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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Letter to the Editor> Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

(Ian Freimuth / Flickr)

(Ian Freimuth / Flickr)

[Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

Ready for some tough love, some bitter medicine? Looking back, we architects got our profession into some bad places with some serious mistakes. We were often so eager for fame and celebrity that we sometimes behaved irresponsibly. We did not use design in its best sense; we gave away our treasure. We were not always reliable regarding time and money. We handed over the leadership role in building to others who lacked the necessary skills and training, and who held no responsibility or liability. Left with less authority and control, architects instilled fear and distrust in our clients. We aided and abetted clients with unrealistic and unworthy ambitions. Specifically, when clients proposed projects where the scope, budget, and schedule didn’t fit together, we were so eager for the assignments that we did not blow the whistle, but jumped in feet first.

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Taking Buildings Down: Storefront provokes ideas on the built environment in new competition

(Credit: Storefront for Art and Architecture)

(Credit: Storefront for Art and Architecture)

Perhaps following up on its Halloween Party this year that explored the theme “DEMO,” as in DEMO-lition among other words sharing the root, the Storefront for Art & Architecture has launched a competition called “Taking Buildings Down,” where “removal is all that is allowed.”

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SOFTlab’s “Nova” pavilion brightens cold New York nights with psychadelic light

City Terrain, East, News, Urbanism
Monday, November 23, 2015
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(Courtesy 3M)

(Courtesy 3M)

Suburban folk mark the change of seasons with spring peepers, the sound of leaf blowers, and first frosts. City dwellers rely on other environmental cures: pumpkin spice lattes, heat season, and festive public art installations. Last week, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and the Van Alen Institute welcomed crowds to SOFTlab‘s Nova, the 2015 winner of the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition.

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Eavesdrop> Everyone’s a winner? Mitchell Joachim and Michael Sorkin square off with rival anti-Guggenheim competitions

Architecture, East, Eavesdroplet
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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(Courtesy Terreform ONE)

(Courtesy Terreform ONE)

What is it about architect Mitchell Joachim that he cannot let go of his Oedipal desire to go after his former “father” employer Michael Sorkin? Not happy about the direction of Sorkin’s non-profit Terreform, Joachim went out and founded his own 501c3, Terreform ONE.

Which brings us to Helsinki…

Registration Open! Here’s what you need to know about AN’s 3rd Annual Best of Design Awards

Architecture, Awards, International
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
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Register now! (The Architect's Newspaper)

Register now! (The Architect’s Newspaper)

The Architect’s Newspaper is thrilled to announce its 3rd Annual Best of Design Awards. It’s a unique opportunity to showcase your great buildings, building elements, and other architectural-based categories that are not covered by other competitions.

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This alternative Guggenheim Helsinki competition is challenging global luxury museum brands

Architecture, International
Monday, June 15, 2015
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#189 Helsinki Iňač Tomáš Boroš. Consultant: doc. Ing. Arch. Juraj Koban. (Next Helsinki)

#189 Helsinki Iňač
Tomáš Boroš. Consultant: doc. Ing. Arch. Juraj Koban. (Next Helsinki)

Competition or PR stunt? That’s up to you to decide, but there is no debate that the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition has provoked some interesting conversations around issues of the cultural institution in the globalized 21st century.

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The 2015 winners of the Rudy Bruner Awards serve up a healthy dose of urban excellence

Architecture, Awards, National, Urbanism
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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MILLER’S COURT IN BALTIMORE, MD. (COURTESY BILLY MICHELS)

MILLER’S COURT IN BALTIMORE, MD. (COURTESY BILLY MICHELS)

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence has announced its 2015 gold and silver medalists. For the past 27 years, the biennial competition has honored “transformative places distinguished by physical design and contributions to the economic, environmental and social vitality of America’s cities.”

See the winners after the jump.

Misplaced monuments: Designers take to Photoshop to transplant world landmarks in new locations

Architecture, Art, International
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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The Eiffel Tower planted on the Bavarian Alps in Germany where the Neuschwanstein Castle stands (Courtesy DesignCrowd.com.au)

The Eiffel Tower planted on the Bavarian Alps in Germany where the Neuschwanstein Castle stands (Courtesy DesignCrowd.com.au)

When it comes to a famous landmark, to what extent does locale add to its majesty? An inventive design competition posted to Australian virtual design studio DesignCrowd explored this question with a challenge to designers to reposition the world’s most hyped monuments in all-new locations using high-resolution images.

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City of Atlanta seeks designs for an artistic pavilion along the Atlanta BeltLine

(Courtesy Atlanta BeltLine Inc.)

The Historic Fourth Ward Park located on the Atlanta BeltLine (Courtesy Atlanta BeltLine Inc.)

The City of Atlanta has announced a competition for the design of an outdoor cultural pavilion for prominent display on the Westside trail of the Atlanta BeltLine. The BeltLine is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development ever undertaken by the City of Atlanta, and among the largest urban redevelopment programs in the US, providing affordable workforce housing, brownfield remediation, public art, and historic preservation.

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Architects will soon suspend this cellulose fiber canopy made from discarded paper in Boston

(Image courtesy of Bigger than a Breadbox competition)

(Image courtesy of Bigger than a Breadbox competition)

Recognizing architects’ increased use of installations for experimentation and prototyping, the “Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building” competition awards project proposals that use the medium for spatial exploration.

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Enormous architecture-shaped pillows will fill a vacant field for Chicago’s third annual Ragdale Ring

(Design With Company, The Ragdale Foundation)

(Design With Company, The Ragdale Foundation)

A suburban field on Chicago’s North Shore will host a fantastical summer pavilion fashioned after a toy box, with outsized pillows in the shape of architectural elements, according to designs selected as the winner of the third annual Ragdale Ring competition.

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