Seattle’s Nordic Heritage Museum is getting a new home designed by Mithun

Architecture, West
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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The Nordic Heritage Museum entrance lobby. (Courtesy Mithun/MIR)

The Nordic Heritage Museum entrance lobby. (Mithun/MIR/ Courtesy Nordic Museum)

Operating out of a 1907 red brick schoolhouse on a leafy residential street in the northwest Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, the Nordic Heritage Museum has plans to move into a major new Mithun-designed home about a mile south, close to the waterfront and the Ballard Locks.
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Renzo Piano’s embattled “Paddington Pole” tower heads back to the drawing board

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Renzo Piano)

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Renzo Piano)

Those who campaigned against Renzo Piano‘s cylindrical skyscraper in Paddington, London,  are celebrating a victory now that plans for the tower have been withdrawn from planning. The tower, dubbed the “Paddington Pole,” was set to top out 834 feet (72 floors) and rub shoulders with the Cheesegrater (The Leadenhall Building by Richard Rogers).

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Philly’s University City to undergo a ground-up rethink by Ayers Saint Gross, ZGF, and OLIN

ZGF Architects designed a tower programmed for offices, retail, and apartments that look out onto an OLIN–designed public square. (Courtesy ZGF)

ZGF Architects designed a tower programmed for offices, retail, and apartments that look out onto an OLIN–designed public square. (Courtesy ZGF)

In West Philadelphia, a team of developers, planners, and architects are asking one of urbanists’ favorite questions: How can a mega-development be made to feel like a neighborhood, and not a bland corporate campus plopped in the middle of the city? Lead developers Wexford Science + Technology and the University City Science Center are spearheading the from-scratch transformation of a former superblock into a sort of mini city within a city.

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Escobedo Solíz Studio wins 2016 MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program

Architecture, Art, Design, East, East Coast
Monday, February 1, 2016
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Weaving the Courtyard by Escobedo Solíz Studio. (Courtesy MOMA/PS1)

Mexico City–based Escobedo Solíz Studio is the winner of the 17th annual MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) in Queens, New York. Escobedo Solíz Studio, beat five finalists to design a temporary urban landscape for the courtyard of the 2016 Warm Up summer music series. Weaving the Courtyard, will open at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City in early June. According to the architects, the installation will be “neither an object nor a sculpture standing in the courtyard, but a series of simple, powerful actions that generate new and different atmospheres.”

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In a race to the top, Perkins Eastman breaks ground on New Jersey’s tallest building

(Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

99 Hudson is the tallest building in this rendering and will be the tallest building in New Jersey. (Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

One of Jersey City‘s selling points is better views of the Manhattan skyline than from Manhattan itself. From the New York shores, its plain to see that Jersey City has amassed an impressive collection of skyscrapers, too. Last week, Perkins Eastman, developer China Overseas America, and city officials officially broke ground on 99 Hudson, a 79 story condominium tower that is set to be New Jersey‘s tallest building.

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Let’s bring RIBA’s new International Prize to the United States

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The Royal Institute of British Architects has just announced the creation of a new award and you don’t have to be a RIBA member—or even British—to enter or win the prize. It’s called The RIBA International Prize and will be awarded to a building that demonstrates visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, while making distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context.

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Rumored Financial District supertall by FXFOWLE gets a trim, but will the views make up for it?

Architecture, East, News, Unveiled
Friday, January 29, 2016
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(Courtesy DBox)

(Courtesy DBox)

Rumor had it that the Financial District would be getting a 1,000-foot-tall tower on Trinity Place. This week, renderings were revealed for the FXFOWLE-designed building, and, at 500 feet, it’s considerably shorter than anticipated. As a consolation to supertall lovers out there, every unit will have water views.

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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
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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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DDG reinterprets cast iron facades of Soho

Architecture, East, Envelope
Friday, January 29, 2016
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courtesy DDG Partners

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“We’re always interested in the intersection between old-fashioned hand craft, and modern machined factory production.”

Located in the Soho Cast Iron Historic district, XOCO325 (pronounced sho/co) is a 9-story, 24-unit condo development. Named after the Catalan word for chocolate, the project involves the renovation of a former Tootsie chocolate factory, and a new structure cloaked in a custom cast aluminum screen. The condos range in size from just over 1,000 sq. ft. to nearly 5,000 sq. ft. and are connected by a central courtyard.
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AIA New York’s New Practices Committee Chooses Six Emerging Firms as Winners

Architecture, Awards, East
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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Studio Cadena

Studio Cadena

New Practices New York, a distinguished competition that’s part of the AIA New York chapter, announced the six winners of its 2016 biennial competition on January 28.

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Ever-growing MoMA splits its controversial expansion plans into three phases

Architecture, East, News
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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DS+R's original MoMA expansion plans called for demolishing the American Museum of Folk Art to erect a glass curtain wall at MoMA's main entrance on 53rd Street. (Courtesy DS+R)

DS+R’s original MoMA expansion plans called for demolishing the American Museum of Folk Art to erect a glass curtain wall at MoMA’s main entrance on 53rd Street. (Courtesy DS+R)

When MoMA debuted its Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R)–led expansion and renovation plans in 2014, the reaction from the public was overwhelmingly negative. Those plans called for demolishing the Tod Williams and Billie Tsien–designed American Folk Art Museum and creating a glass curtain wall that would open MoMA’s entire first floor to the public, for free. It’s not the free part critics took issue with: It was the perceived chaos of the museum-goer experience and wholesale destruction of the folk art museum.

MoMA took note, and pulled plans back. This week, revised plans were revealed. DS+R is still the architect (with Gensler), and the original objective—to create unfettered movement between galleries—remains. But a lot has also changed.

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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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