Desert X to bring the art fair circuit to Coachella Valley

Architecture, Art, Environment, West
Thursday, January 7, 2016
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Ed Ruscha's Desert Gravure, 2006. (Ed Ruscha)

Ed Ruscha’s Desert Gravure, 2006. (Ed Ruscha)

File under “X.” A new happening is coming to California’s high desert. Slated to open in February 2017, Desert X is “three-month site-specific international contemporary art exhibition,” aka, an arid art event timed to align with Palm Spring’s Modernism Week as well as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

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With the go-ahead from City Planning, this office building may close the book on the transformation of Williamsburg’s waterfront

Architecture, Development, East, News
Thursday, January 7, 2016
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25 Kent (Courtesy Heritage Equity Partners)

25 Kent. (Courtesy Heritage Equity Partners)

Office space is in short supply in Brooklyn. A 2004 rezoning of downtown Brooklyn was intended to facilitate the development of 4.5 million square feet of Class A office space. Since then, the local development corporation Downtown Brooklyn Partnership estimates that only 250,000 square feet of office space has been built.

The space crunch also spreads north, to Williamsburg. This week, the Department of City Planning is expected to approve developer Toby Moskovits’ (of Heritage Equity Partners) application to alter manufacturing-only zoning for a nine-story, 480,000-square-foot office building at 25 Kent Avenue.

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Fire that engulfs Dubai skyscraper raises questions about safety of exterior cladding practices

(Christian van Elven/Flickr)

The tower before the fire. (Christian van Elven/Flickr)

A raging fire that consumed a luxury skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates on New Year’s Eve is raising concerns about the safety of a number of ultra-high towers that have come to define contemporary Dubai.

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Architects take cues from industrial landscape painting to transform Raleigh’s Warehouse District

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter, Unveiled
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
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(Courtesy Duda Pane Architects)

(Courtesy Duda Pane Architects)

Raleigh, North Carolina’s diminutive Warehouse District is getting a big newcomer. Durham, North Carolina–based Duda Paine Architects has released renderings for a 17-story, mixed-use development on the current site of a three story warehouse.

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How Salt Lake City might add buildings in the medians of its extra-wide streets

(Courtesy Kentlands Initiative)

(Courtesy Kentlands Initiative)

Over the course of four years, the Granary District of Salt Lake City has been trialling “median development” whereby pop-up shows, stands, and other forms of temporary architecture exist literally in the middle of the street. Now, James Alfandre, director of the Kentlands Initiative, proposes something more concrete.

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Playing with blocks: Kengo Kuma designs Japanese-style Lego pieces

(Courtesy More Trees)

(Courtesy More Trees)

Scaling down from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has teamed up with forest conservation organization More Trees to create a set of triangular-shaped wooden building blocks.

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Washington University’s youth Alberti Program receives large pledge from local firm

Architecture, Midwest
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
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Alberti

Fourth through ninth grade students from 145 St. Louis schools participate in the Alberti Program, learning problem solving through architecture. (Sam Fox School)

Washington University in St. Louis‘ Alberti Program for youth architecture has been given a major boost from the St. Louis–based design and planning firm PGAV Destinations in the form of a pledge of $125,000 and volunteer time.

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ODA brings mallcore to Brooklyn with this stacked mixed-use development

(Courtesy ODA)

(Courtesy ODA)

Master box-stacking architecture firm ODA has unveiled its latest addition to the Brooklyn cityscape: an eight story, mixed-used development at 71 White Street in East Williamsburg. Read More

How architects and artists turned an urban dump in Chile into a performance space

THE WAVE. (COURTESY THE SCARCITY AND CREATIVITY STUDIO)

THE WAVE. (COURTESY THE SCARCITY AND CREATIVITY STUDIO)

Sitio Eriazo—a Chilean collective of recent graduates from theater, art, and architecture schools—worked with the Oslo School of Architecture and Design’s Scarcity and Creativity Studio to recover an abandoned urban space in Valparaíso, Chile.

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Post-Office Architectes puts its stamp on Tribeca with a luxury takeover on Church Street

Architecture, Development, East, News
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
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30 Warren Street (Courtesy M-Prime)

30 Warren (Courtesy M-Prime)

Block by block, the line of demarcation between “prime Tribeca” and Tribeca is slowly creeping south. New York– and Paris-based Post-Office Architectes recently unveiled a 12 story, 23 unit luxury residential building at 30 Warren Street. Read More

AIA Chicago outlines Pullman’s future as a National Monument

Night view of historic Pullman Sleeping Car Factory by night. Image Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Proposed night view of historic Pullman sleeping car factory. (Image Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture)

As part of the ongoing preservation efforts surrounding the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Pullman a print and online book has been released reporting the results of a workshop conducted by AIA Chicago and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) in April 2015. Positioning Pullman gives a history as well as a possible way forward for the once flourishing company neighborhood, which has recently been designated a national monument by President Barack Obama.

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CannonDesign to deliver new hospital to l’Université de Montreal

Architecture, International, Other
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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Mur-rideau

Currently under construction, the Centre Hospitalier de Montreal (CHUM) will be one of the largest medical complexes in North America. (Courtesy CannonDesign)

It has been 30 years since Montreal has built a new hospital. CannonDesign in association with Montreal based NEUF Architect(e)s, and l’Université de Montreal aim to amend that situation with a new three tower hospital complex.

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