Wilshire Blvd Temple Announces Shortlist for its “Gathering Place” Building

Architecture, Other, West
Monday, May 4, 2015

Sanctuary ceiling from Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s recent renovation. (Tom Bonner)

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

Come celebrate NYCxDesign With The Architect’s Newspaper at these great events

Architecture, Art, Design, Other
Monday, May 4, 2015


AN is participating in some great events during the upcoming NYCxDesign – the city’s annual celebration of all things design. If you live in New York, or are in town from May 8-19, here are some key happenings to keep on your radar. In addition, at all these events and shows you’ll get the chance to pick up a copy of AN‘s first special residential interiors issue, which is packed with information on other design happenings around town, highlights from the local art scene, stories on the latest trends in the field, and pages and page of gorgeous homes. Hope to see you around town!

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Nick Cecchir reflects on Doors Open Denver and the future of the city’s architecture and public design

Architecture, Midwest
Monday, May 4, 2015


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.

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Pictorial > Austin Kelly 1966-2015

Monday, May 4, 2015
XTEN's Nakahouse (Steve King)

XTEN’s Nakahouse (Steve King)

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

Pictorial> Crystal clear Lake Michigan waters reveal graveyard of sunken ships.  Pictorial> Crystal clear Lake Michigan waters reveal graveyard of sunken shipsThe 121 foot brig James McBride ran aground during a storm on October 19, 1857. (U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City) Winter ice is melting around the Great Lakes, revealing cerulean waters below—and, in northern Lake Michigan, an open graveyard of shipwrecks. Read the full post


Facades+AM Heads to Houston this June

Facades+AM is coming to Houston June 18. (Sarath Kutchi / Flickr)

Facades+AM is coming to Houston June 18. (Sarath Kuchi / Flickr)

They say “everything is bigger in Texas.” So it goes for Houston‘s skyline, the fourth largest in the United States. Big, too, are the names behind Space City’s most iconic skyscrapers. The city’s tallest, the 75-story JPMorgan Chasetower, was designed by I.M. Pei in 1981. Read More

Olafur Eliasson + SANAA: Grace Farms Opening Announced

Thomas Demand

SANAA Grace Farms Model. © Thomas Demand, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, /ARS, New York, Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Today, the Grace Farms Foundation announced artworks by contemporary artists that will be unveiled for the October 9, 2015, opening of the SANAA-designed pavilion at Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT. The works are a textile work by Olafur Eliasson, an outdoor sound installation by Susan Philipsz; photographs of SANAA’s Grace Farms models by Thomas Demand; and a mural by Teresita Fernandez.

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In Cathedrals of Culture, Wim Wenders and Robert Redford Explore Monuments of Architecture

Architecture, Art, Other
Friday, May 1, 2015

Redford Salk Institute (Courtesy [?])

Redford Salk Institute (Courtesy [?])

In 2010, director Wim Wenders created a 3D video installation at the Venice Architecture Biennale about the Bolex Learning Center in Lausanne, Switzerland, called If These Walls Could Talk. The ability to visually explore the building and simulate being inside the space that the medium affords inspired him to team up with Robert Redford to create a 3D series called Cathedrals of Culture, which will be shown at the IFC Center in New York beginning on May 1.

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Obama Presidential Library reportedly headed for Chicago

A rendering of Garfield Boulevard, part of the University of Chicago's proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The University of Chicago)

A rendering of Garfield Boulevard, part of the University of Chicago’s proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The University of Chicago)

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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Perkins+Will Builds a Sustainability Beacon

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Perkins+Will designed UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability to communicate net positive building strategies. (Martin Tessler / Courtesy Perkins+Will)

Perkins+Will designed UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability to communicate net positive building strategies. (Martin Tessler / Courtesy Perkins+Will)

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

Elegant studios, clean kitchens, Ohio Chabad Center get big praise at Chicago small projects awards

Architecture, Awards, Midwest, News
Thursday, April 30, 2015
P. K. VanderBeke's Live/Work Gallery (Janet Mesic Mackie)

P. K. VanderBeke’s Live/Work Gallery (Janet Mesic Mackie)

The Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects this week honored tiny, often overlooked work in its fifth annual small projects awards, set to take place May 1 at Chicago’s Architectural Artifacts. Read More

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