Facades pro Hagy Belzberg to architects: bring engineers on board sooner

Belzberg Architects' Gores Group Headquarters remodel. (Bruce Damonte)

Belzberg Architects’ Gores Group Headquarters remodel. (Bruce Damonte)

Architects have long relied on engineers to help execute formally or functionally complex concepts. But, as Belzberg Architects founder Hagy Belzberg points out, “architects usually work out a schematic design” in response to a client’s needs, “only later to invite the engineer to help substantiate their idea.”

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Tessellated BIM cloud wraps new engineering school

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Photograph courtesy of Flynn

Photograph courtesy of Flynn

An undulating aluminum panels rainscreen features around 9000 individual triangular panels, with 1000 high performance glass units.

York University is a research-oriented public university in Toronto known for its arts, humanities & business programs. Nestled into the landscape on the edge of campus and overlooking a pond and arboretum, the Bergeron Center for Engineering Excellence is a 169,000 sq. ft., five-story LEED Gold facility housing classrooms, laboratory spaces, offices, and flexible informal learning and social spaces. Designed with the idea of a scaleless, dynamically changing cloud in mind, ZAS Architects + Interiors designed an ovoid-shaped building wrapped in a custom triangulated aluminum composite panel (ACP) cladding with structural silicone glazed (SSG) type windows. Costas Catsaros, Associate at ZAS, says the building will help to establish the emerging school by establishing a dynamic, ever-changing identity.
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Anticipating Venice: In Tijuana all architecture is social

Architecture, Urbanism, West
Thursday, January 21, 2016
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Ad hoc architecture in Tijuana (Rene Peralta)

On a Friday evening in early January, roughly 50 Tijuana denizens met at the currently established architecture academy, Escuela Libre de Arquitectura, located near the Tijuana red-light district of Zona Norte. They were gathered to hear anthropologist Pablo Landa, curator of the Mexican pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, speak about the focus of the pavilion. Students, architects and members of different local NGO’s took the occasion to dialogue with Landa about the role a city like Tijuana could have within the theme Reporting From the Front set by biennale director Alejandro Aravena.

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Four competing schemes for Downtown Los Angeles’ First & Broadway Civic Park

Mia Lehrer + Associates/ OMA/ IDEO scheme for First and Broadway Park (Courtesy OMA)

First there was the Grand Park, then Pershing Square decided to spruce things up with a design competition, and now four competing schemes for a third Downtown Los Angeles park were presented to the city in a public meeting this week. The proposals were from teams lead by AECOM, Brooks + Scarpa, Eric Owen Moss Architects, and Mia Lehrer + Associates with OMA and IDEO.

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A theme park inside a 2,000-year-old Transylvanian salt mine is like playing on another planet

Transylvania Salt Mine. (Courtesy Richard John Seymour)

Transylvania Salt Mine. (Courtesy Richard John Seymour)

Each year, thousands of visitors descend into Salina Turda, a Transylvanian salt mine dating over 2,000 years. In its lifetime the salt mine has had many uses, storing the coffers of Hungarian kings and Habsburg emperors, providing shelter during World War II, and even operating as a cheese storage center.

In 1992, Salina Turda reopened as a visitor attraction, and after 16 years and $6.5 million of investments, has transformed into a museum and theme park. British photographer Richard John Seymour, documented this subterranean destination.

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John Hejduk’s The House of the Suicide structures get new life in Prague

John Hejduk's The House of the Suicide and The House of the Mother of the Suicide (Renata Hejduk)

John Hejduk’s The House of the Suicide and The House of the Mother of the Suicide (Renata Hejduk)

John Hejduk’s pair of architectural structures, The House of the Suicide and the House of the Mother of the Suicide, are once again on view in Prague. Inspired by a poem by David Shapiro, the pieces were first designed in the late 1980s as an ephemeral memorial in tribute to the 1969 self-immolation of the Czech dissident Jan Palach whose death was in protest of the 1968 Soviet invasion. On January 16 permanent versions of the two structures were installed in Jan Palach Square (formerly Red Army Square), with a plaque that displays Shapiro’s poem, “The Funeral of Jan Palach.”

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Product> Going with the grain: sophisticated wood surfaces for indoors and out

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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Natural-looking wood surfaces and finishes add a sleek-yet-rustic feel to interior environments. These classic wood and look-a-like accents are suitable for both residential and commercial spaces. Read More

BREAKING: Fox News Pulling Out of 2 World Trade

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Friday, January 15, 2016
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2 World Trade Center by BIG. (Courtesy BIG)

2 World Trade Center by BIG. (Courtesy BIG)

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and News Corp., have decided that they no longer want their 1 million square feet of office space at 2 World Trade Center. They would have taken a third of the building, and the multi-billion dollar deal threatens the project timeline. What will this mean for the future of the building, BIG and Bjarke Ingels and for that matter, Lower Manhattan? The move would have been a big bolster to the area’s claim as a creative and media industry hub.

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The tragedy of Mummers Theater and the failed development that spelled its demise

John Johansen's Mummers Theater was renovated into the Stage Center in the 1990s. (Courtesy Elliott+Associates Architects)

John Johansen’s Mummers Theater was renovated into the Stage Center in the 1990s. (Courtesy Elliott+Associates Architects)

The sad saga of the destruction of John Johansen’s Mummers Theater in Oklahoma City has just gotten even sadder. AN has reported numerous times on the effort to save Johansen’s 1970 tour de force Stage Center theater, but that battle was lost in 2015 when the extraordinary building was destroyed to make way for a complex of four corporate towers designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

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Seismic hot spots and facade design: Experts explain the risks and rewards

Aftermath of a 1994 earthquake. (David Butow/Corbis via Flickr)

Aftermath of a 1994 earthquake. (David Butow/Corbis via Flickr)

Southern California‘s enviable climate and landscape—sunny skies, balmy temperatures, picturesque mountains, and surfer-friendly beaches—come at a geological cost: proximity to active earthquake faults.

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On View> Three L.A. shows present a flood of architectural experimentation

Architecture, Art, On View, West
Friday, January 15, 2016
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Bryan Cantley (Courtesy of Christopher W. Mount Gallery)

Bryan Cantley (Courtesy of Christopher W. Mount Gallery)

Forget El Niño, this SoCal winter presents a deluge of architectural representation. Three weeks with three openings bring drawings, models, mock-ups, and experimental visualizations to Los Angeles.

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Synthesis Design + Architecture’s sophisticated addition to one of the world’s largest malls

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Facade at dusk, by Polar Factory, courtesy Synthesis Design + Architecture

Facade at dusk, by Polar Factory, courtesy Synthesis Design + Architecture

The facade and roof serve as a the graphic identity for the 20,000 sq. ft. building while acting as a veil which reveals and conceals views.

The Groove provides an extension to CentralWorld, the third largest mall in the world. At 6,000,000 sq. ft., the mall is comprised of three towers: an office tower, a lifestyle tower (including a gym, dentist and doctors offices, schools, etc.), and a hotel tower. The main shopping center includes four department stores and a convention center. Sited at an existing entry plaza to the office tower, which feeds an underground parking garage, the project came to Synthesis’ office with several structural design constraints. The weight of the addition was limited, causing the design team to incorporate a specific steel frame with a grid coordinated to the bay spacing of the parking garage immediately below grade. Alvin Huang, Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design, says this helped save time at the start of the design process. At 20,000 sq. ft., the project, jokes Huang, is “the punctuation on the paragraph.”
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