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Rammed Earth Construction: 15 Exemplary Projects

12:00 - 25 November, 2018
© Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography

© Iwan Baan © Stefan Müller © Norman Müller © Filip Dujardin + 19

This week, we're highlighting a selection of the best images of projects built using rammed earth. These 15 works show the attractive aesthetic finish created by the superposition of multiple layers of compressed soil. Despite having been neglected as a construction technique for years, this type of construction is now experiencing a renaissance in architecture. Read on for a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Filip Dujardin, João Morgado, and Nic Lehoux.

Rutgers University-Camden: Nursing and Science Building / Perkins Eastman

12:00 - 15 November, 2018
Rutgers University-Camden: Nursing and Science Building / Perkins Eastman, © Sarah Mechling-Perkins Eastman
© Sarah Mechling-Perkins Eastman

© Sarah Mechling-Perkins Eastman © Sarah Mechling-Perkins Eastman © Sarah Mechling-Perkins Eastman © Sarah Mechling-Perkins Eastman + 50

Wrightwood 659 Exhibition Space / Tadao Ando Architect and Associates

14:00 - 6 November, 2018
© Jeff Goldberg / Esto
© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto + 20

2018 Brick in Architecture Award Winners Announced

14:30 - 30 July, 2018
2018 Brick in Architecture Award Winners Announced, Four51 Marlborough – Boston, Massachusetts. Image © Trent Bell Photography
Four51 Marlborough – Boston, Massachusetts. Image © Trent Bell Photography

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has announced the winners of the 2018 Brick in Architecture Awards, given to “the country’s most visionary projects incorporating fired-clay brick.” This year, 19 projects were selected from 88 total entries, spanning commercial, educational, landscaping, and residential categories.

“Fired-clay brick offers unlimited aesthetic flexibility, and is an integral part of any sustainable, low maintenance building strategy,” said Ray Leonhard, BIA’s president and CEO.

Full details on the awards and winners are available on the official website here. Below, we have organized the winning schemes by category.

The Study at University City – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Image © Halkin | Mason Photography Williams College Bookstore – Williamstown, Massachusetts. Image © Jeff Goldberg/Esto Freedom Walkway – Rock Hill, South Carolina. Image © Matthew Benham Photography 613 Baltic Street – Brooklyn, New York. Image © Will Femia & Christian Harder + 58

Bent, Not Broken: The Natural Process of Shaping Fantastic Wooden Forms

08:00 - 7 June, 2018
Bent, Not Broken: The Natural Process of Shaping Fantastic Wooden Forms, Masonic Amphitheatre, Design/Build Lab at Virginia Tech. Image © Jeff Goldberg - ESTO
Masonic Amphitheatre, Design/Build Lab at Virginia Tech. Image © Jeff Goldberg - ESTO

Even as technology advances—leaving many of the old ways of building obsolete—certain traditional crafts and building techniques continue to captivate our imaginations with their simple ingenuity and unimpeachable effectiveness. Although used for millennia, the process of temporarily turning rigid members of wood into pliable, twistable, bendable noodles of lumber remains a favorite woodworker’s trick, capable of producing whimsical transformations and otherworldly forms from the most natural of materials.

BENT Workshop, Department of Architectural Science, Genova University. Image © Anna Positano TRILUX Pavilion, Future Cities Lab. Image © Peter Prato Masonic Amphitheatre, Design/Build Lab at Virginia Tech. Image © Jeff Goldberg - ESTO Saw-Mill Shelter, Architectural Association School of Architecture. Image Courtesy of Rolando Madrigal Torres + 27

Wintrust Arena / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

13:00 - 24 April, 2018
Wintrust Arena / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO
© Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

© Jeff Goldberg/ESTO © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chicago, IL, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Cesar Pelli FAIA, RIBA, JIA; Fred Clarke FAIA, RIBA, JIA; Mitch Hirsch AIA, LEED AP
  • Design Team Leaders

    Gina Narracci, AIA, Amrit Pilo, LEED AP
  • Architect of Record

    Moody Nolan
  • Area

    300000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

15:00 - 27 February, 2018
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO
© Jeff Goldberg / ESTO

© Jeff Goldberg / ESTO © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO + 15

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

Snøhetta and Clark Nexsen Selected to Design New Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

16:15 - 24 October, 2017
Snøhetta and Clark Nexsen Selected to Design New Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Image Courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Photo by Robert Christopher
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Image Courtesy of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Photo by Robert Christopher

The team of Snøhetta (design architect), Clark Nexsen (architect-of-record) and brightspot strategy (community engagement and space programming) has been selected to design the new Main Building for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina.

The team will work to incorporate the creative vision created by the library and its community through a multi-year planning process. Envisioned as a “public commons,” the building will aimed at becoming a catalyst for urban revitalization, becoming a new hub of culture, education and community connection for the city.

Spotlight: César Pelli

07:30 - 12 October, 2017
Petronas Towers. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/einalem/1390833018'>Flickr user einalem</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Petronas Towers. Image © Flickr user einalem licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

A diversity of approaches and locales is the calling card of Argentina-born, America-based architect César Pelli (born October 12, 1926). The common thread of Pelli’s work is a strong sensitivity to place and environment. Beginning his solo career with the Pacific Design Center (1975) in Los Angeles and shifting through the World Financial Center (1988) (now Brookfield Place) in New York, to the Petronas Towers (1996) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the now-under-construction, Transbay Transit Center and Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, each project is a unique response to context.

Red Building. Image Courtesy of StudioAMD National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan, 2004. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NMAO01s3200.jpg'>Wikipedia user 663highland</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> São Paulo Corporate Towers / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects + aflalo/gasperini arquitetos. Image © Ana Mello Hancher Auditorium / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Image © Jeff Goldberg/Esto + 14

The Best Photos of the Week: Architecture in the Most Incredible Places in the World

12:00 - 13 August, 2017

Architecture is always a reflection on how to interact with and relate to nature. Some architects show a preference for distinctive shapes and materials that contrast with the landscape, while others prefer to mimic the surroundings with organic works. But regardless of the techniques employed, architecture has reached the most remote and incredible places on the planet. Below is a selection of 16 images which show the combination of architecture and landscape by prominent photographers such as Su Shengliang, Sergio Pirrone and Valentin Jeck.

© Piyatat Hemmatat © Jeff Goldberg/Esto © Dylan Perrenoud © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 18

Sharon Fields / design/buildLAB

14:00 - 12 April, 2017
Sharon Fields / design/buildLAB, © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO
© Jeff Goldberg / ESTO

© Jeff Goldberg / ESTO        © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO        © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO        © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO        + 26

Denver Art Museum Receives $12 Million to Revitalize Ponti North Building

08:00 - 1 March, 2017
Denver Art Museum Receives $12 Million to Revitalize Ponti North Building, Proposed architectural rendering of an aerial view of the North Building at dusk. Image Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti
Proposed architectural rendering of an aerial view of the North Building at dusk. Image Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) has announced that a $12 million gift from Anna and John J. Sie will support the construction of a new welcome center at the museum’s Gio Ponti-designed North Building.

Paying homage to the shapes and volumes of the existing building, the new construction—by Machado Silvetti and Fentress Architects—aims to enhance the museum campus’ connection to the Golden Triangle neighborhood, as well as to improve visitor navigation and amenities.

Denver Art Museum North Building entryway and welcome desk. 1971. Image © Wayne Thom Denver Art Museum North Building constructed by Italian architect Gio Ponti. 1971. Image © Wayne Thom Proposed North Building Project Model 2016. Jason A. Knowles. Image © Fentress Architects Proposed architectural rendering of North Building from the Cultural Center Complex Garage. Image Courtesy of Fentress Architects and Machado Silvetti + 25

McCann Residence / Weiss/Manfredi

09:00 - 31 May, 2016
McCann Residence / Weiss/Manfredi, Courtesy of Albert Večerka/Esto
Courtesy of Albert Večerka/Esto

Courtesy of Albert Večerka/Esto © Jeff Goldberg/Esto © Jeff Goldberg/Esto © Jeff Goldberg/Esto + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tuxedo Park, United States
  • Team

    Marion Weiss, AIA, and Michael A. Manfredi, AIA (Design Partners); Michael Blasberg, RA; Lee Lim, and Hamilton Hadden, RA (Project Architects)
  • Area

    4800.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Maritime Academic Center / EYP

13:00 - 22 March, 2016
Maritime Academic Center / EYP, © Jeff Goldberg / Esto
© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto + 23

  • Architects

    EYP
  • Location

    Bronx County, NY, United States
  • Area

    41000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

11:00 - 26 January, 2016
Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, © Jeff Goldberg/Esto
© Jeff Goldberg/Esto

© Jeff Goldberg/Esto © Jeff Goldberg/Esto © Jeff Goldberg/Esto © Jeff Goldberg/Esto + 11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Senior Design Principals

    Cesar Pelli FAIA, Fred Clarke FAIA
  • Principal in Charge

    Mark Shoemaker AIA
  • Area

    65000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

The 2015 Religious Architecture Awards Celebrate Changing Trends in Worship

09:30 - 2 January, 2016
The 2015 Religious Architecture Awards Celebrate Changing Trends in Worship

Religious buildings make up many of the highlights of architectural history, and the Religious Architecture Awards from Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum for Religion, Art, and Architecture celebrate the latest entries in this category. As trends in religious practices and the buildings that house them have changed, this year’s awards celebrate a wide variety of structures, including a growing number of renovation and restoration projects, as well as the first-ever award for a building in the “megachurch” category. From a total of 44 entries, 16 projects received awards in one of five categories: New Facilities, Renovation, Restoration, Adaptive Reuse/Repurpose, and Liturgical/Interior Design.

Read on to see all the winners of the Religious Architecture Awards.

Mission San Juan Capistrano/Ford, Powell & Carson Architects & Planners, Inc.. Image © Mark Menjivar The Memorial Church, Harvard University/Finegold Alexander Architects. Image © Blind Dog Immanuel Chapel/Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Image © Peter Aaron/OTTO St. Monica Catholic Church/Fisher Heck Architects. Image © DVDesign + 41

World Trade Center River Wall May Be Leaking

16:00 - 26 August, 2015
World Trade Center River Wall May Be Leaking, Snøhetta's entrance building, with one of Michael Arad's Memorial Fountains in the foreground. Image © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO
Snøhetta's entrance building, with one of Michael Arad's Memorial Fountains in the foreground. Image © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO

Sounds of rushing water have been reported behind the walls of the lower concourses of the World Trade Center site. As DNAinfo reports, rumors say officials have found an underground leak within the newly built complex and fear that it may be coming from the 3,200-foot-long slurry wall that separates the site from the Hudson River.