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Gyo Obata, Founding Partner at HOK, Passes Away at 99

American architect Gyo Obata, FAIA, co-founder of renowned architecture firm HOK, has passed away on March 8 at the age of 99. The news was announced by the office through a statement, honoring the architect's legacy and highlighting his holistic approach which "helped drive HOK’s ongoing expansion into new specialty practices, market sectors and geographic regions".

The Dalí Museum / HOK. Image © Moris MorenoHamad International Airport Passenger Terminal Complex / HOK. Image © Tim Griffith | HOKKAPSARC Housing / HOK. Image © Alan KarchmerNational Center for Civil and Human Rights / HOK + The Freelon Group (Now part of Perkins+Will). Image © Mark Herboth+ 9

On World Bicycle Day: 22 Inspiring Architectural Cycling Projects

Nowadays bicycles are not only used for sports or as a recreational activity, as more and more people are choosing bicycles as their main means of transportation.

Architecture plays a fundamental role in promoting the use of bicycles, as a properly equipped city with safe bicycle lanes, plentiful bicycle parking spots, and open areas to ride freely will encourage people to use their cars much less.

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​Civic Works: Iconic Dallas Landmarks Rethinking Design in Texas

Dallas is home to a high concentration of structures by world-renowned architects. With some of the most iconic architecture per square mile of any American city, Dallas boasts designs by six Pritzker Prize Laureates, all within close distance to the up and coming Arts District. From Norman Foster’s Opera House to Thom Mayne’s Museum of Nature and Science, these projects are emblematic of a larger city-wide design culture.

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Capital Projects: New Architecture Rethinking Design in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. has earned a reputation for iconic architecture. Emerging from the L'Enfant and McMillan Plans, Washington’s cityscape includes wide streets and low-rise buildings that sprawl out from circles and rectangular plazas. From the White House to Lincoln Memorial, Washington’s architecture was built to symbolize the nation’s values. Today, new projects are designed to rethink the city’s morphology while respecting its identity.

Memorial to Enslaved Laborers / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

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Stephen A. Levin Building for Neural and Behavioral Sciences / SmithGroup

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Eagle Academy / Shinberg.Levinas Architectural Design

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Spotlight: Santiago Calatrava

Known for his daring neo-futurist sculptural buildings and over 50 bridges worldwide, Santiago Calatrava (born July 28, 1951) is one of the most celebrated and controversial architects working today. Trained as both an architect and structural engineer, Calatrava has been lauded throughout his career for his work that seems to defy physical laws and imbues a sense of motion into still objects.

The City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/timsnell/9153338448/in/photolist-eWRfC9-fVep9z'>Flickr user timsnell</a> licensed under <a href='http://https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-ND 2.0</a>The Quadracci Pavilion at Milwaukee Art Museum. Image © <a href='www.flickr.com/photos/jimsphotoworld/9289498404/'>Flickr user jimsphotoworld</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Image Courtesy of Santiago CalatravaMuseum of Tomorrow. Image © Gustavo Xavier + 17

Museum of the Bible / SmithGroup

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Atlantic Plumbing Building / Morris Adjmi Architects

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AIA Selects 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture

Confluence Park. Image © Casey Dunn
Confluence Park. Image © Casey Dunn

The American Institute of Architects has selected nine projects for its 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture. The award program celebrates the best contemporary architecture and highlights the many ways buildings and spaces can improve lives. AIA’s five-member jury selects submissions that demonstrate design achievement, including a sense of place and purpose, ecology, environmental sustainability and history.

TIRPITZ Museum. Image © Rasmus HjortshojCasey House. Image © doublespace photographySmart Factory. Image © Simon Menges, BerlinConfluence Park. Image © Casey Dunn+ 18

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía / Santiago Calatrava

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Devon Auditorium / Pickard Chilton

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Cable Connections Fail on Bridge in Dallas After City Officials Ignored Santiago Calatrava's Requests for Proper Testing

The office of Santiago Calatrava, known for their incredible feats of architecture and engineering, has come under scrutiny for the failures of three cable connectors on their Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas, Texas, which has been delayed in opening due to the failures that occurred in Spring of 2016. However, while the office has taken heat for the malfunction, as the Dallas Observer reported, a newly released set of documents show that Calatrava’s team tried to insist on testing the strength of the cables, even going so far as offering to loan money for these tests, but these offers were declined by the city.

12 Projects Win 2017 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

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.

Lower Sproul Redevelopment / Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners

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