Wednesday, December 28, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: A Stunning Revival for Hamburg’s Old Port

HafenCity Hamburg

Walking through HafenCity, it’s difficult to imagine the grungy shipbuilding yards and warehouses that once dominated the area. Today, the waterfront property stretching along the River Elbe is filled with offices, cafés, and condos, along with vibrant public spaces and tree-lined streets. The $10 billion master plan for HafenCity—billed as Europe’s largest inner-city development project—calls for transforming 388 acres into 10 distinct quarters. According to city officials, the district will increase Hamburg’s urban core by 40 percent, create an estimated 45,000 jobs, and offer housing for 12,000 residents of varying income levels. The public-private project is being developed by HafenCity Hamburg. With about 40 percent of the buildings finished or under construction, the harbor makeover is scheduled for completion by 2025, although financial woes have stalled several major projects.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Murphy/Jahn and Lichtplanung create an unobtrusive lighting scheme for the University of Chicago's glass-domed reading room.

Minimalism was the rallying cry at the University of Chicago’s new Mansueto Research Library. Chicago-based architecture firm Murphy/Jahn buried the book stacks—enough for 3.5 million volumes—in a cavernous subterranean vault and enclosed the only above-grade level, which houses a reading room, circulation desk, and book care facility, in a glass-encased steel grid shell structure. While the fritted glazing allows ample quantities of controlled natural light to flood the library during the day, at night an electrical lighting scheme was required. German lighting design firm Lichtplanung had to devise a way to implement an artificial lighting scheme within the space that would not mar the pristine quality of the architecture. “The challenge was to have a very simple and minimalistic solution,” explained Michael Rhode of Lichtplanung. “Helmut Jahn loves light, but he does not like to see light fixtures.”

Thursday, October 13, 2011

ARCH_ARQ: Kevin Roche Retrospective Opens in New York

Ford Foundation Headquarters, New York

He is frequently overshadowed by his former employer, Modernist giant Eero Saarinen, but at the Museum of the City of New York in Manhattan, a new exhibition attempts to make a case that Kevin Roche is, in the words of chief curator Sarah Henry, “the quintessential architect of the post-industrial age.” With several dozen giant photographs, suspended from cables in a ground-floor gallery, and six architectural models, Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment shows the Pritzker-winning architect wrestling with America’s transition from a manufacturing to an information-based economy and culture in the late 20th century.
Born in 1922, Roche emigrated in 1948 from Ireland to the United States, where he took a lead role in Saarinen’s office. After Saarinen’s sudden death in 1961, Roche and his colleague John Dinkeloo (1918-1981) completed the firm’s remaining projects before founding their own practice, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, in 1966.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

ARCH-ARQ:Taiwanese architect Hsieh Ying-Chun receives $100,000 award for his record of social design in rural Asian communities.

Taiwanese architect Hsieh Ying-Chun is this year’s recipient of the Curry Stone Design Grand Prize, which was announced on October 4. The annual award honors innovation in engaging and empowering communities for positive change related to clean air, shelter, and social justice. The grand prize comes with a no-strings-attached $100,000 cash prize and two prizes of $10,000 are awarded to individuals or firms. Additional 2011 winners include Paris-based design collaborative Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée (AAA) and the software firm FrontlineSMS in London.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Historic alliance opens door to Academy Museum at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) have taken a step toward realizing a museum dedicated to motion pictures and the creation of a new and unique cultural center for the city of Los Angeles. On Tuesday night (10/4), the Academy’s Board of Governors joined their LACMA counterparts in agreeing to sign a memorandum of understanding to work in good faith in establishing the Academy’s movie museum in the historic May Company building, currently known as LACMA West. The memo paves the way for the two organizations to discuss details of a future contractand for the Academy to begin developing plans for fundraising, design, exhibitions, visitor experience, and modifications to this historic site.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Chicago Opens Its Doors

Chicago Opens Its Doors

For lovers of the history of architecture, there’s no better U.S. city than Chicago, with its stunning collection of landmark buildings by Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and others. For years, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has offered guided tours—on foot and by boat—of the city’s architectural gems. But, surprisingly, there’s never been an annual Open House weekend in the Windy City. That’s about to change.
Following in the footsteps of a growing number of cities around the world—including London, Melbourne, Barcelona, Dublin, Toronto, New York, and Denver—Chicago will launch its own Open House weekend October 15 and 16. Sponsored by the CAF, Open House Chicago offers architecture buffs the chance to see, free of charge, more than 100 sites, including many that are normally off-limits to the public. “One of our goals,” says managing director Bastiaan Bouma, “is to reintroduce the city to its own residents...


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Michael Merrill investigates Kahn's architecture with his unbuilt Dominican Motherhouse.

Two new books by Michael Merrill are nothing less than a revelation for our understanding of Louis Kahn. The volumes investigate one of Kahn’s most famous unbuilt projects, the Dominican Motherhouse, a monastery near Media, Pennsylvania, and provide a great deal of insight into the architect’s strikingly sensitive design process and his ability to think through all aspects of a project with hard and soft-line sketching. While this motor response to the unworldly program of communal living and religious study in the solitude of nature seems like an obvious place to begin for an architect on any project in its planning stages, it is the expressive manner in which Kahn’s drawing analysis unfolds which makes this very special collection worth delving into. Kahn’s drawings across four schemes between June 1966 and March 1969 develop in a way that suggests that they have a spiritual struggle of their own to contend with that runs parallel to the life of the congregation and the rules of the Dominican order, which the architect perceives through an unquestionably romantic sensibility.

Monday, September 26, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: New World Center / Frank Gehry

The New World Center, part of the New World Symphony America’s Orchestral Academy, opened its doors this week. Located in the heart of Miami Beach, the music education and performance facility is the first purpose-built home for the New World Symphony founded by artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas.
In terms of design the building’s exterior portrays a quiet, almost tamed . The rectangle shaped white building expresses Gehry’s well known bends and folds within its interior – glimpses of which are visible through the main entrance east facade 80 foot high glass curtain wall.
The New World Center joins a wave of new architecture and design in Miami. Playing host to the most important art show in the United States, Art Basel | Miami Beach, and the 2010 National AIA Convention, Miami has been.....

Saturday, September 24, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE New Cincinnati neighborhood addresses old planning woes.

A neighborhood is born in Cincinnati. After a decade of debate, financing, design, and construction, phase one of The Banks—arguably one of the country’s most ambitious urban design projects—is nearly complete. When finished, the 18-acre mixed-use development will add nearly three million square feet of building to long vacant land between Cincinnati’s Central Business District and the Ohio River.
While The Banks’ site has long been vacant, this is no blank slate. The project occupies a rectangle of land that has served as Cincinnati’s laboratory for urban design since the city’s inception. To clear the way for 1961’s I-71 / Fort Washington Way, a dense riverfront district was demolished and the resulting void filled with modernist mega-structures (including the Reds’ Riverfront Stadium of 1970) that left the city landlocked for decades. Other sites were entertained before the construction of two new stadiums in the 1990s, but in 1998 the public voted in favor of again siting the buildings on the river. Recognizing the flaws of this strategy but also its potential, the city appointed a commission to study the construction of a finer-grained urbanism between the ..........

Friday, September 23, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Grand Opening for Viñoly's Controversial U.K. Arts Center, Firstsite

Grand Opening for Viñoly's Controversial U.K. Arts Center, Firstsite

It has been eight years in the making, come in more than $15.8 million over budget, and been mired in litigation throughout its construction, but Rafael Viñoly’s $44.3 million arts center in Colchester, England, will finally open its doors on September 25. 
The “Golden Banana,” as it has been dubbed by the townspeople, is a 41,000-square-foot copper-and-aluminum-clad facility built for the arts organization Firstsite. The Colchester council hopes the center will raise the profile of this provincial town with Roman roots, located just 60 miles outside of London.
Stemming from a 2003 invited competition organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the project brief called for a multistory building on a tight site adjacent to a bus station. In a controversial move, Viñoly submitted four schemes, two of which were not on the competition site. His Golden Banana proposal, housing all of Firstsite’s galleries and outreach functions in a single crescent-shaped volume on open parkland to the east of the.........


Thursday, September 22, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: A Grand Opening for Renzo Piano's Controversial Expansion at Ronchamp Chapel

A Grand Opening for Renzo Piano's Controversial Expansion at Ronchamp Chapel

Journalists, officials, and curious locals gathered last week at Le Corbusier’s chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Rjust tourism,” he says. “There are also nuns living there, which brings life and energy” to the site.   onchamp, France, to celebrate the opening of a quiet new visitors’ center and convent designed by Renzo Piano—a project that incited fierce debate when it was first announced in 2008. Opponents feared the addition would distract from the power of Corbusier’s sculptural masterpiece. 
Piano, who attended the inauguration ceremony, which stretched from September 8–11, told RECORD that he has enhanced the 4.9-acre property by creating facilities that support the chapel’s original purpose: religious worship. “It’s not 


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Q&A> GARY HUSTWITThe director of Helvetica and Objectified talks about his new film on cities, Urbanized.

For Urbanized you use a strategy familiar from Helvetica and Objectified, namely telling a story through interviews and multiple voices. How would you describe your approach in Urbanized?
When we made Helvetica it was almost like we created another world for that film, in terms of the conversation and the visual style and the music. Ultimately, I liked that world and wanted to explore it a little more, which led to the other two films. They’re all really explorations, and for me at least that’s what links them. Basically, the subject matter for all three is design, the creativity behind design, and how design can be used for creative expression and as a problem-solving tool. Urbanized is a pretty simple film. We try to look objectively at whatever the issues are, but I think my films are really observational, especially this one.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Domus tecnica Inmergas

This energetically autonomous research and communications centre located in the northern Italian town of Brescello has been completed earlier last year (in 2010) by the young architectural practice Iotti + Pavarani. Called Domus Technica Immergas – Centre for Advanced Training, the facility is owned by the boiler manufacturer Immergas and ‘represents a meaningful effort for the company in pursuing its commitment to continuous adaptation and renewal, while providing extra spaces for research and communications sensing and imagining its own future.’ 


Monday, September 19, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: UNCOVERING BAM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Reveals DS+R Design

The schematic design for the new Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive by New York-based architects Diller Scofidio+Renfro (DS+R) was unveiled at a community open house yesterday evening. Firm principal Charles Renfro presented the $100 million, 82,000 square foot proposal, which is about half the cost and size of the initial 2006 Toyo Ito design, scrapped back in 2009.
In the wake of uncertain budgets, museum and University of California officials decided to change the project from a ground up building on the site of the existing museum to a renovation and expansion of a 1939 UC Berkeley printing press complex, located in the Berkeley’s arts district. Ten architects were initially invited to submit proposals for the project, and DS+R was selected in 2010 as design architect, with San Francisco firm EHDD retained as architect of record.
The new DS+R scheme is smaller and more modest than its predecessor, repurposing the steel frame printing press structure with its north facing sawtoot.......

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Santiago Calatrava Pulls Out of Denver Airport Expansion Project

Last summer, Denver International Airport officials announced, with great fanfare, the selection of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to design a $650 million expansion, including a 500-room hotel, public plaza, and commuter-rail station. Now, just one year later, Calatrava is walking away from the project.
In a letter obtained by the Denver Post, Calatrava’s wife and business manager, Robertina, cited “financial constraints, unnecessary time delays, and deep divisions” between Calatrava’s design team, DIA, and Parsons Transportation Group, which is collaborating on the expansion project.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Overhead and Underfoot: An evolving housing prototype employs a raised floor system and a double-height volume.


In 2003, the Toronto-based Interior Design Show asked local architecture firm Baird Sampson Neuert to create one of three pavilions for this Canadian version of the Salone del Mobile. Responding to the event’s theme of dense urban living, Baird Sampson Neuert created the 550-square-foot LightSpace. “At the time the condo boom was well underway, and there were many units being built around that size that were poorly planned,” says firm partner Barry Sampson. The pavilion was really intended as a prototype, imagined as a one-bedroom apartment within a multistory building with double-loaded corridors.


Friday, September 16, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: SAFDIE'S SHELLSCultural center breathes life into downtown Kansas City.

On September 16, the Safdie-designed Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (KCPA), a 285,000-square-foot, $326 million complex that will be the home of the Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera, and Kansas City Ballet had its grand opening performance by world-renowned tenor Placido Domingo in the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre. On September 17, the opening festivities continued with violinist Itzhak Perlman in the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall.

Top-flight performers signal the ambitions for the project and for the city as a whole. Originally conceived as three separate halls for each performance ensemble, the project reverted to two spaces due to budgetary constraints. Nonetheless, the two large shells mark the important debut of the Symphony in Helzberg Hall and the Opera and Ballet in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. A cable stayed grand foyer and lobby enclosed by etched glass connect the Hall and Theatre with a grand terrace facing south towards the emerging Crossroads Arts District.



While Frank Lloyd Wright’s mile high skyscraper exists only on paper, Chicago architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill have been commissioned to design a kilometer high skyscraper for real in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which will be the world’s tallest building. The Kingdom Tower aims to be a new landmark for the city, providing a focal point for its new waterfront district that the firm also is master planning.
The math is tricky: The 1,000 meter building will rise with 163 occupied floors reaching about 650 meters, with an additional 100 meters set aside for a possible pendulum mass dampener (to prevent the building from swaying), and the remaining 250 meters will be all spire. Housing office space on 300,000 square feet of the lower floors, the tower continues with seven floors of hotel rooms, more than 100 floors of residential units, and two sky lobbies. The 125th and 126th floors will feature an observation deck, while the 157th floor will boast a projecting sky terrace for the “super penthouses” at the very top levels.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Hotel Americano by TEN Arquitectos with Arnaud Montigny.

Given its small size and restrained, elegant architecture and interiors, the new Hotel Americano is generating an over-scaled amount of buzz. The 60-room hotel is sheathed in a scrim of industrial steel mesh hung six feet out from the windows lending it some mystery. Behind it, sleeping areas are discreetly separated from party spaces in a fairly ingenious way. Nightclubbers in the basement are whisked up to the rooftop public café and pool via a glass block elevator core on the exterior of the building, just behind the scrim. The elevator’s gliding volume within an illuminated tube (plus the lighting from the rooms) animate the shimmering façade. Inside, Norten’s no-nonsense architecture, and Montigny’s elegant interiors—with a black leather sofa, rope and steel side chairs, and a pair of gunmetal pendants like giant earrings in the lobby—are well tailored to each other. The dining room, with white marble topped tables and a pair of monumental chandeliers, overlooks a serene back garden. A floor that houses mechanical equipment separates public lobby areas from private rooms above, serving as a sound barrier. Floor to ceiling windows in the rooms offer enviable city views looking north directly from the platform beds. For privacy, there’s the mesh screen beyond.  “We wanted to create a bit of distance from the hustle of the city,” Norten said. “The scrim creates as an almost clear plane that gently filters the light.”

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: design initiatives: new taipei city museum of art

bulgarian practice design initiatives has submitted a 'new taipei city museum of art' proposal for the open international competition
for taipei city, taiwan. the design intends to redefine the meaning of art museum and to alter the way it functions. the form
organizes a relationship between visitors and the landscape. a manipulation of movement induces the production of new
urban opportunities. a synthesis of the different programmatic functions: art museum, park, footbridge, services in a flexible, versatile space.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Belgian Architects Craft Dazzling See-Through Church

the Information Age, "transparency" has rapidly become a buzzword, with calls for transparency in government, in business and even in church. Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh may have been taking that last example literally when they constructed a see-through chapel titled 'Reading Between the Lines' in Limburg, Belgium.
The ten meter edifice is made from 100 stacked layers of weathered steel plates, placed to allow visitors to almost walk through the walls. One's perception of the church depends entirely on physical perspective: from one spot the structure appears to be a traditional church building, yet a few steps away the seemingly solid walls disintegrate before one's eyes. An equally confounding image results from looking out to the landscape from inside the church, nature becoming defined and spliced by the abstract lines of the church's architecture.
Gijs and Van Vaerenbergh translate the meaning of transparency from the realm of information to the realm of the visible. While the traditional understanding of transparency refers to knowing everything there is to know, 'Reading Between the Lines' proffers the idea of the transparent as the unseen, even unseeable. As the title displays, the burden of transparency is not only on the church, or on the artwork, but on the spectator as well, who must learn to read between the lines.

Monday, September 12, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: north light a swedish neighborhood puts the human element in sustainability.

In its sustainable development work, the Rotterdam, Netherlands, firm ArchitectenConsort concerns itself not only with energy use and water consumption, but also with the subtler matter of what makes a dwelling or neighborhood last. The durability of materials and details is part of the answer, says senior architect Edgar Bosman, but so are the ways in which people interact with the buildings, the site, and each other. Truly sustainable houses and communities function well enough that people will value and maintain them. “For us, social cohesion is a really important part of the design,” Bosman says. The firm’s new housing development in southern Sweden reflects that philosophy.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Universiade in Shenzhen Inauguration of the Sports Center and Bao’an Stadium

The design for the Universiade Sports Center in the city of Shenzhen is inspired by the surrounding undulating landscape and generates a formal dialog that references Chinese horticulture and philosophy toward the land. The roof structure projects up to 65 m, and is designed as a steel prismatic shell on a basis of triangular facets. The crystalline shape of the three stadia is additionally emphasized by the illumination of the translucent facades at night. An artificial lake connects the stadium with the circular multifunctional hall in the north and the rectangular swimming hall west thereof. The central sports plaza is accessed via a raised promenade from the individual stadia.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova's Art Island Begins to Take Shape in St. Petersburg


The new profile of New Holland Island, the former St. Petersburg military base that art-loving billionaire couple Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova plan to transform into a mini-art metropolis, is beginning to take shape. Last month, Abramovich ended his international search for an architect, settling on the New York-based Work AC's warehouse and landscape-heavy design. Meanwhile, the island has moved forward with a full roster of summer programming: having opened to the public this June for the first time in 300 years, it has already seen over 75,000 visitors, according to the Moscow Time.


Friday, September 9, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Tate Modern to power ahead with art in oil tanks

LONDON (REUTERS).- Derelict oil tanks and forgotten industrial spaces hidden in the bowels of the Tate Modern art museum in London will open to the public in summer 2012, providing a new area to "revolutionise" the museum's work, directors said on Thursday.

The opening of the enormous and atmospheric oil tanks in the former power station on the banks of the Thames will provide flexible, subterranean "lunar" spaces and form the foundation for a further expansion of the world's most visited modern art museum. The expansion will also include a new 64-metre high building and is set to be completed in 2016.

"The oil tanks will give visitors a new way to explore and experience art at Tate Modern. Architecturally they are fantastic raw spaces, which are being carefully converted for public use without losing any of their unique industrial character," Tate Modern Director Chris Dercon said.

This completed space will not only showcase objects, but live performances, film, sound, learning spaces, piazzas and areas for socialising, including a terrace offering panoramic views of the British capital.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: schmidhuber + partner: audi ring for frankfurt motor show 2011

A double-story twisting test drive track encircles vehicle showrooms and exhibits in the 'audi ring' building
created by munich-based architecture studio schmidhuer + partner for audi during the 2011 frankfurt motor show,
running september 15th through 25th.

situated on agora square, the 'audi ring' composes an entirely separate building at the fair site,
the first free-standing temporary building at the event. upon entry, visitors encounter the 'grand hall' showroom
of new audi vehicles, followed by interactive exhibits about the company's technology and design process.

a 400-meter test track extends across both levels of the interior, visible from the exterior via cutaways along the structure's
sides and top, and permitting the travel of up to nine vehicles at once. the course is open for visitors to experience by riding
as passengers alongside professional drivers in a range of current and future audi vehicles



As the 2008 economic recession descended over the United States, most of the nation’s architecture firms found their domestic work drying up with nothing new to speak of coming in the door. Such was the case at KPF, but turn things around, the firm—which is widely known for its multi-use mega projects in Asia and high-end commercial and hospitality high rises at home—did something unexpected. It answered an RFP for the rehabilitation of an office park in suburban New Jersey with a relatively miniscule budget of $20 million. The client, Hampshire Real Estate Companies, is in the business of purchasing distressed properties and flipping them. What it needed was a masterplan for 750,000 square feet of future development, as well as the conversion of an aging 4-story, 80,000-square-foot building on the property into Class A office space


Monday, September 5, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: In Progress: Phoenix International Media Center / BIAD UFo

Phoenix International Media Center locates in the southwest corner of Chaoyang Park; the site area is 1.8 hectares. The total floor area of the building is 65,000m2 with a height of 55m. Apart from the media office, the broadcasting studios and the production offices, the building provides abundant of open spaces for the public to get interactive experiences, which expresses the unique operation concept of Phoenix Media. The logic of the design concept is to create an ecological environment shell embraces the Individual functional spaces as a building-in-building concept. The two independent office towers under the shell generate many shared public spaces. In the east and west parts of the shared spaces, there are continuous steps, landscape platforms, sky ramps and crossing escalators which fill the building of energetic and dynamic spaces. Furthermore, the building’s sculptural shape originates from the “Mobius Strip”. The sculptural shape provides the building a harmony relationship with the irregular direction of the existing streets, the sitting corner of the site, and the Chaoyang Park.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Family and PlayLab, two young Brooklyn-based design firms, share work as well as a design ethos. Their current collaboration, Plus Pool, is a floating x-shaped swimming pool designed to filter river water and create a safe, clean swimming arena on the Hudson. Worms, another joint project, was the winning entry in a competition for a street tent design to be used in New York’s Festival of Ideas last May. Both projects epitomize the individual firms’ shared desire to make publicly engaged design. “Our audience is the world,” said Archie Lee Coates, a partner at PlayLab.
Coates, Jeffrey Scott Franklin, and Dong-Ping Wong have known each other since 2007. Franklin and Wong cut their teeth at REX architects in New York, Wong freshly graduated from Columbia and Franklin from Virginia Tech, where both he and Coates studied. In 2008, at the peak of the economic downturn, Wong left REX, establishing Family to pursue his own architectural work with an ecological agenda. Meanwhile Coates had established PlayLab, initially as a platform for simply designing things he liked, such as record sleeves and art installations, and in 2009 Franklin left REX to join him.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center

Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center by ZGF Architects

Design concept and solution: Creating a sense of place was important to the ZGF team. They wanted the cancer center to not only bring cohesion to the UVA medical campus, but also to provide a welcoming home base for patients returning for continuing treatment. Using steel, concrete, and composite metal decking for the structure, the architects defined the patient areas with glass on the south facade and used brick on the north end, where staff and support spaces are located. Treatment rooms run along the corridors in between. Near the corner of the south facade, a vertical plane of limestone divides the entryway and lobbies from the medical zones.


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: THE GREAT STADIUM SHUFFLECities and architects across California jockey .

Are you ready for some football? California sure is. Despite their beleaguered economic conditions, cities across the Golden State are now angling to get in on what has become one of the greatest stadium scrambles in its history. Los Angeles, City of Industry, San Diego, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Oakland are all vying to build new facilities in the hopes of luring either the Chargers, the 49ers, the Raiders, or another team altogether.
And architects are more than happy to help, proposing designs intended to make the facilities more appealing to teams, cities, and residents through better game experiences, greater flexibility, more money-making opportunities, connections to convention centers, and interaction with urban centers.
“The sports stuff is a catalyst for greater ends,” summed up architect Morten Jensen, a principal at Bay Area firm JRDV, which developed a CRA-sponsored proposal for a stadium in Oakland that could not only host multiple teams but al.....

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: moshe safdie: khalsa heritage center

international practice safdie architects has completed the 'khalsa heritage center' located in anandpur sahib, punjab, india.
slated to officially open this fall, the new museum complex is dedicated to the sikh people, commemorating 500 years of
history and the 300th anniversary of khalsa, scriptures written by the notable and final guru, gobind singh. overlooking the
adjacent town, the 75 acre site is divided by a ravine and interconnected with a pedestrian bridge.

the western half contains an entry piazza, auditorium, extensive library and interchangeable exhibition spaces. on the eastern
half of the site, galleries with permanent displays are housed within a series of five concave peaked roofs prefacing the dramatic
himalayan mountains.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe opens Stylectrical: On Electro-Design that Makes History

HAMBURG.- The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is showing the exhibition “Stylectrical – On Electro-Design That Makes History” from 26th August 2011 until 15th January 2012. The exhibition takes a look at the complex process of industrial product design in the context of cultural studies. Once again the Museum is taking up a highly topical and socially relevant subject. The focus is on the design of Jonathan Ive (*1967), Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple, and responsible for creating all of the devices of the California based company. His products are of incomparable popularity on account of their extremely consistent and recognizable design. A quarter of the approximately 400 exhibits are products by Apple, which are shown for the first time in a comprehensive overview. The exhibition traces a retrospective of works as well as of the company's internal development of design, and provides a comprehensive insight into research questions of design history by means of this popular design. Along with the products designed by Jonathan Ive, numerous exhibits from the collection of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg will be shown, among them works by Herbert Hirche, Hans Gugelot, Dieter Rams, Peter Raacke, Michele De Lucchi, Hadi Teherani and Tobias Grau. The economic and environmental significance of design will be examined in cooperation with the red dot institute and the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA).

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: American Institute of Architects selects three projects for National Healthcare Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has selected the recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. The AIA Healthcare Awards program showcases the best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.

Jurors for the 2011 National Healthcare Design Awards include: Larry Speck, FAIA (Chair), Page Southerland Page; Sheila Bosch, Gresham, Smith and Partners; Turan Duda, AIA, Duda Paine Architects, LLP; Bruce Fowle, FAIA, FXFOWLE; Joseph Kuspan, AIA, ANSHEN+ALLEN; R. Doss Mabe, FAIA, ZGF and Thomas Trenolone, AIA, HDR, Inc.
Three healthcare facilities were selected in two categories; Built and Unbuilt. 


ARCH-ARQ: Masdar Institute/ Foster + Partners

Masdar Institute  by Foster + Partners

The global financial crisis has derailed construction all over the world — even in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. But certain megaprojects continue to march ahead, though with tighter budgets, more pragmatic goals, and less ambitious schedules. One such project is Masdar City, in Abu Dhabi. In 2007, the government-owned Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company chose a consortium led by London-based Foster + Partners to design the master plan for the 2.3-square-mile development it touted as the world’s first zero-carbon city. Originally slated for completion by 2016, plans for Masdar included housing, cultural institutions, educational and research facilities, and space for tenants focused on the development of advanced energy technologies. The developers envisioned that the city, located about 20 miles from central Abu Dhabi, would eventually have a daytime population of 90,000 people.


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