Call for proposals: Detroit is an urban laboratory for the 2016 U.S. Venice Biennale Pavilion

US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Image via designboom.com

US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Image via designboom.com

The curators of the 2016 US Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale have announced an open call for proposals for the exhibition The Architectural Imagination. They are looking for speculative projects that use Detroit as a testing ground for new modes of urbanism that could have application around the world.

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BREAKING> Days after announcing its approval, Japanese government decides to drop Zaha Hadid’s Tokyo Stadium

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Just days after giving the go-ahead on Zaha Hadid’s hotly contested designs for the Tokyo Stadium, the Japanese government has retracted its stance. With spiraling costs at the heart of contentions, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the project would now “start over from zero.”

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Gensler opens parKIT, Washington, D.C.’s first-ever seasonal parklet

(Flickr/ aueagle2006)

(Flickr/ aueagle2006)

A new parklet has popped up in Washington D.C., and unlike the short-lived public spaces that appear in parking spaces for PARK(ing) Day, this one is sticking around until mid-October. The seasonal space, dubbed parKIT, opened on July 14 and takes over two parking spots.

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Rising sea levels bring challenges, opportunities to South Florida

Miami's low altitude and high water table make it vulnerable to rising sea levels. (Ed Webster / Flickr)

Miami’s low altitude and high water table make it vulnerable to rising sea levels. (Ed Webster / Flickr)

When it comes to the urban impacts of climate change, said FIU College of Architecture’s Marilys Nepomechie, Miami is “the canary in the coal mine.”

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Muñoz & Company Quilt with Glass and Masonry

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Multicolored glass curtain walls embody the quilt metaphor at the heart of Muñoz & Company's Billy Dade Middle School. (Courtesy Muñoz & Company)

Multicolored glass curtain walls embody the quilt metaphor at the heart of Muñoz & Company’s Billy Dade Middle School. (Courtesy Muñoz & Company)

Envelope inspired by history of Dallas’ African-American community.

For the past 20 years, San Antonio–based Muñoz & Company (formerly Kell Muñoz Architects) has focused primarily on what president and CEO Henry Muñoz III calls “the architecture of identity.” The bulk of that work, in turn, has been concentrated on the United States–Mexico border, where the architects collaborated with clients in majority-Latino communities. Read More

End of the single family house? An upzoned Seattle promises more affordable housing

Photo by Seth Sawyers via Flickr Creative Commons.

(Seth Sawyers via Flickr Creative Commons)

Seattle is abuzz about zoning. Last week, The Seattle Times leaked a draft report produced by Mayor Ed Murray’s housing task force, a 28-member committee steering the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA).

While the report outlines a variety of strategies to increase affordable housing in the Seattle region, one bold recommendation is getting a lot of attention: the upzoning of single family housing in Seattle to multi-family housing. Read More

Marvel Architects’ controversial library and condo development moves forward in Brooklyn

(Courtesy Marvel Architects)

(Courtesy Marvel Architects)

A controversial plan to boost the coffers of the financially-strapped Brooklyn Public Library system with the revenue from a new condo tower is moving forward.

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This miniature Italian Gothic cathedral by Pratt alum Ryan McAmis gets every teeny tiny detail right

Architecture, East
Thursday, July 16, 2015
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(Courtesy Ryan McAmis)

(Courtesy Ryan McAmis)

The devil is in the microscopic details in this miniature model of an Italian gothic cathedral by illustrator and graphic designer Ryan McAmis. The Pratt Institute alum has built the Renaissance interior and exterior from scratch with arresting realism, right down to the furnishings, wall tombs, and iconic paintings.

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For the first time in 43 years, the Vanna Venturi House is for sale!

Architecture, East, Preservation
Thursday, July 16, 2015
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8330 Millman St Philadelphia, PA 19118, aka The Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi. (Courtesy Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty-Philadelphia)

8330 Millman St, Philadelphia, PA 19118, aka The Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi. (Courtesy Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty-Philadelphia)

The Vanna Venturi House in Philadelphia is for sale. That’s right, the Vanna Venturi House. Robert Venturi’s 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,986-square-foot work of seminal Postmodern architecture can be yours for only $1,750,000. Located in a quiet Philadelphia neighborhood, the house is for sale for the first time in 43 years.

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Crowdsourced Infrastructure: Dutch Architects ZUS Complete A Self-Initiated Footbridge

Architecture, International, Urbanism
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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Luchtsingel by Zones Urbaines Sensibles (ZUS), the world's first mostly crowd-funded infrastruture.

Luchtsingel by Zones Urbaines Sensibles (ZUS), the world’s first mostly crowd-funded infrastructure.

Have you ever wanted to go to the park but had a highway or rail yard in your way? Ever feel like the best parts of your city are disconnected? Do what Rotterdam– and New York–based designers Zones Urbaines Sensibles (ZUS) did. They wanted to connect parts of Rotterdam, so they took matters into their own hands and put together a crowdfunding initiative to connect a series of three districts through public infrastructure. Luchtsingel, a 1300-foot-long bridge received support from some 5,000 people and finally opened last week.

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London skyline as battleground: Designers render 3D-printed chess pieces in the shape of iconic architecture

(Courtesy Skyline Chess)

(Courtesy Skyline Chess)

City skylines can seem at times like battlegrounds, with architects vying for superlatives of tallest, grandest, and bizarrest. Skyline Chess, founded by London-based designers Chris Prosser and Ian Flood, reimagines chess pieces as miniature models of the city’s landmark buildings.

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The tallest crane ever in New York City was just installed to build SHoP’s Manhattan supertall

(Courtesy SHoP)

(Courtesy SHoP)

The tallest freestanding crane ever erected in New York City is now in place to help SHoP‘s bronze, glass, and terracotta 57th Street tower rise to 1,428 feet.

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