Digital artist Miguel Chevalier syncs science and spirituality at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

Art, International
Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Paris-based digital projection artist Miguel Chevalier turned the University of Cambridge’s 16th century King’s College Chapel into an intellectual hypnosis chamber during the recent Dear World… Yours, Cambridge charity event.

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Product> Sustainable and Green Products from Greenbuild 2015

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Spec Sheet  
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The 14th annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo took place November 18–20 in Washington, D.C. This year’s expo featured the latest and greatest products and materials in sustainable design. Check out these cutting-edge green building products from the show.

SageGlass Electrochromic Glass

Control interior sunlight and glare without affecting scenic views with SageGlass Electrochromic Glass. Equipped with electronic tinting and clearing capabilities, this dynamic glass is suitable for windows, skylights, and curtain walls. The glass also helps reduce energy consumption and building cooling loads.



Deep Dive

Kirei teamed up with Maine Heritage Timber to create Deep Dive, a collection of reclaimed timber that can be used for wallcoverings, ceilings, and millwork. Deep Dive is available in two specifications: Heritage Plank and Shadow Wood. The ½-inch-thick Heritage Plank comes in three widths, lengths that range from 1 to 4 inches, and both prefinished and unfinished options. Featuring a mix of thicknesses, Shadow Wood is available in three widths and lengths.


COURTESY Technoform

TGI-Spacer M

This durable and lightweight window spacer works hard to reduce unwanted drafts and condensation on the interior surface of window glass. TGI–Spacer M comes in a wide variety of size configurations and six neutral colorways—Black, Light Grey, Dark Grey, White, Champagne, and Bronze. Custom sizes and colors are also available.


COURTESY Draper Inc.

Draper Inc.

Topspin is a retractable interior and exterior shading system comprised of a series of fabric panels and spring rollers. This system can be installed on horizontal, vertical, and sloped glazing, and it’s capable of withstanding wind speeds up to 38 mph. Topspin is available in widths up to 10 feet and lengths up to 40 feet.


COURTESY Firestone

SkyScape Pregrown Modular System

This 15-inch-by-20-inch vegetative roof system features a foundation comprised of 100 percent recycled high-density polypropylene and a durable honeycomb structure that allows plants to share moisture and nutrients. Each module weighs 50 lbs., features an interlock below grade on all four sides to withstand high winds, and manages stormwater through unitized moisture retention reservoirs.



Autodesk Insight 360

With the Autodesk Insight 360 software program, architects can easily access building energy and environmental performance data, such as whole building energy, heating, cooling, daylighting, and solar radiation simulations. The interactive software allows architects to create 3-D models with Revit and FormIt 360 Pro, giving them an inside look at real-time performance outcomes.

HOK-founder Gyo Obata grows a new agriculture museum for the St. Louis Science Center

Architecture, Midwest
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
GROW Agriculture Pavilion Interior (St.Louis Science Center)

(St. Louis Science Center)

The St. Louis Science Center is adding its first new major exhibition space in 25 years with the 2016 summer opening of GROW, a permanent interactive agriculture exhibit. The exhibition design by Oakland, California–based Gyroscope will be complemented by a pavilion designed by HOK founder Gyo Obata along with St. Louis–based design firm Arcturis.

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Detroit is looking for planners to envision its East Riverfront

Development, Midwest, News, Urbanism
Monday, November 30, 2015
The East Riverfront area in downtown Detroit to be master planned.

The East Riverfront area in downtown Detroit to be master planned.

Detroit has begun the search for planners to envision new development along its East Riverfront of the Detroit River. Penned by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy (DRFC) and the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department, a request for qualifications is now open until December 4th.

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How marble from a small town in Georgia built America’s top monuments to power

Architecture, National
Monday, November 30, 2015
The Tate marble Quarry in Georgia (Courtesy Jason Sayer / AN)

The Tate marble quarry in Georgia (Courtesy Jason Sayer / AN)

In the United States, the architecture of power manifests itself in the stone edifice. Like the Roman and Greek precedents that gave rise to home-grown neo-Classical examples, stone is the material of choice for the monument.

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Watch 24 Architecture and Design Teams Create “Canstructions” in Time Lapse

Art, Design, East
Monday, November 30, 2015
Last year's People's Choice Awards winner was The LinCAN Logs by the ABC Metro Washington Student Chapter (MC SCA). (Washington Architectural Foundation).

Last year’s People’s Choice Awards winner was The LinCAN Logs by the ABC Metro Washington Student Chapter (MC SCA). (Washington Architectural Foundation).

On Sunday, November 22, twenty four teams from architecture and design firms in Washington, D.C. built sculptures out of canned food inside the National Building Museum.

More after the jump.

MoMA names Sean Anderson associate curator of the Department of Architecture and Design

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Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Courtesy MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has selected Sean Anderson as its new associate curator in the department of architecture and design. Anderson will work alongside fellow department employees to create collections, exhibitions, and public programs that focus on contemporary architecture.

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Tell us what excites you about this year’s Design Miami

Architecture, Art, Design, East
Monday, November 30, 2015

(faungg’s photos / Flickr)

The Architect’s Newspaper will be in Miami this week for a slew of art and design events including Art Basel, Unbuilt, Design Miami, the Salone del Mobile preview, and launches of the new Institute of Contemporary Art and limited edition Ducati motorcycle. We have received a huge digital and paper file of official press releases but there may be scattered events and launches that have not landed on our desk. Is there anything the AN audience should know about on the edges of the official events? What are we missing? Let us know here in the comments below or tell us about your design highlights of the week!

Joshua Zabel talks digital collaboration in facade design

The SFMOMA expansion features the first major use of FRP cladding on a multi-story building in North America. (Tom Paiva / Kreysler & Associates)

The SFMOMA expansion features the first major use of FRP cladding on a multi-story building in North America. (Tom Paiva / Kreysler & Associates)

Kreysler & Associates‘ Joshua Zabel knows more than a thing or two about collaborating with architects to produce complex facades. “On the design side, increasingly complex projects call for earlier and earlier involvement from us for material and fabrication input,” said Zabel. “With increasing frequency we’re being called on by architects to contribute during SD and DD phases.”

Zabel will share the fabricator’s perspective on teamwork in high performance envelope design and construction later this week at Facades+AM Seattle. His co-presenters on “Digital Collaborations: Applications, Realities and Opportunities in the Delivery of Complex Facades” include Jeffrey Vaglio (Enclos), David Sandinsky (NBBJ) and Marne Zahner (Magnusson Klemencic Associates).

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SHoP Architects towers over Long Island City’s Anable Basin with three new towers

Architecture, Development, East, News, Unveiled
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
45-40 Vernon Boulevard (Courtesy SHoP)

45-40 Vernon Boulevard (Courtesy SHoP)

While everyone was distracted by Monday’s BIG news on the High Line, SHoP unveiled a three-tower complex on the waterfront in Long Island City, Queens. The tallest tower, at 45-40 Vernon Boulevard, will be 28 stories, with 296 residential units. Read More

The Broad-adjacent Otium opens with Damien Hirst on the menu

Architecture, Art, Interiors, West
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
A wood clad Otium restaurant in the shadow of The Broad. (Michelle Park)

A wood clad Otium restaurant in the shadow of The Broad. (Michelle Park)

Otium, the restaurant tucked in The Broad’s Barouni olive-treed, 24,000-square-foot public plaza, quietly opened last week in Downtown Los Angeles. The sum of chef Otium Timothy Hollingsworth and restaurateur Bill Chait, a lot is riding on the eatery to enliven Grand Avenue and the Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Walter Hood pocket park.

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From Placemaking to Social Media: Takeaways from AIA San Francisco’s NEXT Conference


The NEXT Conference, sponsored by the AIA San Francisco, just concluded its first year, and The Architect’s Newspaper was there moderating two panels. Day one convened in a historic bayside dock transformed into a children’s Exploratorium. We moderated a session on the urban planning concept of “Placemaking” that featured David Burney, Jennifer Wolch, and two “makers,” Anisha Gade and Sue Mark of the firm Marksearch.

More after the jump.

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