Gluckman Mayner reportedly designing new Global Contemporary Collection & Museum in the Berkshires

Architecture, Art, East, News
Friday, August 14, 2015
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An early rendering of the proposed expansion. (Montage by AN)

An early rendering of the proposed museum. (Montage by AN)

The beautiful rolling landscape of Northwestern Massachusetts has been the home to important academic institutions for over 100 years. But in the past thirty years it has also become the home of major art museums, including Williams College Museum of Art, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), and, just down the road, the Clark Art Institute.

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Restoration work brings new windows to long-vacant Michigan Central Station in Detroit

After years of dilapidation, Michigan Central Station boasts new windows on some floors. (FOX 2 Detroit)

After years of dilapidation, Michigan Central Station boasts new windows on some floors. (FOX 2 Detroit)

There are few buildings as emblematic of the urban blight in Detroit as Michigan Central Station. That changed slightly this week, when new windows appeared in some of the historic building’s vacant frames.

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Chicago Architecture Biennial adds 40 firms to inaugural festival’s roster

School Lakefront Kiosk: THE CENT PAVILIONby  Pezo Von Ellrichshausen + College of Architecture, IIT.

School Lakefront Kiosk: THE CENT PAVILION by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen + College of Architecture, IIT. (Courtesy Pezo Von Ellrichshausen + College of Architecture, IIT)

The Chicago Architecture Biennial released a full list of participating designers today, bringing the total to more than 100 architects and artists from more than 30 countries.

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David Adjaye exhibition, Ukrainian urban planners among winners of new Graham Foundation grants

Lebbeus Woods, Sarajevo, from War and Architecture, 1993. Courtesy of the Estate of Lebbeus Woods, New York. From the 2015 Graham Foundation Organizational Grant to the University of California, Berkeley-Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s exhibition Architecture of Life.

Lebbeus Woods, Sarajevo, from War and Architecture, 1993. Courtesy of the Estate of Lebbeus Woods, New York. From the 2015 Graham Foundation Organizational Grant to the University of California, Berkeley-Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s exhibition Architecture of Life.

Chicago‘s Graham Foundation today announced nearly half a million dollars in grant funding for “groundbreaking” architectural projects by organizations, including the first major career survey of architect David Adjaye, an urban planning program in Ukraine, and architecture festivals in Norway and Portugal.

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Walmart heirs hope the Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program will ramp up architectural standards in the state

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville (Courtesy The Walton Family Foundation/Drew Harris)

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville (Courtesy Drew Harris)

In a bid to bolster an economic and population boom in Northwest Arkansas, plans are afoot to shore up and streamline the region’s architecture and landscape design. The Walton Family Foundation recently announced the launch of the Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program, in which previously vetted architects and public-space projects will receive financial support from the foundation at every stage of the design phase.

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Can the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital help heal South Los Angeles?

Architecture, News, West
Monday, August 10, 2015
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The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital was officially dedicated  just days before the fiftieth anniversary of the Watts Riots. (Courtesy HMC Architects)

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital was officially dedicated just days before the fiftieth anniversary of the Watts Riots. (David Wakely)

In 2007, Martin Luther King Jr.–Harbor Hospital in South Los Angeles was shut down after failing a federal inspection. The facility opened to the public in 1972 and served Watts and Willowbrook in the wake of Watts Riots. The groundbreaking was in 1968, the year of the assassination of Dr. King, the hospital’s namesake. But instead of fostering healing by bringing good medical care to the community, the hospital was plagued by a series of allegations of poor care and patient deaths.

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Gehry wades into LA River master plan, stirring up ripples of praise and dissent

(KCET Departures / Flickr)

(KCET Departures / Flickr)

On Friday, the Los Angeles Times scooped the city and made public news that Frank Gehry had met with Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and the nonprofit LA River Revitalization Corp., and that Gehry Partners was working on a master plan for the 51-mile long, mostly-concrete waterway.

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JAHN reportedly designing tower for Chicago’s South Loop

Helmut Jahn in the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago. (Courtesy University of Chicago)

Helmut Jahn in the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago. (Courtesy University of Chicago)

JAHN (the firm formerly known as Murphy/Jahn) has projects all over the world, but a tower project announced Thursday by Crain’s Chicago Business‘ Dennis Rodkin is on a site in the Chicago-based firm’s backyard.

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Pictorial> Minnesota opens first public monument dedicated to military families

The Minnesota Military Family Tribute opened this summer.  (George Heinrich)

The Minnesota Military Family Tribute opened this summer. (George Heinrich)

After four years in the making, St. Paul, Minnesota earlier this year opened a new tribute to the military families—the first monument aimed directly at the family members of those in the armed forces, as opposed to the service men and women themselves.

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Unveiled> Egypt’s National Cancer Institute hires SOM for 9 million square foot campus

Despite its mammoth size, the 200-acre campus is intended to feel cohesive, according to SOM's project description, because of its highly organized layout. (SOM)

Despite its mammoth size, the 200-acre campus is intended to feel cohesive, according to SOM’s project description, because of its highly organized layout. (SOM)

Looking to expand its footprint across 35 acres outside Cairo, Egypt’s National Cancer Institute has hired Skidmore Owings & Merrill to design and plan nine million square feet of healthcare space for an “international nexus of cancer research, education, and discourse” that is targeting LEED Gold.

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Mies van der Rohe’s Lafayette Park complex in Detroit was just named a national landmark

"Lafayette Tower West After A Storm," shot in HDR. (Bryan Debus via Flickr)

“Lafayette Tower West After A Storm,” shot in HDR. (Bryan Debus via Flickr)

More than 50 years after its construction, the single-largest collection of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe‘s built work is now a national landmark. The National Park Service on Tuesday designated Detroit‘s Lafayette Park its 2,564th National Historic Landmark, validating the efforts of the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, which began the documentation and nomination process in 2012. Quinn Evans Architects of Ann Arbor led those efforts as part of the preservation group’s Michigan Modern Project.

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IBM Watson launches a “Siri for Cities” app as more tech companies clamor for smart cities where “things” can communicate and supply data

(Courtesy IBM Watson)

(Courtesy IBM Watson)

The IT industry is pushing relentlessly to institutionalize smart cities by installing internet-connected lampposts, digital signage, building facades, and more. IT research and advisory firm Gartner predicts that by 2020, 2.9 billion connected “things” will be in use in the consumer sector.

IBM Watson jas joined the breakneck race with the launch of its “Siri for Cities,” a cognitive computing platform that enables users to ask complex questions about city services. By speaking into their smartphones, laptops or Apple Watches, residents can inquire about fire and police services to parking and waste collection.

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