Does Snøhetta’s design for a new library at Temple University spell the end of books?

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
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(Courtesy Snøhetta)

(Courtesy Snøhetta)

Libraries are temples for books, though Snøhetta’s plan for a new library at Temple University in Philadelphia argues that you can have one without the other. The design of the Temple University Library is influenced by the academies of ancient Greece, which privileged social spaces for discourse over the storage and management of written materials.

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SHoP, Snøhetta, and Adjaye named finalists for the National Veterans Resource Complex at Syracuse University

Architecture, East
Thursday, January 21, 2016
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(Courtesy Snøhetta)

Snøhetta designed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (Courtesy Snøhetta)

London-based Adjaye Associates, New York–based SHoP, and Oslo/New York–based Snøhetta have been announced as design finalists for Syracuse University’s new National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC).

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Obama Foundation announces seven offices to submit proposals for presidential library

Architecture, Midwest, News
Monday, December 21, 2015
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Poetry Foundation, Chicago, John Ronan Architects. (Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing)

The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, by perspective presidential library designers John Ronan Architects. (Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing)

The Barack Obama Foundation has announced the seven offices from which it is requesting proposals for the design of the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago.

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Pershing Square Renew wants your input on Semi-Finalist Concept Boards

Rios Clementi Hale Studios with OMA AMO (Courtesy Pershing Square Renew)

Rios Clementi Hale Studios with OMA AMO (Courtesy Pershing Square Renew)

In October, Pershing Square Renew selected 10 teams as semi-finalists for the redesign of Downtown Los Angeles’ oft-maligned urban space. The international design competition drew hundreds of entries and the two-handfuls selected represent both local and global practices. Read More

Archtober Building of the Day 27> National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion

Architecture, East
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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(Morgan Watson)

(Morgan Watson)

National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion
180 Greenwich Street, 
Manhattan
Snøhetta

The Survivor Tree lived on the site of the original World Trade Center. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, the burnt and ailing pear tree was removed from its home and nursed back to health. It has since returned and continued to flourish, and has become a symbol for recovery and resiliency. From a spot beside the tree, the glowing National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion appears to grow straight out of the ground, itself representing the past and promise of the future.

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Semi-finalists Announced for Pershing Square Competition

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Ten teams make the semi-finals to makeover Pershing Square (Courtesy Pershing Square Renew)

A shortlist was announced for the Pershing Square Renew competition. Ten teams were selected to have a chance at a crack at redoing Ricardo Legorreta’s scheme. The five-acre park is seen as the centerpiece of a revitalized Downtown Los Angeles and the competition, a public-private partnership backed by councilmember José Huizar, is a critical step toward that effort.

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Q+A> Aesop celebrates the architects behind its stores with new website

Architecture, International, Q+A
Friday, October 2, 2015
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Aesop Chelsea was created in collaboration with The Paris Review with a ceiling installation of around 1,000 original editions of The Paris Review hung on threads.

Aesop Chelsea was created in collaboration with The Paris Review with a ceiling installation of around 1,000 original editions of The Paris Review hung on threads. (Courtesy Aesop)

Aesop, the Australian cult skincare brand, just released its newest project—a microsite entitled Taxonomy of Design dedicated to the architecture and design behind Aesop’s stores.

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Q+A> Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher: Behind the scenes at SFMOMA’s architecture and design department

Architecture, Q+A, Technology, West
Monday, September 28, 2015
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(Courtesy Snøhetta)

(Courtesy Snøhetta)

Although the Snøhetta-designed SFMOMA expansion won’t open until mid-2016, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Earlier this month the museum promoted Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher to the Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design and head of the Department of Architecture and Design. Dunlop Fletcher (who joined the museum as an assistant curator in 2007) co-curated the impressive Lebbeus Woods, Architect exhibition in 2013. AN spoke to her about the future of architecture and design in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

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Snøhetta’s exhibit at Berlin’s Aedes explores natural light and human habitat in Norway

Art, International, On View
Friday, September 25, 2015
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(Courtesy Aedes)

(Courtesy Aedes)

The current focus on research in architectural practice normally means thinking out the design and materials of an upcoming project or a prototype for a hoped-for commission. But when Norwegian and American firm Snøhetta was given the chance to do a research project by the Zumtobel Group they created Living The Nordic Light, and it became an exhibition at Berlin’s Aedes Architecture Forum.

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Neighbors give mixed feedback on pedestrian plazas near Penn Station

Vornado Realty Trust's PLAZA33 features S-Man, 1987 by Keith Haring. (Courtesy NYCDOT)

Vornado Realty Trust’s PLAZA33 features S-Man, 1987 by Keith Haring. (Courtesy NYCDOT)

Community Board 5 is experimenting with a temporary pedestrian plaza and sidewalk expansion around Penn Station to manage foot traffic around one of the busiest rail stations in the world. A guiding vision behind these projects is to link Penn Station and Madison Square Garden to the more pleasant Herald Square and Greeley Square area.

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UPDATED: Snøhetta and W Architecture does the impossible: It makes the Penn Station area bearable

[Update: While Snøhetta is drawing up the master plan for the area around Penn Station, Brooklyn-based W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, working with Production Glue, designed the new Plaza33.]

Turning the truly miserable blocks around New York City’s Penn Station into a pleasant and calming retreat would appear to be an impossible undertaking. But Vornado Realty Trust—the primary property owner around the station—believes it can do it with the help of some experienced, Norwegian architects. Enter: Snøhetta.

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Kreysler & Associates Erects an FRP First in San Francisco

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The SFMOMA expansion features the first major use of FRP cladding on a multi-story building in North America. (Tom Paiva / Kreysler & Associates)

The SFMOMA expansion features the first major use of FRP cladding on a multi-story building in North America. (Tom Paiva / Kreysler & Associates)

Wave-like composite facade animates SFMOMA expansion.

While visually interesting, the primary facade of the SFMOMA expansion (Snøhetta with associate architect EHDD) was not originally designed to pioneer a new material system. Read More

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