University of Arkansas named inaugural recipient of el dorado prize

Awards, Midwest, News
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Select students from the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Kansas will have the opportunity to learn el dorado’s work process as summer interns. (Courtesy el dorado)

The University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design will be the inaugural recipient of the annual el dorado Prize. The distinction is sponsored by the Kansas City–based architecture firm el dorado as part of its 20th anniversary.

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BNIM cancels ultra-green Kansas City headquarters project after tax incentive controversy


BNIM proposed high efficiency national headquarters in Kansas City (BNIM)

Less than a year after presenting a design proposal to renovate an empty warehouse into their new national headquarters in the Crossroads Art District of Kansas City, local firm BNIM has withdrawn its plans. After a losing battle over tax incentives, the firm and the building’s owner have stated that without the financial support of the city, the project is not economically viable.

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Historic St. Paul church for sale comes with interred body

Midwest, Other, Preservation
Friday, February 5, 2016
St. Paul's On-The-Hill Church

The historic St. Paul’s on-the-Hill Church is the final resting place of Priest John Wright, whose body must remain in its place once the church is sold. (AlexiusHoratius / Wikimedia Commons)

When buying a building that is in a historic preservation district there are many considerations to take into account, including zoning restrictions, restoration, and often, accessibility concerns. In the case of one St. Paul Church, now on the market, add deceased body to the list. Shuttered a year ago, the historic Episcopal St. Paul’s on-the-Hill in St. Paul, Minnesota is up for sale. One caveat to purchase is that the building comes with the body of one of its former priests, which is not allowed to be moved.

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Wheeler Kearns’ renovation of a Chicago nonprofit arts center wins 2016 SEED Award

Architecture, Awards, Midwest, News
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
(Courtesy Wheeler Kearns/Photo by Steve Hall with Hedrich Blessing Photography)

Wheeler Kearns designed 2016 winner of the Seed Award for Public Interest Design, Marwen, a non-profit arts center. (Courtesy Wheeler Kearns/Photo by Steve Hall with Hedrich Blessing Photography)

Building on a long relationship, the 2016 SEED Award for Public Interest Design has been awarded to the arts education nonprofit Marwen’s new renovation and expansion, designed by Chicago-based Wheeler Kearns Architects.

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With the Rams leaving town, SPACE Architecture speculates on a St. Louis pro soccer stadium

Architecture, Midwest, News
Friday, January 29, 2016
MLS Union Station

Speculative proposal by Space Architecture + Design to add an MLS soccer stadium to the south end of St. Louis’ Historic Union Station. (Courtesy SPACE Architecture + Design)

St. Louis–based SPACE Architecture + Design has release a series of renderings for a speculative Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium for downtown St. Louis.

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Breaking: World War I Centennial Commission names winner in memorial competition


Winning entry to World War I memorial design competition, “The Weight of Sacrifice” by Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard. (World War I Centennial Commission)

The World War I Centennial Commission in Washington D.C. has announced Chicago–based designer Joe Weishaar and New York–based sculptor Sabin Howard as the winners of the World War I Memorial Completion.

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James Corner–designed pedestrian street, the Nicollet Mall, gets budgetary rethink in Minneapolis

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Nicollet Mall is planned to be used in all four seasons. The improved pedestrian street will include space for changing art installations. (Courtesy James Corner Field Operations)

MinneapolisJames Corner–designed Nicollet Mall redevelopment project has hit a speedbump as an initial construction bid has come in at over $24 million over the $35 million construction budget.

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Engineers’ Club of St. Louis renovates and renames club building

LECTURE Engineers' Club

New lecture hall. (Remiger Design)

One of the nation’s oldest engineering societies is set to remodel its St. Louis Mid-Century Modern home. The 65-year-old building of the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis will be getting a much needed renovation by the local design and planning firm Remiger Design.

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Three finalists named in PXSTL design-build competition

PXSTL (David Johnson)

The first design-build iteration of PXSTL by Freecell Architecture, built in 2014. (David Johnson)

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis have announced three finalists for the second iteration of the design-build PXSTL competition.

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Chicago’s Willis Tower falls off top ten list of tallest buildings in world

Chicago in 2010. (Monika Thorpe via Flickr)

The former tallest building in the world, now 11th, the Willis Tower in Chicago. (Monika Thorpe/Flickr)

The Willis Tower (formerly known as, and still referred to by locals as, the Sears Tower) has been bumped from the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) top ten tallest buildings in the world list with the completion of the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China.

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Detroit artist takes legal action to save mural from development


Katherine Craig’s Illuminated Mural is in danger of destruction as developers plan to transforms the 100 year old Albert Kahn building it is painted on. (BB and HH/Flickr)

Detroit muralist Katherine Craig (a.k.a. Exactly Hitops) is taking legal action in federal court to protect one of her vanguard works, as the owner the artwork’s building plans for development.

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Henning Larsen selected to design University of Cincinnati business school

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland, is designed by Henning Larsen Architects and Batteriid Archtects. Tha facade was developed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with the artist Olafur Eliasson. Photo by Nic Lehoux *** EDITORIAL USE ONLY ***

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland, is designed by Henning Larsen Architects and Batteriid Archtects. (Photo by Nic Lehoux/Henning Larsen)

The team of Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects and Cincinnati-based KZF Design have been selected by University of Cincinnati to design and construct the new $100 million Carl H. Lindner College of Business. The project will consist of 250,000 square foot of class rooms and facilities and will sit on the site of the current Russel C. Myers Alumni Center.

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