Long-empty Strand Theater to re-open in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood

Architecture, News, Preservation, West
Friday, March 27, 2015
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The theater's historic facade has been given a lively facelift. (SOM)

The theater’s historic facade has been given a lively facelift. (SOM)

In May, San Francisco will open its intensive renovation of the Strand Theater, one of so many additions to the city’s quickly-changing Mid-Market area. Designed by SOM and Page & Turnbull, the new facility is located inside a 1917 building originally used for Vaudeville and then for second-run movies. Read More

Pedestrian-friendly makeover proposed for Downtown Miami

(Courtesy Behar Font & Partners via Miami Downtown Development Authority)

(Courtesy Behar Font & Partners via Miami Downtown Development Authority)

New towers seem to be cropping up in Downtown Miami every 15 minutes. But with the growing housing supply of apartments, and the impressive Perez Art Museum by Herzog & de Mueron, the area continues to be seriously lacking when it comes to walkability and open space. Now, that could change if a proposal by the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) gets the green light.

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Breathe easy: Louisville art installation tracks air pollution in real time

"Air Bare" is an installation by Louisville, Kentucky's Urban Matters, Inc. It turns real-time air quality data into a game for public education. (Urban Matters)

“Air Bare” is an installation by Louisville, Kentucky’s Urban Matters, Inc. It turns real-time air quality data into a game for public education. (Urban Matters)

Save for the extreme examples—Beijing‘s “airpocalypse,” for exampleair pollution is often an invisible problem. For at least a brief period, designers from Brooklyn and data scientists from San Francisco hope to change that in Louisville, Kentucky.

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AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell resigns, effective immediately

Rick Bell. (Courtesy Illinois School of Architecture)

Rick Bell. (Courtesy Illinois School of Architecture)

Rick Bell who has led the New York chapter of the AIA to period of tremendous growth since it moved into their storefront on LaGuardia Place has resigned.

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Olson Kundig Merges Western History and Modern Art

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Olson Kundig's extension to the Tacoma Art Museum comprises a new entrance canopy and a Richlite-clad gallery wing. (Benjamin Benschneider)

Olson Kundig’s extension to the Tacoma Art Museum comprises a new entrance canopy and a Richlite-clad gallery wing. (Benjamin Benschneider)

Richlite-clad museum expansion inspired by industrial context and Old West art collection.

Commissioned to craft an extension to the Antoine Predock–designed Tacoma Art Museum, Olson Kundig Architects sought inspiration in both the history of the site and the art collection itself. Located in the city’s Union Depot/Warehouse historic district, the museum is surrounded by brick buildings formerly dedicated to industry and transportation. “The new addition needed to respond to both the neighborhood context as well as the existing building,” explained design principal Tom Kundig. “It has clean lines that recall the existing structure but recalls more directly the natural, earthy materials found in the neighborhood.” In contrast to the stainless steel-clad original wing, which houses the museum’s modern art collection, the new wing—dedicated to the art of the American West—is wrapped in layers of Richlite sunscreens. “The addition’s use of exterior shutters references symbols of the American West—fences, filtered barn light, and railroad box cars,” said Kundig. “It’s fitting that the Haub Family’s Western American Art collection now sits at the westernmost terminus of the rail line established by President Lincoln.”

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Cleveland delays $25 million lakefront bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists

(City of Cleveland)

(City of Cleveland)

An iconic pedestrian bridge planned for downtown Cleveland has been delayed, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Steven Litt. Originally planned to be ready in time for the Republican national convention in 2016, the $25 million steel bridge would connect the northeast corner of Cleveland’s downtown Mall to an open space on the shores of Lake Erie between the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center.

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Fly through Zaha Hadid’s sand dune-inspired headquarters with this flashy new video rendering

Screengrab from animation.

Screengrab from animation.

In December, we told you about Zaha Hadid‘s plan to build a sand-dune inspired, net-zero, headquarters in the United Arab Emirates for Bee’ah, a waste management company based in the Middle East. Now there’s more.

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Spanish architects unveil a colorful, tangled web for the 15th Serpentine Pavilion in London

Architecture, Art, Design, International
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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© Steven Kevin Howson / SelgasCano

(Steven Kevin Howson / SelgasCano)

The Serpentine Galleries has unveiled renderings for its 15th summer pavilion which it described as an “amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure.” The interactive and certainly bright installation is designed by the Madrid-based SelgasCano and comprises translucent, rainbow-colored panels woven into a webbing system. Visitors are encouraged to enter the pavilion and explore its “secret corridor” and “stained glass-effect interior.”

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Peter Zumthor “reins it in” with updates to his Los Angeles art museum proposal

Architecture, News, West
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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(Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner)

(Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner)

Peter Zumthor’s $ 600 million plan for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is changing. Again. According to a piece in the Los Angeles Times, the sprawling and curving black form has been angled off, weighted to the south, and outfitted with greyish, double-height galleries poking up above the main mass’ roofline.

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This year’s Folly installation in New York City bends and twists spheres into an innovative plywood pavilion

(Courtesy the Architectural League of New York)

(Courtesy the Architectural League of New York)

The winning proposal for this year’s Folly installation at New York City’s Socrates Sculpture Park rethinks social interaction in public spaces with a sculptural installation resembling cross-sections of basketballs protruding from a horizontal plane. Torquing Spheres comprises sculpted, intertwined forms whose voluminous curves represent new feats in material techniques: bending plywood in a way that has been common in bending plastic panels.

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On View> When the Future had Fins: American Automotive Designs and Concepts, 1959-1973

Design, On View, Transportation, West
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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(All images courtesy Christopher West Mount Gallery)

(All images courtesy Christopher West Mount Gallery)

When the Future had Fins: American Automotive Designs and Concepts, 1959-1973
Christopher West Mount Gallery, Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA
Through May 20

Once upon a time the American car industry was king. Nothing captures the prestige, aspirations, and mythology of Detroit’s heyday quite like the working sketches and drawings used to develop and promote the land boats we used to call automobiles.

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Vitra and Carl Hansen & Son celebrate new Culver City showrooms and iconic design

Design, Interiors, West
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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Looking inside Vitra's new Culver City showroom (Vitra)

Looking inside Vitra’s new Culver City showroom (Vitra)

Last week Vitra and Carl Hansen & Son joined up to celebrate the opening of their new and expanded Culver City showrooms at 8745 and 8753 Washington Boulevard.

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