See how a pipe organ played by waves transformed Zadar’s concrete shoreline into a popular public space

SEA ORGAN (LINSSIMATO FLICKR)

Sea Organ (linssimato / Flickr)

During World War II, Allied bombing almost entirely destroyed Zadar, Croatia, 3,000-year-old city on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Redevelopment introduced a long, concrete shoreline—unpopulated and uninviting, until 2005, when Croatian architect Nikola Bašić installed Sea Organ.

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Foster & Partners, HOK among nine shortlisted for UK Houses of Parliament upgrades

Houses of Parliament from across the Thames ( / Flickr )

Houses of Parliament from across the Thames (Berit Watkin / Flickr)

Allies and Morrison, BDP, HOK and Foster+Partners have been shortlisted among a group of nine firms for the refurbishment project at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. The commission is touted to be worth up to $31.5 million.

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Ford Foundation announces renovation of its Kevin Roche–designed headquarters in New York

Architecture, East, Newsletter, Preservation
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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The Ford Foundation (Richard Barnes)

The Ford Foundation. (Richard Barnes)

The Ford Foundation announced today that Gensler will lead a $190 million renovation of its Manhattan headquarters in East Midtown. The renovation will bring the building up to code while preserving the 1967 modernist design by Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo.

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After Zaha Hadid bows out, two new proposals unveiled for the Tokyo Olympic Stadium

Proposal from "B" (Courtesy Japan Sports Council)

Proposal from “A” (Courtesy Japan Sports Council)

After controversy and budget overruns surrounding Zaha Hadid‘s curvy design for Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, the starchitect bowed out of the running. But Tokyo still needs a stadium, and two just-released proposals show a decidedly more traditional design.

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AN 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: 16 design-heavy gifts sure to please everyone on your list

National, Newsletter, Product
Thursday, December 10, 2015
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Courtesy PHAIDON

Courtesy PHAIDON

The holidays are quickly approaching, and AN has found the best architecture and design gifts to give (or receive) this season. Here are 16 must-have gifts for everyone on your list.

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UNStudio’s undulant new Arnhem station is now open

(Courtesy Dezeen)

(Ronald Tilleman / Courtesy UNStudio)

In the works for two decades, the new UNStudio-designed train station for Arnhem, Netherlands—the city’s largest post-war development—has finally opened to the public. The 234,000-square-foot transfer hall, which features undulating steel forms reminiscent of Eero Saarinen’s futuristic TWA Terminal design, is a vibrant nexus and a core component of the Arnhem Central Masterplan.

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“Non-artist” collective Assemble wins the 2015 Turner Prize

Art, Awards, International, News, Newsletter
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
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(Courtesy Assemble)

(Courtesy Assemble)

At a ceremony in Glasgow on Monday, the 18-member, London-based architecture and design collective Assemble was awarded the Turner Prize, for Granby Four Streets, its collaborative, community-engaged renovations of Victorian-era homes in Liverpool. The annual award is Britain’s most prestigious honor for contemporary artists under 50. This is the only the second time the Turner Prize has been awarded to more than one artist (Gilbert & George won in 1986).

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Live: Postmodern Procedures at Princeton

Architecture, Art, Design, East, Other, West
Saturday, December 5, 2015
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Post-modern Procedures poster by Kevin Pazik for Princeton SoA.

Post-modern Procedures poster by Kevin Pazik for Princeton SoA.

Postmodern Procedures is a two-day conference at Princeton School of Architecture that offers an alternate history of Postmodernism. The goal is to find something that is less about signs and symbols or historic references, and more about longer-form processes that produced the visual syntax of some of the most interesting projects in architectural history. Follow along as AN will be posting updates all day on Saturday, December 5.

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MoMA PS1 names five finalists for the 2016 Young Architects Program

COSMO, the 2015 Young Architects Program installation. (CHARLES ROUSSEL / MOMA)

COSMO, the 2015 Young Architects Program installation. (CHARLES ROUSSEL / MOMA)

MoMA has announced five finalists for the 2016 Young Architects Program. The winner will design and build an installation in MoMA PS1’s courtyard during the summer Warm Up performance series. The honor is considered one of the most prestigious platforms for emerging architects in the United States and internationally. Notably, there are no New York architects on the lists this year.

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Digital artist Miguel Chevalier syncs science and spirituality at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

Art, International, Newsletter
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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(COURTESY MIGUEL CHEVALIER)

(COURTESY MIGUEL CHEVALIER)

Paris-based digital projection artist Miguel Chevalier turned the University of Cambridge’s 16th century King’s College Chapel into an intellectual hypnosis chamber during the recent Dear World… Yours, Cambridge charity event.

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Chicago’s Blue Demons break ground on massive Pelli Clarke Pelli arena

Architecture, Midwest, News, Other
Monday, November 23, 2015
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McCormick Place Event Center Roof (courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Moody Nolan)

McCormick Place Event Center Roof (courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Moody Nolan)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand for last week’s groundbreaking of Chicago’s next new sports and entertainment arena by Pelli Clarke Pelli.

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Here’s how BIG, West 8, and Atelier Ten will reshape Pittsburgh in a new master plan

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter, Unveiled, Urbanism
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

BIG news for downtown Pittsburgh: New York–based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), West 8 Landscape Architects, and Atelier Ten were tapped by private developers McCormack Baron Salazar and the Pittsburgh Penguins to create a master plan for 28 acres in Pittsburgh‘s Lower Hill District. Today, those plans were unveiled.

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