Renderings finally revealed for the base of the Western Hemisphere’s tallest tower

Architecture, East, News
Friday, February 12, 2016
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(Courtesy Nordstrom)

Central Park Tower at 217 West 57th Street. (Courtesy Nordstrom)

With all the attention focused on the impossible height of New York‘s new crop of supertalls, it’s easy to forget that even skyscrapers have a tether to earth. Renderings were recently revealed for the base of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill‘s 1,550-foot-tower, which, when complete, will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Read More

This 3D topographic installation raises questions on the high cost of housing in New York City

City Terrain, Design, East, Urbanism
Friday, February 12, 2016
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(Courtesy Ekene Ijeoma)

(Courtesy Ekene Ijeoma)

Besides the overcrowded L and the overabundance of Starbucks/Chase Banks, one of New York‘s favorite things to kvetch about is the rent: it’s too damn high. Now, through Wage Island, an installation created by a New York–based interaction and information designer, it’s possible to see in 3D how dang much housing really costs in this city. Read More

This online game gives you the chance to deface Corbu’s iconic Villa Savoye

Architecture, International, Media
Friday, February 12, 2016
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Yes, that's a waffle (Courtesy theotrian)

Yes, that’s a waffle (Courtesy theotrian)

Modernism made you mad? One remedy might be smashing your Lego model of Villa Savoye into tiny pieces. If you don’t have such a model handy, there’s now a virtual solution to defacing Corbu with an online game called Le Petit Architecte.

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Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Domes closed indefinitely amid safety concerns

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The three Mitchell Park Domes each hold a different plant biosphere. (By Sulfurd/Wikimedia Commons)

The Mitchell Park Domes have been an iconic and well-loved part of the Milwaukee skyline for several generations.  As of February 9th, the Domes are closed to the public amidst reports of falling concrete, and their future is unknown.

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Two groups renew the effort to save the all-concrete Miami Marine Stadium

East, News, Preservation
Friday, February 12, 2016
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The Miami Marine Stadium. (Courtesy Rick Bravo/National Trust for Historic Preservation)

The Miami Marine Stadium. (Courtesy Rick Bravo/National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Can decay on the Bay be forestalled? In 2014, a local group floated the idea of murals, and now, two nonprofits, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Dade Heritage Trust, are renewing efforts to restore the Miami Marine Stadium on Biscayne Bay.

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Machado Silvetti’s modern addition to historically significant Ringling Estate

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The new pavilion features 2750 individual terra cotta modules, weighing in at 60-70 pounds each.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, part of a historic 66-acre estate in Sarasota, Florida has received a striking new pavilion designed by Machado Silvetti to house new gallery and multi-purpose lecture space. Officially called the Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art, the project features a custom glazed sculptural terra cotta clad volume elevated off the ground, and attached to the museum’s West Wing galleries via glass bridge. The new 7500 sq. ft. pavilion establishes a new monumental entrance to the museum, and assists in the reorganization of site circulation and infrastructure systems. Teaming with Boston Valley Terra Cotta, the architects developed a cladding strategy to respond to specific environmental, programmatic, and budgetary criteria. The project is inspired by lush foliage and historic architectural ornamentation found within the Ringling estate.
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Architect Gary Handel on designing the world’s tallest Passive House residential project

Handel Architects' Cornell University Residences. (Courtesy Handel Architects)

Handel Architects’ Cornell University Residences. (Courtesy Handel Architects)

As designers and builders around the world have, in recent years, embraced Passive House standards, one question has remained: will it scale?

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It’s Getting Hot in Here: The Latest in Fire Safety Tech

National, Product
Thursday, February 11, 2016
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Courtesy Plumis

Two pretty cool things happened this month in the world of fire safety. Both products are suitable for commercial and residential use and require little effort when being added to existing spaces.

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This 80-story kinetic skyscraper proposal for Dubai is back with a twist

Architecture, International, Skyscrapers
Thursday, February 11, 2016
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(Courtesy Dynamic Group, David Fisher)

(Courtesy Dynamic Group, David Fisher)

Dubai, a city famed for its taste in extravagant grandeur has become a playground for architects of late. Already home to many world firsts and record breakers, a new phenomenon in the form of an old idea may be on the horizon in the form of “Dynamic Tower,” an 80-story rotating skyscraper.

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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 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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