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Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex / Flad Architects

© Jeff Lendrum© Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing© Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing© Jeff Lendrum+ 15

Belay MKE / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

© John J. Macaulay© John J. Macaulay© John J. Macaulay© John J. Macaulay+ 14

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  88000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Kawneer, Pella EFCO, GE Cosntruction Sealants

New Master Plan Will Catalyze Downtown Milwaukee's Dynamic Transformation

R2 Companies and Gensler have teamed up to revitalize the Milwaukee Post Office building and convert it into a mixed-use destination with retail and an activated riverfront arcade. The master plan aims to transform the brutalist building, which is one of Milwaukee's largest and most iconic, by carefully considering the existing site and accordingly defining an identity for Milwaukee's downtown.

© R2 Companies© R2 Companies© R2 Companies© R2 Companies+ 5

Joshua Prince-Ramus Wins $100,000 Marcus Prize

REX founder Joshua Prince-Ramus has won the $100,000 Marcus Prize. Awarded by the Milwaukee-based Marcus Corporation Foundation, the biennial award is dedicated to honoring emerging designers who've had a decade of exceptional leadership in their field.

"He is headed to the pantheon of greatness...and yet his ideas are still evolving," said Bob Greenstreet, dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which administers the award.

How Infrastructure Segregates Cities

The Washington Post has published a piece looking at how infrastructure acts as a form of segregation in cities in the US. Using racial dot maps from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, they show how highways, railroads, historically uncrossable avenues, and similar urban design decisions have a huge impact on the physical isolation of different races. These types of infrastructure were also found to reinforce boundaries set by natural patterns of topography and bodies of water. Cities found to have clear infrastructural segregation include Pittsburgh, Hartford, DetroitWashington, D.C., and Milwaukee. Read the full article, here.

First Renderings of Populous' Downtown Milwaukee Stadium

The Milwaukee Bucks have just unveiled Populous' initial renderings of their downtown revitalization plan for Milwaukee’s sports and entertainment district, anchored by a multi-purpose arena. The first step in their vision, the arena hopes to be a modern expression of Wisconsin’s heritage and a vibrant cornerstone to the growth of downtown Milwaukee.

James Corner Field Operations Amongst Frontrunners for Milwaukee's Lakefront Gateway Plaza

The City of Milwaukee has announced the four finalists in a competition to redevelop the city's lakefront, naming OJB, James Corner Field Operations, multidisciplinary firm AECOM, and Wisconsin-based consulting firm GRAEF. Selected from 24 entrants, the shortlisted teams are competing for a chance to revitalize the Milwaukee lakefront as part of the Lakefront Gateway Project masterplan. Each firm must now submit specific proposals for the Plaza project in time for a June deadline, after which all proposals will be made available to the public and judged by a selection committee. Learn more about the project after the break.

Milwaukee Urban Farm Movement Grows

After the foreclosure crisis, hundreds of cities despaired at the downturn - but in Milwaukee, the HomeGr/own Initiative saw opportunity. The organization converts empty lots into urban farms, calling upon citizens to assist in this growing local food movement. But while other cities have tried similar projects (and failed), Fast.Co reports that the HomeGr/own Initiative seems suited to last. Learn why here.

Urban Edge Symposium

Curated by Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss of Weiss/Manfredi, the biennial Urban Edge Award Symposium titled 'Evolutionary Infrastructure / Evolving Practices' will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Taking place April 5th at 10:00am, the event focuses on expanding the definition of ‘infrastructure’ to address an escalating set of design challenges that are at once cultural, architectural, and environmental. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will host a series of cross-disciplinary talks and discussions between innovative architects, artists, ecologists, engineers, and theoreticians. For more information, please visit here.

Iron Horse Hotel / The Kubala Washatko Architects

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Roast Coffee Co. / SARUP

© Blake Villwock© Chad Bloedel© Chad Bloedel© Chad Bloedel+ 21

  • Architects: SARUP
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010

Erie Street Plaza / StossLU

© StossLU © StossLU © StossLU © StossLU + 11

Milwaukee, United States
  • Architects: StossLU
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  13000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010

HERC Holocaust Sculpture Competition

The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (HERC) is sponsoring an open, two-stage competition to choose a design for a sculpture commemorating life after the Holocaust.

The Blatz / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

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Palomar Welcome Center / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

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