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Drone Footage Reveals Shanghai Planetarium Construction Progress

16:00 - 23 August, 2018
Drone Footage Reveals Shanghai Planetarium Construction Progress, Shanghai Planetarium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Shanghai Planetarium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Taking to the skies, Ennead Architects have released drone footage of the construction progress on their Shanghai Planetarium project. First revealed back in 2016, the 38,000-square-meter planetarium will be one of the largest in the world. By early June, nearly 85 percent of civil construction has been completed, and a new milestone was reached as temporary braces were removed with the 2,000-ton cantilever structure. The drone footage showcases the museum design and the construction process that's bringing it to life.

Shanghai Planetarium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Shanghai Planetarium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Shanghai Planetarium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Shanghai Planetarium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects + 13

7 Lessons from New York's New Affordable Housing Design Guide

09:30 - 1 June, 2018
7 Lessons from New York's New Affordable Housing Design Guide , Broadway Housing in Santa Monica, by Kevin Daly, was identified by the report as a case study for its circulation. Image © Iwan Baan
Broadway Housing in Santa Monica, by Kevin Daly, was identified by the report as a case study for its circulation. Image © Iwan Baan

When we think of public housing architecture in the United States, we often think of boxes: big, brick buildings without much aesthetic character. But the implications of standardized, florescent-lit high-rises can be far more than aesthetic for the people who live there. Geographer Rashad Shabazz, for one, recalls in his book Spatializing Blackness how the housing project in Chicago where he grew up—replete with chain link fencing, video surveillance, and metal detectors—felt more like a prison than a home. Accounts of isolation, confinement, and poor maintenance are echoed by public housing residents nationwide.

But American public housing doesn’t have to be desolate. A new set of design standards from the New York City Public Design Commission (PDC)—in collaboration with The Fine Arts Federation of New York and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter—hopes to turn over a new leaf in affordable housing architecture.

Step Up on Fifth in Santa Monica, by Brooks + Scarpa, was identified by the report as a case study for its windows and doors. Image Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa The Navy Green development in Brooklyn was a key case study in the report. Here, the supportive housing from that development, designed by Architecture in Formation and Curtis + Ginsburg. Image © Tom Powel Imaging The Tetris Apartments in Ljubljana, by OFIS Arhitekti, were identified by the report as a case study for their massing. Image Courtesy of OFIS Arhitekti Creston Avenue Residence in the Bronx. Image Courtesy of MAP Architects + 16

Lycée Français de New York / Ennead Architects

13:00 - 19 April, 2018
Lycée Français de New York / Ennead Architects, © Richard Barnes
© Richard Barnes

© Richard Barnes © Richard Barnes © Richard Barnes © Richard Barnes + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, United States
  • Design Team

    Megan Beddoe, Alfonso Gorini ,Steven Caputo, Steven Chang AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Michael Chen, Lucy Ciletti, Andrew Comfort, Frank de Santis, Amanda Faye, Chris Hall, James Ke, Dean Kim, Janny Kim, Chris Koon, Molly McGowan AIA, Charmian Place, Michael Regan, Kevin Rice, Mary Rowe, Rainier Simoneaux, Oliver Sippl, Margaret Tyrpa AIA, Yvonne Yang, Robert Young AIA, John Zimmer
  • Area

    176000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

James Stewart Polshek Wins 2018 AIA Gold Medal

16:20 - 6 December, 2017
James Stewart Polshek Wins 2018 AIA Gold Medal, William J Clinton Presidential Center and Park (2004). Image © Timothy Hursley
William J Clinton Presidential Center and Park (2004). Image © Timothy Hursley

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named James Stewart Polshek, FAIA, as the recipient of the 2018 AIA Gold Medal. Lauded by the AIA for his “unparalleled vision and leadership,” Polshek has enjoyed fruitful professional and academic careers as a founding partner of James Stewart Polshek Architect (later Polshek Partnership and currently Ennead Architects) and a former dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Honoring “an individual or pair of architects whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture,” the AIA Gold Medal is often considered the highest honor awarded in the United States for architecture.

Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Image © Jeff Goldberg/Esto Newseum / Freedom Forum Foundation World Headquarters (2008). Image © Jeff Goldberg/Esto The Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York (2000). Image © Jeff Goldberg/Esto William J Clinton Presidential Center and Park (2004). Image © Timothy Hursley + 5

EERC / Todd Schliemann of Ennead Architects with Jacobs Engineering Group

13:00 - 20 October, 2017
EERC / Todd Schliemann of Ennead Architects with Jacobs Engineering Group, © Aislinn Weidele
© Aislinn Weidele

© Aislinn Weidele Courtesy of Ennead Architects © Aislinn Weidele © Aislinn Weidele + 17

12 Projects Win 2017 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

16:10 - 15 September, 2017
12 Projects Win 2017 AIA Education Facility Design Awards, Bates Technical College -Advanced Technology Center; Tacoma, Washington / McGranahan Architects. Image © Dane Gregory Meyer
Bates Technical College -Advanced Technology Center; Tacoma, Washington / McGranahan Architects. Image © Dane Gregory Meyer

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)'s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has announced the winners of the 2017 CAE Education Facility Design Awards, honoring the year’s best educational facilities that “serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals, and educational program, while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.”

“Education continues to evolve, and the projects from this year’s Education Facility Design Awards program—presented by the AIA and the Committee on Architecture for Education—represent the state-of-the-art learning environments being developed in today's learning spaces,” explain the AIA. “These projects showcase innovation across the entire learning continuum, displaying how today's architects are creating cutting-edge spaces that enhance modern pedagogy.”

See the 12 winning projects, after the break.

Could Electric Cars Turn Gas Stations Into the Community Hubs of the Future?

09:30 - 15 April, 2017
Could Electric Cars Turn Gas Stations Into the Community Hubs of the Future?, Courtesy of Ennead Architects/Ennead Lab
Courtesy of Ennead Architects/Ennead Lab

One general trend in today's Information Age involves the absolute transmutation of downtime into productivity or engagement of any kind, however meaningless. We hear it all the time: we have lost our ability to be still. However, as a team at Ennead Lab has observed, some of the same technologies that are causing this shift in routine also have the potential to open new, empty pockets of time in our daily lives, and affect the built spaces with which we interact.

Tasked with designing an electric car charging station for a development in Shanghai, Ennead realized that the five hours required to fill up a single standard charge necessitate a place for customers to wait. In an article on Metropolis Magazine, they show that the promise of transportation-less people to stick around in one place for such a period of time opens up a host of possibilities for what could fill the latency period; the Shanghai project, however, focuses on the opportunity to create a civic space. The team has imagined the modern "gas station" as a vertical charging tower that calls upon the functionality of urban parking elevators in the 20th century, this time clad in reflective silver to serve as a beacon for customers in search of a charge. Rather than standalone charge-park towers, the projects are integrated into a system that encourages patrons to walk to neighboring zones to eat, shop, and socialize while they wait.

Ennead Architects Breaks Ground on Expansion of the United States' Oldest Museum

16:00 - 22 December, 2016
Ennead Architects Breaks Ground on Expansion of the United States' Oldest Museum, Street Plaza View. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Street Plaza View. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has broken ground on the construction of an addition to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, the country’s oldest continuously operating museum (since 1799).

The expansion project includes a new 40,000 square foot wing and 17,500 square feet of renovation to adjacent structures. Upon completion, total gallery space will be increased by 15% for a total of 100,000 square feet, making the Peabody Essex into one of the top 20 art museums in the country.

South Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Entrance. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects East Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Bridge. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects + 6

Ennead Architects Breaks Ground on Shanghai Planetarium

14:00 - 20 November, 2016
Ennead Architects Breaks Ground on Shanghai Planetarium, Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has broken ground on the Shanghai Planetarium, a new 38,000-square-meter project that will define a new identity for the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (SSTM) in the Lingang district of Shanghai, China.

Inspired by astronomical principles, the design is centered on the concept of orbital motion. “Each of the building’s three principal forma—the oculus, the inverted dome, and the sphere—acts as an astronomical instrument, tracking sun, moon, and stars, and reminding visitors that our concept of time originates in distant astronomical objects."

Courtesy of Ennead Architects Courtesy of Ennead Architects Courtesy of Ennead Architects Courtesy of Ennead Architects + 12

Beus Center for Law and Society / ennead Architects

13:00 - 5 September, 2016
Beus Center for Law and Society  / ennead Architects, © Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    United States, Phoenix, AZ, USA
  • Design Team

    Michael Caton, Alfonso Gorini, Wanlika Kaewkamchand, Eliza Montgomery, Adam Sheridan, Natasha Skogerboe, Brent Stringfellow, Margaret Tyrpa, Joanna Williams
  • Area

    260000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Ennead Architects Makes Progress on New University of Michigan Biological Sciences Building

12:00 - 7 August, 2016
Ennead Architects Makes Progress on New University of Michigan Biological Sciences Building , Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has recently celebrated the completion of the steel core of a new 295,000-square-foot Biological Sciences Building (BSB) and Museum of Natural History with a topping out ceremony at the University of Michigan. Due to open in 2018, the BSB will bring together the departments of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Research Museums of Paleontology and Zoology, and a re-envisioned Museum of Natural History.

Ennead Architects Reveals Designs for Engineering Center at University of Texas at Austin

16:15 - 15 July, 2016
Ennead Architects Reveals Designs for Engineering Center at University of Texas at Austin, Exterior. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Exterior. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has released images of the new Engineering Education and Research Center for the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering. Currently under construction, the 433,000 square foot (40,200 square meter) building will house undergraduate education, interdisciplinary graduate research and two distinct engineering departments, and will become a new hub of activity at the edge of campus. The design takes advantage of a unique section featuring stacked atrium and outdoor spaces to serve a variety of educational and public functions.

Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Exterior. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects + 25

Ennead Architects Designs Sweeping New Music Center for Xiamen

12:00 - 7 July, 2016
Ennead Architects Designs Sweeping New Music Center for Xiamen, © San Labs for Ennead Architects
© San Labs for Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has released plans for a new 40,000 square meter (430,550 square foot) Music Center in the Chinese city of Xiamen. The design, produced for a six-week design competition held by Xiamen City Municipal Planning, draws inspiration from the island city’s dramatic topography and history to create a new public institution along the harbor. To provide the beachfront with a new public gathering place, the project’s feature element will be a grand stair likened by Ennead to Rome’s timeless Spanish Steps.

© San Labs for Ennead Architects © San Labs for Ennead Architects © San Labs for Ennead Architects © San Labs for Ennead Architects + 13

Ennead Architects Reveal Proposal for Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Expansion

06:00 - 4 May, 2016
Ennead Architects Reveal Proposal for Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Expansion, © San Labs for Ennead Architects
© San Labs for Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects have unveiled their proposed design for the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts campus expansion, master planning and architectural design competition. “This campus expansion and re-envisioning positions Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts—one of China’s top schools of fine art—as an Academy in the Park,” inspired by nature and an oasis destination within the dense urban fabric of Tianjin, write the architects.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art / Ennead Architects

09:00 - 9 February, 2016
Westmoreland Museum of American Art / Ennead Architects, © Aislinn Weidele / Ennead Architects
© Aislinn Weidele / Ennead Architects

© Roy Engelbrecht © Roy Engelbrecht © Roy Engelbrecht © Roy Engelbrecht + 25

Massachusetts College of Art and Design / Ennead Architects

09:00 - 3 February, 2016
Massachusetts College of Art and Design / Ennead Architects, © Richard Barnes
© Richard Barnes

© Richard Barnes © Richard Barnes © Richard Barnes © Richard Barnes + 16

Ennead Architects Announces Plans for New Tech District in China

08:00 - 8 December, 2015
Ennead Architects Announces Plans for New Tech District in China, Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has unveiled the plans for its new project, the Qilin Technology Innovation Park, located in Nanjing, China. The 468,000 square meter project seeks to give a new direction to Chinese urbanism, as it moves away from the trend of “individual architectural trophies,” and towards “creating a holistic district identity and memorable urban space on a human scale.”

Inspired by Silicon Valley, the new science and technology district will create a “24-7 mixed-use urban research hub,” with commercial and government office space, conference facilities, residential buildings, hotels, retail environments, and public open space.

Courtesy of Ennead Architects Courtesy of Ennead Architects Courtesy of Ennead Architects Courtesy of Ennead Architects + 19

Global and International Studies Building / Ennead Architects + Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf

15:00 - 25 November, 2015
Global and International Studies Building / Ennead Architects + Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, © Jeff Goldberg
© Jeff Goldberg

© Jeff Goldberg © Jeff Goldberg © Jeff Goldberg Courtesy of Ennead Architects + 35