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Farshid Moussavi to Design the First Ismaili Muslim Center in the United States

13:00 - 7 February, 2019
Farshid Moussavi to Design the First Ismaili Muslim Center in the United States, MOCA. Image © Dean Kaufman/Courtesy MOCA Cleveland
MOCA. Image © Dean Kaufman/Courtesy MOCA Cleveland

Farshid Moussavi Architecture has won a competition to design the first Ismaili Center in the United States. To be built in Houston, Texas on an 11-acre site along the Buffalo Bayou, the project will be completed with with AKT II, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and DLR Group. The team beat out a shortlist including David Chipperfield Architects, OMA and Studio Gang. As the seventh center built worldwide, the building will be a cultural and religious space for Houston’s Ismaili Muslim community.

Aerial Futures Explores Commercial Space Travel at the Houston Spaceport

04:00 - 21 January, 2019
Aerial Futures Explores Commercial Space Travel at the Houston Spaceport, Houston Spaceport. Image Courtesy of Houston Airport System
Houston Spaceport. Image Courtesy of Houston Airport System

A new video by AERIAL FUTURES explores commercial space flight through the Houston Spaceport. The video was produced as part of a broader research initiative bringing together leading thinkers, practitioners and operators to imagine the potential opened up by spaceports. The video explores the spaceport as a new kind of architectural typology, and asks what kind of impact a spaceport is likely to have on the city and its population.

Houston Spaceport. Image Courtesy of Houston Airport System Houston Spaceport. Image Courtesy of Houston Airport System The Next Frontier. Image Courtesy of AERIAL FUTURES Houston Spaceport. Image Courtesy of Houston Airport System + 8

Apple is Building a $1 Billion Campus in Austin, Texas

11:00 - 29 December, 2018
Apple is Building a $1 Billion Campus in Austin, Texas, Apple opened its Foster + Partners-designed campus in California in 2017. Image © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple
Apple opened its Foster + Partners-designed campus in California in 2017. Image © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple

Tech giant Apple has announced plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin Texas, along with smaller facilities in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City. The Austin plans, images of which have not been released, will see the creation of at least 5,000 jobs in the Southwestern city as house prices in the San Francisco Bay area begin to discourage creatives from Silicon Valley.

Apple had announced plans for a second U.S. headquarters at the beginning of the year, as part of a $30 billion investment strategy. In 2017, it opened the Foster + Partners-designed Apple Park, pictured above.

Snøhetta Selected to Design El Paso Children's Museum

13:00 - 19 October, 2018
Snøhetta Selected to Design El Paso Children's Museum, El Paso Children's Museum. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta
El Paso Children's Museum. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta

Snøhetta has been selected to design the El Paso Children’s Museum in the city’s Downtown Arts District. The team proposed a vaulted museum lifted of the ground, a design made to preserve public space and an interactive garden below. Snøhetta was one of three finalists alongside Koning Eizenberg Architecture and TEN Arquitectos, each invited to submit concepts for the museum. The Children’s Museum aims to welcome and engage children and families from El Paso, Ciudad Juarez, the American southwest, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora.

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

06:00 - 8 February, 2018

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.

BIG Reveals Plans for Massive Rodeo and Entertainment District in Austin, Texas

13:25 - 5 December, 2017
BIG Reveals Plans for Massive Rodeo and Entertainment District in Austin, Texas, Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group

BIG has revealed plans for a new sports and entertainment district in Austin, Texas, that will bring soccer, rodeo, music, shopping, dining and hospitality under one roof. Called the East Austin District, the 1.3 million-square-foot complex will be located on the site of the existing Rodeo Austin, offering a new entertainment experience for the city’s booming population.

Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group + 16

Upcoming 685-Foot Tiered Residential Tower To Extend Austin's Skyline

06:00 - 17 August, 2017
Upcoming 685-Foot Tiered Residential Tower To Extend Austin's Skyline, Courtesy of The Independent
Courtesy of The Independent

Construction has begun on The Independent, a 685-foot residential tower set to be the tallest of its kind, located west of the Mississippi in Austin. Designed by local practice Rhode Partners, major progress in shaping the building’s stacked and offset form has been made, through the setting of the 24th floor to create the first of these tiers, which encompass 58 stories and 370 units.

Courtesy of The Independent Courtesy of The Independent Courtesy of The Independent Courtesy of The Independent + 35

Steven Holl Architects Break Ground on Houston Museum of Fine Arts Extension

06:00 - 6 June, 2017
Steven Holl Architects Break Ground on Houston Museum of Fine Arts Extension, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has broken ground on the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building for Modern and Contemporary Art at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. Selected through an international competition in 2012 among finalists Snøhetta and Morphosis Architects, the winning proposal is a 164,000-square-foot museum building that will be one of the campus’s two newest additions. To expand and unite its campus as an integral experience, the Museum is also realizing a new Glassell School of Art also designed by Steven Holl Architects, totaling a 14-acre redesign led by the office.

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects + 27

Louis Kahn and Renzo Piano: The Harmony Between Each Legend’s Kimbell Museum Wing

09:30 - 6 May, 2017

Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum is a masterclass in natural lighting, with thin-shelled concrete vaults that feature subtle openings to reflect light into the galleries below. While Kahn’s wing of the Fort Worth Museum opened in 1972, in 2013 a second Renzo Piano-designed pavilion was added to the complex. Piano was selected to design the addition because he had worked for Kahn as a budding architect, and the homage to his former mentor is evident in the building’s similar layout and use of translucent glass panels. In this video, architect-photographer Songkai Liu takes viewers on a serene stroll through the museum’s campus. Time-lapses and pans of Kahn’s concrete are juxtaposed with the clean details of Piano’s glass in a soothing exploration of the two complementary projects.

This Glass Bottomed Sky Pool is Suspended 500 Feet from the Ground

10:30 - 11 April, 2017

From the soaring infinity pool on top of Marina Bay Sands to a glass-bottomed pool hovering over a mountainous Italian landscape, it’s safe to say death-defying swimming elements have emerged as the most high-adrenaline trend in luxury accommodation.

Now, a new pool at Houston’s Market Square Tower is upping the ante even further with a transparent plexiglass wading pool that projects out 10 feet past the end of the building – and 500 feet above the busy street below.

The Humble Vernacular of the Undecorated Shed

13:30 - 15 March, 2017
The Humble Vernacular of the Undecorated Shed, © John Redington
© John Redington

John Redington, a Texas-based illustrator, documents abandoned rural sheds and their modest architectural impact. In this visual essay he reveals this unseen, underrepresented vernacular arguing that the "shaky charm of the abandoned shed could offer a look into a more humble form of inspiration for architects."

The car rattles on a loose road as thick white dust rises from the back of its tires. On either side seas of sunburned grass just barely keep themselves from breaking onto the path. The sky sits heavily on the horizon, as the fragrance of both wild and cultivated plants fill the air.

© John Redington © John Redington © John Redington © John Redington + 15

Call for Applications: MFx WORKSHOP!

15:00 - 16 February, 2017
Call for Applications: MFx WORKSHOP!, Now accepting applications for the MFx WORKSHOP!
Now accepting applications for the MFx WORKSHOP!

We are now accepting applications for our second year of the MFx WORKSHOP. Like last summer, we will have a team of paid, full-time positions available for undergraduate and graduate students to join our crew from June 5 to August 11.

HKS Designs New Ballpark for MLB's Texas Rangers

12:00 - 6 January, 2017
HKS Designs New Ballpark for MLB's Texas Rangers, © Texas Rangers Baseball Club / HKS
© Texas Rangers Baseball Club / HKS

HKS Architects has been selected to design a new Major League Baseball stadium for the Texas Rangers, to be built in Arlington, Texas. As part of a new multipurpose sports and entertainment venue, the stadium will feature a retractable roof for climate control and shelter during the hot Texan summers.

San Antonio Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Wins Global Award for Excellence

14:00 - 26 November, 2016
San Antonio Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Wins Global Award for Excellence , © Andy Crawford
© Andy Crawford

Seattle-based firm LMN Architects have won an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Award for Excellence for its Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas.

“Designed by LMN Architects in partnership with executive architects Marmon Mok Architecture, the $150 million expansion and renovation project embrace the multi-faceted cultural identity of the city with a distinctive tapestry of form, materiality, light, and landscape" stated Mark Reddington, FAIA, lead designer and partner at LMN Architects.

Completed in 2014, the project incorporates a metallic veil that wraps program elements in programmable LED lighting, in order to create a variable play of light on the city’s skyline.

© Andy Crawford © Andy Crawford © Andy Crawford © Mark Menjivar + 11

Architecture Research Office Selected to Renovate Philip Johnson-Designed Rothko Chapel

16:00 - 24 October, 2016
© Chad Kleitsch
© Chad Kleitsch

New York’s Architecture Research Office (ARO) has been selected to lead in the renovation and master planning of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. The project aims to modernize and improve the renowned structure, which houses 14 monumental paintings by Mark Rothko in an interior space designed to meet the artist’s precise specifications, and its surrounding plaza and reflecting pool. The original building was largely designed by Rothko himself, with consult from a trio of architects including Philip Johnson.

Michael Maltzan Designs "Experimental" Arts Center at Rice University

16:20 - 12 August, 2016
Michael Maltzan Designs "Experimental" Arts Center at Rice University, North façade of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, TX. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.
North façade of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, TX. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.

Michael Maltzan Architecture has released new images of their design for the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University in Houston, Texas, coinciding with the announcement that the building will open to the public on February 24, 2017. The building is conceived as a multi-disciplinary lab for creativity, which will contain “an experimental platform for creating and presenting works in all disciplines” as well as a flexible teaching space and a forum to host partnerships with visiting national and international artists.

Northwest corner of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. Flexible Gallery at the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. Northwest corner detail of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, August 2016. Image © Geoff Winningham North façade of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Summer 2016. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. + 8

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

Open Call: Crowdus Street Design Competition

20:35 - 10 January, 2016
Open Call: Crowdus Street Design Competition

Deep Ellum developed in the late 1800s as a residential and commercial neighborhood on the east side of Downtown Dallas. The early 1900s flourished with industrial development, serving factory facilities for the Continental Gin Company and Henry Ford’s Model T. Deep Ellum’s real claim to fame was found in its music. By the 1920s, the neighborhood had become a hotbed for early jazz and blues musicians, hosting the likes of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, Texas Bill Day and Bessie Smith. Following WWII, the success of Deep Ellum started to fade. The ever-growing availability and use of the automobile