Breaking: World War I Centennial Commission names winner in memorial competition

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Winning entry to World War I memorial design competition, “The Weight of Sacrifice” by Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard. (World War I Centennial Commission)

The World War I Centennial Commission in Washington D.C. has announced Chicago–based designer Joe Weishaar and New York–based sculptor Sabin Howard as the winners of the World War I Memorial Completion.

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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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Behold the “candy desk,” a secret stash of treats in the U.S. Senate

East, News, Other
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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For those in attendance, the State of the Union can be exhausting. Standing up, sitting down, standing up and clapping politely for hours saps the energy of even the most ardent politicians. If viewers at home see senators sneaking out of the House during tonight’s speech, don’t worry: those elected officials are probably headed for the Senate’s “Candy Desk.” Read More

James Corner Field Operations will design the National Building Museum’s summer 2016 installation

Palisades Garden Walk and Town Square (Field Operations)

Palisades Garden Walk and Town Square
(Field Operations)

Following in the stead of Snarkitecture and Bjarke Ingels, New York’s James Corner Field Operations will create the National Building Museum’s summer 2016 installation.

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Watch 24 Architecture and Design Teams Create “Canstructions” in Time Lapse

Art, Design, East
Monday, November 30, 2015
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Last year's People's Choice Awards winner was The LinCAN Logs by the ABC Metro Washington Student Chapter (MC SCA). (Washington Architectural Foundation).

Last year’s People’s Choice Awards winner was The LinCAN Logs by the ABC Metro Washington Student Chapter (MC SCA). (Washington Architectural Foundation).

On Sunday, November 22, twenty four teams from architecture and design firms in Washington, D.C. built sculptures out of canned food inside the National Building Museum.

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OMA selected to master plan Washington, D.C.’s RFK Stadium–Armory Campus

Architecture, East, Urbanism
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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(Courtesy OMA)

(Courtesy OMA)

Washington, D.C.‘s rundown Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium–Armory Campus, home to soccer team D.C. United, is finally edging closer to redevelopment. The New York office of Rem Koolhaas’ Rotterdam-based firm OMA has been commissioned to master plan the 190-acre site.

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Before the Department of Homeland Security moves into its old insane asylum home, the National Historic Landmark will need some intense TLC

Architecture, East, News, Preservation
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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(Courtesy GSA/Grunley/Shalom Baranes)

Aerial view of the site as it looks today. (Courtesy GSA/Grunley/Shalom Baranes)

Although a designated landmark, the proposed new site for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the heart of the St. Elizabeths West Campus, Washington D.C., is an intense fixer-upper. Working with architects Shalom Baranes Associates and contractor Grunley Construction, the General Services Administration proposes a total renovation of the 264,300 square foot Center Building, a collection of seven connected structures that served as patient treatment rooms and administrative offices for the original Government Hospital for the Insane. It later became known as the St. Elizabeths Hospital.

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These five finalists are vying to design a memorial for World War I in Washington, D.C.

"Plaza to the Forgotten War." (Courtesy Brian Johnsen, Sebastian Schmaling, and Andrew Cesarz from Johnsen Schmaling Architects)

“Plaza to the Forgotten War.” (Courtesy Brian Johnsen, Sebastian Schmaling, and Andrew Cesarz from Johnsen Schmaling Architects)

Five finalists have been named in the competition to design a new World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission received more than 350 proposals for the memorial, which will rise on Pershing Park near the White House. The park is named for John J. Pershing who led the American Expeditionary Force during the war.

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This giant ball pit in New York City is all about “the transformative power of play”

Architecture, Art, East, On View
Monday, August 10, 2015
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The BEACH at the National Building Museum. (NOAH KALINA)

The BEACH at the National Building Museum. (NOAH KALINA)

By now you’ve surely seen a friend or relative’s selfie from the massive ball pit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The installation, dubbed The BEACH, was designed by Snarkitecture and includes nearly one-million all-white, translucent, recyclable plastic balls. It’s like a McDonald’s ball pit, but artsier and probably a little bit cleaner.

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Grimshaw & Beyer Blinder Belle to oversee 2nd phase of master plan for DC’s Union Station

The 2012 vision for Union Station. (Courtesy Akridge/SBA)

The 2012 vision for Union Station. (Courtesy Akridge/SBA)

Grimshaw and Beyer Blinder Belle have been tapped by Washington, D.C.’s Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) to spearhead a master plan to spruce up the city’s iconic train station. The “Master Development Plan for Union Station’s 2nd Century” builds upon the hugely ambitious, $9 billion development plan that Amtrak and developer Akridge unveiled in 2012. As AN wrote at the time: “The 3-million-square-foot project promises to unite the neighborhoods of Capitol Hill and NoMa, a former industrial area transformed into a leafy residential neighborhood.”

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With some help from Gensler, ASLA to turn its headquarters into the Center for Landscape Architecture

The new facade. (Courtesy Gensler via ASLA)

The new facade. (Courtesy Gensler via ASLA)

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has tapped Gensler and landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden to turn its Washington, D.C. headquarters into the state-of-the-art Center for Landscape Architecture. ASLA bought its 12,000-square-foot home in 1997 for $2.4 million and watched as its value increased to $6.9 million. Since the building was about ready for some fixing up, the society decided it was a good time to go ahead and truly transform it at a cost of $4 million.

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Los Angeles and San Francisco make bids to host the 2024 Olympic Games

Conceptual rendering of a revamped LA Coliseum and surrounding Expo Park (Southern California Committee For The Olympic Games)

Conceptual rendering of a revamped LA Coliseum and surrounding Expo Park (Southern California Committee For The Olympic Games)

After hosting the Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984, Los Angeles is in the hunt to be the Unites States’ candidate to host them again in 2024. Earlier this week the city made a presentation to the U.S. Olympic Committee, followed by pitches from Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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