Call for proposals: Detroit is an urban laboratory for the 2016 U.S. Venice Biennale Pavilion

US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Image via designboom.com

US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Image via designboom.com

The curators of the 2016 US Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale have announced an open call for proposals for the exhibition The Architectural Imagination. They are looking for speculative projects that use Detroit as a testing ground for new modes of urbanism that could have application around the world.

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For the first time in 43 years, the Vanna Venturi House is for sale!

Architecture, East, Preservation
Thursday, July 16, 2015
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8330 Millman St Philadelphia, PA 19118, aka The Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi. (Courtesy Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty-Philadelphia)

8330 Millman St, Philadelphia, PA 19118, aka The Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi. (Courtesy Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty-Philadelphia)

The Vanna Venturi House in Philadelphia is for sale. That’s right, the Vanna Venturi House. Robert Venturi’s 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,986-square-foot work of seminal Postmodern architecture can be yours for only $1,750,000. Located in a quiet Philadelphia neighborhood, the house is for sale for the first time in 43 years.

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Crowdsourced Infrastructure: Dutch Architects ZUS Complete A Self-Initiated Footbridge

Architecture, International, Urbanism
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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Luchtsingel by Zones Urbaines Sensibles (ZUS), the world's first mostly crowd-funded infrastruture.

Luchtsingel by Zones Urbaines Sensibles (ZUS), the world’s first mostly crowd-funded infrastructure.

Have you ever wanted to go to the park but had a highway or rail yard in your way? Ever feel like the best parts of your city are disconnected? Do what Rotterdam– and New York–based designers Zones Urbaines Sensibles (ZUS) did. They wanted to connect parts of Rotterdam, so they took matters into their own hands and put together a crowdfunding initiative to connect a series of three districts through public infrastructure. Luchtsingel, a 1300-foot-long bridge received support from some 5,000 people and finally opened last week.

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Help save this high tech masterpiece by Odile Decq and Benoit Cornette from the wrecking ball

Benoit Cornette and Odile Decq’s 25-year-old Banque Populaire de l’Ouest building is under threat of demolition.

Benoit Cornette and Odile Decq’s 1990 Banque Populaire de l’Ouest building.

Benoit Cornette and Odile Decq’s 25-year-old Banque Populaire de l’Ouest (BPO) building is threatened by demolition after the owner was unable to sell it and subsequently received permission to tear it down. The building’s double glazed, suspended facade and its panoramic elevators were considered major technical innovations when it was built.

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Breaking> Nader Tehrani named dean of Cooper Union School of Architecture

Nader Tehrani

Nader Tehrani

New York City’s Cooper Union finally found a new leader. Nader Tehrani has been appointed dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. He joins the school this month, taking over where Anthony Vidler left off. Tehrani, formerly of Office dA, is now principal of NADAAA.

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Goth Bilbao: Moreau Kusunoki Named Winner of Guggenheim Helsinki Competition

"Art in the City" by Moreau Kusunoki Archictectes, the winning proposal for the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition. (Courtesy Moreau Kusunoki Architectes)

“Art in the City” by Moreau Kusunoki Archictectes, the winning proposal for the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition.
(Courtesy Moreau Kusunoki Architectes)

Maybe its the extra darkness in the winter. The Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition, which famously generated an astounding 1,715 submissions, came to a conclusion today as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation announced the winner. Parisian firm Moreau Kusunoki Architectes and its “Art in the City” proposal was chosen from six international finalists.

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Bronze The Waldorf Astoria Beijing

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The Waldorf Astoria Beijing by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. (© Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture)

Bronze facade is inspired by Chinese historic architecture.

In designing the facade of the new Waldorf Astoria Beijing, Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) set out to create a contemporary expression that maintained a relationship to the city’s historic context. The project, after all, is within walking distance of the Forbidden City and many of the Chinese capitol’s famous Hutongs. “How do we make the experience of going to a hotel special and what about it would be Chinese?” enquired founding partner Gordon Gill. “From an experience standpoint, what about the wall could change your experience in your room?” The answer was a bronze facade with a bay window system that protrudes out from the face of the building.

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Relive the glory of the 1970 Osaka Expo, complete with space frames, Metabolism, inflatables, and geodesic domes

Toshiba IHI Pavilion. (Courtesy Flickr/m-louis)

Toshiba IHI Pavilion. (Courtesy Flickr/m-louis)

As Expo Milano 2015 continues to wow millions of visitors with stunning architecture and innovative exhibitions about the future of food production, we can’t help but get a little nostalgic for some past Expos. While London 1851 (Crystal Palace) and New York 1939 (The World of Tomorrow) are close to our hearts, it is the 1970 Expo in Osaka that really gets us fired up. Take a look at the seemingly endless stream of fantastic designs after the jump. Read More

Cincinnati decided this waterfront skyscraper just wasn’t complete without an old-timey hat and handlebar mustache

Architecture, Midwest, Skyscrapers
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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Scripps Tower on the right, dressed up as the Cincinnati Reds mascot. (Courtesy Mayerson Co.)

When Mies van der Rohe set out to remake the world in the image of a crystal-clear tower with steel columns behind walls of glass, he probably wasn’t thinking about dressing up those buildings with old-timey hats and handlebar mustaches. However, a century later that’s exactly what’s happening in Cincinnati.

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Pictorial> Twenty-one of the best pavilions from Milan Expo 2015

All the Pavilions. (Courtesy Expo Milano 2015)

All the Pavilions. (Courtesy Expo Milano 2015)

Milano Expo 2015 is rolling along, with 145 countries and a host of international organizations, civil society organizations, and corporations displaying their food-centric traditions and the latest sustainable agriculture and food production techniques.

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This alternative Guggenheim Helsinki competition is challenging global luxury museum brands

Architecture, International
Monday, June 15, 2015
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#189 Helsinki Iňač Tomáš Boroš. Consultant: doc. Ing. Arch. Juraj Koban. (Next Helsinki)

#189 Helsinki Iňač
Tomáš Boroš. Consultant: doc. Ing. Arch. Juraj Koban. (Next Helsinki)

Competition or PR stunt? That’s up to you to decide, but there is no debate that the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition has provoked some interesting conversations around issues of the cultural institution in the globalized 21st century.

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Norwegian Invasion: Norsk design and architecture is having a moment

Architecture, Design, International
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Touchwood Chairs by Lars Beller Fjetland. (Courtesy Lars Beller Fjetland)

Touchwood Chairs by Lars Beller Fjetland. (Courtesy Lars Beller Fjetland)

When the words “Scandinavian Design” come up, most people quickly think about Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. But Norway is no slouch, either. Recently, the nation’s designers have been drumming up noise in the worlds of furniture, product design, and architecture. A string of exhibitions, a master plan for New York’s Times Square, and a robust program of roadside pavilions and viewing platforms highlight this Norsk moment.

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