These 2015 Holcim Award winners showcase the latest in sustainable design

Articulated Site. (Courtesy Juan Calle and Horacio Valenci, EPM Group (Empresas Públicas de Medellín) in Colombia)

Articulated Site. (Courtesy Juan Calle and Horacio Valenci, EPM Group (Empresas Públicas de Medellín) in Colombia)

The Holcim Foundation has announced the three winners in its Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. The international competition, now in its fourth year, celebrates projects that “deliver tangible benefits to local communities.” This year, the winners will collect a total $350,000 between them, and each walk away with a trophy. Take a look at the gold, bronze, and silver winners below.

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Columbia’s Scott Marble named new chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture

Scott Marble, the new chair of Georgia Tech's School of Architecture. (Courtesy Georgia Tech/Scott Marble)

Scott Marble, the new chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture. (Courtesy Georgia Tech/Scott Marble)

Georgia Tech announced this week that Scott Marble, adjunct associate professor of architecture at Columbia University and founding partner of Marble Fairbanks, will take the helm as the new chair of the university’s School of Architecture starting July 1.

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Separated at birth: A reader spots the Whitney’s carbon copy predecessor


This “separated at birth” image came to us via architect Ken Saylor who noticed a quirky doppelganger for Renzo Piano‘s about-to-open Whitney Museum. Anyone have other Whitney comparisons? Leave them in the comments below.

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Eavesdrop> Police raid millionaire murder suspect’s Houston condo

Eavesdroplet, Southwest
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Robert Durst. (Courtesy HBO)

Robert Durst. (Courtesy HBO)

The last time Robert Durst—the accused killer and heir to one of New York City’s most influential real estate dynasties—was behind bars in the Southwest, he was on trial for the murder of his neighbor, Morris Black, in Galveston, Texas. That time he was caught after swiping a sandwich and some Band-Aids from a Pennsylvania supermarket while wearing cross-dressing attire. Now, he is donning an orange jumpsuit once again.

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Video> Michael Adlerstein & John Gering on retrofitting the United Nations Secretariat Building

The United Nations Headquarters site in Manhattan (seen here in 1985) covers approximately sixteen acres from 42nd to 48th Streets between First Avenue and the East River. Among the buildings on the premises are the marble-framed 39-storey Secretariat (to the left); the General Assembly building topped with a shallow dome; the Dag Hammarskjöld Library (to the left of the Secretariat); and the building housing the Council Chambers and Conference Rooms which lies on the river's edge. (UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata.)

The United Nations Headquarters site in Manhattan (seen here in 1985) covers approximately sixteen acres from 42nd to 48th Streets between First Avenue and the East River. (UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata.)

In addition to being AN‘s Midwest Editor, I was the special media correspondent for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in 2014, interviewing tall building designers, developers, and other experts at the skyscraper think tank’s Shanghai conference, and its annual CTBUH Awards ceremony in Chicago.

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Product> Goodness Gracious, Great Walls Aspire: Top Facade Products

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy James Hardie)

The defining aspect of every building—the facade—is where the artistic aspiration is most visible and where the performance factor is most vulnerable. These new cladding and construction products prove beauty is certainly more than skin deep.

Reveal Panel System
James Hardie

Developed specifically for multi-family, mixed-use, senior living, and light commercial facilities, these panels can be cut on-site to deliver an expressed joint look with deep shadow lines. Trims and fasteners can be field painted, or their metal finishes left exposed. The ventilated rainscreen assembly incorporates best practices for moisture management.

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DXA Studio designed this Lower East Side tower with a copper facade that changes over time

(Courtesy DXA Studio)

(Courtesy DXA Studio)

As this angular copper facade ages, its reddish brown skin will settle into a weathered green. It’s a sort of physical embodiment of the changes playing out in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Chinatown as the city’s voracious luxury residence market continually searches for a new frontier.

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On View> Gregory Ain: Low-Cost Modern Housing and The Construction of a Social Landscape

Architecture, Art, On View, West
Monday, April 20, 2015
Ain's Dunsmuir Flats (Julius Shulman)

Ain’s Dunsmuir Flats (Julius Shulman/ J.Paul Getty Trust)

Gregory Ain: Low-Cost Modern Housing and The Construction of a Social Landscape
WUHO Gallery
6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Through April 26

Gregory Ain was a pioneer in the development of low-cost modern housing, and many of his efforts fused radical, left-wing politics and cooperative living with architecture. And a new exhibit in Los Angeles spotlights five of the architect’s most innovative housing projects.

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Biomimicry guides the design of Shanghai’s new nautilus-shaped museum of natural history

Shanghai Natural History Museum (©Steinkamp Photography)

Shanghai Natural History Museum. (Steinkamp Photography)

This weekend a Shanghai museum got a new home, and its design takes a major cue from nature. The Shanghai Natural History Museum wraps 479,180 square feet of exhibition space with facades inspired by the elements, natural phenomena, and the biological structure of cells.

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In just a few years, this tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill will be the tallest residential building on Planet Earth

(Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill)

(Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill)

The tallest of Manhattan’s rising supertall towers has been revealed—and believe it or not, the building that will make New York’s current crop of skyscrapers look like walkups is very, very glassy.

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On View> This might be your only chance to see this rare Le Corbusier tapestry commissioned by Jørn Utzon

Art, East
Monday, April 20, 2015
(Courtesy Bruun Rasmussen)

(Courtesy Bruun Rasmussen)

In mid May, New York City will be over run with fairs, exhibitions, and trade shows dedicated to design and art. The big events are the International Contract Furniture Fair (ICFF) and the Frieze Art Fair, but there will be literally scores of smaller spin-off events taking place that will be of interest to the architecture community.

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New York City to install 90 curbside bioswales to help clean Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal

Bioswale. (Courtesy NYC DEP)

Bioswale. (Courtesy NYC DEP)

As new apartment buildings continue to rise in Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced plans to install 90 bioswales nearby in hopes of cleaning the neighborhood’s eponymous—and oh-so-polluted—canal.

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