RISD is answering the tough questions about design education and the facilities that support it

Architecture, Design, East
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Inside RISD's new Co-Works Studio (RISD)

Inside RISD’s new Co-Works Studio (RISD)

This summer, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) launched a new master plan, whose concepts build on a strategic plan begun in 2012 to anticipate future changes and transform the way students interact and learn through the campus’s built form. Questions raised included: “How will art and design pedagogy change and how will this impact space needs?” and “How do we build new models of sharing and collaboration?”

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Theaster Gates opens Stony Island Arts Bank at Chicago Architecture Biennial

Architecture, Art, Midwest, Preservation
Monday, October 5, 2015
The main floor of the Stony Island Arts Bank will be used for exhibitions (Steve Hall)

The main floor of the Stony Island Arts Bank will be used for exhibitions, like the current show by Carlos Bunga  (Steve Hall)

If you’re in town for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, be sure to visit the newly-opened Stony Island Arts Bank, a formerly derelict 1923 bank structure on Chicago’s South Side that has been transformed into a spectacular center for exhibitions, artist residencies, and the preservation of archival collections of black culture. The building’s rebirth was made possible by artist Theaster Gates’ Rebuild Foundation, which has renovated three other buildings in the area as part of its program of “culturally driven redevelopment.”

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Frank Gehry is the first architect to be awarded the J. Paul Getty Medal

Architecture, Art, Awards, West
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Frank Gehry (right) with Ed Moses (left)

Frank Gehry (right) with Ed Moses (left). (J. Paul Getty Trust)

The Getty Trust announced last week that it will give its J. Paul Getty Medal to Frank Gehry. This is the third time the Getty will hand out the award—established “to recognize living individuals from all over the world for their leadership in the fields in which the Getty works”—and the first time it will go to an architect.

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As Facebook taps Gehry for two more buildings, take a peek inside the tech giant’s new Menlo Park offices

Architecture, Interiors, West
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Facebook HQ (Chrisophe Wu/ Facebook)

Facebook HQ (Chrisophe Wu / Facebook)

Facebook has allowed precious few people to see its new Frank Gehry–designed headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

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Stanford building new multi-modal trails by Page and BMS Design Group

The trail would offer new paths for walkers and bikers. (BMS Design Group)

The trail would offer new paths for walkers and bikers. (Page/ BMS Design Group)

According to Palo Alto Weekly, Stanford University will soon break ground on a new series of bike and walking trails around its campus designed by Page/BMS Design Group.

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Artist who stacked hundreds of street lights in Los Angeles passes away at age 69

Art, Obit, West
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Urban Light (courtesy LACMA)

Urban Light. (Courtesy LACMA)

Artist Chris Burden created, among many other things, Urban Light, an installation of 202 antique cast iron street lights outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Metropolis II, a city model inside the same museum immersed with 1,200 matchbox cars. Burden has passed away at age 69, reportedly from a battle with Melanoma.

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Google trumped (for once) by LinkedIn, leaving Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick swoopy plans in limbo

Architecture, Development, West
Thursday, May 7, 2015
One of Big and Heatherwick's four planned buildings for Google. (BIG)

One of Big and Heatherwick’s four planned buildings for Google. (BIG)

Mountain View, California’s city council has decided that LinkedIn and not Google will be able to develop the majority of its North Bayshore area, leaving Google’s ambitious plans by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick in jeopardy.

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This pleated concrete theater in Culver City is getting a 21st century boost from Hodgetts & Fung

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Construction of Frost Auditorium (Julius Shulman/ Getty Research Institute)

Construction of Frost Auditorium (Julius Shulman/ Getty Research Institute)

AN has been covering Hodgetts + Fung‘s efforts to update Los Angeles’ Norms Diner for the 21st century, but another of the firm’s projects will rigorously update a less known—and perhaps more impressive—modernist structure nearby: Culver City High School’s Frost Memorial Auditorium in Culver City.

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Wilshire Boulevard Temple announces shortlist for its “Gathering Place” building

Architecture, News, West
Monday, May 4, 2015

Sanctuary ceiling from Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s recent renovation. (Tom Bonner)

Earlier this year AN‘s Eavesdrop column predicted the shortlist for Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s “Gathering Place,” a 55,000-square-foot event space across the street from the institution’s sanctuary. The final list has been revealed and includes big hitters such as OMA, Kengo Kuma & Associates, Morphosis Architects, and Steven Holl Architects.

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Pictorial> Austin Kelly, 1966–2015

Architecture, Obit, Pictorial, West
Monday, May 4, 2015
XTEN's Nakahouse (Steve King)

XTEN’s Nakahouse (Steve King)

Austin Kelly, truly one of Los Angeles’ most talented young architects, sadly passed away last month. He was only 49, and the cause of death was cancer. Kelly studied architecture at Yale and worked for Frank Israel, Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss, and DMJM/Keating before founding XTEN Architecture with his wife Monika Haefelfinger in 2000.

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Shortlist announced for Armenian American Museum to rise on this site in Glendale, California

Architecture, Urbanism, West
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Aerial view of Armenia American Museum's proposed site.

Aerial view of Armenia American Museum’s proposed site. (AGCC)

Four teams have been shortlisted to compete for the design of the Armenian American Museum in Glendale, California. Commemorating the contributions of Armenian-Americans and “sharing the Armenian experience,” the 30,000-square-foot building will include exhibition space, an auditorium, library, classrooms, and support spaces. The announcement came on the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

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Pictorial> Crews taking down Santa Monica’s California Incline for replacement project

(Elizabeth Daniels)

(Elizabeth Daniels)

On April 20, construction workers began demolishing Santa Monica‘s California Incline, a longtime connector between the Pacific Coast Highway and the city’s overlooking bluffs.

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