming 134 Meter Residential Tower Takes Form As Series of Stacked Cubes, Courtesy of Burrard Group/Weber Thompson
Courtesy of Burrard Group/Weber Thompson

A 440 feet (134 meters) tall stack of twisting cubes, Nexus is an upcoming residential tower planned for the northern edge of downtown Seattle, as the city experiences a shortage of for-sale housing amidst a thriving rental market. Designed by local practice Weber Thompson and commissioned by Vancouver-based Burrard Development, the tower includes 367 residential units and 3200 square feet of retail, aiming to offer one of few residential opportunities in Seattle’s downtown core.

Courtesy of Burrard Group/Weber Thompson Courtesy of Burrard Group/Weber Thompson Courtesy of Burrard Group/Weber Thompson Courtesy of Burrard Group/Weber Thompson + 29

Seattle's Space Needle to Undergo $100 Million Minimalist Renovation by Olson Kundig

12:30 - 15 June, 2017
Seattle's Space Needle to Undergo $100 Million Minimalist Renovation by Olson Kundig, Outer Open-Air Observation Deck (after). Image © Olson Kundig
Outer Open-Air Observation Deck (after). Image © Olson Kundig

One of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, the Seattle Space Needle, is set to undergo a $100 million renovation project focused on the structure’s preservation and the enhancement of the visitor experience by opening up spaces to dramatically improved views.

 Designed by Olson Kundig with interiors by Tihany Design, the scheme will intensify the Observation Deck experience through the addition of floor-to-ceiling glass on both the interior and exterior spaces, creating unobstructed 360 degree views of the Puget Sound and Seattle skyline . The renovation will also reimagine the Needle’s restaurant level by featuring a “first-of-its-kind” rotating glass floor to offer never-before-seen downward views of the structure.

Cross-Section of the Tophouse to show Observation Deck Renovations. Image © Olson Kundig View from the Interior Observation Deck (after). Image © Olson Kundig Interior Observation Deck (after). Image © Olson Kundig Tophouse of the Space Needle (after). Image © Olson Kundig + 16

Tectonic / Graham Baba Architects

15:00 - 9 June, 2017
Tectonic / Graham Baba Architects, © Rafael Soldi
© Rafael Soldi

© Rafael Soldi               © Rafael Soldi               © Rafael Soldi               © Rafael Soldi               + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    1424 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Jim Graham
  • Area

    2738.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015

The Junsei House / Suyama Peterson Deguchi

15:00 - 30 March, 2017
The Junsei House / Suyama Peterson Deguchi, © Charlie Schuck
© Charlie Schuck

© Charlie Schuck © Charlie Schuck © Charlie Schuck © Charlie Schuck + 20

HBO Seattle Workspace / Rapt Studio

18:00 - 9 March, 2017
HBO Seattle Workspace / Rapt Studio, © Eric Laignel
© Eric Laignel

© Eric Laignel             © Eric Laignel             © Eric Laignel             © Eric Laignel             + 52

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, WA 98101, United States
  • Area

    72000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016

The Studios / Graham Baba Architects

17:00 - 21 February, 2017
The Studios / Graham Baba Architects, ©  Lara Swimmer
© Lara Swimmer

©  Lara Swimmer ©  Lara Swimmer ©  Lara Swimmer ©  Lara Swimmer + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, WA, United States
  • Design Team

    Jim Graham, Melissa Glenn, Maureen O’Leary
  • Area

    10000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015

Copine / Olson Kundig

15:00 - 15 February, 2017
Copine  / Olson Kundig, © Rafael Soldi
© Rafael Soldi

© Rafael Soldi © Rafael Soldi © Rafael Soldi © Rafael Soldi + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

    6460 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117, USA
  • Principal in Charge

    Kirsten Murray
  • Area

    3289.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Cowiche Canyon Kitchen and Icehouse Bar / Graham Baba Architects

17:00 - 14 February, 2017
Cowiche Canyon Kitchen and Icehouse Bar / Graham Baba Architects, Courtesy of Lara Swimmer
Courtesy of Lara Swimmer

Courtesy of Lara Swimmer Courtesy of Lara Swimmer Courtesy of Lara Swimmer Courtesy of Lara Swimmer + 39