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MoMA Launches Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America

The Museum of Modern Art has launched Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, the fourth installment of the Issues in Contemporary Architecture series. Investigating the intersections of architecture, Blackness and anti–Black racism in the American context, the exhibition and accompanying publication examine contemporary architecture in the context of how systemic racism has fostered violent histories of discrimination and injustice in the United States.

Film still of R:R. 2020. Image Courtesy of V. Mitch McEwenReconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America. Image Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, Robert GerhardtReconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America. Image Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, Robert GerhardtFabricating Networks: Transmissions and Receptions from Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Image Courtesy of Felecia Davis+ 7

IAAM, the International African American Museum Is Now Under Construction

After 20 years in the planning, the International African American Museum is now under construction in Charleston, United States. Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, IAAM aims to honor the site where enslaved Africans passed away, by sharing narratives, previously overlooked by historians.

Visitors enter the museum from below, in a skylit open-air three-story-high space.. Image Courtesy of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners / Hood Design StudioTide Tribute, with water receded to reveal a slave-trade-era diagram of figures that describe the space allotted to each enslaved African on a transatlantic voyage.. Image Courtesy of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners / Hood Design StudioThe West Boardwalk area of the Memorial Garden. Image Courtesy of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners / Hood Design StudioIAAM, overlooking Charleston Harbor. Image Courtesy of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners+ 15

Open Call: "Off the Rails" Design Competition

Fort Collins, Colorado is a city on the rise, with a rapidly-growing population, a thriving local arts, music and craft brewing scene, and a stunning natural setting at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. But it has a problem: the BNSF railway has left behind a legacy that is a nuisance to many: a right-of-way that shares Mason Street, a major downtown route, with automobile, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Diesel freight trains rumble down the street multiple times a day, causing traffic delays, safety concerns and prompting patrons at nearby sidewalk cafes to plug their ears in dismay.

Five Proposals Unveiled for Presidio Parklands in San Francisco

Last week, the five teams competing for the Presidio Parkland project in San Francisco unveiled their proposals in a public meeting at the project site. The parkland, made possible by the replacement of an elevated highway by a new tunnel, will command stunning views of the San Francisco bay, including views of the Golden Gate bridge.

"This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to create and design new parklands," Executive Director of the Presidio Trust Craig said. "We are extremely pleased with the caliber of the work of the five design teams and look forward to hearing the public’s feedback on these early concepts."

Competing for the prestigious project are James Corner Field Operations, OLIN with Olson Kundig ArchitectsSnøhetta with Hood Design StudioWest 8, and CMG Landscape Architecture. A winner will be announced in January.

Read on after the break to see all five proposals

PresidiO / West 8. Image © Team West 8Your Gateway Park / OLIN + Olson Kundig Architects. Image © OLIN Courtesy of the Presidio TrustThe Observation Post / CMG Landscape Architecture. Image © CMG Landscape Architecture Courtesy of the Presidio TrustYour Gateway Park / OLIN + Olson Kundig Architects. Image © OLIN Courtesy of the Presidio Trust+ 42

Presidio Trust Enlists 5 to Envision New Schemes for Crissy Field

San Francisco’s Presidio Trust isn’t giving up. After rejecting three shortlisted schemes earlier this year that envisioned a “cultural institution of distinction” for the underdeveloped Crissy Field, the Trust has now invited five new teams to envision “kid-friendly” plans for a 13 acre portion of the site.

The five teams, which include James Corner Field Operations, Olson Kundig Architects and Snøhetta, are expected to present their ideas publicly in just three months. A winner will not be selected, though each team will receive $25,000 for their efforts. However, the Trust will be inclined to work with one of the teams should their concepts “dazzle” the audience.

A complete list of the five teams and more project information, after the break...