Prismatic light installation to shine a light on Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory

Luftwerk Studio's “solarise,” will be a site-specific “series of immersive light and sculpture installations" at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory. (Luftwerk)

Luftwerk Studio’s “solarise,” will be a site-specific “series of immersive light and sculpture installations” at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory. (Luftwerk)

Plants are usually the star of Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory, but a forthcoming art installation will help brighten the Jens Jensen gem with lights, mirrors and prismatic panels. Read More

Spare a billion or two to help build a real life version of Tolkien’s Minas Tirith?

(Courtesy Realise Minas Tirith)

(Courtesy Realise Minas Tirith)

There’s something about those CGI scenes of Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings that really tickles the imagination. Apparently, they’re inspirational enough to prod one group in Southern England to put together a campaign to build a real life version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s hilled city of Minas Tirith. And they’re asking the world to fund it.

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DDG brings dramatic mountain terrain to its Tribeca condo conversion

DDG's 12 Warren Street. (Courtesy MARCH)

DDG’s 12 Warren Street. (Courtesy MARCH)

DDG, the architecture and development shop in New York City, is known for using natural materials and dressing its buildings with greenery. This has been the case at a slew of its high-end residential projects around the city, such as 41 Bond or 345 Meatpacking. The firm’s latest residential building at 12 Warren Street in Tribeca continues in that tradition—and then some.

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Restoration work brings new windows to long-vacant Michigan Central Station in Detroit

After years of dilapidation, Michigan Central Station boasts new windows on some floors. (FOX 2 Detroit)

After years of dilapidation, Michigan Central Station boasts new windows on some floors. (FOX 2 Detroit)

There are few buildings as emblematic of the urban blight in Detroit as Michigan Central Station. That changed slightly this week, when new windows appeared in some of the historic building’s vacant frames.

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Brooks + Scarpa’s Double-Skinned Research Center

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Brooks + Scarpa designed a "showpiece" research and testing center for Metalsa in Monterrey, Mexico. (John Linden)

Brooks + Scarpa designed a “showpiece” research and testing center for Metalsa in Monterrey, Mexico. (John Linden)

Perforated steel and translucent glass balance privacy and pop.

For their Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) in Monterrey, Mexico, Metalsa, a global manufacturing firm that specializes in automobile and truck chassis, did not want just another factory. Read More

Chicago Architecture Biennial adds 40 firms to inaugural festival’s roster

School Lakefront Kiosk: THE CENT PAVILIONby  Pezo Von Ellrichshausen + College of Architecture, IIT.

School Lakefront Kiosk: THE CENT PAVILION by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen + College of Architecture, IIT. (Courtesy Pezo Von Ellrichshausen + College of Architecture, IIT)

The Chicago Architecture Biennial released a full list of participating designers today, bringing the total to more than 100 architects and artists from more than 30 countries.

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Pritzker Prize winner Eduardo Souto De Moura unveils a brick-and-concrete, mixed-use building in Washington, D.C.

(Courtesy Souto Moura Arquitectos)

(Courtesy Souto Moura Arquitectos)

Pritzker Prize–winning architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has unveiled plans for his first building in the United States, a five-story, mixed-use building to be built in Washington, D.C. The Portuguese architect is working with D.C.-based development firm EastBanc on the

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Temporary Urbanized Campsite for Netherlands’ Man-Made Island

(Courtesy Urban Campsite Amsterdam)

Solid Family by Boomhuttenfest. (Courtesy Urban Campsite Amsterdam)

On a man-made island in East Amsterdam, this isn’t your traditional campsite. The so-called Urban Campsite Amsterdam is an open-air exhibition that features 14 publicly accessible installations that can be booked for an evening under the stars. From trampoline roofs and hemispherical windows, each unique shelter is created by a wide array of designers, architects, and artists.

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Exclusive Video> Inside the Empire Stores mid-transformation in Dumbo

Empire Stores.

Empire Stores.

As Dumbo has become one of New York City’s most desirable and upscale neighborhoods, the hulking Empire Stores complex has been a persistent reminder of the neighborhood’s industrial past—before the boutiques, multimillion-dollar apartments, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The complex—a series of seven buildings—dates back to the 19th century and was originally used to store dry goods, primarily coffee. For decades, it has been positioned in Dumbo like an impenetrable fortress—a barrier between the cobblestone streets and the landscaped waterfront. But that’s about to change.

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NCARB rolls out new program that could allow architecture students to get ahead in their licensure process

(Courtesy Lehigh University)

(Courtesy Lehigh University)

As thousands of architecture students prepare to head back to school, August marks yet another step toward an easier path to licensure for aspiring architects. NCARB recently accepted proposals from over a dozen accredited architecture schools implementing a more “integrated path to licensure within academic programs accredited by the NAAB.”

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UPDATED: Snøhetta and W Architecture does the impossible: It makes the Penn Station area bearable

[Update: While Snøhetta is drawing up the master plan for the area around Penn Station, Brooklyn-based W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, working with Production Glue, designed the new Plaza33.]

Turning the truly miserable blocks around New York City’s Penn Station into a pleasant and calming retreat would appear to be an impossible undertaking. But Vornado Realty Trust—the primary property owner around the station—believes it can do it with the help of some experienced, Norwegian architects. Enter: Snøhetta.

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Vincent J. DeSimone explains the importance of wind tunnel testing to facade engineering

Grove at Grand Bay, Coconut Grove, Florida, BIG with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe Associates and DeSimone Consulting Engineers. (Courtesy DeSimone Consulting Engineers)

Grove at Grand Bay, Coconut Grove, Florida, BIG with Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe Associates and DeSimone Consulting Engineers. (Courtesy DeSimone Consulting Engineers)

In South Florida, where hurricane “season” occupies a full six months of the calendar, AEC industry professionals are especially attuned to the challenge of designing for high winds.

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