After his sudden departure from his post as executive director of the American Institute of Architects New York and the Center for Architecture in late March, Rick Bell is joining the city’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC), according to a recent report by Crains. Bell, who helmed the two organizations for over a decade, will return to the public sector where he previously served as the chief architect and assistant commissioner at the DDC. His position at the agency has yet to be revealed.
Earlier this year Eavesdrop predicted the shortlist for Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s “Gathering Place,” a 55,000-square-foot event space across the street from the institution’s sanctuary. The final list has been revealed and includes big hitters such as OMA, Kengo Kuma and Associates, Morphosis Architects, and Steven Holl Architects. The only firm we didn’t predict was Holl (we had Renzo Piano taking the fourth spot). According to the temple, the New York Times prematurely crowned OMA as the winner. “These things often leak but don’t always get reported accurately,” said Temple spokesperson Susan Gordon. Read More
Nick Cecchi reflects on Doors Open Denver and the future of the city’s architecture and public design
Doors Open Denver turned 11 this spring with the Denver Architectural Foundation hosting the showcase of Denver architecture and design from the recently renovated Union Station. The event ran April 25th and 26th and included open houses at some of Denver’s most notable historic buildings, as well as tours and open doors at many local firms.
Austin Kelly, truly one of LA’s most talented young architects, sadly passed away last month. He was only 49, and the cause of death was cancer. Kelly, who studied architecture at Yale, worked for Frank Israel, Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss, and DMJM/Keating before founding XTEN Architecture with his wife Monika Haefelfinger in 2000. The firm, based in Culver City, has been praised both for its sophisticated, origami-like forms and its brave interactions with nature, particularly in Southern California. XTEN is working on projects in Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, and as far away as Spain and Oman. Kelly also taught studios at SCI-Arc and at USC, and had a passion for teaching and mentorship. Explore some of XTEN’s residences, below. (Click on thumbnail to begin slideshow.) Read More
The Associated Press has reported that Barack Obama‘s presidential library will be in his adopted hometown of Chicago. After months of speculation that the 44th President of the United States might site his legacy project in New York City—where he attended Columbia University—or his birth city of Honolulu, Hawaii, multiple unnamed sources cited by the AP and other publications say Obama and his nonprofit foundation have settled on Chicago, where he forged his political career.
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Building technology research center features wood, integrated photovoltaics, and green wall.
When John Robinson began formulating a vision for the University of British Columbia‘s (UBC) Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), he did not start small. Robinson, who is responsible for integrating academic and operational sustainability at the university’s Vancouver campus, dreamed of constructing the most sustainable building in North America, a monument to and testing ground for energy-generating strategies. Read More