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IwamotoScott crafted a digitally-fabricated aluminum skin for a Miami Design District parking garage. (Courtesy IwamotoScott)

IwamotoScott crafted a digitally-fabricated aluminum skin for a Miami Design District parking garage. (Courtesy IwamotoScott)

Digitally-fabricated folded aluminum screen animates a utilitarian structure.

In the Miami Design District, even the parking garages are works of art. The recently completed City View Garage is no exception, thanks in part to a folded aluminum facade designed by IwamotoScott.
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World Science Festival in New York City lets you listen to the sounds of satellites from the comfort of your home planet

Architecture, Design, East
Thursday, May 28, 2015
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The NASA Orbit Pavilion. (Courtesy World Science Festival)

The NASA Orbit Pavilion. (Courtesy World Science Festival)

If you live in New York City, or are in town this weekend, you might want to check out the World Science Festival, specifically the NASA Orbit Pavilion currently located on NYU’s Gould Plaza.

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ISIS says it will not destroy the ancient architecture Syria’s ruined city of Palmyra

(Courtesy UNESCO/Ron Van Oers)

(Courtesy UNESCO/Ron Van Oers)

ISIS forces occupying the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria have stated in a video message posted to YouTube Wednesday that they do not intend to bulldoze the architecture, but will “pulverize” unspecified statues they believe were worshipped by “miscreants” in the past.

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Another supertall tower to rise in Manhattan’s increasingly crowded supertall district

1 Park Lane. (Witkoff)

1 Park Lane. (Witkoff)

If you guessed that the newest luxury tower planned for Midtown, Manhattan would be very tall, skinny, and glassy then you, wise architectural observer, are correct. But don’t be too proud of your guessing skills—predicting that a luxury New York City skyscraper will be a glass-wrapped giant is like guessing Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. It’s too easy is what we’re saying.

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Step inside COOKFOX’s new Brooklyn tower complex

The Affordable Building. (Courtesy Field Condition)

The Affordable Building. (Courtesy Field Condition)

Prolific construction watcher Field Condition recently toured phase two of COOKFOX‘s under-construction City Point development in Downtown Brooklyn. The firm’s new pair of towers are already standing out in Brooklyn’s bummer of a skyline with their non-glass facades and series of setbacks.

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Architects will soon suspend this cellulose fiber canopy made from discarded paper in Boston

(Image courtesy of Bigger than a Breadbox competition)

(Image courtesy of Bigger than a Breadbox competition)

Recognizing architects’ increased use of installations for experimentation and prototyping, the “Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building” competition awards project proposals that use the medium for spatial exploration.

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Constantin Boym named Industrial Design Chair at Pratt Institute

Design, East, Shft+Alt+Del
Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Constantin Boym. (Markus Elblaus)

Constantin Boym. (Markus Elblaus)

Designer Constantin Boym has been named as the Industrial Design Chair within the School of Design at the Pratt Institute. Boym founded the award-winning design studio, Boym Partners, which he runs alongside Laurene Leon Boym, and was a professor and director of graduate design studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar from 2010–2012.

“Professor Boym has an impressive history as a designer in the industry and within academia, and I look forward to him bringing his wealth of experience to Pratt,” said Pratt Institute Design Dean Anita Cooney in a statement. “I am confident that his critical, experimental approach to design will build upon the Department’s history of excellence and innovation.”

Boym will assume his new role on July 13.

 

Monica Ponce de Leon named next dean of Princeton University’s School of Architecture

Architecture, East, Shft+Alt+Del
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Monica Ponce de Leon. (Photo by Adam Smith)

Monica Ponce de Leon. (Adam Smith)

Monica Ponce de Leon has been tapped as the next dean of Princeton University‘s School of Architecture. She will assume the prestigious role on January 1, 2016.

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A decade in the making, Toronto’s newly inaugurated Aga Khan Park brings 17 acres of greenery to the public

(Courtesy Tom Arban)

(Courtesy Tom Arban)

Ten years in the making and inspired by the world’s most picturesque Islamic gardens, the newly inaugurated Aga Khan Park is nothing short of spectacular. The 17-acre forested plot now links the Ismaili Center and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

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Chicago’s Graham Foundation awards $490,000 for architectural research

Noritaka Minami, Facade I, 2011, Tokyo, Japan. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Noritaka Minami and Ken Yoshida for 1972–Nakagin Capsule Tower. (Noritaka Minami)

Noritaka Minami, Facade I, 2011, Tokyo, Japan. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Noritaka Minami
and Ken Yoshida for 1972–Nakagin Capsule Tower. (Noritaka Minami)

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts today announced the latest recipients of their grants to individuals, a $490,000 pot of money split among 63 projects all over the world, including an extensive photographic survey of Le Corbusier’s completed architectural works by photographer Richard Pare; a series of community-based design and urban development courses in Costa Rica; and a compilation of criticism about Berlin‘s Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments).

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Diana Balmori’s Meditation Room at IDEASCity 2015 explores the possibility of expansive horizons in crowded cities

(Courtesy Balmori Associates)

(Courtesy Balmori Associates)

Stemming from the idea that a city is but a stack of layered horizons, landscape architect Diana Balmori’s public installation for IDEASCity 2015 invites the viewer to contemplate where horizons occur in a pause-for-thought experience. Meditation Room: Horizon is a continuous constructed wall of paper where the overlapping of two dot matrix systems creates a visible horizon slightly above eye level.

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Chicago opens newest segment of revamped Riverwalk

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the opening of a new segment of the Chicago Riverwalk. (Office of the Mayor, Chicago)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the opening of a new segment of the Chicago Riverwalk. (Office of the Mayor, Chicago)

Despite a smattering of gray skies, Chicago inaugurated another stretch of its revamped riverwalk this Memorial Day weekend, and visitors were eager to explore the newly expanded public space.

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