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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Just don’t call it Frisco: Could Trump top a San Francisco tower?

Architecture, Development, Newsletter, West
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Transbay Transit District by Pelli Clarke Pelli. (steelblue, courtesy of Transbay Transit Center)

Transbay Transit District by Pelli Clarke Pelli. (steelblue, courtesy of Transbay Transit Center)

New York has one, Chicago has one, and now the Chronicle’s John King alerts us that San Francisco might see a Trump-brand tower in its future. No one is taking bets on the conservative presidential candidate’s name emblazoned on a highrise located in one the most progressive cities on the planet, but King is stirring the pot to call attention to a land auction hosted by Transbay Joint Powers Authority on September 2. On the docket: a parcel of land on the 500 block of Howard Street, where zoning allows for an 800-foot tower.

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Multibillion dollar plan unveiled to redevelop parts of Asbury Park, New Jersey

1101 Ocean. (Courtesy Handel Architects)

1101 Ocean. (Courtesy Handel Architects)

A team of architects will transform a 1.25-mile stretch of Asbury Park in New Jersey as part of a massive mixed-use redevelopment plan recently unveiled by iStar. The multibillion-dollar scheme includes 20 individual projects (primarily a mix of residential buildings and hotels) as well as infrastructure upgrades, and “beach-themed landscaping.”

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Bjarke Ingels wants you to help fund the world’s first smoke ring generator

(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

As if the ski slope Bjarke Ingels placed on top of his new waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen wouldn’t already make it the most interesting power plant in the world, the Danish architect wants the building’s smokestack to puff smoke rings of carbon dioxide. Each ring will represent one ton of CO2 burned at the plant, which is being billed as the cleanest power plant on earth.

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Rojkind Arquitectos designs jagged waterfront concert hall to boost Mexico’s reputation as a music and cultural hub

(Courtesy Rojkind Arquitectos)

(Courtesy Rojkind Arquitectos)

Capitalizing on the recent rise of Boca del Rio’s cultural profile, construction has begun on a new waterfront concert hall in Veracruz, Mexico. The Foro Boca will house the Boca del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra, formed last year to incite interest in the region as a cultural and musical center, and kickstart a masterplan to regenerate the local architecture.

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Product> New and Notable Products for Architects

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(Courtesy CertainTeed Ceilings)

The Architect’s Newspaper first Best Of Products program drew nearly 400 entries, representing all categories of design and construction products. Here is a selection of the finalists from the juried competition.

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Exclusive Video> Inside the Empire Stores mid-transformation in Dumbo

Empire Stores.

Empire Stores.

As Dumbo has become one of New York City’s most desirable and upscale neighborhoods, the hulking Empire Stores complex has been a persistent reminder of the neighborhood’s industrial past—before the boutiques, multimillion-dollar apartments, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The complex—a series of seven buildings—dates back to the 19th century and was originally used to store dry goods, primarily coffee. For decades, it has been positioned in Dumbo like an impenetrable fortress—a barrier between the cobblestone streets and the landscaped waterfront. But that’s about to change.

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Vincent J. DeSimone explains the importance of wind tunnel testing to facade engineering

Grove at Grand Bay, Coconut Grove, Florida, BIG with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe Associates and DeSimone Consulting Engineers. (Courtesy DeSimone Consulting Engineers)

Grove at Grand Bay, Coconut Grove, Florida, BIG with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe Associates and DeSimone Consulting Engineers. (Courtesy DeSimone Consulting Engineers)

In South Florida, where hurricane “season” occupies a full six months of the calendar, AEC industry professionals are especially attuned to the challenge of designing for high winds.

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Construction gone awry: crane driver accidentally extricates a house and causes car pile-up—or that’s what the artists will have you believe

Art, International, Newsletter
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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(Courtesy of ZKM)

(Courtesy of ZKM)

A house “mistakenly” unearthed from the soil by an inebriated crane driver hangs mournfully over a construction site in Karlsruhe, southern Germany. Torn roots sprout from its base to remind onlookers that it was once a happy home before its violent extrication.

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Hot Topic: Yves Béhar’s new thermostat design the latest in a growing line of smart home gadgets

hive-behar

(Courtesy Fuseproject)

The once-prosaic thermostat has become a high profile design object as of late. As a critical gateway for the “Internet of Things” and the world of the connected home, it’s increasingly seen as an HVAC status symbol. With his new scheme for the Hive for British Gas, Yves Béhar takes a step back from the fray and focuses on the unit’s ease of use.

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Master adobe architects are looking for volunteers interested in building with little more than the earth around them

(Courtesy Adobe Alliance)

(Courtesy Adobe Alliance)

Simone Swan is perhaps this country’s most important advocate for adobe or mud brick architecture.  In 1997, Swan left her New York home and moved to “500 acres of scenic fringe of the Chihuahuan desert near Presidio, Texas. There she founded the Adobe Alliance to teach the earth building techniques she had learned from the great Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy.

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San Francisco City Hall light show proposal sparks anti-advertising controversy

San Francisco City Hall lit up for a June Centennial light show. (Flickr albedo20)

San Francisco City Hall lit up for a Centennial Celebration light show in June. (Flickr albedo20)

In 1915, when San Francisco’s City Hall, designed by Bakewell & Brown, opened to the public after the Great Earthquake destroyed an earlier edifice, architect Arthur Brown, Jr. couldn’t have predicted that a digital light show would grace the Beaux-Arts building a century later. But, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee recently proposed just that—his plan would allow for corporations and city events to use the east façade for projected light and multimedia displays.

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