Shigeru Ban to help relief efforts in Nepal

Ban's refugee camps in Rwanda. (Courtesy Shigeru Ban Architects/ NGO Voluntary Architects’ Network)

Ban’s refugee camps in Rwanda. (Courtesy Shigeru Ban Architects/ NGO Voluntary Architects’ Network)

Shigeru Ban, the Pritzker Prize laureate known for his humanitarian work, is lending his design talents to earthquake-ravaged Nepal. Ban’s Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) will start by distributing tents that can serve as shelter and medical stations.

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill selected for high-tech overhaul in South Bend, Indiana

(Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill)

(Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill)

Union Station Technology Center (USTC) in South Bend, Indiana began its life as a train station. Now it’s a data center and the state’s second largest carrier hotel. As a piece of internet infrastructure, it’s high tech. With the help of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the building owners are aiming for a design to suit.

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Asymmetrical, 3D-printed chandelier by Matter Design defies laws of gravity

(Courtesy Matter Design)

(Courtesy Matter Design)

While a chandelier is typically a balancing act between its various arms, Boston-based Matter Design has debunked the typology with a 3D-printed, asymmetrical brass chandelier. Founders of the award-winning design studio, Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee, both professors at MIT, based their design on two calculations to reposition the light fixture’s center of gravity and offset the lack of symmetry.

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This virtual pong game at NYU aims to restore social interaction to gaming and activate an abandoned storefront

(Courtesy Urban Matter Inc.)

(Courtesy Urban Matter Inc.)

While abandoned storefronts normally signal dereliction, Brooklyn-based design studio Urban Matter Inc. is using them to recreate the ’80s arcade experience prior to personal gaming consoles—at least on the pilot test level. The Play Array pop-up storefront activation is a larger-than-life virtual pong game made of a 6-by-8-pixel grid.

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Northwestern University breaks ground on biomedical research tower to succeed Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital

The Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center in Chicago. (Northwestern University, Perkins + Will)

The Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center in Chicago. (Northwestern University, Perkins + Will)

Northwestern University broke ground today on the latest addition to their downtown medical campus: a glassy, high-rise complex for biomedical research that architects Perkins + Will have previously described as “a high-tech loft.”

The Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center replaces Bertrand Goldberg’s old Prentice Women’s Hospital, which was demolished last year after a contentious preservation fight ended with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks voting unanimously to deny the building protection. Read More

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s overly bouncy pedestrian bridge remains overly bouncy, off limits

Squibb Park Bridge pre-Pierhouse development. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Squibb Park Bridge pre-Pierhouse development. (Branden Klayko / AN)

When it opened in 2013, the Squibb Park Bridge that zigzagged between Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge Park instantly became one of the most thrilling pieces of the waterfront retreat. The HNTB-designed pedestrian bridge was designed to have some bounce in it, so getting to the park was more than a typical pedestrian experience, it was a fun little adventure. At least for the humans voyaging across it—dogs hated it. The petrified, why-are-you-doing-this-to-me looks on their faces as the wood structure ebbed and flowed were haunting.

And perhaps offered more-than-a-little foreshadowing.

LS3P Wraps Live Oak Bank in Cypress

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Live Oak Bank's new headquarters features cypress cladding and plentiful glazing. (Mark Herboth Photography)

Live Oak Bank’s new headquarters features cypress cladding and plentiful glazing. (Mark Herboth Photography)

Wood siding and high performance glazing invite nature into the workplace.

For their new headquarters in Wilmington, North Carolina, Live Oak Bank’s leadership sought a design that reflected the institution’s unique culture, particularly its focus on cultivating meaningful relationships with both customers and employees. “Their employees work hard,” reflected LS3P‘s Laura Miller, whose firm was selected to design the building after a small local competition. “The folks who run Live Oak Bank want to recognize that.”
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Google trumped (for once) by LinkedIn, leaving Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick swoopy plans in limbo

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One of Big and Heatherwick's four planned buildings for Google. (BIG)

One of Big and Heatherwick’s four planned buildings for Google. (BIG)

Mountain View, California’s city council has decided that LinkedIn and not Google will be able to develop the majority of its North Bayshore area, leaving Google’s ambitious plans by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick in jeopardy.

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Eavesdrop> Stressful Recovery: As architecture work rebounds, companies are slow to re-hire

(Wojtek Gurak / Flickr)

(Wojtek Gurak / Flickr)

The new boom in architecture work has been a godsend for once-struggling firms nationwide. But there’s a downside. Offices consistently tell us that a hangover of the brutal recession is that they’re hesitant to hire large quantities of new workers, which means more work for not enough people. This, of course, means exhaustion and stress. And so we’ll dub the new economy the Nervous Breakdown Boom until we can think of something better.

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This pleated concrete theater in Culver City is getting a 21st century boost from Hodgetts & Fung

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Thursday, May 7, 2015
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Construction of Frost Auditorium (Julius Shulman/ Getty Research Institute)

Construction of Frost Auditorium (Julius Shulman/ Getty Research Institute)

AN has been covering Hodgetts + Fung‘s efforts to update Los Angeles’ Norms Diner for the 21st century, but another of the firm’s projects will rigorously update a less known—and perhaps more impressive—modernist structure nearby: Culver City High School’s Frost Memorial Auditorium in Culver City.

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Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub begins to open up to the public

The PATH train's Platform B will open to the public at Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center Transportation Hub. (Courtesy Port Authority)

The PATH train’s Platform B will open to the public at Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub. (Courtesy Port Authority)

After all these years (read: delays), the public will finally be able to check out the grand oculus in Santiago Calatrava‘s $3.9 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub—starting next month.

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