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AIA Announces Winners of 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

Nine projects have been recognized this year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture. A five-member jury evaluated entries’ sense of place and purpose, ecology and environmental sustainability, and history to choose this year’s most innovative interior spaces.

New United States Courthouse; Los Angeles, Los Angeles | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. Image © Bruce DamonteApple Store, Upper East Side; New York City | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image © Peter AaronShirley Ryan AbilityLab; Chicago | Gensler. Image © Michael MoranStudio Dental II; San Francisco | Montalba Architects. Image © Kevin Scott+ 36

Apple Store, Upper East Side / Bohlin Cywinksi Jackson

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Irish Hunger Memorial / 1100 Architect

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The Winners for The 2016 Modernism in America Awards Have Been Announced

Docomomo US has announced the winners of its 2016 Modernism in America Awards, which honor projects around the country that highlight and advocate for the restoration of postwar architecture and landscapes.

The Modernism in America Awards is the only national program that celebrates "the people and projects working to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our modern heritage sensitively and productively. The program seeks to advance those preservation efforts; to increase appreciation for the period and to raise awareness of the on-going threats against modern architecture and design." 

The 2016 Modernism in America Award winners are:

Interview with Enrique Norten: "Architecture is Not a Competition of Strange Objects"

Founded in 1986 in Mexico City, Enrique Norten's practice TEN Arquitectos is not known for a signature style, preferring to make each project a modernist-infused response to its own specific conditions. Nonetheless, they have become one of the most widely-recognized architectural practices emerging from Mexico, with projects throughout North America. In the latest interview in his "City of Ideas" column, Vladimir Belogolovsky speaks with Norten in New York to find out how the architect's past has influenced his current design work, and to discuss the future trajectory of architecture.

The new Acapulco City Hall. Image Courtesy of TEN ArquitectosCENTRO University, Mexico City. Image © Luis Gordoa Mercedes House, New York City. Image ©  Evan JosephHabita Hotel, Mexico City. Image © Luis Gordoa + 23

AIA Names 6 US Libraries as 2015's Best

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed six libraries they believe to be the year's best. In collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are intended to promote and honor exceptional designs in library architecture. Taking into account the evolving role of the library, these six award recipients are believed to have elevated the institution to one of congregation and community-specific programs.

See the winning designs after the break.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center / Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects. Image © Timothy HursleyVancouver Community Library / The Miller Hull Partnership. Image © Benjamin BenschneiderSlover Library / Newman Architects with Tymoff + Moss Architects. Image © Newman ArchitectsMission Branch Library / Muñoz and Company. Image © Chris Cooper+ 12

The Benefits of Modern Design

To become an architect is to learn to fall in love with clean lines, pure functionality, and minimal simplicity. Which is why it’s so hard for us to understand why the majority of clients remain so tied to their “traditional” homes. You must understand that, for the typical home-buyer, a modern home seems “cold” and “austere” - even “clinical.” 

Biblioteca de Julian Street / Joel Sanders

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Princeton, United States

300 North LaSalle / Pickard Chilton

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  • Architects: Pickard Chilton
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009

EMPAC / Grimshaw

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  • Architects: Grimshaw
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  221200 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008

Lakewood House / Centerbrook Architects & Planners

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  • Architects: Centerbrook Architects and Planners
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  8436
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008