Count ’em: After upzoning, developer proposes eleven new buildings for downtown Portland

Development, News, Skyscrapers, West
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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The Ankeny Block future development possibilities (Downtown Development Group)

The Ankeny Block future development possibilities (Downtown Development Group)

The City of Roses may get a flurry of major developments downtown. The plan: Portland’s Downtown Development Group, headed by the Goodman family, has proposed eleven buildings representing a $1.5 billion investment in the city.

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AN’s 2016 Facades+ conference series kicks off in Los Angeles

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Enrique Norten (AN)

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“We don’t need walls anymore.  We need living, breathing systems that provide so much more to the urban realm than keeping in conditioned air and keeping out noise and pollutants.” – Will Wright, AIA|LA

Los Angeles’ 2016 Facades+ Conference, presented by The Architect’s Newspaper, is the 18th event in an ongoing series of conferences and forums that have unfolded in cities across the nation, including New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, D.C., and Chicago. Held at the L.A. Hotel Downtown, the conference incorporated architects, engineers, fabricators, and innovative material manufacturers into a multidisciplinary two-day event covering the state of building envelope design thinking today.
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Seattle’s Nordic Heritage Museum is getting a new home designed by Mithun

Architecture, West
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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The Nordic Heritage Museum entrance lobby. (Courtesy Mithun/MIR)

The Nordic Heritage Museum entrance lobby. (Mithun/MIR/ Courtesy Nordic Museum)

Operating out of a 1907 red brick schoolhouse on a leafy residential street in the northwest Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, the Nordic Heritage Museum has plans to move into a major new Mithun-designed home about a mile south, close to the waterfront and the Ballard Locks.
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Anything but boring: World’s largest tunnelling machine, Big Bertha, is stuck under Seattle, Tweets an interview

A close-up view of Bertha’s cutterhead. Flickr / WSDOT CC BY 2.0

A close-up view of Bertha’s cutterhead. (Flickr / WSDOT)

Big Bertha, Seattle’s famous tunnel boring machine, is stuck underground again. Bertha was running for just under a month following a two year delay to fix a broken cutter head. And the machine has taken to Twitter, as we imagine it can get lonely so far beneath the city.

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Eavesdrop> Go Art, Go: Who will design Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Downtown Los Angeles move?

Eavesdroplet, West
Monday, February 1, 2016
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FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS' WINNING SCHEME AT THE BERGAMOT STATION ARTS CENTER. (COURTESY FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS)

FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS’ WINNING SCHEME AT THE BERGAMOT STATION ARTS CENTER. (COURTESY FREDERICK FISHER AND PARTNERS)

After a bitter fight at Bergamot Art Station, the Santa Monica Museum of Art is decamping to Downtown Los Angeles. Reports of an eastward move come with hints of a necessary name change as well a shortlist for its new space in the Arts District. Players are tightlipped, but AN’s sources say Gensler, Zellner Naecker Architects, and wHY (a longtime museum collaborator) have been invited to submit design proposals.

Going green at ULI’s VerdeXchange: The L.A. River, development, and the future of Los Angeles

The green future of the L.A. River is the subject at the VerdeXchange. (@andresjcruz/ Instagram)

The green future of the L.A. River is the subject at the VerdeXchange. (andresjcruz / Instagram)

If words were water, the Los Angeles River would be overflowing its banks. If pronouncements were viable projects, a very green sustainable Southern California is in the offing. There certainly were a lot of words and pronouncements at the industry heralded “FutureBuild” convocation in L.A. this week, staged over two days by the venerable VerdeXchange conference with the Urban Land Institute.

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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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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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On View> Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971

On View, West
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971
California Historical Society
678 Mission St., San Francisco
Through May 1

From January 21 to May 1, the California Historical Society will exhibit archival documentation of Experiments in Environment, a series of cross-disciplinary workshops organized by Postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin and landscape architect Lawrence Halprin during the summers of 1966–1971 in northern California.

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Department of Energy names Solar Decathlon teams, but mum about competition site

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(Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Brace yourself O.C.: It’s unclear if the battle of the Solar Decathlon will return to Irvine’s Orange County Great Park in 2017. This week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced 16 participating teams who are gearing up for the task of designing and building a solar-powered house, but the feds have yet to announce the competition site.

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Getty appoints Maristella Casciato as Senior Curator of Architectural Collections

Architecture, Shft+Alt+Del, West
Friday, January 22, 2016
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Maristella Casciato, the Getty's new senior curator of architectural collections. (Courtesy Getty Research Institute)

Maristella Casciato, the Getty’s new senior curator of architectural collections. (Courtesy Getty Research Institute)

When Wim de Wit stepped down in 2013 from The Getty Research Institute (GRI) after 20 years of overseeing architecture and contemporary art, and co-curating the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: Modern Architecture in L.A., the design community wondered who could fill the vacuum created by his departure. This week, two-and-a-half years later, the GRI announced today the appointment of architectural historian and curator Maristella Casciato as Senior Curator of Architectural Collections.

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Facades pro Hagy Belzberg to architects: bring engineers on board sooner

Belzberg Architects' Gores Group Headquarters remodel. (Bruce Damonte)

Belzberg Architects’ Gores Group Headquarters remodel. (Bruce Damonte)

Architects have long relied on engineers to help execute formally or functionally complex concepts. But, as Belzberg Architects founder Hagy Belzberg points out, “architects usually work out a schematic design” in response to a client’s needs, “only later to invite the engineer to help substantiate their idea.”

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