On September 23—and in a the heart of downtown San Diego across Jon Jerde’s famous Horton Plaza—Bosa Development, headed by Nat Bosa, opened for a limited run exhibition entitled Rethink Downtown: Behind San Diego’s Skyline. The show celebrates San Diego’s urban history and asks visitors to ponder downtown’s future: Where it’s going and how architecture, design, amenities, and quality of life enable San Diego to matter on a national scale from millennials to boomers?
In the wake of a slew of criticisms on numerous glass skyscrapers’ over-reflective properties, some architects and critics are asking if it’s time to reassess our view on using glass facades in the future.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Tall wood buildings are capturing the imagination of architects, engineers and developers, who see them as a way to lessen the carbon footprint of the built environment while demonstrating ingenuity and meeting the same standards for safety and performance as any building type.
Heightened awareness of the environmental benefits of wood, combined with advances in wood technology and manufacturing have aligned to make tall wood buildings not only possible but safe and cost effective.
With emerging timber construction technologies and significant trends in urbanization anticipated in the next half century, many architects are exploring the latest innovations in wood technology for their building projects. One of these architects, Alan Organschi, design principal and partner at Gray Organschi Architecture believes that ‘wood is poised to become the new high-performance structural building material. Breakthroughs in timber manufacturing – fiber optimization, glue lamination, and mass timber structural design – will direct the material drawn from our forests to high-rise, high-density urban construction.’ Mr. Organschi explores the use of new wood technologies in mid-rise, high-density housing and infrastructure through his ongoing research project, Timber City and this year served as a member of the USDA Tall Wood Building Prize Competition design and evaluation team.
For more information and research on tall wood buildings in the U.S. please visit http://www.rethinkwood.com/tallwood-masstimber
JAHN, the Chicago-based firm led by Helmut Jahn and Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, has unveiled renderings of a long-rumored project in their hometown’s South Loop neighborhood. At 1,030 feet, the tower would be Chicago’s fifth tallest—or, as Curbed Chicago points out, sixth if Studio Gang‘s Wanda Vista project is completed first.
This Fall, I served as special media correspondent for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat‘s awards ceremony in Chicago. Among the many architects, engineers and other tall building types I interviewed was Douglas Durst, head of The Durst Organization, a family-run real estate empire established in New York City 100 years ago. He was there to accept the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award. Read More
Moshe Safdie will design a 64 story, 800 foot tall—wait for it—luxury condo complex at 8–16 West 30th Street, between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. The three-story-tall boxy extrusions on the tower’s upper stories expand the interior space while shielding the south face from excessive sun exposure.
Communications firm Darkhorse deployed a drone with a camera to create a stunning video of VIA 57 West, Bjarke Ingels Group’s first New York City building. At 467 feet tall, the building has been dubbed a “courtscraper” for combining elements of a Manhattan high rise with a perimeter block program. The building is expected to be complete later this year.