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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James Corner Field Operations will design the National Building Museum’s summer 2016 installation

Palisades Garden Walk and Town Square (Field Operations)

Palisades Garden Walk and Town Square
(Field Operations)

Following in the stead of Snarkitecture and Bjarke Ingels, New York’s James Corner Field Operations will create the National Building Museum’s summer 2016 installation.

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For his 87th birthday, Frank Gehry embraces yacht life with a sailboat of his own design

Design, News, West
Friday, January 8, 2016
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Like these sailors in Wales, Frank Gehry embraces yacht life. (Velela / Wikipedia)

Like these sailors in Wales, Frank Gehry digs yacht life. (Velela / Wikipedia)

For his 87th birthday, avid boater Frank Gehry will be living the yacht life. He will receive FOGGY 2.0, the 80-foot-long sailboat he designed for his friend, real estate investor Richard Cohen. Read More

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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Ecological designers fashion a “fatberg” straight from London’s sewers

(Courtesy Thought Collider)

(Courtesy Thought Collider)

When Thames Water extracted a 15 ton “fatberg” from the depths of London’s sewers last year, a neat portmanteau jumped from public utility jargon into the general lexicon.

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On View> Luminaries at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden

Art, Design, East, Interiors, Lighting, On View
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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(Courtesy Rockwell Group)

(Courtesy Rockwell Group)

Luminaries
Brookfield Place Winter Garden
10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
230 Vesey St., New York
Through January 10, 2016

New York–based architecture and design practice Rockwell Group is lighting up New York City this holiday season with Luminaries, an interactive lighting display inside the ten-story, glass-vaulted pavilion Winter Garden Atrium at Brookfield Place New York. Read More

RISD is answering the tough questions about design education and the facilities that support it

Architecture, Design, East
Thursday, December 24, 2015
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Inside RISD's new Co-Works Studio (RISD)

Inside RISD’s new Co-Works Studio (RISD)

This summer, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) launched a new master plan, whose concepts build on a strategic plan begun in 2012 to anticipate future changes and transform the way students interact and learn through the campus’s built form. Questions raised included: “How will art and design pedagogy change and how will this impact space needs?” and “How do we build new models of sharing and collaboration?”

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Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition gets $1.5 million state grant to build Richard Joon Yoo– and Uri Wegman–designed memorial

Design, East, News, Urbanism
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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Richard Joon Yoo and Uri Wegman's winning memorial design (Courtesy Remember the Triangle Fire)

Rendering of Richard Joon Yoo and Uri Wegman’s winning memorial design (Courtesy Remember the Triangle Fire)

This year marks the 104th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of the most lethal industrial disasters in the United States. To the shock and delight of labor activists and descendants of workers who died in the fire, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the state would provide a $1.5 million grant to Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition (RTFC) to build a memorial at 29 Washington Place, the site of the former factory.

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New York City’s ubiquitous sidewalk sheds re-imagined by PBDW, Gensler, Gannett Fleming, and Francis Cauffman

Construction sheds, like this one on Roosevelt Island, are usually uncomely and often impede pedestrian traffic (Nick Normal / Flickr)

Construction sheds, like this one on Roosevelt Island, are usually uncomely and often impede pedestrian traffic (Nick Normal / Flickr)

What’s uglier than a construction shed? The sheds cover nearly 200 miles (!) of sidewalks across the five boroughs, enveloping pedestrians in drab tunnels of darkness. Past competitions in New York City have attempted to resolve the ubiquitous blight that sheds present, but the winning designs were never implemented. Now, the New York Building Congress has announced four winners of its Construction Shed Design Competition, an invitation to create a more aesthetically pleasing shed.

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Detroit the first U.S. city to be named a UNESCO City of Design

Design, Midwest, News
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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Detroit's Renaissance Center, home to General Motors, will say goodbye to Cadillac. (Loren Sztajer via Flickr)

Detroit’s Renaissance Center. (Loren Sztajer via Flickr)

Detroit has joined 16 other cities designated by UNESCO as a City of Design as part of its Creative Cities Network. Detroit is the first U.S. city to be named a City of Design, and one of only five other cities in the U.S. to be inducted into the Creative Cities Network.

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On View> Mapping the Information Age: Microchips become high art at the Pacific Design Center

Art, Design, On View, Technology, West
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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SYNAPTICS, INC., DIAGRAM FOR NEURAL NET (1990) DETAIL (COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER W. MOUNT GALLERY)

SYNAPTICS, INC., DIAGRAM FOR NEURAL NET (1990) DETAIL (COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER W. MOUNT GALLERY)

If the adage is true that “God is in the details,” then the current exhibition at Christopher W. Mount Gallery in West Hollywood might grant the venue some status as a holy site.

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Review> AN’s William Menking looks back on Miami design week 2015

Art, Design, East, Review
Thursday, December 17, 2015
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Gianni Colombo's Spazio Elastico cycle.

Gianni Colombo’s Spazio Elastico cycle.

Large fairs like Art Basel/Miami always include a few galleries selling works by master architects as well as younger artists whose concerns cross into architectural, urban, and spatial territories. The just-concluded 2015 Miami fair didn’t have a great deal of architectural work this year but enough to keep architects pushing through its seemingly endless hallways of gallery stalls.

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