The 16th Serpentine Pavilion will be designed by Bjarke Ingels, with four accompanying Summer Houses

Architecture, Awards, International, News
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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The Denmark Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010. (Iwan Baan / Courtesy Serpentine Galleries)

The Denmark Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010. (Iwan Baan / Courtesy Serpentine Galleries)

Bjarke Ingels has come a long way since he designed the Denmark Pavilion, pictured above, for the Shanghai Expo 2010. His eponymous Copenhagen- and New York–based firm BIG, the Bjarke Ingels Group, today deals with skyscrapers and other large-scale projects in major cities around the world. But this summer, the firm will take a step back to design the 16th Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens, London.

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Letter to the Editor> Pier55 responds to City Club of New York criticism

Heatherwick Studio is known for their controversial Pier 55 development, also known as Diller's Island. (Courtesy Heatherwick Studio)

Heatherwick Studio is known for its controversial Pier 55 development. (Courtesy Heatherwick Studio)

[Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to an op-ed from the City Club of New York. 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]

There is a pressing need for new public open space and programming along the Lower Manhattan waterfront. When Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 closed in 2011, New York City lost vital parkland that had served both local community and citywide residents. The problem was that there was never enough public funding to support a new pier at that site.

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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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Eavesdrop> Go Art, Go: Who will design Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Downtown Los Angeles move?

Eavesdroplet, West
Monday, February 1, 2016
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FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS' WINNING SCHEME AT THE BERGAMOT STATION ARTS CENTER. (COURTESY FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS)

FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS’ WINNING SCHEME AT THE BERGAMOT STATION ARTS CENTER. (COURTESY FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS)

After a bitter fight at Bergamot Art Station, the Santa Monica Museum of Art is decamping to Downtown Los Angeles. Reports of an eastward move come with hints of a necessary name change as well a shortlist for its new space in the Arts District. Players are tightlipped, but AN’s sources say Gensler, Zellner Naecker Architects, and wHY (a longtime museum collaborator) have been invited to submit design proposals.

Jeanne Gang’s fire station brings civic design to deep Brooklyn neighborhood

Architecture, East, Unveiled
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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(Courtesy Studio Gang)

(Courtesy Studio Gang)

Chicago-based Studio Gang is designing a modern fire station for the Brownsville community in Brooklyn. The two-story, precast concrete structure, to be built on a vacant lot at 1815 Sterling Place, includes bright red accents as the facade pulls away from the street plane.

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On View> Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971

On View, West
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971
California Historical Society
678 Mission St., San Francisco
Through May 1

From January 21 to May 1, the California Historical Society will exhibit archival documentation of Experiments in Environment, a series of cross-disciplinary workshops organized by Postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin and landscape architect Lawrence Halprin during the summers of 1966–1971 in northern California.

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Letters to the Editor> Readers respond to AN’s Municipal Art Society editorial

East, Letter to the Editor
Monday, January 25, 2016
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(Courtesy MAS)

Editor’s Note: In The Architect’s Newspaper’s December issue, editor-in-chief William Menking published the editorial, “What Happened to the Municipal Art Society?” In it, he questioned MAS’s commitment to architecture and New York City, saying: “What was once one of the fiercest and most devoted New York City organizations that would litigate when it thought the best interests of the city were threatened, has now become a de-fanged developer and real estate–led organization that serves as a cheerleader for major development projects…” Many of you responded and we are sharing a few letters below.

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.

Read the responses after the jump.

Love your city? These rings let you wear your favorite skyline on your finger

Design, International, Product
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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London Cityscape Ring. (Courtesy Ola Shekhtman)

London Cityscape Ring. (Courtesy Ola Shekhtman)

Ola Shekhtman, a Serbian goldsmith trained in St. Petersburg, makes rings of iconic cityscapes. Shekhtman forms the rings by hand, melting, rolling, sawing, and soldering the metal into architectural figures from renown cities. Her collection includes London, Paris, New York, Berlin, Washington D.C., Charleston, Boston, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Edinburgh.

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BREAKING: Fox News Pulling Out of 2 World Trade

Other
Friday, January 15, 2016
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2 World Trade Center by BIG. (Courtesy BIG)

2 World Trade Center by BIG. (Courtesy BIG)

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and News Corp., have decided that they no longer want their 1 million square feet of office space at 2 World Trade Center. They would have taken a third of the building, and the multi-billion dollar deal threatens the project timeline. What will this mean for the future of the building, BIG and Bjarke Ingels and for that matter, Lower Manhattan? The move would have been a big bolster to the area’s claim as a creative and media industry hub.

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Pictorial> Here are the four winners of the Field Constructs Design Competition in Austin, Texas

Winner of the 2015 Field Constructs Design Competitions: OP.AL + And-Either-Or (Igor Siddiqui/FCDC)

Winner of the 2015 Field Constructs Design Competitions: OP.AL + And-Either-Or (Igor Siddiqui/FCDC)

In November, Field Constructs Design Competition presented site-specific installations by emerging architects and landscape architects at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in East Austin. AN recently reported on the winners, but check out the full set of imagery for each project below.

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On View> Luminaries at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden

Art, Design, East, Interiors, Lighting, On View
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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(Courtesy Rockwell Group)

(Courtesy Rockwell Group)

Luminaries
Brookfield Place Winter Garden
10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
230 Vesey St., New York
Through January 10, 2016

New York–based architecture and design practice Rockwell Group is lighting up New York City this holiday season with Luminaries, an interactive lighting display inside the ten-story, glass-vaulted pavilion Winter Garden Atrium at Brookfield Place New York. Read More

On View> The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré

Art, On View, Southwest
Monday, December 28, 2015
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Milonga shirt, F/W 2005, prêt á porter, look 1. Materials: Serikos (Como) silk taffeta, nylon tulle, cotton passementerie. X-Ray simulation image. (Courtesy Leonardo Salvini)

Milonga shirt, F/W 2005, prêt á porter, look 1. Materials: Serikos (Como) silk taffeta, nylon tulle, cotton passementerie. X-Ray simulation image. (Courtesy Leonardo Salvini)

The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré
Phoenix Art Museum, Steele Gallery
1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Through March 6, 2016

Gianfranco Ferré, the “architect of fashion,” probably loved white as much as Le Corbusier did, but thankfully that’s where the comparisons between the Italian fashion designer and modernist pioneer end.

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