House Proud: AIA-HUD Awards for Excellence

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Arbor Lofts in Lancaster, California by PSL Architects (Courtesy AIA)

Arbor Lofts in Lancaster, California by PSL Architects (Courtesy AIA)

Four housing projects were spotlighted today by the American Institute of Architects‘ Housing & Custom Residential Knowledge Community and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development as laudable examples of affordable housing architecture, neighborhood design, participatory design, and accessibility.

Read more about the winners after the jump.

New York City’s 15 Penn Plaza Catches a Wave

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Pelli Clark Pelli's 15 Penn Plaza (Courtesy Pelli Clark Pelli)

Pelli Clark Pelli’s 15 Penn Plaza (Courtesy Pelli Clark Pelli)

The battle for Midtown Manhattan has taken a new twist.  Radio broadcasters located in the nearby Empire State Building have raised concerns that Vornado Realty Trust‘s proposed 15 Penn Plaza will swat their signals from the sky.

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Seeper Projects Gehry

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
IAC Building projection by seeper. (Via Dan Ilic / Vimeo)

IAC Building projection by seeper. (Dan Ilic / Vimeo)

Friday night, Frank Gehry‘s Manhattan IAC Building was transformed into the canvas for a fantastical display of light by London-based artists seeper.  The video projection plays off the distinct angles of the IAC Building to create the illusion of three-dimensional transformation and playful animation.

“Our aim is to recreate a Victorian sense of magician-ship,” said Evan Grant, founder of, in a press release. “I love the IAC building, its stunning lines and immediate reference to water. It looks as if it’s about to set sail on the Hudson. The opportunity to make this structure take on a new ‘seeper’ form is an honor and a challenge.”

Seeper has undertaken other projection mapping projects across the globe, but this New York example represents one of the most ambitious projection mapping displays in the United States. The event marked the end of the Vimeo Festival, a celebration of global creativity.

Click through to watch seeper’s video projection.

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