See how a pipe organ played by waves transformed Zadar’s concrete shoreline into a popular public space

SEA ORGAN (LINSSIMATO FLICKR)

Sea Organ (linssimato / Flickr)

During World War II, Allied bombing almost entirely destroyed Zadar, Croatia, 3,000-year-old city on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Redevelopment introduced a long, concrete shoreline—unpopulated and uninviting, until 2005, when Croatian architect Nikola Bašić installed Sea Organ.

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With lawsuits settled, TEN Arquitectos’ Mexican Museum moves forward in San Francisco

Architecture, Development, News, Skyscrapers, West
Thursday, December 24, 2015
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Enrique Norten's Mexican Museum moves forward. (Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

Enrique Norten’s Mexican Museum moves forward. (Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

Lawsuits stalling construction of San Francisco’s Mexican Museum and 706 Mission Street high-rise have been settled. Earlier this year AN reported that the museum designed by Mexico City–based TEN Arquitectos and housed in the first four floors of a Handel Architects–designed 47-story condo tower at 706 Mission Street and the restored 1903 Aronson Building, was expected to break ground over the summer. Fights over the height of the tower held construction up of the 54,000-square-foot, $43 million facility and the $305 million, 510-foot-tall condo tower developed by Millennium Partners.

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SPARK’s “Home Farm” Typology Addresses Food Security and a Rapidly Aging Population in Singapore

Architecture, International
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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(Courtesy SPARK)

(Courtesy SPARK)

SPARK’s recent conceptual project in Singapore is a bold interpretation of the city-state’s vision to be a “city in a garden.” Aptly called “Home Farm,” the project addresses Singapore’s rapidly aging population, proposing a combination of high-density senior housing and vertical urban farming.

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Kengo Kuma claims commission for Tokyo Olympic Stadium as Hadid fumes

Architecture, International, News
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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Proposal from "B" (Courtesy Japan Sports Council)

(Courtesy Kengo Kuma)

At last, design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium has finally been decided with Kengo Kuma‘s winning commission. The Japanese firm fought off a plan by Toyo Ito to claim the prize. Zaha Hadid, however, was less than complimentary of the decision.

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Central Park’s Adventure Playground, designed by Richard Dattner, reopens after yearlong renovation

The newly rehabilitated adventure playground (Courtesy Central Park Conservancy)

The newly rehabilitated Adventure Playground (Courtesy Central Park Conservancy)

The Richard Dattner–designed Adventure Playground, one of New York City’s most beloved recreational spaces, recently reopened after a yearlong renovation by the Central Park Conservancy. Read More

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter shares lessons learned through teaching architecture

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter served as consultant on DoSu Studio Architecture's Bloom, M&A Gallery. Doris Sung, Principal; Matthew Melnyk, structural engineer. (Brandon Shigeta)

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter served as consultant on DoSu Studio Architecture’s Bloom, M&A Gallery. Doris Sung, Principal; Matthew Melnyk, structural engineer. (Brandon Shigeta)

For Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, associate dean at Woodbury University School of Architecture, director of  WUHO Gallery, and co-founder of [WROAD], architectural practice and education are inextricably intertwined.

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New York City’s ubiquitous sidewalk sheds re-imagined by PBDW, Gensler, Gannett Fleming, and Francis Cauffman

Construction sheds, like this one on Roosevelt Island, are usually uncomely and often impede pedestrian traffic (Nick Normal / Flickr)

Construction sheds, like this one on Roosevelt Island, are usually uncomely and often impede pedestrian traffic (Nick Normal / Flickr)

What’s uglier than a construction shed? The sheds cover nearly 200 miles (!) of sidewalks across the five boroughs, enveloping pedestrians in drab tunnels of darkness. Past competitions in New York City have attempted to resolve the ubiquitous blight that sheds present, but the winning designs were never implemented. Now, the New York Building Congress has announced four winners of its Construction Shed Design Competition, an invitation to create a more aesthetically pleasing shed.

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Wisconsin’s Googie Gobbler gets grand reopening, purple vinyl and all

Architecture, Midwest, Preservation
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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After nearly 15 years sitting empty, a Googie icon of the upper Midwest is reopening—and there’s no shortage of purple vinyl and rotating bars.

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Detroit the first U.S. city to be named a UNESCO City of Design

Design, Midwest, News
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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Detroit's Renaissance Center, home to General Motors, will say goodbye to Cadillac. (Loren Sztajer via Flickr)

Detroit’s Renaissance Center. (Loren Sztajer via Flickr)

Detroit has joined 16 other cities designated by UNESCO as a City of Design as part of its Creative Cities Network. Detroit is the first U.S. city to be named a City of Design, and one of only five other cities in the U.S. to be inducted into the Creative Cities Network.

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Mark it Six: Zaha Hadid unveils another skyscraper in Australia, this time in Melbourne

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Zaha Hadid is designing another skyscraper in Australia. Following designs for a trio of towers in Brisbane and a pair of towers in Gold Coast, the London-based architect has just submitted plans for another tower, this time in Melbourne.

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SOM design to replace Long Beach’s Late Modern civic center

A sleek vision from SOM replaces the Late Modern Long Beach Civic Center. (SOM/ Courtesy PECP)

A sleek vision from SOM replaces the Late Modern Long Beach Civic Center. (SOM/ Courtesy PECP)

It’s too late for Late Modernism in Long Beach after the city council voted unanimously to demolish the existing Long Beach Civic Center and replace it with a sleek modern design by SOM.

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Four finalists selected to redesign Pershing Square in Los Angeles

SWA with Morphosis (Courtesy of Pershing Square Renew)

SWA with Morphosis (Courtesy of Pershing Square Renew)

Pershing Square Renew just announced the four finalists of the Pershing Square design competition: SWA with Morphosis, James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher & Partners, Agence TER with SALT Landscape Architects, and wHY with Civitas.

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