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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“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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The end of the Los Angeles’ Sixth Street bridge brings a subdued HNTB-Maltzan design

Architecture, Transportation, Urbanism, West
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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Recent renderings of the Sixth Street Bridge. (HNTB with Michael Maltzan Architecture/ Courtesy Mayor Eric Garretti/ Facebook)

Recent renderings of the Sixth Street Bridge. (HNTB with Michael Maltzan Architecture/ Courtesy Mayor Eric Garretti/ Facebook)

So long, Sixth Street Bridge. We knew it was coming, but Wednesday marked the last day the iconic Art Deco span would be open to the public. Built in 1932, the iconic double-loop overpass over the L.A. River will live on in movies, videos, and photos.

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The scaffolding comes off Carmel Place, New York’s first modular micro-apartment building

Architecture, Development, East, Interiors, News
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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(Courtesy Field Condition)

(Courtesy Field Condition)

The scaffolding just came off of Carmel Place, the 10-story, 55-unit micro-apartment building designed by Brooklyn-based nARCHITECTS. The project, formerly known as My Micro NY, has diminutive units designed to serve the “small household population.”

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WRNS Studio to expand Microsoft headquarters in Mountain View with green roof, creekside habitat

A field of green for Microsoft's campus overhaul and expansion. (Steelblue/ WRNS Studio)

A field of green for Microsoft’s campus overhaul and expansion. (WRNS Studio / Rendering SteelBlue)

Last week Microsoft submitted plans to the city of Mountain View to expand its Silicon Valley headquarters. As with Apple’s upcoming building and Google’s proposed campus, this one is also pastoral and eco-minded. A rendering by shows the low-rise office buildings enmeshed in a riparian landscape and topped by an expanse of verdant meadow.

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Tehran’s Next Office designs a house that swivels in and out on enormous turntables

Sharifi-ha House in motion. (Courtesy Next Office)

Sharifi-ha House in motion. (Courtesy Next Office)

Sharifi-Ha House, designed by Tehran-based firm Next Office, comprises three pods on turntables to respond to changing seasons and functions. German turntable manufacturer, Bumat, modeled the technology after its industry-leading platforms for theater sets and car exhibitions.

The architecture firm explained, “The sensational, spatial qualities of the interiors, as well as the formal configuration of its exterior, directly respond to the displacement of turning boxes that lead the building volume to become open or closed, obtaining introverted or extroverted character.”

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Does Snøhetta’s design for a new library at Temple University spell the end of books?

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
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(Courtesy Snøhetta)

(Courtesy Snøhetta)

Libraries are temples for books, though Snøhetta’s plan for a new library at Temple University in Philadelphia argues that you can have one without the other. The design of the Temple University Library is influenced by the academies of ancient Greece, which privileged social spaces for discourse over the storage and management of written materials.

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