Winners from Spain’s Cevisama expo show off cutting-edge uses for ceramics in design

Design, International, Product
Thursday, February 11, 2016
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(Courtesy Carmen Martinez Gregori, Carmel Gradoli Martinez, and Arturo Sanz Martinez)

AN reported last week on the yearly Cevisama ceramic fair in Valencia, Spain, and the award winning Harvard project, Extruded Tessellation: Ceramic Tectonics, of industrially produced clay extrusions from the university’s Material Processes & Systems Group. But it was not the only award-winning project of architectural interest at the fair.

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This pavilion at London’s V&A Museum will be built by robots to resemble construction patterns of beetles

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Elytra Filament Pavilion, render, V&A John Madejski Garden 2016 (Courtesy ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart, V&A Museum)

Elytra Filament Pavilion, render, V&A John Madejski Garden 2016 (Courtesy ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart, V&A Museum)

As part of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Engineering Season in London, a pavilion designed by German foursome Achim Menges, Thomas Auer, Moritz Dörstelmann, and Jan Knippers and constructed by robots is set to steal the show.

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Letter to the Editor> The Municipal Art Society and the role of civic leadership

East, Letter to the Editor
Thursday, February 11, 2016
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[Editor’s Note: This Letter to the Editor is in response to an editorial in The Architect’s Newspaper’s December issue, “What Happened to the Municipal Art Society?” Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com.]

The Architect’s Newspaper editorial of December 11 reinforced the crucial role of civic leadership in advocating for land use policies, planning, and design approaches to keep New York City one of the most livable cities in the world—an effort the Municipal Art Society has championed for more than a century.

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Back to the Future: New York City explores streetcar transit route linking outer boroughs

City Terrain, East, News, Transportation, Urbanism
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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(Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector)

(Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector)

Remember the New York City streetcar? Unless you’re a New Yorker of a certain age, you definitely don’t. Advances in transportation technology (what die-hard conspiracy theorists refer to as Great American Streetcar Scandal) drove streetcars all over the U.S. straight to the last stop. Yet, it’s now very possible that two neighboring boroughs, Brooklyn and Queens, will be reunited once again via a new streetcar line of their very own.

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Count ’em: After upzoning, developer proposes eleven new buildings for downtown Portland

Development, News, Skyscrapers, West
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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The Ankeny Block future development possibilities (Downtown Development Group)

The Ankeny Block future development possibilities (Downtown Development Group)

The City of Roses may get a flurry of major developments downtown. The plan: Portland’s Downtown Development Group, headed by the Goodman family, has proposed eleven buildings representing a $1.5 billion investment in the city.

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Norman Foster breaks ground on his expansion for Florida’s Norton Museum of Art

Architecture, Art, East, News
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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(Courtesy Foster + Partners)

(Courtesy Foster + Partners)

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, British architect Norman Foster was on site to see his expansion break ground. The new development, called “The New Norton,” will see further galleries added along with visitor facilities all within the “original axial layout of the Museum.”

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Futuristic coffee shop, Voyager Espresso, opens in New York’s Financial District

Architecture, East, Interiors, Open
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Voyager Espresso, ©Michael Vahrenwald / Esto

Voyager Espresso. (Michael Vahrenwald / Esto)

Voyager Espresso, a 550-square-foot coffee bar, brings the perks of artisanal coffee to New York’s perpetually caffeine craving Financial District in the new Fulton Center.

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Apple shows love to New York’s historic neighborhoods and the Landmarks Conservancy takes notice

Awards, East, News, Preservation
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Apple store on Fifth Avenue. (Rick González / Flickr)

Apple store on Fifth Avenue. (Rick González / Flickr)

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is honoring Apple with its 2016 Chairman’s Award. The award, to be given at a fundraising luncheon where individual tickets start at $500, honors the company for “their contribution to preserving, restoring, and repurposing notable historic structures in New York City.”

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The 16th Serpentine Pavilion will be designed by Bjarke Ingels, with four accompanying Summer Houses

Architecture, Awards, International, News
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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The Denmark Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010. (Iwan Baan / Courtesy Serpentine Galleries)

The Denmark Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010. (Iwan Baan / Courtesy Serpentine Galleries)

Bjarke Ingels has come a long way since he designed the Denmark Pavilion, pictured above, for the Shanghai Expo 2010. His eponymous Copenhagen- and New York–based firm BIG, the Bjarke Ingels Group, today deals with skyscrapers and other large-scale projects in major cities around the world. But this summer, the firm will take a step back to design the 16th Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens, London.

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University of Arkansas named inaugural recipient of el dorado prize

Awards, Midwest, News
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Select students from the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Kansas will have the opportunity to learn el dorado’s work process as summer interns. (Courtesy el dorado)

The University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design will be the inaugural recipient of the annual el dorado Prize. The distinction is sponsored by the Kansas City–based architecture firm el dorado as part of its 20th anniversary.

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William McDonough’s multi-use ICEhouse can be quickly assembled using local materials

ICEhouse in Davos. (Courtesy Brady Johnson, William McDonough + Partners)

ICEhouse in Davos. (Courtesy Brady Johnson, William McDonough + Partners)

Architect William McDonough‘s Innovation for the Circular Economy house (ICEhouse) was a gathering space during the 2016 World Economic Forum. The temporary meeting space was designed to exhibit the “positive design framework described in the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, the sustainable development goals of the United Nations, and the reuse of resources implicit in the circular economy.”

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Goldstein, Hill & West Architects designs Long Island City’s tallest tower yet

Architecture, Development, East, News
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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(Courtesy United Construction and Development)

(Courtesy United Construction and Development)

Goldstein, Hill & West Architects (GHWA), in partnership with developer Chris Xu, just unleashed a 79-story residential tower on Long Island City, Queens. At 963 feet tall, the tower will be 305 feet taller than its neighbor, CitiGroup‘s 50-story One Court Square, already one of the tallest buildings in the neighborhood.

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