Höweler+Yoon combine cutting-edge tech and age-old craft to complete the Sean Collier Memorial at MIT

Sean Collier Memorial. Photo by Scott Newland. Courtesy Howeler + Yoon.

Sean Collier Memorial. (Scott Newland / Courtesy Howeler + Yoon)

On April 18th, 2013, the Boston Marathon bombers went on a crime spree that included the killing of Officer Sean Collier who was shot in the line of duty on the MIT campus. In honor of the slain MIT patrol officer, the university commissioned Boston-based Höweler+Yoon Architecture to design the Sean Collier Memorial—a somber, grey stone structure that marks the site of the tragedy. The heaviness of the unreinforced, fully compressive masonry structure is meant to convey the concept of “Collier Strong,” or strength through unity.

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Renzo Piano designs a handbag replica of his new Whitney Museum of American Art

Architecture, Art, Design, East, Product
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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(Montage by AN)

(Montage by AN)

The new Whitney Museum of American Art is opening on Friday, May 1. (Get your sneak peek inside the museum over here!) But a whopping 28,000 ton museum isn’t the only thing Renzo Piano has up his sleeve—he’s also designed the must-have fashion accessory with which to be seen browsing art at Manhattan’s newest Meatpacking District hotspot. Behold, the “Whitney Bag.”

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Catch this show of Lina Bo Bardi’s furniture and Roberto Burle Marx’s tapestries before it closes!

Inside the exhibition. (Courtesy R & Company)

Inside the exhibition. (Courtesy R & Company)

Tribeca’s R & Company gallery at 82 Franklin Street is highlighting two Brazilian greats: Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992) and Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994). But act fast! Furniture by Bo Bardi and tapestries by Burle Marx are on display through the end of this week—the exhibit closes April 30.

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Architects in Barcelona are remaking this tired, old bridge into a glow-in-the-dark, smog-eating sustainability machine

(Courtesy BCQ)

(Courtesy BCQ)

Spanish architecture studio BCQ recently announced plans to upgrade the arterial Sarajevo Bridge in Barcelona to be self-cleaning, smog-eating, and boast hanging gardens to boot.

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FXFOWLE broke ground on this sustainability seeking Long Island City high-rise on Earth Day

(Courtesy FXFOWLE)

The new tower rendered at left. (Courtesy FXFOWLE)

A new tower designed by FXFowle will bring a touch of design to Long Island City’s ever-growing skyline of glassy and generic residential buildings. For starters, the 35-story luxury rental tower is differentiated by a rust-colored steel that encases the podium and runs up its sides, framing three glassy expanses.

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Oberlin breaks ground on LEED Platinum hotel complex by Solomon Cordwell Buenz

(SCB, The Olympia Companies)

(SCB, The Olympia Companies)

Work is currently underway on a new mixed-use development at Ohio’s Oberlin College that, once complete later this year, will include one of only a handful of hotels pursuing LEED Platinum certification in the United States.

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Product> Wrap It Up: Six Creative Cladding Materials

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
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(Courtesy Thermocromex)

Thanks in large part to advances in protective coatings and insulation products, buildings big and small can be clad in a variety of materials; when creatively sheathed, even a basic box can achieve an anything-but-ordinary appearance.

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Human-sized kaleidoscope at the Kobe Biennale wows with prismatic color and zipper architecture

(Courtesy of Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki)

(Courtesy of Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki)

If you’ve ever wondered what the cross-section of a diamond looks like, step inside this shipping container, where a coruscation of 1,100 shimmering triangular mirrors on various planes refracts light and movement, prism-like.

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Norman Foster or Bjarke Ingels, who will be designing the final tower at the World Trade Center?

Norman Foster, left. Bjarke Ingels, right. Foster's design for 2 World Trade Center, center. (Montage by AN)

Norman Foster, left. Bjarke Ingels, right. Foster’s design for 2 World Trade Center, center. (Montage by AN)

A few weeks ago AN noted that the Norman Foster–designed 2 World Trade Center might finally rise after all these years. The New York Times was reporting that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and 21st Century Fox were in talks to lease half the building for a joint headquarters. If it were to happen, wrote the Times, Murdoch’s team might bring in a new architect to update Foster’s design. Now it’s looking like that is exactly what’s going to happen—and it’s going to happen in an, ahem, BIG way.

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AN Video> Take an exclusive look inside The Beekman, one of the world’s first skyscrapers

5 Beekman. (The Architect's Newspaper)

5 Beekman. (The Architect’s Newspaper)

A few blocks south of City Hall in Manhattan is 5 Beekman—one of New York City’s most intriguing historic landmarks. Behind the building’s brick facade is an ornate, nine-story, glass-pyramid-topped atrium that has been off limits for more than a decade. The Architect’s Newspaper took a behind-the-scenes tour of the building with the architect who is bringing it back to life as a boutique hotel.

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SHoP Architects’ twisting skyscraper in Miami includes two acres of glowing digital billboards

SHOP'S MIAMI INNOVATION DISTRICT. (COURTESY SHOP VIA MIAMI HERALD)

SHOP’S MIAMI INNOVATION DISTRICT. (COURTESY SHOP VIA MIAMI HERALD)

Even in a city like Miami, this twisting, LED-emblazoned tower seems a bit over the top. The curious 633-foot structure, called the Miami Innovation Tower, is the work of SHoP Architects, a firm known for adventurous designs, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to skinny supertall skyscrapers in Manhattan. But even with that reputation, this one takes us by surprise.

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