Vishaan Chakrabarti departs SHoP to begin his own practice, the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism

(Skyline photo by Thomas Hawk / Flickr; Montage by AN)

(Skyline photo by Thomas Hawk / Flickr; Montage by AN)

Architect and planner Vishaan Chakrabarti has had some crazy ideas over the years. In the past he has worked to convert an old Post Office adjacent to Penn Station into the monumental Moynihan Station and helped shape a loopy scheme to transform the former Domino Sugar Factory on Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Waterfront. In 2013, he even spearheaded a proposal to extend Manhattan island to connect it with Governors Island and project a new plot of land into New York Harbor.

It’s fair to say that Chakrabarti thinks big. Today, Chakrabarti announced his latest big idea: his own architecture firm called the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU).

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The sun shines on SURE HOUSE as it triumphs in the Solar Decathlon

(Courtesy SURE HOUSE)

(Courtesy SURE HOUSE)

The Stevens Institute of Technology‘s SURE HOUSE has won the biennial United States Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon for 2015, beating out 13 other teams. Showcasing aesthetics, serious sustainability, and financial viability wrapped in a tiny and efficient solar house, the winning dwelling scored consistently well in all ten of the competition’s categories. Read More

Facades+ Chicago workshops offer hands-on exposure to cutting-edge concepts and techniques

Facades+ comes to the Windy City November 5-6. (Roman Boed / Flickr)

Facades+ comes to the Windy City November 5-6. (Roman Boed / Flickr)

Among the many continuing education opportunities available to members of the AEC industry, the Facades+ conference series stands out for a number of reasons.

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Product> On Solid Ground: New Pavers and Decking Products

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Belgard)

Decking and pavers can enhance the look of a site while improving its environmental functionality. Better drainage and erosion prevention can be achieved through choosing the proper hardscape elements.

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Marvel at the time-lapse renderings of Nolita’s 34 Prince Street

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter
Monday, October 19, 2015
34 Prince Street, 1980 (Courtesy MARCH)

34 Prince Street, 1980. (Courtesy MARCH)

Those feeling nostalgic for the New York of yesterday can feast on time lapse renderings by Brooklyn-based MARCH for Marvel Architects‘ 34 Prince Street. The New York firm is converting the former convent, orphanage, and school into luxury residences. Newly released renderings depict the 1825 Federal-style building as it was in 1900, 1940, 1980, and 2016 (the project’s expected completion date). Read More

MASS Design Group releases plans for a “Bauhaus of Africa”

(Courtesy MASS)

(Courtesy MASS)

The Boston-based nonprofit design firm MASS Design Group hopes to see the number of professional designers in Africa grow. To that end, the firm has unveiled a plan for an architecture and design school in Rwanda called the African Design Center.

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Burntwood School by AHMM wins 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize

(Courtesy RIBA)

(Courtesy RIBA)

Burntwood School, a girls high school in Wandsworth, south London, has won the UK’s most coveted architecture award—RIBA‘s Stirling Prize—with judges describing it as the “clear winner.” The project by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) also collected the RIBA London 2015 award in the process.

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Rudolph’s Walker Guest House replicated at the Ringling Museum of Art

Architecture, East, News, On View
Friday, October 16, 2015
A replica of the Walker Guest House (Courtesy Jenny Acheson)

A replica of Rudolph’s Walker Guest House (Courtesy Jenny Acheson)

It’s no Palace of Versailles, but the Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) has reproduced Paul Rudolph‘s 1952 Walker Guest House on the grounds of the Ringling Museum of Art. Using Rudolph’s plans and Ezra Stoller‘s interior photographs, the foundation commissioned a faithful replica, down to the magazines on the coffee table.

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Perkins+Will goes back to school with new academic building for the University of Toronto

Exterior Render (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Perkins+Will)

International firm Perkins+Will has unveiled plans for a new six story, 210,000 square foot scheme at the University of Toronto Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. The creatively named ‘North Building Phase B’ has a construction budget of $69 million and is due to be complete by the summer of 2018.

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A wide array of architects chosen by Walmart owners for Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. (Courtesy Drew Harris)

The Walton Family Foundation has chosen a group of 36 design firms comprising architects and landscape architects to be part of their Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program in a bid to boost the standard of architecture in the up and coming area of Northwest Arkansas.

View the list after the jump.

Introducing the World’s Tallest Holiday Inn

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Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District at dusk (Ralph D'Angelo)

Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District at dusk (Ralph D’Angelo)

The 467 foot tower is organized around the clean lines of a 4 mm thick aluminum composite material (ACM) panel system.

Tourists in Manhattan might now be overheard saying something to the effect of:

“Did you go to the observation deck at the Empire State building!?”

“No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn.”

Rightfully so, as there is a new way to experience the Big Apple: 50 stories in the air, in a bed, at the “world’s tallest” Holiday Inn just three blocks south of the World Trade Center.
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Lunch at a Landmark: Norman Foster explains the creative process behind his iconic structures

The Millennium Bridge in London

The Millennium Bridge in London. (Dark Dwarf)

On October 7, the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation hosted its annual “Lunch at a Landmark” at the top of the Hearst Tower. Guests, New York’s elite architectural, design, and preservation cognoscenti, were offered a rare insight into the building—one from Norman Foster himself.

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