Eavesdrop> Spearing Impaired

Architecture, East, Eavesdroplet
Friday, February 5, 2016
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The Florida Seminoles' new stadium design doubles down on racism. (Courtesy Champions Campaign)

The Florida Seminoles’ new stadium design doubles down on racism. (Courtesy Champions Campaign)

In recent years, there has been much backlash against mascots that misappropriate their meaning from American history. From The Fighting Illini of University of Illinois to the NFL’s Washington Redskins, many teams have been pressured to adopt personas that are not deeply, deeply racist. However, the Florida State Seminoles have apparently doubled down on their offensive mascot by codifying it in the architecture of their stadium.

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Florida’s Seminole tribe unveils guitar-shaped hotel as part of $1.8 billion project in the Sunshine State

Architecture, Design, Development, East
Friday, February 5, 2016
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(Courtesy Seminole Tribe of Florida via Sun Sentinel)

(Courtesy Seminole Tribe of Florida via Sun Sentinel)

Those who frequent Hard Rock Casinos will have become accustomed to the larger-than-life guitars that have become a trademark feature. However, none will be quite used to the scale of the Florida Seminole tribe’s latest endeavor, part of a $1.8 billion project on U.S. 441, north of Stirling Road, in Hollywood, Florida. Read More

In gentrifying Brooklyn, illicit luxury housing is sprouting from community gardens

Larceny and deed fraud are on the rise, and those with a mind for leaving confusing trails of paperwork are profiting from illegitimate purchases of land. A classic case of this can be found on Maple Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.

But the garden quickly began showing weeds…

Historic St. Paul church for sale comes with interred body

Midwest, Other, Preservation
Friday, February 5, 2016
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St. Paul's On-The-Hill Church

The historic St. Paul’s on-the-Hill Church is the final resting place of Priest John Wright, whose body must remain in its place once the church is sold. (AlexiusHoratius / Wikimedia Commons)

When buying a building that is in a historic preservation district there are many considerations to take into account, including zoning restrictions, restoration, and often, accessibility concerns. In the case of one St. Paul Church, now on the market, add deceased body to the list. Shuttered a year ago, the historic Episcopal St. Paul’s on-the-Hill in St. Paul, Minnesota is up for sale. One caveat to purchase is that the building comes with the body of one of its former priests, which is not allowed to be moved.

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Enrique Peñalosa plans to give Bogotá the best transit system in the developing world

Enrique on a bus headed from Denver to Boulder (ITDP / Flickr)

Enrique on a bus headed from Denver to Boulder. (itdp / Flickr)

An economist who once advised Colombian President Virgilio Barco, Enrique Peñalosa is now a revered urban planner in the city of Bogotá. Having once served as Bogotá mayor from 1997 to 2001, Peñalosa is now back for his second stint and pledges to provide his city with the best public transportation system in the developing world.

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Rush hour construction crane collapse in Tribeca injures two, kills one

East, News
Friday, February 5, 2016
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(Courtesy FDNY)

(Courtesy FDNY)

During the height of rush hour this morning, a construction crane collapsed on Worth Street between Church Street and West Broadway in Tribeca, mere blocks from AN‘s New York headquarters. Read More

AN’s 2016 Facades+ conference series kicks off in Los Angeles

Brought to you with support from:
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Enrique Norten (AN)

Enrique Norten (AN)

“We don’t need walls anymore.  We need living, breathing systems that provide so much more to the urban realm than keeping in conditioned air and keeping out noise and pollutants.” – Will Wright, AIA|LA

Los Angeles’ 2016 Facades+ Conference, presented by The Architect’s Newspaper, is the 18th event in an ongoing series of conferences and forums that have unfolded in cities across the nation, including New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, D.C., and Chicago. Held at the L.A. Hotel Downtown, the conference incorporated architects, engineers, fabricators, and innovative material manufacturers into a multidisciplinary two-day event covering the state of building envelope design thinking today.
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Jean Nouvel’s vegetated Miami tower touted for its man-made lagoon

Architecture, Development, East
Thursday, February 4, 2016
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(Courtesy JDS)

(Courtesy JDS)

West Avenue in Miami Beach is set for a Jean Nouvel high rise surrounded by an elaborate man-made lagoon.  The tower will be covered with suspended vegetation that, at least in renderings, casts the structure in a distinctly green hue.

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Someday soon, virtual reality could let you get in the game… in your living room

Design, National, Technology
Thursday, February 4, 2016
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(Courtesy Microsoft)

(Courtesy Microsoft)

This year’s 50th Super Bowl could be extra special to those who can somehow get their hands on Microsoft’s HoloLens. Though not yet available to the public, the tech giant has unveiled an NFL-based concept that would bring the players and the stadium into your living and even onto your coffee table.

The future after the click.

NCARB rebranding says “interning” is now an “experience”

(Courtesy Juhan Sonin / Flickr)

(Courtesy Juhan Sonin / Flickr)

By June this year, the Intern Development Program (IDP), run by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), will become known as Architectural Experience Program (AXP). The program intended to aid architects-in-training with their first steps into the profession was keen to ditch the term “intern.”

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Kohn Pedersen Fox plays Jenga with this Madison Avenue building, pulling mass away and stacking it on top

Architecture, East, News, Skyscrapers
Thursday, February 4, 2016
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390 Madison Avenue. (Courtesy Neoscape)

390 Madison Avenue. (Courtesy Neoscape)

It’s addition by subtraction on Madison Avenue, where Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) is playing real-life Jenga with a 24-story office building between East 46th and 47th streets in Midtown Manhattan.

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Hopkins Architects moves forward with revamp of Sert’s Holyoke Center at Harvard

Light filling the interior study spaces (Courtesy Hopkins Architects)

Light filling the interior study spaces (Courtesy Hopkins Architects)

British firm Hopkins Architects (formerly Michael Hopkins & Partners) has been granted planning permission from local authorities to build the new Smith Campus Center for Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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