Vote for your favorite Critical Halloween costumes in Storefront for Art & Architecture’s annual competition

East, Eavesdroplet
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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Best Duo/Couple Costume “Permitted and Unpermitted” Adam Frampton and Karolina Czeczek – ONLY IF (Yuko Torihara/Storefront for Art and Architecture)

Best Duo/Couple Costume, “Permitted and Unpermitted”, Adam Frampton and Karolina Czeczek – ONLY IF. (Yuko Torihara/Storefront for Art and Architecture)

Each year, the Storefront for Art and Architecture hosts a Halloween Party in New York called “Critical Halloween.” Themes have ranged from “Corporate Avant-Garde” to “On Banality, On Metaphor,” and the costume contest is the highlight of the night, as party-goers relive the Avant-garde tradition of building fantastic architectural costumes.

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James Russell appointed Director of Design Strategic Initiatives at New York City DDC

Development, East, Shft+Alt+Del
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
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James Russell. (Courtesy James Russell)

James Russell. (Courtesy James Russell)

James S. Russell has been appointed the Director of Design Strategic Initiatives at the New York City Department of Design and Construction. Leading a research team, he will help the agency to build its already impressive capacity to deliver equitable growth through environmental sustainability and resiliency.

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Here’s what AN’s editors say on day two of the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Architecture, Midwest, On View
Saturday, October 3, 2015
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Theaster Gates and the Rebuild Foundation's Stony Island Arts Bank (Matt Shaw/AN)

Theaster Gates and the Rebuild Foundation’s Stony Island Arts Bank (Matt Shaw/AN)

Day two at the Chicago Architecture Biennial continued to deliver with a mix of the best international talent and local practitioners who are rethinking the way we build our cities. We were on the ground battling the wind in the crisp Chicago fall. Here are some of our favorite things we found.

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Bold new visions for the future city take shape at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Filter Island by URBANLAB. (Matt Shaw/AN)

Filter Island by URBANLAB. (Matt Shaw/AN)

The international architecture cognoscenti have descended on the Chicago Cultural Center with a motherlode of new content from Thailand to Ecuador, ranging from robotically-assembled structures to investigations into social and infrastructural inequality. The consequences of this assemblage will unfold over the next few months, but one room in the Cultural Center is particularly clear in its ambition and vision for the future.

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First Look> Inside the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Architecture, Art, Midwest, On View
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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The Chicago Cultural Center (Mimi Zeiger/AN)

The Chicago Cultural Center with The Cent Pavilion by Pezo von Ellrichshausen and IIT.(Mimi Zeiger/AN)

AN got a firsthand look at some of the projects inside the Chicago Cultural Center, many of which are juxtaposed across media, scale, and intellectual territory.

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Deborah Berke named dean of Yale School of Architecture

Architecture, Dean's List, East
Friday, September 25, 2015
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Deborah Berke is the new Dean of the Yale School of Architecture

Deborah Berke is the new Dean of the Yale School of Architecture

Yale School of Architecture has a new dean today, as the university has announced that New York-based architect Deborah Berke will be the next dean to rule the concrete and paprika halls. The founder of Deborah Berke Partners will start in her new position effective July 1, 2016.

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New Detroit urban arts venue Wasserman Projects set to open September 25

Midwest, Newsletter, Region
Monday, September 21, 2015
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Designer Nick Gelpi's collaboration with painter Markus Linnenbrink

Designer Nick Gelpi’s collaboration with painter Markus Linnenbrink. (Courtesy Gelpi Projects)

“Detroit is not having a renaissance,” philanthropist Gary Wasserman proclaimed in the Bushwick, Brooklyn studio space of painter Markus Linnenbruck, “It is an entirely new expression of urbanism.” With the sun pouring in through large, iron-frame windows, he introduced the concept for his new Detroit arts venue. Cities, he says, are “the 21st century frontier,” not the West or Space.

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Just in! These 12 architecture firms will work on the 2016 U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Architecture, Awards, International, Urbanism
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Us Pavilion at Venice Biennale. (Bill Menking)

U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. (Bill Menking)

Winners have been announced for the United States Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The exhibition is titled The Architectural Imagination, and will explore the possibilities of Detroit as a laboratory for “the innovative power of architecture.”

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Herzog and de Meuron just won the 2015 Charles Jencks Award for their contributions to architecture

Architecture, Awards, International
Thursday, August 20, 2015
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The Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, China. (Courtesy Herzog & de Meuron)

The Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, China. (Courtesy Herzog & de Meuron)

Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have been named the winners of the 2015 RIBA Charles Jencks Award, an annual prize named for British architect and critic Charles Jencks recognizing “major international contributions to the theory and practice of architecture.”

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Snøhetta brings a touch of modern design to the old cable car with this winning gondola in the Italian Alps

Bolzano Cable Car by Snohetta. (Courtesy Snohetta.

Bolzano Cable Car by Snohetta. (Courtesy Snohetta)

Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta has been selected as the winner of a competition to design a cable car that will take visitors to the top of Virgolo Mountain, near Bolzano, Italy, for the first time in 40 years. The mountain has been practically inaccessible since the city closed its historic cable railway in 1976. The new cable car transit system will take visitors to the top in just one minute.

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This urban intervention in Chicago would let citizens control colorful lights under the “El” with their smartphones

City Terrain, Lighting, Midwest, Urbanism
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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Wabash Lights, a site-specific installation under Chicago's L. (Courtesy Wabash Lights)

Wabash Lights, a site-specific installation under Chicago’s L. (Courtesy Wabash Lights)

Chicago is best known for Wrigley Field and the Sears Tower (yes, the Sears Tower), but one of its most prominent urban features is the elevated train tracks that form the “Loop,” or the downtown area bound by this snaking steel goliath. However poetic the idea of the “El” might be, it brute steel structure could, like most raised infrastructures, use some improvements.

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Breaking: Alejandro Aravena Named Director of 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture

Architecture, International, Urbanism
Saturday, July 18, 2015
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Alejandro Aravena. Image via holcimfoundation.org

Alejandro Aravena. Image via holcimfoundation.org

Its final. Alejandro Aravena has been named Director of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The Chilean architect will have just 10 months to prepare the exhibition, which opens May 28. He follows David Chipperfield and Rem Koolhaas in directing the exhibition.

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