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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All you need to know about Building Enclosure Commissioning: Stevan Vinci on adding value with BECx

Building envelope testing. (Courtesy Stevan Vinci)

Building envelope testing. (Courtesy Stevan Vinci)

As Morrison Hershfield‘s Building Enclosure Commissioning Practice Lead, principal Stevan Vinci hears one question again and again: “The design team has an envelope consultant. What’s the point of having a BECx authority on project?”

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Bjarke Ingels’ twin towers along the High Line get a rethink with new twisty renderings

Architecture, East, News
Thursday, January 14, 2016
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(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

2015 was a big year for for the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), but 2016 may be even BIG-ger. New renderings were revealed this week for 76 Eleventh Avenue, Bjarke Ingels‘ towers on the High Line in New York City. These new views are quite a lot different than images of the diamond-shaped towers that surfaced last November.

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Ian Schrager’s legacy of high design shines in marketing material for Herzog & de Meuron’s 160 Leroy Street

Architecture, Development, East
Thursday, January 14, 2016
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A prototype model of Herzog & de Meuron's 160 Leroy tower. (William Menking / AN)

A prototype model of Herzog & de Meuron’s 160 Leroy tower. (William Menking / AN)

Property developer Ian Schrager has supported good architecture in New York City like no other developer. He pioneered distinguished hotel design at a time when “hospitality” design was an afterthought for hoteliers. For instance, in New York, Schrager built the Paramount, the Royalton, and the Morgan hotels.

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Gabriel Dawe’s Plexus A1 in the Newly Renovated Renwick Gallery

Art, East
Thursday, January 14, 2016
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Gabriel Dawe's Plexus A1. (Courtesy Conduit Gallery, Ron Blunt)

Gabriel Dawe’s Plexus A1. (Courtesy Conduit Gallery, Ron Blunt)

Until July 2016, Plexus A1, an art installation comprising of nearly 60 miles of handwoven threads by Mexican artist Gabriel Dawe, will be exhibited in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s newly renovated Renwick Gallery. Dawe’s installation consists of 15 hues to mimic the full spectrum of visible light.

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With Rams move to Inglewood comes a new HKS stadium

Architecture, Development, News, Newsletter, West
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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A new stadium lands in Inglewood. (Courtesy HKS)

A new stadium lands in Inglewood. (Courtesy HKS)

On Tuesday, L.A. football fans had their dreams answered. NFL owners voted to approve the St. Louis Rams’ move to Los Angeles for the 2016 season, with an option for the San Diego Chargers (and perhaps the iconic Raiders) to also come to their new stadium in Inglewood designed by HKS. Read More

A giant 3D printer will replicate an ancient temple destroyed by ISIS

International, News, Preservation
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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The Temple of Bel before it was destroyed by ISIS last summer (Arian Zwegers/Flickr)

The Temple of Bel before it was destroyed by ISIS last summer. (Arian Zwegers/Flickr)

Replicas of the entrance arch of the ancient Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, will be recreated using a giant 3D printer for World Heritage Week in London and New York. Read More

Alejandro Aravena of ELEMENTAL Wins 2016 Pritzker Prize

Architecture, Awards, International, Newsletter
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena. (Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia)

2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena. (Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia)

Alejandro Aravena of ELEMENTAL is having a banner year. The Chilean architect—and director of the upcoming 2016 Venice Biennale—has been named the winner of the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize. He is best known for his socially-minded approach to architecture—namely housing and disaster relief. Aravena has a number of completed projects that range from “chairs” for sitting on the ground (commissioned by Vitra) to a master plan for Santiago, Chile in the aftermath of a 2010 magnitude 8.8 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

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Architects turn to the sea with real proposals for subaquatic living

FLOATING CITY BY AT DESIGN. (COURTESY AT DESIGN)

FLOATING CITY BY AT DESIGN. (COURTESY AT DESIGN)

Sub-aquatic colonization is as alien as inhabiting Mars, yet both topics trend in the design world. Some designers believe residing in the deep sea would resolve crises over food, energy, water, and carbon dioxide. Here are six proposals for subaquatic cities, some of which are being realized, despite resembling post-apocalyptic films.

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Product> Hardcore Hardware: Kitchen Essentials

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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Spec Sheet  
Courtesy Davoli

(Courtesy Davoli)

When it comes to versatility and durability, these kitchen hardware products have you covered.

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