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

Midwest, Newsletter, Region
Monday, September 21, 2015
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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OMA does weddings and bar mitzvahs on Wilshire Boulevard

Architecture, News, Newsletter, West
Thursday, September 17, 2015


Word of an OMA-designed building for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple has been in the grapevine for months. The firm was on the short list this past spring along with Kengo Kuma & Associates, Morphosis Architects, and Steven Holl Architects for the 55,000-square-foot event space across the street from the institution’s recently restored 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary. Now, a new building is moving forward with a name, an architect, and a fundraising campaign.

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Mecanoo Announced As Winner of New York Public Library Redesign [Updated]

Architecture, Awards, East, News, Newsletter
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The NYPL's Main Branch on Fifth Avenue (Courtesy Jeffrey Zeldman / Flickr)

The NYPL’s Main Branch on Fifth Avenue (Courtesy Jeffrey Zeldman / Flickr)

The New York Public Library‘s Board of Trustees unanimously selected the Dutch firm Mecanoo to lead the renovation of the NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (the main branch at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street), as well as the Mid-Manhattan Library at 455 5th Avenue. Mecanoo’s creative director and founding parter Francine Houben will lead the design team. New York’s Beyer Blinder Belle will be the architect of record. Construction begins in late 2017 and is expected to run through 2019.

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Zaha Hadid tapped to design a supertall skyscraper, “vertical mall” on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue

Architecture, Development, East, Newsletter
Monday, September 14, 2015
Current Office block between 52nd and 53rd St. (Courtesy Google)

Current Office block between 52nd and 53rd St. (Courtesy Google)

Developers Steve Roth and Jared Kushner have reportedly tapped Zaha Hadid to expand an existing 41-story office block at 666 Fifth Avenue into a supertall stack of apartments, a hotel, and a “vertical mall.”

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Gehry, Gehry, Gehry: the architect’s retrospective opens at LACMA on September 13

Architecture, Newsletter, On View, West
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Frank Gehry, Gehry Residence, model, 1977–78 and 1991–94, Santa Monica, California (Courtesy MAK—Austrian Museum of Applied/Contemporary Art, Vienna, © 2015 Gehry Partners, LLP, © 2015Gerald Zubmann/MAK)

Frank Gehry, Gehry Residence, model, 1977–78 and 1991–94, Santa Monica, California. (Courtesy Gerald Zubmann/MAK; Gehry Partners)

With the entire hubbub over the L.A. River non-master plan, Gehry Partner’s new designs for Sunset Boulevard, a medal from the Getty, and critic Paul Goldberger’s hagiographic biography it’s easy to forget that a major retrospective simply entitled Frank Gehry opens LACMA on September 13.

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One of these two first prize winners will build the new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany

Architecture, Awards, International, Newsletter
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
(Courtesy Bauhaus)

(Courtesy Bauhaus)

In August in Dessau, Germany, a jury in the design competition for the construction of the Bauhaus Museum awarded two first prizes. By a majority vote, the joint winners are from New York and Barcelona with third and fourth place teams hailing from Zürich and Toronto. The design to be constructed from the shortlist of two is yet to be selected.

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HOK and 360 Architecture unveil new renderings of a revamped stadium for the St. Louis Rams

Proposed stadium for the St. Louis Rams. (Courtesy HOK)

Proposed stadium for the St. Louis Rams. (Courtesy HOK)

HOK last week released new renderings of a speculative stadium on the banks of the Mississippi River—the latest in the saga of the NFL’s Rams franchise as it mulls leaving St. Louis for its original home, Los Angeles.

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Rafael Viñoly’s car-melting Walkie-Talkie Tower named Britain’s worst building of the year

Architecture, Awards, Newsletter, Other
Thursday, September 3, 2015
20 Fenchurch Street, known as the 'Walkie-Talkie' seen on the left. (Joshua Brown / Flickr)

20 Fenchurch Street, known as the Walkie-Talkie, seen on the left. (Joshua Brown / Flickr)

After roasting cars and carpets, London’s 20 Fenchurch Street, nicknamed the Walkie-Talkie Tower, has itself been roasted as the winner of the Carbuncle Cup, British architecture’s least desirable award.

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Here’s Dallas’ plan to build tiny homes for the homeless to save lives and money

(Courtesy bcWORKSHOP)

(Courtesy bcWORKSHOP)

Taking a cue from a program in Houston, Dallas has decided to house 50 homeless people using low-cost cottages designed by bcWORKSHOP, short for Building Community Workshop.

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Pittsburgh in the making: Carnegie Museum of Art examines the building blocks of a progressive city

Newman-Schmidt Studios: Workmen installing the first aluminum panel, 1951 (Courtesy Director’s Discretionary Fund)

Newman-Schmidt Studios: Workmen installing the first aluminum panel, 1951. (Courtesy Director’s Discretionary Fund)

In the 1950s, Pittsburgh was the American poster child for a progressive city. Forward-thinking gentrification projects such as the Gateway Center, a five-building office complex, and Allegheny Center, the former hub of downtown Allegheny City, were part of a transformative frenzy of high-rise constructions during the postwar period.

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Frank Gehry grows a new—and twisty—development on the Sunset Strip

Gehry's new development along along the Sunset Strip. (Gehry Partners, LLP)

Gehry’s new development along along the Sunset Strip. (Gehry Partners, LLP)

Frank Gehry must have a green thumb. First he snags the Los Angeles River and now Townscape Partners has released renderings and a model of the $300 million development on the site of the Garden of Allah, a former Mediterranean hotel rich with bohemian lore on the Sunset Strip. But what exactly is he growing?

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World’s tallest tunnel slide to wind five times around the 2012 London Olympics Orbit Tower

(Courtesy Bblur Architects)

(Courtesy Bblur Architecture)

What better way to prolong the relevance of a pricey sculpture commissioned for the 2012 Olympics than to tack the world’s longest tunnel slide onto it? Nearly 376-feet tall, the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower designed by Turner Prize–winner Anish Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond is the UK’s tallest public art piece – a helter-skelter eight-strand lattice of distinctive red metalwork modeled after an “electron cloud,” according to Balmond.

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